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    November 24, 2014

    The 20 Best Drummers of All Time

    As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    Tech N9ne Found Inspiration in an Instagram Comment

    Tech N9ne | Myth | Saturday, November 22Kansas City's Tech N9ne is perhaps the biggest indie MC in the world. Like seemingly every year, it's been a big year for Tech as he released a new collaboration album, aptly titled Strangeulation, and even got some national TV time by being behind home plate ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    GWAR at Skyway Theatre, 11/20/14

    GWARSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014
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    November 14, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014
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    November 12, 2014
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    November 7, 2014

    Garth Brooks at Target Center, 11/6/14

    Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood Target Center, Minneapolis Thursday, November 6, 2014 You might say Garth Brooks is a crowd-pleaser. You might also say Michael Jackson was a good dancer and Beatles songs are catchy. Garth -- to call him "Brooks" is as fussy and mannered as referring to "Presley" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Chris Koza Turns Up, Probes Deep on New Solo Album

    Chris Koza | Cedar Cultural Center | Sunday, November 9The most frequently played song on Chris Koza's iTunes might surprise you. One might expect the local singer-songwriter to have a Beatles addiction, or maybe crank something folksy from his native home of Portland on the regular. Maybe he's got ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014
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    November 5, 2014
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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    On Taylor Swift's Most Sinful Album Yet (Sort Of)

    The world is tired of Taylor Swift pretending that she's a virtuous country star, and the announcement that 1989 would be a "pure pop" album inspired by Like a Prayer-era Madonna was accompanied more than anything by a collective sigh of relief. No more of this chastity-driven power pop -- time for ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014
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    October 24, 2014

    Revisiting Method Man and Redman's Failed Fox Sitcom, Method & Red

    While Method Man and Redman have consistently put on an acclaimed live hip-hop show for close to two decades, not everything they've done together has been as successful. This year marks a decade since their short-lived Fox sitcom Method & Red. To celebrate this milestone of sorts -- and before ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a "reel" lovely new video from John Mark Nelson. We've also got clips from Teenage Strangler, Matt Hires, Gospel Machine, Freddy Fresh, and Forest Haze ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014
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    October 20, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 10/20-10/23

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    October 9, 2014

    Relax, It's Okay to Like Weezer Again

    "Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014
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    October 8, 2014
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    October 7, 2014

    Bachelor Farmer to Expand, Open New Cafe Concept in the North Loop

    The folks over at the Bachelor Farmer have more big plans for Minneapolis's bustling North Loop neighborhood. Over six years into their successful restaurant venture, the Dayton brothers have decided it's time for an expansion. Andrew and Eric Dayton will move their clothing store, Askov Finlayson, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Smokey Robinson at Mystic Lake, 10/4/14

    Smokey Robinson Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake Saturday, October 4, 2014 To say the packed house at Mystic Lake Saturday night was eager and ready would be a bit of understatement. While the hum of amplifiers and the faint sound of the musicians plugging in inspired yelps and calls to "Come on, bab ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Agent Orange at 7th Street Entry, 10/2/14

    Agent Orange with The Architects 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, October 2, 2014 On paper, it's tough to make a case for groups like Agent Orange continuing to bang it out on tour in 2014. Their first record, Living in Darkness, was a seminal touchstone for '80s punk, inadvertently mappin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Lily Allen at Skyway Theatre, 10/1/14

    Lily Allen with Lolawolf Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Lily Allen is in on the joke. Trust me. No matter what you say about her, she's heard all of it before. And she's used whatever criticism you throw at her as creative fodder to add to her cheeky pop songs. Her 85-minute ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014
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    October 1, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Does Classical Music Sound Better When You're High?

