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  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

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