As with any given weekend in the Twin Cities, there are a ton of great shows happening over the next few days. But one of the gigs with the best cause behind it is happening tonight at the Ritz Theater, as the Put A Rock On It: A Concert for the Freedom to Marry benefit is set to start at 7 p.m. A ... More >>
It's the last full weekend of August, summer is drawing to an end, but the music isn't. The Minnesota State Fair is back with various acts playing until Labor Day. Aby Wolf will take 7th Street Entry stage in celebration A. Wolf and Her Claws vinyl release. Meanwhile Yeasayer will be rocking the sta ... More >>
It's the second weekend of August and the weather will be playing a crucial role with the myriad of outdoor events this weekend. Friday evening, The Harriet Island Bandshell is hosting another movie and music night featuring Bloodnstuff and Is/Is followed by a showing of Army of Darkness. The Big Wu ... More >>
A summer weekend is not complete without a festival/block party happening. St. Paul will be hosting the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in and around Mears Park. Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts bring a taste of nostalgia to the suburbs at Mystic Lake, while Bethany Larson and the Bee's Knees play ... More >>
Each year, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association puts on one of the largest (and best) open studio tours in America during the annual Art-A-Whirl. Local art galleries and studios in Northeast Minneapolis are opened up to the public, which allows patrons and interested parties to connect with ... More >>
This is a weekend to explore new bands that are experimenting with new sounds. New pieces are created daily; included in this weekend's CD releases are Chastity Brown's highly anticipated album, Ghostmouth's brash collection, along with Janiva Magness and Josh Mogck's contributions to new music.
SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
It's been said many times that the Twin Cities are a breeding ground for musicians. This weekend alone we have five CD releases from locals; some, like the Melismatics, are veterans in this game, while others like the Readygoes are just getting their start in the scene. No matter where thes ... More >>
Last month, the Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy shared the heartbreaking news of his 21-year-old son Daniel's passing after a lengthy battle with mental illness. The community response has been enormous, and for that Levy's family has expressed gratitude. Although there was already a memorial servic ... More >>
This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
"Winterlude, Winterlude, oh darling Winterlude by the road tonight Tonight there will be no quarreling Everything is gonna be all right"-Bob Dylan
Alan Moore, Louis C.K., Bethany Larson, and more
Photo by Emily UtnePearl Studio owners Zach and Noah HollanderWith the year-end review season in full swing, this week marks the publication of our annual Artists of the Year issue, which pays tribute to 15 local and national artists whose voices rose above the din in 2011.
Frontwoman turns dashed dreams into soaring songs
It's Friday! We hate Rebecca Black for ruining that phrase for us.
Every show this weekend is Halloween-themed... make sure you have a costume ready.
While we only have space to feature the top 10 finalists in our Picked to Click issue (or 13, this year, because of several ties), we think it's important to publish the complete list of ranking bands so you can see how the points were awarded all the way down the line. And just for added nerdlin ... More >>
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
So many album releases this weekend...Cheers to new music!
"The summer air is here, so get your dress on, and dance around like no one cares."-Sing It Loud
So here's to all those summer nights when my feet hit the sand, the waves break my fall, and all my friends outnumber the stars.
Photo by Elli Rader"After three good years, RPTA has decided to call it quits," reads an ominous message on the band's website. Though he had built up a small and avid following under his Ryan Paul and the Ardent moniker (see: our profile from last year), lead singer Ryan Paul Plewacki says that, ... More >>
Though much of their lineup had already been unveiled on their website, the Lyn Lake Street Fest has fleshed out its schedule and revealed all of its acts today, including Peter Wolf Crier's first local appearance in five months. As if that wasn't enough to get us salivating about summertime fun, ... More >>
Usher in May with new music...lots of CD releases this weekend!
Sound engineer Tom Smouse has been helping Twin Cities artists record their albums for nearly a decade, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that he decided to attempt his own foray into songcraft. With the help of 100 different local musicians, Smouse has been slowly piecing together a mass ... More >>
Flyer design by Ryan PaulAs with many Wednesday night gigs at the Kitty Cat Klub, tonight's show with Ryan Paul & the Ardent (who we profiled in a recent issue of City Pages) is totally free. What's even better is that Ryan Paul will be joined by two promising opening acts: Fan Fiction, Marti ... More >>
They're a rail-whiskey cocktail of rockabilly, post-punk, and blues
The Memory Lanes Block Party takes place this Saturday and Sunday on the pavement outside Memory Lanes in South Minneapolis, starting at 3 p.m. each day. As with past years, the block party organizers have done a great job of lining up a wide range of familiar local acts, from No Bird Sing to Bla ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl weekend is upon us. Here's your guide to all the live music highlights this weekend, many of which are free. See anything we missed? Add your own Art-A-Whirl music events in the comments.FRIDAY, MAY 14Hoolie FestShuga RecordsFree; all agesIndoor stage:12:00 p.m. Acting Normal1:00 p.m ... More >>
(Pictured: Work from Wing Young Huie's "University Avenue Project")This week in Freeloader Friday we have an epic game of tag, a six-mile gallery show, and several outdoor festivals.
The normally alcohol-dry Shuga will be celebrating Art-A-Whirl (which, news to me, is the largest open studio and gallery tour in America), by throwing a free, long, boozy muckraker called Hoolie Fest in and outside the store Friday, Saturday, and Suday May 14-16. Over 70 bands are scheduled to p ... More >>
This weekend is free to be weird.
Friday night, the Turf Club was home to a top-notch local bill.
The new songbird will be joined by Aby Wolf, Peter Wolf Crier, and No Bird Sing.
What more could you want?