A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
Fitz & the Tantrums with Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Monday, June 17, 2013 Fitz & the Tantrums could write the textbook entry on how to turn a Monday night show into a party. Flying high on their radio-baiting new album More Than Just a Dream, the band confi ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. As the year reaches its halfway point, Local Frames takes a look back at the most fantastic, innovative videos that have come our way in 2013. Since Gimme Noise started up t ... More >>
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are putting plans for a big 2013 on hold with the announcement that Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer. As a result, a new album titled Give the People What They Want will not be released as scheduled in August, and all tour dates have been post ... More >>
Father John Misty with Solid GoldFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, May 21, 2013Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman returned to Minneapolis for the fourth time within a year last night. The singer, who recently celebrated his 32nd birthday and the one-year anniversary of his debut album [as Father Joh ... More >>
The Walker Art Center's yearly pairing of high-concept film and local music, Summer Music & Movies, has just unveiled this year's slate of entertainment. Running on Mondays between July 29 and August 19, each of the four shows -- under the subhead "Roadways" -- expresses something different from ... More >>
Sue McLean, an independent Twin Cities concert promoter, passed Friday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Any regular show-goer in the region has attended countless shows booked by McLean over the past four decades. McLean is responsible for booking the Basilica Block Party since it began in 1995 ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party returns to downtown Minneapolis in July. That seems so far away today, but it's coming. Today, Cities 97 is rolling out the lineup for the two-day fest, and it's a mix of bands you probably could've seen perform a decade ago (Matchbox Twenty) and newer fare (Father John Mist ... More >>
Ever since the Lumineers' hit song "Ho Hey" started showing up on airwaves in late December 2011, it's like you can't go anywhere without hearing it being blasted from somebody's headphones or store speakers. Locally, you can hear this juggernaut song on the Current, Cities 97, and KDWB, and pr ... More >>
See Also:SoundTown 2012 has been canceledSoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetIt's been almost a week now since word broke out that the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival is cancelled this year, just two short weeks before the gates ... More >>
See Also:SoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetSoundTown 2012 lineup: Jane's Addiction, Florence the Machine, & moreMore cancellation news coming across today: SoundTown 2012 is indeed not happening, and artists are starting to s ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party marks the beginning of July and the end of weeks of promotion for presenting radio station Cities 97, who bring soft-rocker Mat Kearney and Train on Friday and alt-country group The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. 311 will be swinging through Minneapolis on their national ... More >>
See Also:Basilica Block Party 2012 lineupThe Avett Brothers' Seth Avett on Rick Rubin, political fans, and the band's legacyThe Lumineers have recently exploded onto the indie music scene, seemingly popping up out of nowhere (well, Denver, Colorado, to be exact) and giving fans some irresistible tra ... More >>
See Also: Basilica Block Party 2012 lineupThe Avett Brothers' Seth Avett on Rick Rubin, political fans, and the band's legacy The Lumineers on Craigslist, Denver, and Basilica Block PartyGimme Noise wants to help our Twin Cities musicians push this envelope of rock 'n' roll shit-shooting, and it's s ... More >>
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 >>
Related:Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineupRiver's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupWilco's Minnesota dates: Rochester and Duluth and that's itToday, the lineup will be announced for the 2012 Basilica Block Party. As Cities 97 reveals each of the acts scheduled to perform, we will u ... 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 >>
Related:Wilco at the State Theatre, 12/6/11Slideshow: Wilco at The State Theatre Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has no interest in falling into predictable patterns. Watch him smoke a cigarette out of his bellybutton in I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, the 2002 documentary about the band, if you don't b ... More >>
Steve CohenYou don't get to 15,000 RSVPs without making a few enemies.Just as suddenly as it appeared, the "Say NO to the Basilica Block Party" Facebook page has disappeared. The event garnered tons of media attention, had 15,000 RSVPs, and forced the Archdiocese to address the controversy. ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party has been at the center of an online debate over gay rights this month, as protestors are urging a boycott of the two-day music festival because of the Catholic Archdiocese's strong stance against gay marriage.
Steve CohenThe block party gets sucked into the marriage debate.We've got more than 16 months to go before Minnesotans vote on whether to make gay marriage unconstitutional. But the battle lines are already being drawn, and they're showing up in some surprising places. Like this year's Basi ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenThe Jayhawks' Mark Olson and Marc Perlman at the Basilica Block Party in 2009This morning, Cities 97 filled in a few gaps on the schedule for this summer's Basilica Block Party, which was mostly revealed during an extended broadcast last Thursday. In addition to adding Citizen ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonFans at the 2010 Basilica Block PartyYesterday, we joked that if we were going to keep reporting a new summer festival lineup each day until the weather improved -- and hey, waddya know, it's working! Yesterday evening, Cities 97 revealed the lineup for its annual two-night Ba ... More >>
Steve CohenGive it up for the Barrio taco truck!This weekend's Basilica Block Party begins tonight with a strong music lineup that includes Weezer and Spoon, but fans of good eating also won't be disappointed. As Bridgette Reinsmoen reports in this week's edition of Twin Cities Eater, City Pa ... More >>
Weezer at the Fine Line? Don't flip out just yet, it's a cover band. Schitty Weezer, the Radiohead cover band What's That, and Smashed Pumpkins will converge to cover all the classics next Wednesday night, just a few days after the real Weezer perform at the Basilica Block Party. Think they're as ... More >>
Photo: marksteelenzThe Lifetime Fitness triathlon's coming to townYou have been warned: Hoards of skinny people in Lycra will invade large chunks of Southwest Minneapolis on Saturday morning, and you are best advised to steer clear -- unless, of course, you want to gawk and worry about whethe ... More >>
JelleS'/flickrThank you, Chick-fil-A!Hot Dishers, we hope your week has been filled with sunshine, puppies, and ice cream treats. So much is going on around the Cities that it's hard to know what to do first: The Basilica Block Party is this weekend, St. Paul has the Dragon Festival, World Cup ma ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenThe Jayhawks, rehearsing at Gary Louris's home yesterdayIt's an historic weekend for the Jayhawks, who are preparing to play four Twin Cities shows in a row with a lineup that has only played in the United States once in the last 15 years. On the heels of last summer's extraor ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenAnyone who made it out to the Basilica Block Party last summer to catch the Jayhawks reunion show can attest that there was something otherworldly at play when founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson sang their old songs together again. It had been 14 years since the two f ... More >>
Photo by France BarbeauBetween the Basilica Block Party announcement last week, the Current and the Walker's Rock the Garden announcement this afternoon, and now this schedule for the Memory Lanes Block Party, we're starting to feel like this warm weather might really be here to stay. The Memory ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party announced most of their lineup late yesterday afternoon, and though there are still a couple of holes to fill in it's looking great so far. Weezer will headline on Friday night along with Spoon, who will return to town after playing back-to-back sold-out shows at First Av ... More >>
After a series of Wheel of Fortune/word puzzle guessing games, Chicago summer fest Lollapalooza has officially revealed its 2010 lineup. With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus this year and Rothbury in Michigan canceled, Lolla is one of the closest large-scale festivals for Twin Cities music fa ... More >>
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