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    October 20, 2014

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

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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    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 >>

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    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

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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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    July 30, 2014

    The 10 best "Bear" bands in rock 'n' roll

    Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014
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    July 30, 2014
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    July 24, 2014

    The 10 best rock 'n' roll pinball machines

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014
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    July 23, 2014
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    July 18, 2014

    Warped Tour 2014's five most interesting bands

    This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Minnesota lineup is particularly impressive. It comes to ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Foreigner and Styx at Target Center, 7/17/14

    Foreigner and Styx with Don Felder Target Center, Minneapolis Thursday, July 17, 2014 The massive stage, the grandeur, the lights and lasers, and the overabundance of mullets -- they were all in full effect last night at the Target Center. A packed house gathered to hear the plentiful hits of Forei ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Remembering Garth Brooks' alter-ego Chris Gaines

    Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is clueless about punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/14-7/20

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    July 11, 2014

    Why 2008 was hip-hop's worst year

    Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree. But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year." In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.

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    July 9, 2014

    The 10 best songs by awful musicians

    Stopped clocks are right twice a day. LMFAO are descendants of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Cher and KISS have combined for more farewell tour dates than most bands perform over their entire career. Keith Richards is still among the living. Some things you just can't explain, like how really ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014
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    July 9, 2014
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