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  • Dawes/Field Report

    published December 25, 2013

    Even though they're from L.A. and often sound like they're from the 1970s, Dawes have a fervid Twin Cities following. Dawes initially emerged... More >>

  • Anaïs Mitchell

    published December 18, 2013

    Vermont folkie Anaïs Mitchell can sound precious when her voice is at its most waif-like, but she can summon a great deal more depth and... More >>

  • Hugh Cornwell

    published December 18, 2013

    The Stranglers were one of the leading English proto-punk bands in the 1970s — full of piss, spit, rabid alienation, gnarly pop hooks, and a... More >>

  • Karrin Allyson

    published December 18, 2013

    Warm, slyly sophisticated, and glowing with seasonal cheer, jazz singer/pianist Karrin Allyson's new Christmas collection, Yuletide... More >>

  • Chicago Afrobeat Project

    published December 11, 2013

    Well over a decade after Fela Kuti's death, his influence remains profound, via Bill T. Jones's award-winning Broadway show based on his life as... More >>

  • Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever

    published December 4, 2013

    Ronnie Spector's Ronettes were one of four artists on probably the best Christmas album of all time, A Christmas Gift to You, more commonly... More >>

  • Pokey LaFarge

    published December 4, 2013

    Decked out in a fedora and vintage clothes, Pokey LaFarge might be taken for a youthful Bing Crosby. Crosby drifted popward, but LaFarge, who... More >>

  • A Tribute to the Replacements

    published November 27, 2013

    The reunited 'Mats may have yet to appear locally, but First Ave's annual tribute should be pretty cool in itself. The growing slew of local bands... More >>

  • Pat Mallinger & the Bill Carrothers Trio

    published November 27, 2013

    Returning to their favorite local club in what could be its waning days, saxophonist Pat Mallinger and pianist Bill Carrothers both grew up in the... More >>

  • Lissie

    published November 27, 2013

    On her second full-length, Back to Forever, Lissie Maurus initially comes on like vintage Stevie Nicks. The first two songs, "The Habit"... More >>

  • Jimmy Webb

    published November 13, 2013

    Pop songsmith Jimmy Webb wrote a slew of now-iconic tunes that became hits for others, including Glen Campbell ("Galveston," "Wichita Lineman"),... More >>

  • Communion Minneapolis

    published October 9, 2013

    U.K.'s Communion label has extended its club shows to these shores and invited singer-songwriter Willy Mason (pictured), Florida's Roadkill... More >>

  • Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion

    published October 9, 2013

    Cream and Blind Faith vet Ginger Baker is arguably rock's greatest and most influential drummer. But Baker came up playing trad jazz before... More >>

  • Quintron & Miss Pussycat

    published October 2, 2013

    Based in New Orleans, Quintron & Miss Pussycat have established new beachheads of eccentricity with their wondrous musical and theatrical... More >>

  • Billy Bragg

    published September 25, 2013

    For three decades Billy Bragg has been renowned for his progressive activism, politically charged lyrics, and withering folk-punk music, the odd... More >>

  • Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    published September 18, 2013

    Ravi Coltrane, 48, has long since dealt with the legacy of his parents — saxophone titan John Coltrane and illustrious pianist/composer... More >>

  • The Ericksons / Luray

    published September 18, 2013

    Atmospheric roots music and connections to the Eau Claire scene are on special at Icehouse Tuesday. Twin Cities-based sisters Bethany Valentini... More >>

  • Open Door #1: Celebrating the Legacy of Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris

    published September 11, 2013

    This two-night tribute to conductor, composer, and musician Butch Morris (pictured) will feature one of the Twin Cities' most venerable... More >>

  • Mumford & Sons

    published September 4, 2013

    The ascendency of English folk revivalists Mumford & Sons to sold-out-arena status is certainly a curiosity, but also part of a pop trend that has... More >>

  • Battlefield Band

    published September 4, 2013

    Long considered the flagship band of traditional Scottish music, Battlefield Band (named for a Glasgow suburb) began as mavericks in 1969, keeping... More >>

  • Birds of Chicago

    published August 28, 2013

    The collective Birds of Chicago is built around the beguiling vocals and sublime, roots-infused songs of Allison Russell and JT Nero, a.k.a.... More >>

  • Rosie Flores / Kenny Neal / Robert Randolph

    published August 28, 2013

    This two-day lineup at the Bandshell should get a blue ribbon. Rockabilly filly Rosie Flores (pictured), here leading her Rivetors, can be subtle... More >>

  • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

    published August 21, 2013

    Quirky, lanky, wry, and sly, flecked with horse wrangler's dust and a hipster's sense of surrealism, Lyle Lovett has been following his own... More >>

  • Charlie Musselwhite

    published August 14, 2013

    Charlie Musselwhite got a lot of mileage (and glowing reviews) out of last winter's Get Up! with contemporary bluesman Ben Harper. Although... More >>

  • The Iguanas

    published August 14, 2013

    A bit of an anomaly in New Orleans, the Iguanas have mixed serious doses of Tex-Mex and other Latin elements with jazz, roots rock, and Crescent... More >>

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