Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the group was on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay put for new clips from ACTN, the 4onthefloor, Chris ... More >>
DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
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 post-punk rockers forge a new identity and get ready for a national tour
Wits with Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and Rob DelaneyFitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFriday, May 10, 2013Friday night's Wits session opened with host John Moe thanking everyone for attending, more so because it was opening night for The Great Gatsby in theaters. Moe went on to joke that unbeknownst to a lot ... More >>
When Dave King plays the drums, it doesn't even look real. He looks like a human octopus, like maybe he's hiding three other limbs to help him create all those sounds. His hands float around the kit, and he smiles deeply, his face transparently joyous, always enveloped in the music. As a founding ... More >>
It's almost closing time at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. A disco ball overhead spins, flashing colors around the room, where banners with snowflakes and valentines on them hang from the high, arched ceiling. There's a big, green dinosaur standing in the far corner, and as the DJ switches thr ... More >>
Hidden behind the heavy rhythms and fierce collection of percussive embellishments, Glenn Kotche is most well-known as the guy on the drum stool for the band Wilco. Bringing the role of modern day rock drummer to new esteemed heights he has also collaborated with So Percussion, Kronos Quartet and On ... 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.
From poets and directors to comedians and dancers, the Twin Cities are teeming with creativity
John Mark NelsonWith Observer Drift7th St. Entry, MinneapolisSunday, August 12, 2012See Also:John Mark Nelson channels folk-pop sophisticationJohn Mark Nelson makes early Minneapolis impact via BandcampObserver Drift making chill waves with escapist debutAlthough the 7th St. Entry doesn't do "New Ba ... More >>
Release show at Kitty Cat Klub
Destroyer with Sandro Perri Cedar Cultural Center Monday, June 25, 2012 View a slideshow here.The multifaceted Dan Bejar, who performs as Destroyer, debuted the jazzy, chamber pop tracks from one of last year's best releases, Kaputt, at the Cedar Cultural Center l ... More >>
Stephen Colbert's sardonic commentary on Tuesday night's episode of The Colbert Report provides an excuse to promote an upcoming weekend music event that will be lower on dry rub barbecue and performances by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and higher on idiosyncratic music criticism. Yes, the 2012 EMP ... More >>
Sophomore album is muscular and confident
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
Erik Appelwick, Martin Dosh, and James Buckley drop fourth album
The band Guitar Party is a supergroup of sorts that includes some longtime local music veterans: Jeremy Ylvisaker, Haley Bonar, Jake Hansen, Andrew Broder, J.T. Bates, and Michael Lewis. Even the late Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen was a member before he passed away last October. But new to the fold ... More >>
Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland
Photo by Amanda JohnsonThis just in: In addition to the big SXSW tour kick-off happening tomorrow night at the Turf Club, which features Pink Mink, Hastings 3000, and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer's new project, the Hounds Below, there will be two more last minute SXSW send-off of so ... More >>
Inspired by free-jazz trio Fat Kid Wednesdays
Miss Cho if yo' nasty Margaret Cho's comedic motives, heritage and body type have been dissected more than a pile of frogs in a 5th grade science class. At the end of the day, Cho is a fierce and funny ambassador for the Korean American community who makes amazing jokes about her parents, loves t ... More >>
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 >>
From James Buckley Trio to Painted Saints
Ephemeral Eon is self-released
The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.
After a farewell show over the weekend at the Walker, the songsmith packs a steamer trunk for the Pacific Northwest.
Ryan Warner catches up with Minneapolis-based folk throwback group Dark Dark Dark as they hit the road for a US tour.
Our summer girl is set up to be a Big Star
Jon Davis is alone in GhostBand
Dosh leads a loopy sing-along at the Triple Rock