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    August 11, 2014

    We are living in the golden age of band T-Shirts

    Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. When I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt. (As it turns out, a lot of dudes who like Di ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Mac DeMarco at 7th St. Entry, 6/23/14

    Mac DeMarco with Calvin Love and Meatbodies 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Early on, Mac DeMarco promised the sold-out Entry that he would make up for the show he had to cancel here last summer. He is a man of his word. A strong 70-minute show got better as it went on, with the pe ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Two Harbors: We made this record so I could tour Abbey Road

    Most bands don't dare book studio time at Abbey Road before they've even written a song for their new album. But for the local Anglophile indie rock quartet Two Harbors working in that hallowed venue was a longstanding dream of theirs. So, frontman Chris Pavlich booked the studio time well in advanc ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Why the Stone Roses documentary is can't-miss cinema

    In the late '80s and early '90s, the Stone Roses flirted with the chance to become the biggest rock band in the world. But of course, that didn't happen that way. A new documentary called Made Of Stone revisits the madcap history of these influential lads from Manchester, and captures the brilliance ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The Mercury Music Prize is far superior to the Grammys

    For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013
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    March 15, 2013

    Transmission DJ Jake Rudh's 12 favorite artifacts from the '90s

    The '90s officially came to a close a little bit more than 13 years ago, but their profound and strange cultural touchstones are not forgotten. Most importantly, the music lives on with the help of DJ Jake Rudh, who celebrates the 12th anniversary of his hip dance party Transmission with a night of ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 lineup (for real) is here!

    By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Top five songs about killing your television

    We're only a decade or two removed, at most, from the retirement of the phrase "fall television season." It's a misnomer, an anachronism, as if television totally disappears from the face of the Earth every May, only to miraculously re-appear when September rolls around. No, my friends: television i ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks

    Related:First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete listFirst Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listEven if the ticket stubs are long gone, and the T-shirt purchased at the merch table didn't survive backpacking across Europ ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Stranglers, Sex Pistols, & Blondie alums unite for Nick & Eddie gig

    ​Hugh Cornwell and Glen Matlock are likely household names at your place if there's a studded leather jacket somewhere in your garage -- or you own the Snatch soundtrack. For everyone else, this is a show worth experiencing for those loving the umpteenth wave of punk and new wave descendants too. ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Beady Eye at First Avenue, 12/05/11

    ​Beady EyeDecember 5, 2011First AvenueAt some point on Monday night, considering that Liam Gallagher even knew exactly where he was, he might have looked across the street from First Avenue to the Target Center with a sense of dismay. For those type of arenas were where Liam was accustomed to p ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Foster the People talk 'Pumped Up Kicks' and hipsterdom

    ​For every kid who has ever left their hometown and moved to LA in search of "something more," Mark Foster is an inspiration. Originally hailing from Cleveland, Foster made a life-changing decision to change his direction at the age of 18; he headed west toward the land of opportunity, and never t ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Gorillaz at the Target Center, 10/17/10

    Photos by Nick Vlcek​Gorillaz with N*E*R*DOctober 17, 2010Target Center, MinneapolisWell, that's it. Seeing an arena show will never be quite the same after tonight's complex and ceaseless hour-and-45-minute Gorillaz show at the Target Center.

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    December 10, 2009

    Top Five Most Hummable Indie-Rock Smash Hits of the '00s

    The aughts saw indie rock go mainstream. Here's the top 5 indie songs we couldn't escape this decade.