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Batteryboy frontman Cobey Rouse has been a busy man as of late. In addition to getting his kids ready for the start of the school year, Rouse organized the second installment of the Southern Theater Sessions, a two-night concert that begins this evening at Minneapolis's Southern Theater. In addition ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A dynamic new video from recent Rhymesayers signee, Dem Atlas, leads off this week. Dig in for fresh clips from Bomba de Luz, Doe Paoro, Courageous Endeavors, and a behind-t ... More >>
Along with the 331 Club and 612Brew, Indeed Brewing Company will be jam-packed with live local music during Art-A-Whirl weekend. In a collaboration with First Avenue, the Northeast tap room hosts 11 acts on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17.Among the energetic offerings are City Pages Best Rock B ... More >>
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Trampled by Turtles just released the first single from their seventh studio album, Wild Animals, and it's a bit of a departure. Recorded earlier this year at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls with production by Low's Alan Sparhawk, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" pushes the band further into the ... More >>
The secluded Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls has seen some of the most celebrated groups of the past 30 years roll into town and bash out some of the best records of the modern rock era. As the studio enters a new era with Duluth's Trampled by Turtles recording their latest album there wi ... More >>
One of the obvious highlights (or lowlights, if you ask this guy) of this past summer's Pitchfork Music Festival was Low. A clever inclusion of Rihanna and Mykki Echo's tear-jerker "Stay" proved once again that this Duluth trio refuses to become a predictable entity.Now Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, a ... More >>
Last month, Low played a universally acclaimed set at Rock the Garden. Everyone in attendance -- and we especially mean everyone on Twitter -- eagerly applauded this 27-minute rendition of one song as an artistic triumph. And then, out of nowhere, the Duluth trio pulled a complete 180 this past week ... More >>
Low made hot-headed believers out of a large festival crowd Saturday at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. After a set that primarily featured songs from the band's 2013 release The Invisible Way, they decided to take things in a pop-oriented direction with a cover of Rihanna's slow jam "Stay. ... More >>
The Twin Cities music community needs a jolt every so often, and it came over the weekend via Low's performance at Rock the Garden. In a set defying their more traditional recent material, including this year's fascinating The Invisible Way, the 20-year vets leaned heavily on their slower, contempla ... More >>
Just like we did last year, here are a selection of GIFs highlighting the many unforgettable sights of Rock the Garden 2013. As it turned out, the Walker Art Center's lawn and parking garage, thanks to Dan Deacon, proved crucial to this year's event. Photographer Anna Gulbrandsen braved the puddle ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.This week launch right into the festivities with a new, erotically charged Atmosphere video, released to get people even more hyped for the big Soundset Festival taking place ... More >>
Local summer music festivals are nearly upon us. Though a few high-profile examples aren't happening in 2013, another brand-new one is on its way in the form of the Sixty Five Roses Festival. And it's for a good cause. Hosted by the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, 100 percent of the proceeds fro ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Ahead of Low's highly anticipated show at the Fitzgerald this Saturday night, an intimate la Blogotheque live performance from Paris by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker leads t ... 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 >>
MN Original's new music program The Lowertown Line debuted on December 31 featuring the pickin' talents of Duluth's Trampled by Turtles. Now you can view the footage. As you can read in our print story on the matter, the show is an expanded venture that the Twin Cities Public Television folks hopes ... More >>
New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music
Masters of musical light and shadow Low will release The Invisible Way in March. This album marks their 20th anniversary, and shows Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's connection to Duluth runs deep. Not only did Wilco received a key to the city this summer during a performance at Bayfront Festival Park an ... More >>
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Mary Bue has been out of the game for a few years, but don't count her out of the running. With a new album that is five years in the making, the Duluth artist has concocted a self-appointed indie-folk record that has all the flavors of a pop album. The hooks, sweet melodies and granduer are all the ... More >>
Related:Retribution Gospel Choir releases free EP (DOWNLOAD)Retribution Gospel Choir would not be the band you go to for power pop gems, clapping verses, and cowbell-fused tunes. Best known as Low frontman Alan Sparhawk's other (very loud) baby, RGC has a reputation for bringing frenzied, serious ... More >>
Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>
Retribution Gospel Choir, the more-strummy side project of Low's Alan Sparhawk, has released a new EP. Titled The Revolution -- not a Prince thing -- the four tracks gather some great vintage rock replete with cowbell, sassy guitar licks, and some full-on shredding. And it occurs all in the span ... More >>
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Greater Minds pays little attention to convention
The Current today is doing a fairly massive edition of Theft of the Dial today -- Fox 9's M.A. Rosko and the Decemberists have already helped out the little big station this morning, with two big'uns still to come.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
photo via Retribution Gospel Choir's MyspaceAlan Sparhawk's relatively aggressive, tightly yet epically sprawling, and stunningly composed project Retribution Gospel Choir recently recorded a session at The Current, playing their songs "Working Hard," "Hide It Away," and "Your Bird." Lucky for ev ... More >>
The Current and the Walker Art Center announced their Rock the Garden lineup today with a live broadcast at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by Current DJ Mary Lucia and the Walker's Senior Curator for Performing Arts Philip Bither. The yearly outdoor festival has grown quite large in t ... More >>
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