Friday, Feb. 27:
"30 bands might seem like a big chaw to chew. But when you've been recording bands for five years strong, and you work your rear off to become a name that musicians in the wary local community will trust, getting 30 bands under your flag is a snap."
Monday, March 2:
"It's not rare for a show at First Avenue to sell out, but every so often an at-capacity show will buzz with so much energy and excitement that it's as if the entire venue is busting with hometown pride."
Tuesday, March 3:
"The wandering, romantic collective that is Minneapolis-based Dark Dark Dark are as poised as they are well-equipped to become the city's next big thing. That is, if they decide to continue calling Minneapolis their home, something the group seems to be at odds with internally."
Wednesday, March 4:
"The electro duo known as Fischerspooner (Warren Fischer plus Casey Spooner) are finally coming back to Minneapolis after a long hiatus not only from this fair city but from music itself."
Thursday, March 5:
"Formerly known as Little Sister, local three-piece Young Brides are releasing their first full-length album Friday night at the Uptown Bar."
"Well, both Rolling Stone and Pitchfork have reported it, so it must be true: Bob Dylan is expected to release a new album next month. Beyond the vague release date ('late April), details surrounding the forthcoming disc are hazy; the 10-song album is untitled as of yet, and sources close to Dylan say the new album 'came as a surprise.'"
From the City Pages:
"Brown's honesty is refreshing but not surprising; her album is laced with unapologetically personal lyrics. Even the title, Sankofa, speaks to the confessional nature of the album."
"For ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, it all began with an innocent little YouTube video... Four years later, Shimabukuro is still following an upward trajectory, setting himself apart as an intense, disarming, and enigmatic performer."
"The ukulele, once relegated to Hawaiian travel videos, is making a huge comeback--at least in our humble cities. Local songstress Lucy Michelle has shared the spotlight with one on nearly every stage in at least a 30-mile radius."
"Anamnestic Tincture is a terrific document of former TVBC guitarist Paul Metzger's musical experiential shift over the last seven or eight years."
-- The Songs We Can't Escape: Two Tongues, Cutty Boi, D. Rider, Hypochondriosis & Courtney Love.
Next Week's New Releases (March 10):
-- Bishop Allen Grrr... [Dead Oceans]
Bishop Allen "Dimmer" (mp3)
-- Brother Ali The Truth Is Here EP [Rhymesayers]
-- Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted [RCA]
-- Elvis Perkins in Dearland Elvis Perkins in Dearland [4AD]
-- Handsome Furs Face Control [Sub Pop]
-- Julie Doiron I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day [Jagjaguwar]
-- Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds Dracula Boots [In The Red]
-- New Found Glory Not Without a Fight [Epitaph]
-- Swan Lake Enemy Mine [Jagjaguwar]
Swan Lake "Spider" (mp3)