Ben Clark

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    August 22, 2013

    Meg Tuthill wants to ban plastic bags in Minneapolis

    Meg Tuthill wants Minneapolis to join the growing list of cities across the country to pass laws banning plastic bags.FROM JUNE: Meg Tuthill continuing reelection campaign despite not having DFL backing"You know how we have certain things in our lives that we just can't stand? This is one of them fo ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Mixed Blood Majority at the Triple Rock, 1/26/13

    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 >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Maggie Morrison, ex-Lookbook, unveils new track as LaLiberte

    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 >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Hold Steady and P.O.S. at Epic, 11/18/11

    ​'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's "Vth" anniversary bash on Friday night. I found her flub more ende ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Coloring Time kicks off monthly residency at Honey this Thursday

    Photo by Ben Clark​Like 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 >>

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    September 29, 2011

    James Blake on Prince, Justin Vernon, and fans shushing each other at his shows

    ​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 >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Dark Dark Dark, and Dead Man Winter at First Avenue, 9/16/11

    Photo by Ben Clark​Caroline 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 >>

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    September 19, 2011

    fDeluxe make their live debut at the Loring Theater, 9/16/11

    Photos by Ben Clark​fDeluxeSeptember 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 >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Coloring Time makes chaotic, collaborative cacophony at the Cedar

    Photos by Ben Clark​It 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 >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Are Odd Future coming to Minnesota?

    Photo by Ben ClarkOdd Future performing at SXSW 2011​Though 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 >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Pink Mink set sail tonight with an airtight, joyous full-length debut

    Photo by Ben ClarkPink Mink at the Electric Fetus on Tuesday​Our 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 >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Treehouse Records safe, Lyndale Grocery damaged by Sunday night's fire

    Photo by Ben Clark​We'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 >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Diddy Dirty Money at Epic: Win tickets today on Facebook

    ​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 >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Treehouse Records, Uptown Bulldog threatened by Lyndale Ave fire

    Photos by Ben Clark​A 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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Off! at Triple Rock Social Club, 4/3/11

    Photos by Ben Clark​Off! 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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Rogue Valley, the 4onthefloor, Birthday Suits round out a jam-packed weekend of music

    Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First Avenue​April 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.

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    March 29, 2011

    Diddy to Minneapolis: 'It's going to be a party at Epic' (VIDEO)

    Photo by Ben ClarkDiddy at SXSW 2011​On 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 >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Minnesota SXSW 2011 invasion: Complete

    Photo by Ben ClarkPhantom Tails at SXSW​It'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 >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW: DeYarmond Edison reunites members of Bon Iver and Megafaun at the Fader Fort

    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."

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    March 14, 2011

    Crystal Castles at First Avenue, 3/11/11

    Photos by Ben Clark​Crystal 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 >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Memory Lanes Block Party 2011 lineup announced

    Photo by Ben Clark​You 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 >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Ruby Isle's Guns N' Roses cover album pulled from iTunes

    Photo by Ben ClarkRuby Isle at Voltage 2010​When 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 >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue, 1/18/11

    Photo by Ben Clark​Ms. 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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    The Soft Pack at the Triple Rock, 11/1/10

    Photos by Ben ClarkThe Soft Pack​The 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 >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center, 8/30/10

    Photo by Ben Clark​Lady 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 >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Heartless Bastards at the Varsity, 7/27/10

    Photos by Ben Clark​Heartless 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 >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Minnesota Mondays at Grumpy's NE tonight

    ​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 >>

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    June 16, 2010

    "Music & Movies" series reborn as "Four Nights in Loring: Local Bands, Local Films"

    Photo by Ben Clark​We 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 >>

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    June 1, 2010

    First Avenue repainting stars, asking for input from fans

    Photo by Ben Clark​First 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 >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Voltage 2010 music highlights: Mayda, Red Pens, more

    Photo by Emily Utne​Voltage: 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 >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Solid Gold's gear stolen, playing last-minute Minneapolis show

    Photo by Ben ClarkSolid Gold at SXSW 2010​While 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 >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Rogue Valley unveil grandiose stage show at the Fitzgerald

    Photo by Ben Clark​As 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 >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Grand Old Day lineup announced

    Photo by Ben ClarkFree Energy at SXSW 2010​Yet 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 >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Andrew W.K., Riverboat Gamblers, Dillinger Escape Plan coming to Canterbury for Warped Tour

    Photo by Ben ClarkAndrew W.K. at SXSW 2010​The 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 >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Communist Daughter, Fifth Element's open-mic night featured in this week's paper

    Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist Daughter​We'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 >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Phantogram pull in college crowd at the Entry

    Watch a video of them playing "When I'm Small" last night at the Entry.

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    February 12, 2010

    Video: Anders Ponders and Minor Kingdom at the Electric Fetus

    A couple of clips of a couple of great up-and-coming bands.

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    February 1, 2010

    Gimme Shelter countdown: 5 days

    As our Haiti benefits looms, we take a moment to reflect on one of our co-headliners, Mark Mallman.

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    January 20, 2010

    Lookbook, One For the Team plan tours

    Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.

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    January 11, 2010

    Dosh CD-release show announced

    The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.

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    December 28, 2009

    Blind Shake tonight at Sauce

    If you ever wanted to do bar trivia, watch the Vikings, and induce earbleed, tonight is your lucky night.

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    December 14, 2009

    No Bird Sing headlines an impeccable lineup at the Turf

    Friday night, the Turf Club was home to a top-notch local bill.

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    December 11, 2009

    Weekly Charts: Top songs spun on the Current and Radio K

    Sample some of the tracks being played on our commercial-free radio stations.

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    November 10, 2009

    Lookbook tops Electric Fetus's top 10

    The local two piece tops this week's best selling local albums.

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    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: The best of the best

    Our favorite bands from this year's South by Southwest festival.

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    March 20, 2009

    SXSW: Rhymesayers showcase, the Hold Steady, and two churches

    A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.

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    March 18, 2009

    SXSW: Heartless Bastards just kicked my ass

    The Dayton, Ohio post-punk band has been the highlight of the festival so far.

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