Minneapolis country-roots band The Dirt Road Ramblers do things at their own pace, and it has paid off. On their newest album The Legend of Charley White, the quartet have unearthed a sound that balances twang with bar-rocking bliss.Before their album release at the Dakota Jazz Club on Friday night, ... More >>
Alison Scott might be one of the Twin Cities most underrated vocalists -- even though she's been playing around town for longer than most of the bands in rotation on the local airwaves. She has a classic, ageless voice that can be adapted from pop to soul in one song to the next, and it's a natural ... More >>
So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from&nb ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>
With the holiday season upon us, if you need a worthwhile distraction from the rampant consumerism and commercialism associated with Christmas, it's best to look for a way to help others in need. And for the fourth year in a row, Minnesota music and charity come together for a good cause on Holiday ... More >>
Election season is over...and so is this week! First Avenue is hosting Pert Near Sandstone this Friday in the Mainroom while Picked to Click finalist, Actual Wolf plays a set at the Harriet Brewing Company. Communist Daughter takes a brief stop from their tour to play a show at the Amsterdam, Saturd ... More >>
A tremendous amount of creativity and talent has been fostered by the funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board's arts and cultural heritage fund since it was passed by the state's voters in 2008. Countless musicians and artists from all over Minnesota have received much needed support from the fu ... More >>
It may be a little early to think about concerts in December and beyond, but -- oh, who are we kidding? It's never too early to think about concerts. The Hopkins Center for the Arts has just released its 2012-2013 Take Five Tuesdays calendar, and there are some exciting artists on the roster, star ... More >>
The prodigal son Owl City will be perform a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater on Friday evening, but if you are older than 14, Hot Chip will rock the First Avenue stage in Downtown Minneapolis. MaLLy will perform a free show at Northrop Plaza, but make sure you show up in time to catch the infect ... More >>
Summer means your Week in Food events can be indoors (like the excellent farmers market exhibit at Mill City Museum) or in the great wide open (the second annual Taste of Stillwater), so you can mend your sunburn or enjoy a frosty beer in the sun -- your call. 7/9 If you haven't checked out the Mi ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party marks the beginning of July and the end of weeks of promotion for presenting radio station Cities 97, who bring soft-rocker Mat Kearney and Train on Friday and alt-country group The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. 311 will be swinging through Minneapolis on their national ... More >>
This is definitely a weekend reserved for rock with Rock for Pussy, a tribute to David Bowie at First Ave. on Friday and Rock the Vine, a day reserved for music and wine tasting, on Saturday. Minneapalooza will be taking over Nick & Eddie's and Joe's Garage on Saturday with many local musicians. ... More >>
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
The soulful singer Alison Scott is about to release her latest studio album, Hiding Under the Covers, Volume II, a collection of covers that includes pieces by Elliott Smith, Radiohead, and Elton John to name a few.Deciding to intersperse her original releases with cover albums came as a natural de ... More >>
Despite the "Twin Cities hip-hop scene being oversaturated" this is the weekend that the Twin Cities hip-hop scene looks forward to the most. If you're thinking of heading down to Shakopee son Sunday for Soundset, better head there early or carpool; last year the traffic was held up for two hours. M ... More >>
It's been a longstanding goal of the vibrant Twin Cities music scene to connect with the many distinguished area colleges and their students. And the local artists' musical ties to the University of Minnesota is clearly a strong one, as the U of M is about to kickoff their 58th Annual Summer Mus ... More >>
As Twin Cities music fans wait patiently for any sign of stirring from Paul Westerberg, there is a small bit of creative activity from the former 'Mats frontman on the forthcoming new record from renowned Minneapolis songwriter/producer/guitarist Kevin Bowe and his band the Okemah Prophets. Bowe ... More >>
Drinking and live music are of the utmost importance on St. Patrick's Day, a day reserved for celebrating Irish pride. Grab a dancing partner, and do a jig because most venues around town this weekend will be featuring live music along the Celtic vein to go accompany your Guinness or Shamrock Sh ... More >>
Start the year off right with a weekend of local music.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Settle down with some local music this weekend.
Where would we be without women in music? Specifically, where would we be without the women in the Twin Cities music scene? On Wednesday, the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be hosting Celebrate Women in Music, an event that aims to shed light on the hard work and talent of some of the mo ... More >>
While it seems like tempting fate to already start looking forward to the tail end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair free stage lineups should help us ease our way into the beginning of September. On the lineup this year are early-'80s Prince cohorts Morris Day and the Time, Johnny Cash's longt ... More >>
Infotainment at its best.
The bands who received nods in this year's Picked to Click poll aren't just limited to the 11 we featured in this week's issue. See below for a full list of all of the bands who received votes in this year's poll, with the total points awarded to each band.Remember: Voters were told to choose fiv ... More >>
Tom Loftus by Greg SchaalThe 501 Club will launch their 501 Arts fall program this Saturday with a band photo exhibit featuring Minneapolis-based photographers. From mid-performance snapshots to posed band portraits, the medley of photos in the exhibit will be intriguing, to say the least. A ... More >>
(Photo by stuartpilbrow) This week Freeloader Friday is all about street festivals. We have Dakota Fest, Highland Fest, and not one, but two awesome Bastille Day celebrations. Add in some live music and tons of other stuff, and you have a completely free weekend.
(Pictured: Last year's MOSAIC street fest)This weekend we have a party on the Walker lawn, a new music venue in Uptown, and two free street fests for kids.
This week's bonus blurbs includes a local artist craft fair, a huge street fest, and the cheapest date night we've seen yet.
All photos by Steve CohenAl Kooper with Ashleigh Still and Alison ScottA sizable crew of esteemed local musicians gathered at the Dakota Sunday night to pay tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Al Kooper with a set of covers that spanned his entire career. According to photographer Steve Cohen, Al him ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenLocal pianist and singer-songwriter Allison Scott has been added as an opener at tonight's Bon Jovi concert at the Xcel Center. According to a press release, Jon Bon Jovi added Scott to the bill after reading CJ's column in the Star Tribune about Scott's disappointment with th ... More >>
This weekend's McNally Smith River Rocks Festival brings quite the mix of musicians old and new to the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul. Here's the lineup.
Here are the 84 ballots counted in this year's Picked to Click poll, alphabatized by the voters' names. Ballots without numbers attached, or without otherwise specifying an order of preference, were counted "in no particular order," with each choice getting 3 points. (First choices got 5 points, sec ... More >>