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Interested in the ways in which art, cooking, the environment, coffee, biking, and s'mores intersect? Of course you are because we said "s'mores." Coming soon on October 4, WonderGather is the brainchild of Dinner on the Farm's Monica Walcher and poet/musician Ben Weaver. Starting with killer coffe ... More >>
Already one of the best record shops in Minneapolis, Hymie's Vintage Records is about to become one of your favorite local record labels, as well. Owners Laura and Dave Hoenack have just announced that they will be putting out two vinyl releases on their local roots-focused new record label, Hymie's ... More >>
Singer-songwriter Ben Weaver has teamed up with his long-time friend Charlie Parr to put together a 7-inch vinyl that has each of them telling their own folksy-bluesy tales. Titled Ramblin' Bones Outlastin' You is their way of sharing something and giving each other a nod of approval -- al ... More >>
The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>
Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going at Local Frames with a new video from Poliça, for two of the standout tracks on their recent record, Shulamith. We've also got brand new video ... More >>
One year ago, Sara Montour and Steve Korf launched Live Letters, a brand that documents local music around town and also hosts small, intimate house shows at Montour's loft. Since Live Letters started, it has gained notoriety in small groups of fans and amongst musicians around Minneapolis as one of ... More >>
As the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertaining plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, who have a full-day of great music and merriment plan ... More >>
Artists and bands alike rarely reach the age of maturity before they putter out or break up. Not so for Austin, Minnesota native Martin Zellar -- who has been making music since the early '80s. Zellar will be releasing his first album of original music since 2003 after a hiatus that h ... More >>
Compilation pays tribute to famous songwriter
Each year, it seems like at least one compilation is released that vies for a spot in the top local records of that year. For the past two years, the Minnesota Beatle Project has landed in the top Minnesota albums section of our Year in Music issue, and this November a new compilation that pays t ... More >>
Photo by Dave HoenackMinneapolis has seen a lot of record stores rise and fall, with each closing being well documented. Ironically, the survivors are often overlooked in these stories. Founded in 1988 by Jim "Hymie" Peterson, Hymie's Vintage Records created a vinyl collector's emporium o ... More >>
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
As we mentioned last month, we have a record number of Minnesota bands heading down to Austin, Texas March 16-20 for the South by Southwest music festival. Naturally, there are more than a few showcases planned that feature all or mostly Minnesotan acts, starting with a string of SXSW send-off sh ... More >>
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll
Photo by Emily UtneHaven't had a chance to saunter down to one of the bright red City Pages newsstands yet this week? Don't fret -- we've got all our print music content right here for you online. And you don't even have to put on pants!
Nature is his muse on harrowing new album
In anticipation of their upcoming production of Unspeakable Things, a play based on the lives of eccentric St. Paul natives Donald and Howard Wandrei, the Sandbox Theatre has unveiled an online album of six songs penned by local artists just for the project.
Photo by Jonathan LevittTwin Cities-based singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is a man of many talents: Not only is he a nationally esteemed musician and award-winning poet, but he's also a passionate and forward-thinking culinary professional, working for Minneapolis restaurant the Craftsman. Starting ... More >>
Checking in from the road as Minnesota bands migrate to New York City for CMJ.
Ben Weaver tries to shake his backwoods-gothic image
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Paul Dandy and Ben Weaver revive a folk music of finger-clackers, empty whiskey bottles, and discarded mule jawbones