Brian Laidlaw

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The week begins a wild new video from the new local hip-hop supergroup of Allan Kingdom, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Psymun -- AKA thestand4rd. We've also got new clips fr ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014
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    September 9, 2014

    Hymie's Vintage Records is now a record label too

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Reina del Cid & the Cidizens wrap up Amsterdam residency

    Reina del Cid & the Cidizens | Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Monday, September 8What a difference a year and nine months can make. In that time, Reina del Cid and her band the Cidizens, took over the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul on Monday nights and earned themselves a career. Tonight, the band will e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 2/19-2/25

    This warm week brings several shows to the Twin Cities. Lucius (above) will be playing a sold out show at the Cedar Thursday while Greg Brown sells out the next day. Strange Names plays the Triple Rock Thursday and Jeremy Messersmith spends the weekend playing two shows at First Avenue. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Very Small Animal: Our music is more about blowing up a room

    All of the right ingredients were always there on Very Small Animal's first EP, Starlings. But their follow-up album, Port of Call, sits more heavily and mature than their debut. These indie folk songs will dissolve, but hold you rapt long after listening. Before the band's album release at Icehouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    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 with a new video from P.O.S., for a track from the Marijuana Deathsquads' remix of Stef's album, We Don't Even Live Here, which came out this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 7/24-7/30

    Another rockin' week in the Twin Cities! Thursday, The Triple Rock will be hosting Rock the Link in order to raise awareness of homeless youth. Friday is Target Field's Skyline Music Festival and Saturday, the MN Zoo welcome's Beach Boy legend, Brian Wilson. Strange Names open for Yeasayer at First ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 5/15-5/21

    Finally! The weather is starting to catch up with the time of year. Just in time for Northeast's annual celebration, Art-A-Whirl. Featuring creative works from all over Minneapolis, the 331 club will be hosting local favorites such as Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Prissy Clerks, Crimes and more. Minneapol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/17-4/23

    This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Hymie's announces winter in-store performance series

    It seems that the only part of the music industry that is showing any signs of improving is vinyl sales, which rose 17% in 2012, with 4.6 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. throughout the past year. The best news of all found in the recent music industry report is that independent music stores b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Chastity Brown, Free Energy, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 24, 2012
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    June 15, 2012

    Martin Devaney's picks for Stone Arch Bridge Festival

    Potentially one of the nicest working musicians in town, Martin Devaney is also one of the busiest. Martin has consistently been a prime motivator in the scene, most recently as a part-time booker at the Turf Club, and key part of the recently resurrected Eclipse Records in Downtown Saint Paul.Havin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Stone Arch Bridge Festival announces music lineup

    After the sad passing of the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts founder, Ira Heilicher, the future of the free outdoor gathering in St. Anthony Main seemed to be in jeopardy. Thankfully, the festival was revived and renamed the Stone Arch Bridge Festival by new owner Matt Mithun, who also owns the Some ... More >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2012
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    April 25, 2012
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    January 20, 2012