The New Century Theatre has proven to be yet another strong addition to downtown Minneapolis's thriving live music scene. In 2014, the venue will continue to play host to the intimate New Century Sessions performances, and they have just announced a new batch of superb local shows set to take place ... More >>
It has been nearly 11 years since the world lost Joe Strummer. But his lingering influence around the world hasn't diminished in the least. Here in Minnesota, we keep Strummer's restless spirit alive not only in the inspired songs that ring out in venues all over the Twin Cities and beyond, but also ... More >>
The rejoicing that began at midnight at City Hall spread blissfully throughout the early morning hours, as the first of many same-sex couples were married in Minnesota. And those warm emotions spread all the way to Washington, as Rep. Keith Ellison celebrated marriage equality in Minnesota with a li ... More >>
Photo by Cameron WittigFor most of the past year, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-Star Wars-geek Jeremy Messersmith has cultivated his homespun side with a series of up-close-and-personal performances that he's dubbed the "Supper Club Tour." In a couple weeks' time, however, he'll have the chanc ... More >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
With Election Day just over a month away, many us are probably growing tired of the endless stream of campaign commercials and relentless sloganeering ringing out from most media outlets. But one of the definite advantages of any election year are the special Benefit Concerts which bring together ta ... More >>
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See Also:U.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to NorwayI sit at a dining table we're about to sell, heaped with things we'll throw in suitcases in two days, amidst a mounting sea of packing boxes. Above the crinkling din of paper being wrapped around our kitchenwares, a c ... More >>
Related:The Duluth floods drowned my record collectionDuluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesAs the devastating, catastrophic images and stories of the flooding in the Duluth began circulating, you knew that the dedicated, hardworking people of that area would see to it to ... More >>
The best thing about Rock for Pussy is obviously that the charity event, now entering its ninth installment tonight, provides funds for local forlorn cats and kittens in need of a helping paw. But not far behind is that the event, organized by the Current's Mary Lucia and a team of musicians, has su ... More >>
On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>
A move to South Dakota brings about personal upheaval
Jewbilee! is a highly entertaining holiday alternative to Christmas Eve for Jewish people and non-Jewish alike. This new "holiday" began seven years ago when local multi-faceted creative artist/musician/DJ/journalist Danny Sigelman, living in Austin, Texas at the time, was inspired to create some ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
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Compilation pays tribute to famous songwriter
Each year, it seems like at least one compilation is released that vies for a spot in the top local records of that year. For the past two years, the Minnesota Beatle Project has landed in the top Minnesota albums section of our Year in Music issue, and this November a new compilation that pays t ... More >>
The government shutdown affected a few live music events in the Twin Cities, namely the series Mill City Live at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis and 9 Nights of Music at the History Center in downtown St. Paul. With the shutdown finally resolved, Mill City Live will resume/kick-off t ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessRebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy 8June 10, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisNow in its eighth go-round, the annual David Bowie tribute-meets-cat shelter fundraiser Rock for Pussy has become one of the most predictably fun nights in local music, as shown by the large turnout and vibrant ... More >>
Yes, that's a pile of kittensThere are cat lovers, and then there are CAT LOVERS. Crazy cat people from all across the cat insanity spectrum will be gathering at First Avenue tonight for the annual Rock for Pussy charity event, which invites local musicians to perform covers of David Bowie songs ... More >>
Who says January is a slow month for shows in the Twin Cities? This weekend is jam-packed with festivities, from the Current's sold-out sixth birthday party to CD-release shows for Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, More Than Lights, and Say Like the French Say.Here's a rundown of our best bets for Frida ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekTalk about the ultimate phone call. Yesterday, local singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith answered a phone call by St. Paul arts director Joe Spencer and was told that he would be opening for the President. Of the United States. Yep, that one.
Photos by Erik HessSome of us may remember when our friend Mark Mallman decided to do his first "Marathon" in 1999. Knowing Mark, it didn't seem weird that he would attempt such a stunt. The man has far too much energy and tends to be one of those creative juggernauts that fill the Twin Cities mu ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenLast night, a bevy of local indie rockers united for Macca: A Tribute to Paul McCartney in the First Ave Mainroom. Blue Sky Blackout, the Melismatics, White Light Riot, Janey Winterbauer, the Duke of Dark, Adam Levy, and many more took turns paying homage to the pop songsmith ... More >>
The next two weekends in Northeast will be jam-packed with free live music, starting this Saturday with Shuga Records' 13th Avenue Folk Festival and Record Swap in Shuga's parking lot and at the 331, and continuing next weekend with the massive Nordeast Music Festival, which spans several venues ... More >>
The Walker announced that the time-honored tradition of Music & Movies in the Park is on hiatus this year, which is a shame. We Minnesotans have a commitment to effective use of summer time that's ingrained in us at a cellular level, and nothing spoke to that quite like seeing a show AND watc ... More >>
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
When the bulldozers came to knock down the Uptown Bar, no one expected that live music would still have a place on that gentrified stretch of Hennepin Avenue. This week, the newly opened Columbia Sportswear store -- which was built on top of the Uptown Bar's old outdoor patio -- is bringing the m ... More >>
The avant garde singer-songwriter put on a fantastic show.
The James J. Hill library will feature a rotating cast of talented local songwriters.
There's epic amounts of free stuff this weekend.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Friday night was one for the history books.
Photos from over the weekend.
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
Prince signs on for Tonight Show residency, interview with Invincible, Mayda profiled & next week's best new releases.
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.