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  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

    published April 9, 2014

    The release of Sharon Jones's fifth album with the Dap-Kings, Give The People What They Want, and follow-up tour was postponed last summer... More >>

  • Matt Slocum & Friends

    published April 9, 2014

    New York-based, St. Paul-born drummer Matt Slocum returns for two special performances showcasing his new album, Black Elk's Dream, as well... More >>

  • Pert Near Sandstone

    published April 9, 2014

    Minnesota urban bluegrass boys Pert Near Sandstone have thrived by injecting the new into old-timey string band music with just the right... More >>

  • Tinariwen

    published April 2, 2014

    Political upheaval has both plagued and inspired the Grammy-winning North African Taureg band Tinariwen. And it forced the group to trade one... More >>

  • Experience Hendrix

    published April 2, 2014

    Some 40 years after his death, Jimi Hendrix remains a key influence on both musicians who were his contemporaries and those who could be his... More >>

  • A Brad Mehldau Celebration

    published April 2, 2014

    Brad Mehldau, 43, is a virtuoso pianist often cited as among the most influential jazz musicians of his generation. But his insatiable interests... More >>

  • Juana Molina

    published April 2, 2014

    A former comic actress in her native Argentina, Juana Molina has an acute sense of humor evident in her dreamy, experimental music. Although she... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers / Blitzen Trapper

    published March 26, 2014

    After essentially putting out an album annually since the late '90s, Southern gothic rockers Drive-By Truckers (pictured) took three years between... More >>

  • Jake Clemons

    published March 26, 2014

    Although replacing the enormous, inimitable spirit of Clarence Clemons is impossible, the Big Man's muscular tenor saxophone sound lives on in the... More >>

  • Junior Brown

    published March 19, 2014

    Junior Brown is a genuine character: Armed with a white cowboy hat, remarkable baritone voice shaded by that of idol Ernest Tubb, a ready "Mrs."... More >>

  • The Sing-Off Live Tour

    published March 19, 2014

    The Minneapolis a cappella quintet Home Free won the competition on the fourth season of TV's The Sing-Off in December, collecting cash, a... More >>

  • Jimmie Vaughan

    published March 19, 2014

    Texas guitar slinger Jimmie Vaughan founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson in 1974. Both the T-Birds and Vaughan became legendary... More >>

  • The Strypes

    published March 19, 2014

    The Strypes sure can tear into Muddy Waters's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" or Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover" with youthful abandon.... More >>

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

    published March 12, 2014

    Although they hail from the Motor City and have impishly appropriated a famous NASCAR name, Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein — the duo behind... More >>

  • Imagine Dragons

    published March 12, 2014

    After only a handful of EPs and grunt work in back-channel casinos in their Vegas hometown, Imagine Dragons took the fast track to arena status on... More >>

  • Pat Metheny Unity Group

    published March 12, 2014

    With the addition of multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi, the Pat Metheny Unity Band morphed into the Unity Group. In doing so, virtuoso jazz... More >>

  • Lake Street Dive

    published March 5, 2014

    Although the members of Lake Street Dive met a decade or so ago at the New England Conservatory, the band is named for some unspecified joint on... More >>

  • Cedric Watson avec Bijou Creole

    published March 5, 2014

    Texas native Cedric Watson reconnected to his southwest Louisiana heritage in his teens, studying the roots of Creole and Cajun music. By his... More >>

  • Body/Head

    published February 26, 2014

    Following the dissolutions of her marriage to Thurston Moore and their influential, iconic band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon formed Body/Head with... More >>

  • Richie Ramone

    published February 26, 2014

    Richie Ramone (née Richard Reinhardt, a.k.a. Richard Beau) was the third drummer for punk rock pioneers the Ramones. He manned the skins... More >>

  • Cibo Matto

    published February 26, 2014

    Hotel Valentine, fittingly released on February 14, is the first album in 15 years from Cibo Matto, the Japanese expat duo of Yuko Honda... More >>

  • Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

    published February 5, 2014

    It's been way too long since Milwaukeean and Twin Cities fave Paul Cebar issued a new disc. But Fine Rude Thing hit the streets in January... More >>

  • Tina Schlieske: One of the Boys

    published February 5, 2014

    Just before beginning work on her reunion album with the B-Sides, California-Minnesota rocker Tina Schlieske got together with guitarist Patrik... More >>

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    published February 5, 2014

    Last week, South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won its fourth Grammy Award: Best World Music Album for 2013's Live: Singing for... More >>

  • Galactic / The Stepkids

    published January 29, 2014

    One of New Orleans's most formidable bands, Galactic not only tear it up live, they do so with far-reaching, experimental music. Rooted in potent... More >>

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