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The Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-338-2674

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While they've hosted plenty of touring and local rock and jazz bands, this West Bank institution is the place to go if you want to see the cream of world music. This converted movie theater, featuring both seated and standing viewing, has hosted everything from Tuvan throat singing to Scandinavian folk to African hip hop and beyond, making it one of the most globally illuminating venues in the Midwest.


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  • Gimme Noise: Concert Preview
    Jon Herchert, a.k.a. Dark Pony, is not new to the Minneapolis music scene. He has been playing around town for years--since his high school days, in fact, as the lead singer in his first...
  • Gimme Noise: Last Night
    It would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what...
  • Gimme Noise: Local Music
    The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their...
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    Bill Callahan doesn't care about Jandek. At least that's the line he's sticking to during our email interview. When asked about his feelings toward the Houston outsider musician, to whom...
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    Fiery Furnaces Cedar Cultural Center on Friday 5.13 The thoroughly unpredictable, sometimes inscrutable Friedberger siblings are as usual up to numerous things as they whip off this tour...
  • Music:
    Make no mistake: No Bird Sing play hip hop. They just won't be kick-starting any dance parties in the near future. More Black Keys than Kanye, more prog rock than bump 'n' grind, the trio's...
  • Music:
    Portland has a lot of things going for it: a rich arts and culinary scene, enviably mild winters, the possibility of bumping into relocated indie-rock royalty like Steven Malkmus or Isaac...
  • Music:
    Volcano Choir Cedar Cultural Center on Friday 3.25 Volcano Choir is the artfully poignant collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Collection of Colonies of Bees, an unlikely...
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    WED. 12.8 Dark Dark Dark Cedar Cultural Center It's been quite a successful year for the quasi-local sextet Dark Dark Dark, who have released both a stellar EP and their inspired...
  • Music:
    With two separate albums on the way (including a new collaboration with fierce fiddler and songwriter Carrie Rodriguez and the third album from his alt-country band, Romantica) and a recent...
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    WEDNESDAY 11.24 Black Dub feat. Daniel Lanois Cedar Cultural Center Black Dub is the latest project from production wizard, musician, and composer Daniel Lanois, whose studio work has...
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    WEDNESDAY 11.10 Jeff Daniels Cedar Cultural Center The star (one of 'em anyway) of Dumb and Dumber is a pretty smart cookie, at least when it comes to writing smart-ass ditties loaded...
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    A mid-level music executive in the 1980s beams, rollerblading from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir to his apartment in the Village, Boy George blasting (thanks to Mega Bass) from a...
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    WEDNESDAY 9.8 Billy Bragg Cedar Cultural Center Though his Old Left politics, Essex accent, and tenderly scrappy guitar have obscured the fact, Billy Bragg would probably be Daryl Hall if...
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    WEDNESDAY 8.4 Balkan Beat Box The Cedar Although the band is based in New York, with a commensurate cutting-edge/punkish attitude attendant to the downtown scene, Balkan Beat Box's heart...
  • Music:
    "It's pretty boring, actually," says Spaghetti Western String Co. banjo player Mike Rossetto about his band's decision to break up. "I wish I could give you some dirt. No one took anyone...
  • Music:
    A rocker with gospel grounding and a politically minded artist who largely writes about matters of the heart, Chasity Brown has a musical background of seemingly incongruous ingredients that...
  • Music:
    Something about the Clientele's music has always felt a bit out of step with the rest of the world. It may be the way they mix the jangly pop of Love with the lethargic drone of Galaxie 500....
  • Music: CD Review
    There is more than just clever wordplay involved in the title to Dark Dark Dark's new EP, Bright Bright Bright. It's a reflection of a more sanguine, auspicious direction for the band, with...
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    WEDNESDAY 2.24 Basia Bulat The Cedar Toronto native Basia Bulat's 2007 debut, Oh, My Darling, etched a fine line among traditional folk, alt-pop, folk rock, and chamber folk while her...
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    For the past few years Minnesota native Michael Morris has embraced the open road, splitting time between Northfield, Portland, Seattle, and plenty of places in between as he has embarked on...
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    Upstairs, in a house that does triple duty as Modern Radio's office and warehouse, and Tom Loftus's home, Loftus is posing for a photo with a guitar he rarely plays. "You should hold it...
  • Music: CD Review
    Although Pert Near Sandstone like to call themselves a "new-timey" string band, there's obviously a significant old-timey component to the local quartet's amalgamation of vintage country,...

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