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2014 Stories by Rick Mason

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  • The Okee Dokee Brothers

    published June 11, 2014

    Proud to be Okees from Shakopee — or at least somewhere in the Twin Cities, via Denver — Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander rarely get... More >>

  • Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)

    published June 4, 2014

    From renegade roots rocker to collaborator with some of bluegrass's finest, from hard country and blues purveyor to folkie busker (in spirit,... More >>

  • Yann Tiersen / NO

    published June 4, 2014

    French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen's sweeping, evocative music is often cinematic in scale. Richly endowed with enchanting... More >>

  • Elvis Costello

    published June 4, 2014

    Elvis Costello's long, prolific, and brilliant career has been punctuated by a wide array of collaborations reflecting his wildly eclectic musical... More >>

  • Joe Ely

    published May 28, 2014

    Hailing from the wind-whipped Texas Panhandle, Joe Ely absorbed all the juicy sounds blowing by: Buddy Holly rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk, Tex-Mex,... More >>

  • The Monkees

    published May 28, 2014

    Hey, hey, they're still the Monkees, appropriately opening the Zoo's summer music series. Nearly 50 years after being assembled by corporate types... More >>

  • Irv Williams

    published May 21, 2014

    Listening to tenor saxophonist Irv Williams's burnished tone, his knowing way around a jazz ballad, or the way he swings passionately through a... More >>

  • Eels / Chelsea Wolfe

    published May 21, 2014

    If Eels' enigmatic engineer E hadn't ever encountered essentially every enervating emotion in his songwriting over the course of his career, the... More >>

  • Victor Wooten

    published May 21, 2014

    Victor Wooten is astoundingly eclectic, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and fusions of every stripe. He co-founded the Flecktones... More >>

  • The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

    published May 21, 2014

    The tiger isn't the only ghost with a prominent role in Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band GOASTT. The sweeping, meticulously crafted... More >>

  • 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 >>

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