The ReplacementsRiot Fest, Denver, ColoradoSaturday, September 21, 2013Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently perform ... More >>
Just as was the case in Toronto, the cell phone-wielding amateur videographers were out at Riot Fest to document the Replacements' second reunion show. During what proved to be a lovely evening in Humboldt Park following a day of rain, the 'Mats packed a few more songs into their setlist, and threw ... More >>
Many amateur videographers put themselves into action last weekend at Riot Fest Toronto as the Replacements played their first gig in 22 years. As we wait for an official release of a live document of the show -- local filmmaker Rick Fuller was on the scene to record it all -- these 16 snippets can ... More >>
At Riot Fest in Toronto, the local legends had a swingin' reunion party
The ReplacementsRiot FestFort York, TorontoSunday, August 25, 2013Three decades ago, Paul Westerberg's opening lyrics from the Replacements' "I Will Dare" asked no one in particular "How young are you? How old am I?" Now 53, the rock star with a serious J.D. Salinger streak -- who emerged in a plaid ... More >>
With 22 years for us all to think about it, there are options galore for the Replacements' headlining performance at Riot Fest in Toronto on Sunday. Their first show since 1991 could revisit any number of segments of the band's past -- perhaps even their "Hayday." The settling of time has elevated t ... More >>
When the Replacements hit the stage for Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, it's a safe bet that they'll be toting "Alex Chilton." Why? Well, the guys -- whoever they are aside from Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- posted a clip from a practice space featuring a tiny bit of the song ... More >>
If the drool-worthy posters shown above haven't already pulled you in, the rest of the story of Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined certainly will. Just released this month, the book features 200 freshly created concert posters recalling the nascent shows of some of the finest unde ... More >>
By Rick MasonJust off the main drag in an unassuming Minnesota river town is an outpost of the deep South and an underground musical phenomenon whose ripples extend far across the globe. Bayport, on the St. Croix just south of Stillwater, may be home to a state prison and a massive windows factory, ... More >>
Photo By Steve CohenRay DaviesNovember 8, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFrom the moment Ray Davies stepped onto the Fitzgerald Theater's stage Tuesday evening, it was clear we caught him on a good night. The notoriously mercurial Kinks frontman even announced as much to the sold-out crowd at ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
Photo by Ralph AlfonsoCanadian rocker Dave RaveTireless local rocker Curtiss A, the man behind the annual marathon John Lennon tribute shows, is celebrating his 60th birthday this weekend with a stellar show at the Entry that features the Tisdales, the Mad Ripple, and Canadian rocker Dave Rave, w ... More >>
The Replacements singer pays tribute to his mentor.
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...the scene is now
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The Jayhawks move onward with the new, acoustic sounds of 'Rainy Day Music'
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Santa in the afternoon, the Silos at night: A trip down memory lane
Gary Louris and the Jayhawks have soared with introspective songs and rich melodies. Now, with their upbeat new album, Smile, the band is determined to fly up the commercial charts.
When Trip Shakespeare broke up, Matt Wilson marched off to war against his muse. Five years later, this exacting songwriter returns from the front with his first solo album.
A roundtable with five Twin Cities songwriters