An artist as prolific as Bob Dylan must have countless stacks of half-formed songs and scribbled lyrics -- and hundreds of abandoned acetates -- forming a dusty creative trail all the way back to the '60s. It's easy to say that these long-forgotten musical castaways would be an improvement on today' ... More >>
The Minneapolis punks gear up for this weekend's celebration
Billy Bragg has carved out two very different niches for himself on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Having come up in London during the 1970s and '80s under the iron rule of Margaret Thatcher, Bragg is today recognized in his homeland as one of the country's most accomplished protest musicians. H ... More >>
Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in ... More >>
Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package.Teaching allegory to high school students is difficult. It is much easier when the lessons of stories are found within the pages it ... More >>
Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package.I use music in my classroom to lower the stress level and to change the mood. During the previous two weeks, my students had quite ... More >>
Seeking new ways to distribute digitally
William Elliott Whitmore has been playing music since the age of 13. His parents were musically inclined and he followed suit, branching away from the family horse farm in Lee County, Iowa, to play music for a living. Whitmore's travels have brought him across the globe, including as a regul ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesBilly BraggSeptember 8, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterWednesday night proved to be the perfect time for Billy Bragg to come rolling through Minneapolis (when isn't it, really), with the political winds starting to blow fitfully, and frustration being felt by all classes of soci ... More >>
An afternoon with the Twin Cities poet and rapper
The photo exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the local folk scene.
I can't think of a better way to come down from narrowly escaping a riot: Late Tuesday night, a handful of larger-than-life musicians convened at a small theater tucked away in south Minneapolis t ... More >>
The best of yesterday, including the most comprehensive wrap-up of the Rage Against the Machine Show that was, then wasn't, then was a riot, then was a hootenany. Kind of.
While riots raged across the river in downtown St. Paul, Harriet Island was the picture of a calm, sunny day filled with fans enjoying music and celebrating a day off of work.
As the RNC descends, local and national musicians arise
Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Atmosphere, Billy Bragg, and Steve Earle join in on the RNC fun.
The world's funniest joke revealed, US schools look to Asia for math and science teaching systems, Billy Bragg vs. Rupert Murdoch over MySpace legalese, Darth Vader: Intergalactic sad sack, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Jim Walsh gets a little help from Billy Bragg, Mike Doughty, Rosanne Cash, Bob Mould, and John Doe among others for this week's edition of The Walsh Files.
Formerly Mod Gregg Araki wears someone else's '70s 'Skin'
What Steve McClellan's pink slip said
The music industry released 30,000 albums in 1998. You can live without 29,990 of them.
Two albums devoted to Woody Guthrie discover new notes in the people's music. Does the song remain the same?