In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show. On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is ve ... More >>
The Voice kicked off yet another season this week, fresh from a Sunday-night Emmy win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.The reality show -- which focuses on judges creating super teams of talented singers based solely on contestants' voices -- enters its fourth season with all four origin ... More >>
While NBC's The Voice has brought us quite the cast of colorful characters, who could ever forget seeing hometown hero Tim Mahoney on the show's first season. In the almost two years since the Adam Levine-coached singer lost in a contested decision in the show's "battle round," he's been working on ... More >>
This week was a little bit of a homecoming for The Voice hopeful Nicholas David, as he took some time away from the stage to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes again. The Voice flew out to each of the four semi-finalists' hometowns and let viewers see a little bit of where Cassadee Pope, Trevin Hunte, ... More >>
The Voice viewers last night held their collective breath as the last top four semi-finalist of the evening was disclosed. Tension built as the camera bounced around the studio onto the judges and contestants for the final decision between Minnesota's own soulful singer Nicholas David and the vivaci ... More >>
A quarter of a century in any business is no small thing, but 25 years in the music business is really a thing of beauty. For its silver anniversary, the Fine Line Music Cafe -- a longtime staple in the the downtown music scene and Twin Cities tradition -- is throwing itself a quiet little party. Fi ... More >>
If there's a show made for Nicholas "The Feelin'" David Mrozinski, it's The Voice. David isn't what you'd call a typical contestant on a singing show. He's got long, unruly hair and a shaggy beard to match. Rectangular glasses frame his 32-year-old face, and a slew of rings engulf his fingers hol ... More >>
You may hear traces of Yellowcard in Minneapolis band All the Right Moves -- perhaps it's the violin implemented by both bands. The young band has crafted an album that hits the spot if you're looking for a guilty pleasure pop-punk to get lost in. When Your Compass Breaks is All the Right Moves' ven ... More >>
Mike Hannah, aka Mike Dreams, is certainly mysterious as a young man who has lived many lives in his short years. The rapper/hip-hop artist has brought to fruition his dreams -- so to speak -- on his third album Millennial. The album is a collection of songs that hit you in the gut -- even when they ... More >>
The Voice recently announced that its celeb judges -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine -- would attempt a medley of Prince tunes in its second episode this season. No word on a guest appearance by the celebrated songwriter himself, but this is a refreshi ... More >>
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Area pop singer/songwriter Tim Mahoney, who calls himself the "King Of Almost" and whose main claim to fame was being mistaken for a girl by Adam Levine on the NBC reality show The Voice, has written a diss track, jokingly voicing his beef with the Maroon 5 crooner. "Hey Adam Levine," a son ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessMaroon 5 and TrainSeptember 5, 2011State Fair GrandstandLabor Day--always a bittersweet day for Minnesotans, marking the end to 12 food coma-inducing days. With the hot and rainy days past, the weather was perfect for an evening with radio friendly groups Maroon 5 and Tra ... More >>
It's been nearly 30 years since MTV launched by airing footage of the Apollo 11 landing and the video for the Buggles' "Video Killed a Radio Star" at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981. Though it was founded with the intent of streaming music videos 24 hours a day, the station quickly became a tool for ... More >>
Kare-11 announced yesterday that it will be running a contest to select five contestants from the state of Minnesota to fly out to L.A. and "be able to move to the front of the line" at the auditions for the next season of The Voice, which offers singers a chance to be evaluated by a panel of cel ... More >>
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Tim Mahoney won over a significant new fan last night: Adam Levine of Maroon 5, who selected Mahoney as one of the contestants that will be given a chance to compete on the new NBC show The Voice.
Longtime Twin Cities singer and songwriter Tim Mahoney recently auditioned for a new talent show on NBC, The Voice, which features coaches and judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton -- and judging by the first promo spot for the show, Mahoney is going to be promin ... More >>
Photo by Christopher Wray-McCannOver the years, Maroon 5 has become a household name. It seems like every time we turn on the radio we hear another #1 hit single. They've been on top long enough to stake their claim and headline national arena tours, producing a menagerie of catchy songs; it's h ... More >>
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