"Thank goodness there's years, miles, bands and hatchet buryings to separate Free Energy and Hockey Night..."
"The traveling Baltimore music man stunned the children Saturday night at the Triple Rock with sounds, images and feelings they had only dreamt existed and changed their lives forever."
"Good news for those of us who are getting more and more of our music online: local independently-owned record store the Electric Fetus has announced a new digital download site, with an emphasis on offering local music in an affordable, digital format."
"Unless you're a die-hard fan (which seemed to be a lot of this particular crowd) the songs sounded pretty similar. Lots of guitar, great, steady vocals, all at a quick, happy pace."
"The sixth annual installment of Rock for Pussy, one of the Twin Cities' finest tribute shows, will take place Friday, May 22 at First Avenue. Proceeds from the Bowie tribute will go to the Minnesota Valley Humane Society cat shelters."
"For only the fifth time in his five decade-long career, Bob Dylan's new album Together Through Life debuted as the highest-selling album this week in the US."
"On Saturday, August 1, Red House will host a very unique kind of outdoor concert called Blues at the Barn, which -- as you may have already guessed -- will be held at Hobgoblin Music's converted barn in Red Wing, Minnesota."
"Terry Mullan is one of my favorite DJs of all time, but such gushing was not popular among jilted ravers in the post-milennial [sic] rave days. Terry's reputation for blatantly skipping out on his DJ bookings always preceded his behind-the-decks prowess. "
From the City Pages:
"All four Thursdays in May, the 7th St. Entry will be taken over by legendary transgender punk-glam band All the Pretty Horses."
"In today's terms, 2008's Centralia is ancient news. The album's 13 ambitious tracks hit the Twin Cities scene with little fanfare, perhaps stifled by a dearth of live shows--by their count, the Deaths played only four last year. Still, the record delivered the goods, and those fortunate enough to stumble across it chalked it up as one of the year's local best."
-- The Songs We Can't Escape featuring A Camp, Brutal Poodle, Faust, FFH/Prurient & Mountains.
Next Week's New Releases (May 12):
-- Art Brut Art Brut vs. Satan [Downtown]
-- Big Business Mind the Drift [Hydra Head]
-- The Crystal Method Divided by the Night [Tiny e]
-- Steve Earle Townes [New West]
-- Jeremy Enigk Ok Bear [Lewis Hollow]
-- Mike Watt Funland [Smog Veil Records]
-- Passion Pit Manners [Frenchkiss]