Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assemblage of groups regularly attracts area fans and bands to Des Moines for the two-day music festival, ... More >>
Farewell Milwaukee's third album Can't Please You, Can't Please Me is the sort of record you can put on, hit play, and leave on repeat for hours. It's a warm, breezy 12-track collection of refined Americana with a strong '70s country backbone. Barroom sing-alongs cozy up next to mature ballads, and ... More >>
Conor OberstFitzgerald Theater, St. PaulThursday, September 20, 2012Still a relatively youthful 32 years old, pride of Omaha Conor Oberst has already clocked roughly 14 years as a working musician. During that span he's followed his independent-minded muse fervently, spurning opportunities to cash i ... More >>
DesaparecidosWith Little Brazil400 Bar, MinneapolisThursday, August 9, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Desaparecidos at 400 BarDesaparecidos' Denver Dalley on writing Read Music/Speak Spanish and the artistic use of racial slursConor Oberst can pack good-sized theaters playing his folkier, more precious Bri ... More >>
Guitarist Denver Dalley talks of revisiting old favorites after a decade
See Also:Desaparecidos kick of first tour in ten years in MinneapolisBright Eyes' Conor Oberst books Current Sessions at FitzgeraldTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listThis week's print edition features a portion of an interview Gimme Noise conducted with Denver Dalley, the guitarist respon ... More >>
In the latest programming venture engineered by 89.3 the Currrent, St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater welcomes Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst this fall.Hosted by DJ Mary Lucia, the night is expected to boast songs spanning Oberst's entire catalogue. Along with a sold-out 400 Bar visit on August 9 from ... More >>
M. WardFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMay 24, 2012M. Ward took his fans on a tour up and down the radio dial, both past and present, during his vibrant 90-minute set at First Avenue. His classic, timeless songs as well as some choice, spirited covers were filled out by a cracking four-piece band alongs ... More >>
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Photos by Tony NelsonBright Eyes and Titus AndronicusApril 4, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisConor Oberst has always seemed quite comfortable on the First Avenue stage. Monday night proved to be no exception, as Oberst, back performing under the Bright Eyes moniker, treated the sold-out crowd to a ... More >>
Dreamy pop duo Azure Ray offer much more than that girly-whimsical stuff this type of music so often delivers. With luscious lulling vocals and fairytale musicality, their new album Drawing Down the Moon encompasses a sense of bitter-sweet heartbreak. Azure Ray's lyrics seem almost unnecessary, ... More >>
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A disquisition on horripilation, cutis anserine, gooseflesh, and goose bumps
City Pages runs letters to the editor--of the PiPress
Hunting down the stars with Bright Eyes and the Fever
The first Tuesday in October, the first Tuesday in November
What is, and isn't, at stake in beating Bush
Rock gets rolled into federal campaign guidelines
Are bands, like acne, just an adolescent rite of passage?
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A Polyphonic Spree show--over sixty minutes of true psych-pop bliss
Desaparecidos watch malaise overrun America's heartland
Is Slug's hip hop the yawp of a new blank generation?
The Good Life and Azure Ray give love a wistful refrain
Critics choose not to see a darkness in Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst