Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>
Related:Lookbook parting waysNew local band LaLiberte stands to make an impact based on the recently posted demo for a track called "Kelis" just dropped via their bandcamp page. LaLiberte features Maggie Morrison on vocals, which have been absent from the traditional song-form scene since her ... More >>
Vita.mn's Vth Anniversary Party with Hold Steady, P.O.S., Night Moves, and No Bird SingNovember 18, 2011Epic, Minneapolis"Congrats on throwing such an 'epic' party!" an acquaintance gushed to me shortly after arriving at Vita.mn's "Vth" anniversary bash on Friday night. I found her flub more ende ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkLike the hip hop-meets-jazz improv version of Marijuana Deathsquads, Coloring Time's shows are dramatically different every time. Not only do the songs never remain the same -- they are created on the fly, emcees flexing their freestyle abilities over shifting instrumentation -- ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkThough he still calls Eau Claire home, Justin Vernon has been reluctant to perform many shows in his much-written-about hometown since his band Bon Iver achieved worldwide recognition. It turns out he was just waiting for the right time: On December 12 and 13, as somewhat of a h ... More >>
When experimental electro-dub artist James Blake made his Minneapolis debut at the Entry this past May, he made sure to note how thrilled he was to be at the venue "where Prince played," joking that he was disappointed he wasn't playing in the iconic Mainroom. So when Blake returned just four sho ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCaroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Dark Dark Dark, and Dead Man WinterSeptember 16, 2011First AvenueThere was a lot to celebrate at First Avenue on Friday night. Not only were both Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps and Dead Man Winter celebrating the release ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkfDeluxeSeptember 16, 2011Loring Theater, MinneapolisThere was no doubt that Friday night's show at the Loring Theater was a little piece of history, and everything about the night's proceedings hearkened back to a bygone era of show business; the marquee that lit up Nicollet, t ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkIt would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what actually transpired sounded nothing like Peter Wolf Crier or Dosh or Alpha Consumer or th ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkOdd Future performing at SXSW 2011Though the band only has one US date on the books right now -- a stop at Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November -- Odd Future posted a map to their Tumblr page that hinted that they might be making a stop in Minnesota before the year ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkPink Mink at the Electric Fetus on TuesdayOur Picked to Click 2010 champions Pink Mink are in the midst of a flurry of CD-release celebrations this week, culminating with tonight's Sunset Cocktail Cruise and Album Release Party that will set sail on the Mississippi River in St. ... More >>
Photos by Megan ThompsonThere's a new love in Astronautalis's life, and it's the kind of all-consuming, heart-palpitating summer obsession that is the subject of so many songs. The rapper--known offstage as Andy Bothwell--is in a relationship with the entire city of Minneapolis, and things are s ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkWe've received a couple of brief updates from the staff at Treehouse Records regarding the fire that broke out Sunday night on Lyndale Avenue. As we reported early yesterday morning, the fire started in the basement of the Lyndale Grocery & Deli and the store sustained a lot ... More >>
Judging from Twitter, Diddy is all worked up about his tour kick-off show at Epic tomorrow night, where he will debut his new group Diddy Dirty Money (featuring bandmates Dawn Richard and Kalenna). Though he hasn't spent a lot of time in Minnesota, he told us via a YouTube Diddygram that he's com ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkA basement fire broke out beneath the Lyndale Grocery & Deli after midnight on Sunday night, drawing Uptown residents out onto the streets to gawk and worry over the well-being of the grocery store and its neighboring businesses -- the Bulldog restaurant and bar, plus Treeh ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkOff! April 3, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Considering the pedigree of the band, this show should have been different, better. Off!'s members hail from such revered punk rock bands (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypt, Burning Brides, among others) tha ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
Photo by Ben ClarkDiddy at SXSW 2011On April 13, Diddy is coming to Epic to perform what he calls "an intimate extravaganza of epic proportions" at the official kick-off of his Diddy Dirty Money tour. Sources tell us the man of many aliases wanted to get back on the road to cement his reputation ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSWJustin Vernon has kept mostly quiet about his next Bon Iver record until this week, focusing his energy on his side projects (Gayngs, the recent DeYarmond Edison reunion), and -- oh yeah, collaborating with one of the most fa ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkPhantom Tails at SXSWIt's a strange thing, going from the constant cacophony of thousands of bands playing at once down to nothing at all. But it's a process that is as much a part of attending SXSW as all of the incidentals of the festival: BBQ, suntan lotion, beer, beer, beer. ... More >>
Photos by Ben Clark"Hi, this is our college band," Justin Vernon said after DeYarmond Edison finished their first song. "We haven't played a show in seven years until right now."
Photos by Ben ClarkCrystal CastlesMarch 11, 2011First Avenue, Minneapolis"Alice Glass has a broken ankle. The doctors told her to cancel the rest of this tour, but Alice said 'Fuck that!'" That was announced over the PA system just prior to Crystal Castles set Friday night at First Avenue. I ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkYou know what sound just about perfect right now? The idea of hopping on a bike and pedaling down the greenway and up over that big Hiawatha bridge to Memory Lanes, and then standing around on the hot black pavement with the sun cooking my scalp as my ears ring from some blister ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkRuby Isle at Voltage 2010When we first wrote about Ruby Isle's new Guns N' Roses cover album, Appetite for Destruction, and posted one of their mp3s back in November, we were musing over the possible legal ramifications of such a brazen appropriation of another band's work. "The ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkMs. Lauryn HillJanuary 18, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisEveryone loves a scintillating, juicy headline. That's the only plausible explanation I can think of for all the hoopla surrounding Ms. Hill's current tour, as an overwhelming majority of people online and in attendance at ... More >>
Rogue Valley Geese in the Flyway release showNovember 26, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisAs a Cedar staffperson introduced Rogue Valley at their third album release show of the year last Friday night, he made a comment that "Rogue Valley has proposed that they will release four albums this ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkThe Soft PackThe Soft Pack with Kurt Vile and Purling HissNovember 1, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisLast weekend, during a conversation with a friend of mine, I asked what I should expect from a Kurt Vile show."It's psych rock," she replied. "You know, it sounds like ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkFans in St. Paul were treated to a brand new song at Gaga's first of two back-to-back shows at the Xcel Energy Center. Midway through her performance, after fumbling around a bit on the keys, Gaga apologized, said she would probably get in trouble, and admitted that she wanted t ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkLady GagaAugust 30, 2010Xcel Energy CenterMeasure her in terms of her presence as a multi-platinum pop performer, and Lady Gaga is still in her infancy; it was only a short year and a half ago that she was performing at the Fine Line, a 700-capacity club. This time around she re ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkHeartless BastardsVarsity TheaterJuly 27, 2010"We love playing in Minneapolis," lead singer Erika Wennerstrom said toward the end of Heartless Bastards set, and she must have meant it -- it was at least the fourth time during the band's performance that she remarked how happy t ... More >>
Grumpy's NE has been hosting a weekly series of happy hours and listening parties for localvores, and tonight I'll be returning to DJ from 7 to 9 p.m. with my partner in crime, Ben Clark (aka @trikno). We'll be spinning some brand new tracks by everyone from Haunted House to Buffalo Moon, Velvet ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkWe are thrilled to announce that the longstanding tradition of live music and films in Loring Park will continue this year with the "Four Nights in Loring: Local Bands, Local Films" event, presented by City Pages, Lunds, Lay's and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. The ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkFirst Avenue is in the midst of a few different renovations this summer, with their new restaurant, the Depot, slated to open next week, a new women's bathroom in the Entry (!), and the exterior wall getting a bit of a facelift. We received a few panicked emails over the weekend ... More >>
Photo by Emily UtneVoltage: Fashion Amplified filled up First Avenue once again Friday night, giving the local trendsetters a chance to check out five great Twin Cities bands in addition to the usual fashion show fare. I'm not going to pretend that I had the slightest clue which designers had the ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkSolid Gold at SXSW 2010While in the midst of one of their first multi-city US tours, Minneapolis dance-pop quintet Solid Gold received a hard blow. Their van was broken into and half of their gear was stolen, including a few very essential pieces from their live show, which reli ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkAs if the mere concept of releasing four albums in the span of a year isn't epic enough, Chris Koza upped the ante on Saturday night by presenting an elaborate, multi-faceted stage show at the Fitzgerald Theater in honor of Rogue Valley's debut album. Midway through the second s ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkFree Energy at SXSW 2010Yet another outdoor summer festival has announced its lineup, making this one of the busiest weeks for show news that we've seen in a long, long time. Thank you summer. We've been waiting for you.Thanks to Reviler for directing our attention to the Grand ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkAndrew W.K. at SXSW 2010The Twin Cities date for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour has been announced: The tour will stop at Canterbury Park on Sunday, August 1, with a few unexpected names like Andrew W.K. and the Alkaline Trio thrown in amongst a smattering of pop-punk bands. See belo ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist DaughterWe're entering a season of local CD releases, so prepared to be inundated over the next few weeks as we make our way through all the great local albums coming out this April. This week, we drove down to Prescott, Wisconsin to hang out with Johnny Solomon and hi ... More >>
Watch a video of them playing "When I'm Small" last night at the Entry.
A couple of clips of a couple of great up-and-coming bands.
As our Haiti benefits looms, we take a moment to reflect on one of our co-headliners, Mark Mallman.
Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.
The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.
If you ever wanted to do bar trivia, watch the Vikings, and induce earbleed, tonight is your lucky night.
Friday night, the Turf Club was home to a top-notch local bill.
Sample some of the tracks being played on our commercial-free radio stations.
The local two piece tops this week's best selling local albums.
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