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2014 Stories by Rick Mason

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  • The Idan Raichel Project

    published May 14, 2014

    Keyboardist, singer, composer, and producer Idan Raichel leads Israel's most popular band, something all the more extraordinary because in the... More >>

  • Ragamala Dance & Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine

    published May 14, 2014

    This is the world premiere of Song of the Jasmine, an extraordinary collaboration between Twin Cities-based Ragamala Dance and acclaimed jazz alto... More >>

  • Cassandra Wilson

    published May 14, 2014

    To mark the 20th anniversary of jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's landmark album Blue Light 'Til Dawn, Blue Note has reissued a digitally... More >>

  • Youngblood Brass Band

    published May 7, 2014

    The Youngbloods originated in the '90s as high schoolers around Madison, Wisconsin, inspired by the funky, bopped-up neo New Orleans brass band... More >>

  • Flamin' Groovies

    published May 7, 2014

    The Flamin' Groovies surfaced in San Francisco in the mid-'60s playing gnarly, exuberant rock 'n' roll in all its primal glory. The band had a... More >>

  • Nickel Creek

    published May 7, 2014

    Seven years after going on a dreaded "indefinite hiatus," Nickel Creek are emphatically back, marking the 25th anniversary of the trio's origin... More >>

  • Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

    published April 30, 2014

    On his latest wild and woolly, rockin' and twangin' slab, Free State Serenade, former BR5-49 co-leader Chuck Mead conspires with His Grassy... More >>

  • Mystic Braves

    published April 30, 2014

    This psychedelia-obsessed L.A. quintet juggled several monikers (Blackfeet Braves, Mystic Rabbit) before settling on Mystic Braves and scoring an... More >>

  • Leon Russell / Riley Etheridge Jr.

    published April 30, 2014

    Virtually disappeared from popular view until Elton John collaborated with him on the 2010 album The Union. With Life Journey,... More >>

  • Senses Working Overtime: An All Star Benefit Tribute to XTC

    published April 23, 2014

    This second annual local tribute to the English art-pop band XTC will feature a rich, eclectic array of Twin Cities musicians. Money raised at the... More >>

  • Burnt Sugar

    published April 23, 2014

    Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, as it's officially known, is an expansive big band that roams an avant-garde astral plane once defined by Sun... More >>

  • Black Lips

    published April 23, 2014

    Atlanta's Black Lips built their punkish reputation on dirty garage rock streaked with Southern-fried psychedelia, blues, and remnants of '60s... More >>

  • Kill Kancer Benefit

    published April 16, 2014

    An eclectic, essentially all-star array of local musicians, plus the fabled "special guests," will gather at the Cedar for this benefit to support... More >>

  • Turchi

    published April 16, 2014

    "Kudzu boogie" is the shorthand the western North Carolina band Turchi uses to describe its bristling fusion of hard Mississippi Hill Country... More >>

  • Turchi

    published April 16, 2014

    "Kudzu boogie" is the shorthand the western North Carolina band Turchi uses to describe its bristling fusion of hard Mississippi Hill Country... More >>

  • José James

    published April 16, 2014

    Minneapolis native singer-songwriter José James has taken a long, unusual path to a little-trampled spot where jazz, R&B, hip-hop, soul,... More >>

  • 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 >>

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