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  • The Bad Plus

    published December 26, 2012

    The Bad Plus are always seeking unique avenues of engagement for their genre-defying escapades. The locally bred trio return for their annual... More >>

  • Graham Parker & the Rumour

    published December 19, 2012

    Snarling and sneering out particularly literate bile while his lithe band of pub rockers negotiated insidiously enthralling pop hooks, Graham... More >>

  • Concrete Blonde

    published December 19, 2012

    Dark-toned post-punk trio Concrete Blonde, who emerged from L.A.'s early '80s rock scene, are back in action, and sporting a couple of new tunes... More >>

  • Peter Ostroushko's Holiday Show

    published December 19, 2012

    Minneapolis mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko has revived his holiday extravaganza after a year's retreat to harvest time. Carols and other wintry... More >>

  • Tim Sparks

    published December 12, 2012

    Tim Sparks was the guitarist in Rio Nido, whose swinging classic jazz and pop material made them one of the Twin Cities' most popular bands of the... More >>

  • Punch Brothers

    published December 12, 2012

    Former Nickel Creek mandolin maestro and singer Chris Thile is the nominal face of Punch Brothers. But every member of the quintet is an integral... More >>

  • Andrew Bird

    published December 12, 2012

    Eclectic, eccentric, and often electric, chamber-popmeister Andrew Bird returns with his Minneapolis-heavy band after bookending the year with a... More >>

  • Curtiss A's John Lennon Tribute

    published December 5, 2012

    This is the 33rd installment of Curt's annual paean to John Lennon, which began the evening the Beatle was murdered in New York, instantly... More >>

  • The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

    published December 5, 2012

    The rumbling, soul-stirring, sometimes ground-shaking voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama are a genuine marvel, weaving into harmonies as rich and... More >>

  • Bayport BBQ releases live festival album

    published November 28, 2012

    On the weekend before the Fourth of July last summer, downtown Bayport baked under a scorching sun while a glorious noise, mixed with the... More >>

  • Irma Thomas

    published November 28, 2012

    Irma Thomas has been a treasured soul icon of New Orleans music for more than 50 years. The power and glory of her indelible voice and her... More >>

  • Dirty Baby: Nels Cline, David Breskin, Ed Ruscha

    published November 28, 2012

    Dirty Baby is a multimedia collaboration among guitarist Nels Cline, poet David Breskin, and visual artist Ed Ruscha. It was inspired by... More >>

  • Os Mutantes

    published November 28, 2012

    Amid the cultural and political turbulence of 1960s Brazil, Os Mutantes joined the likes of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in the role of... More >>

  • Turbo Fruits

    published November 21, 2012

    Nashville's Turbo Fruits are a quartet led by former Be Your Own Pet guitarist Jonas Stein, whose garage aspirations now seem to share space with... More >>

  • Karrin Allyson

    published November 21, 2012

    One of the premier jazz vocalists of her generation, former Twin Cities resident Karrin Allyson can scat with a vitality that recalls Ella... More >>

  • The Who

    published November 21, 2012

    Nearly a half-century into his career, Roger Daltrey still twirls his microphone like a lasso and Pete Townshend attacks his guitar with his... More >>

  • Sonny Landreth

    published November 14, 2012

    Slide guitarist extraordinaire Sonny Landreth combines that glorious glide with a slew of innovative techniques, often managing to sound like... More >>

  • Old Crow Medicine Show / Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

    published November 14, 2012

    Conjuring up vintage sounds meant to be played on a porch deep in the Smokies, or maybe at a moonshine-fueled hoedown in a rickety barn, Old Crow... More >>

  • Lindsey Buckingham

    published November 14, 2012

    Lindsey Buckingham was a key — arguably essential — part of the volatile mix that carried Fleetwood Mac to its highest peaks in the... More >>

  • Zammuto/Eluvium

    published November 7, 2012

    Formerly half of the experimental collage-pop duo the Books, Nick Zammuto leads a new quartet that goes by his surname and takes the fundamental... More >>

  • Zac Brown Band

    published November 7, 2012

    The surprising Zac Brown juggernaut rolls on with this summer's release of Uncaged, crisscrossing genres and filling arenas with its tasty... More >>

  • Bruce Springsteen

    published November 7, 2012

    The tenor of Bruce Springsteen's post-election arrival in St. Paul could either be celebratory release if Obama wins, or a desperate search for... More >>

  • Bettye LaVette

    published November 7, 2012

    Despite scoring a couple of hits on the R&B charts when she was a teenager in the early '60s, Bettye LaVette was barely even a rumor for the next... More >>

  • The Magnetic Fields

    published November 7, 2012

    On Love At the Bottom of the Sea, the Magnetic Fields dusted off synthesizers for the first time in a dozen years, returning to the... More >>

  • Laurie Anderson

    published October 31, 2012

    On the cusp of a pivotal national election, performance artist Laurie Anderson arrives at the Walker's McGuire Theater for three presentations of... More >>

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