    "Do you have anything that goes well with Beethoven?" The clerk at the Denver Wellness Center looks at me strangely, before motioning me over to a display case full of various THC-infused candies and baked goods. "Well," he says. "We got weed cookies, gummies, lollipops, chocolate...I think any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Grumpy's Takes It Back to 1991 in Lollapalooza Cover Fest

    Lollygagloser | Grumpy's Downtown | Saturday, September 27Forget the summer of '69. The summer of '91, also known as the Year Punk Broke, defined a generation. Nirvana hit big, but that summer also saw the debut of Lollapalooza -- at the time, an annual traveling music festival and freak show brilli ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Luke Zimmerman Is Crafting Modern-Day Breakup Music

    Luke Zimmerman | Icehouse | Saturday, September 27We've all been through a bad breakup before, and putting it to music is nothing new. But Minneapolis singer-songwriter Luke Zimmerman has moved past that stage, and is exploring life after a breakup on his new album, Heyday for the Naysayers. In soun ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014
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    September 2, 2014

    Hawthorne Heights: After 10 years, it's fun to throw some curve balls at yourself

    Hawthorne Heights | The Garage | Tuesday, September 2 Hawthorne Heights' emo punk single "Ohio Is for Lovers" brought the band huge success, and their dark and heavy lyrics have carried them ever since. So far, the band has put out four albums, two EPs, and toured all over the world. Currently, they ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    The biggest pop crossovers in country music history

    The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Mpls, St. Paul two of best four cities for quality of life, study says

    NerdWallet ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul as the third and fourth best cities in America, respectively, in terms of quality of life.The cities ahead of us? Madison and Lincoln. Talk about a Midwestern bias!See also:Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?

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    August 27, 2014

    Bob Dylan's 2014 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in November

    Following Bob Dylan's successful run of AmericanaramA shows last summer -- which brought him to Midway Stadium for a memorable night last July -- Dylan's never-ending tour rolls on with a series of far more intimate theater shows this fall. Those newly announced dates also includes a run of three ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Pop music plagiarism's worst offenses: A history

    Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014
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    August 25, 2014

    Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse, 8/23/14

    Totally Gross National Party with Allan Kingdom, Leisure Birds, Tender Meat, Stolyette, Pony Bwoy, Fog, Votel, Alpha Consumer, Roniia, Warey, Aero Flynn, Marijuana Deathsquads, Taggert & Rosewood, and Def Kith Icehouse, Minneapolis Saturday, August 23, 2014 On Saturday at Icehouse, the innovati ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Passenger: I didn't feel the pressure then and I don't feel it now

    Passenger| First Avenue| Sunday, August 24 The meaningful lyrics from Passenger's hit single "Let Her Go" only took Mike Rosenberg 45 minutes to write. So far, the breakup song has over 363 million views on YouTube, and has allowed the folk singer-songwriter to go from playing small pubs in England ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014
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    August 11, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 8/11-8/14

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

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    August 11, 2014

    Skyline Music Festival at Target Field, 8/8/14

    Last Friday night at Target Field, the Skyline Music Festival stage occupied foul territory near third base, showcasing an evening of pleasantries from headliner Andrew Bird, accompanied by Dosh, S. Carey, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and the New Pornographers. It was a somewhat unusual environmen ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Country music needed Maddie & Tae's "Girl In a Country Song"

    If you listen to country music, it's almost assured that you feel like everyone is dumping on your favorite genre as of late. As "bro-country" increasingly becomes the butt of the joke for serious music critics and old-school fans alike, this unfortunate plague on country music's artistic house cont ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Excerpts from new rock memoir I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig

    Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, at a time when the biz was at its financial apex. Phillips just self-published a memoi ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014
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    August 6, 2014

    Why Garth Brooks is still relevant in 2014

    I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    The 10 best punk rock movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York, and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone el ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Summer Slaughter Tour at Skyway Theatre, 8/3/14

    The Summer Slaughter Tour Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art is Dying, Goatwhore, Origin, et al Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis Sunday, August 3, 2014 You couldn't have picked a better place to hold a marathon metal festival on a summer Sunday than the Skyway Theatre. In its eighth year r ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Amsterdam, 7/31/14

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Ryan Holweger Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Saint Paul Thursday, July 31, 2014 Ahead of St. Paul and the Broken Bones' sold-out show at Amsterdam on Thursday night, Mayor Chris Colemen proclaimed that it was St. Paul Day in the city of Saint Paul. The seven-piece soul b ... More >>

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