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Don't mistake Minneapolis musician Vonnie Kyle as just another folksy artist; this petite singer is full of spunk and spitfire. Set to release her debut album Run Run, Kyle is looking to take the lead after playing a supporting role in her old band Skittish. On Run Run, Vonnie's lyrics are either in ... More >>
Ani DiFranco with Pearl and the Beard First Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSunday, September 23, 2012 "All right, no more Mister Nice Guy," said Ani DiFranco last night, two songs in to her epic 20-song set at First Avenue. "I want to see if this old 42-year-old bag of bones can still rock." Yeah, ri ... More >>
People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaAni DiFranco with Anais MitchellSeptember 23, 2011Pantages Theatre, MinneapolisFeminist folk singer Ani DiFranco celebrated her birthday Friday night at the Pantages in exactly the way one would expect her to -- without fanfare, and through her music. The crowd wasn't go ... More >>
This change in weather must have brought along a wave of creativity...more CD releases this weekend!
Photos by Nikki MillerTed Nugent August 7, 2011 Medina Entertainment Center Ted Nugent's incantations are amusing, even charming, the first, second, third, even fourth go-round. But by the end, for fuck's sake. It's like listening to your drunk uncle complain about your aunt's bad cooking fo ... More >>
I'm positive that Merrill Garbus didn't answer her phone the first time I called because she wanted me to hear her voicemail greeting. "Thi-iS iS m-m-E-rr-ilL l-E-a-V-e A m-esS-age," a creaking voice insists, while bounding up and down amidst an octave's worth of notes.
May 2, 2011 Chris Pureka Minneapolis Aster Café Chris Pureka has one of the quietest speaking voices you've ever heard. As she introduces herself softly to the crowd at the packed Aster Café show last night, the entire audience falls absolutely silent--a state that Pureka would slowly co ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
But Nicollet Avenue hot spot could do more with its concept
Regina Spektor, Pet Shop Boys and Todd Rungdren all play the State, Ani DiFrano speaks & next week's best new releases.
The Fiery Furnaces announce TC date, Mason Jennings plays for Rolling Stone & Bob Dylan shows his art.
DiFranco finds her biggest fan in...our music editor
My full chat with the righteous babe of folk.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Some songs get you every time.
An evening of powerful music by two of today's fiercest female musicians: one local and one longstanding national act.
Two great new local albums with nothing in common but their mention in this review!
The other night there was a party at my house
Local hip hoppers S.U.S.P.E.C.T.S. escape to Minneapolis from the streets of Pennsylvania
In the past year, Prince has become a Jehovah's Witness, bitched about the record industry, canceled a national tour, and delayed the release of his new CD. But he doesn't want to talk about it.
Five new CDs resurrect and redefine the role of diva
If a local CD falls into the retail bins, does it make a sound? Peter S. Scholtes reviews this month's batch of releases.
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
Maybe pop songs kick-start dreams, secrets: Against rock's more comprehensive demands ("You WILL be moved in THIS way!"), maybe all pop wants to be is a spark.