The Shouting Matches With Alpha Consumer First Avenue, Minneapolis August 2, 2013 Near the end of Friday's Shouting Matches show, Justin Vernon led bandmates Phil Cook and Brian Moen through the soulful "I Need a Change." The standout track from their debut full-length, Grownass Man, is ostensibly ... More >>
Vieux Farka Touré Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 9, 2013 We were not dancing enough. That appeared to be Vieux Farka Touré's chief concern between songs. If the Malian guitar hero's heavily accented English made it hard for him to explicitly tell us to move more, his amused yet ... 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 >>
January's a heady and diverse month for country shows in the Twin Cities, kicking off with a pair of sold-out New Year's performances at the Varsity Theater by Brandi Carlile, and ending with that pair PETA has not yet recognized for their important work saving horses.
See Also:Basilica Block Party 2012 lineupThe Avett Brothers are knuckle-scraping live performers, clever songwriters, and Southern charmers. Their record company wants you to know they'll unveil the highly anticipated The Carpenter, another carefully constructed affair with producer Rick Rubin, this ... More >>
Cass McCombs BandWith Frank Fairfield7th St. Entry, MinneapolisWednesday, February 1, 2012In a torn flannel shirt over a henley, comfortably worn jeans, and Dr. Marten boots, Cass McCombs looks a lot like a mechanic lately. (Or Eddie Vedder, circa. 1991.) But it's an appropriate guise for a man c ... More >>
Photos by Rick MasonNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDead Man Winter at First Avenue Monday nightDead Man Winter March 3, 2011 Turf Club, St. Paul It would seem that Dead Man Winter is hovering on the edge of a wildly successful career. The newish band played at Turf last night, and while there was plenty of room, the club ... More >>
I'm gonna tell you somethin', and then you're gonna judge me. I really, really like Tool. Now that that's out of the way, I'm gonna tell you that Shooter Jennings, progeny of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, just put out a concept album under the band name Hierophant. I'v ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessMatt Locher and Zach Coulter of Solid Gold"I was looking forward to this show all day at work," Solid Gold frontman Zach Coulter said between songs, grinning. "But I had no idea it would be one of the best show nights of my life." Throughout the night on Monday, Coulter looked l ... More >>
Today, one of country's best relationship-phobes turns 68. Ten songs to get hooked on... but not too hooked. I don't want no clingin' vine! You're smothering me!
Concert attendees are in for some extended jams this evening.
Name change and new record see group reinventing the jam band
Rounding up the best jazz records from six fruitful months
Flunking rehab, robbing bandmates, pulling a Courtney Love: The Libertines return
Kent Stephens's latest project is a play about a play about a rehearsal of a play about a novel
Trashing motels and crashing wheelchairs with the White Iron Band
Does Sonic Youth's new album justify calls for their termination?
While Poor Line Condition are pioneering live drum 'n' bass in the local music scene, their audience just likes to watch
Bloody marys with a bookie at the height of March Madness
How one reluctant hippie embraced the smell of patchouli and the sound of Minnesota's preeminent jam band, the Big Wu
Music-wise, this weekend's Mill City Festival looks like a winner. Business-wise, it's a $1.7 million gamble.