The yearly Mid West Music Fest that is taking over the streets of Winona for the fifth year has just posted its enormous 2014 lineup. The weekend of April 24-26, more than 100 bands will hit the southern Minnesota river community and perform in 13 venues. Among this year's performers are Lizzo, Char ... More >>
This blustery week in the Twin Cities 89.3 the Current will be hosting their 9th Birthday Bash in the First Avenue Mainroom over the weekend. Acts will include Lizzo, Har Mar Superstar, Strange Names, Howler, Heiruspecs and more. The Cedar Cultural center will also be hosting a benefit for ... 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 >>
Last year Summit Brewing Company celebrated 25 years of beer with a blowout in the brewery's backyard. This year they turn 26. Seems like a good excuse to throw another party. And party is just what the folks at Summit plan to do. This year's Summit Backyard Bash happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p ... More >>
While the end of the State Fair can feel like a greasy death of sorts, we're happy to say this Week in Food should perk you right up thanks to a two-day kielbasa festival and Summit's 26th birthday party (among other delicious options). 9/4 If you're on a budget but still want to woo your signific ... More >>
See Also:Summit Unchained #10 launches this weekSummit Beer has long been the local brew of choice for many Twin Cities concertgoers over the years. And now, the good folks at Summit are set to put on one hell of a show of their own, as the Summit Backyard Bash is set to take place behind their brew ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party marks the beginning of July and the end of weeks of promotion for presenting radio station Cities 97, who bring soft-rocker Mat Kearney and Train on Friday and alt-country group The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. 311 will be swinging through Minneapolis on their national ... More >>
Chris Koza will probably introduce himself first as a musician, then as a lyricist. Over the course of his lengthy career, he has distinguished himself as one of Minnesota's premier singer-songwriters. His recent work as the frontman of folk-pop ensemble Rogue Valley, where he orchestrated the relea ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
Bob Dylan make one of the earliest "music videos" ever with a clip from D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary Don't Look Back. Accompanying the masterful "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan daftly tosses cue cards that wittily accompany his lyrics with the occasional misspelling ("suckcess").This w ... More >>
Retribution Gospel Choir, the more-strummy side project of Low's Alan Sparhawk, has released a new EP. Titled The Revolution -- not a Prince thing -- the four tracks gather some great vintage rock replete with cowbell, sassy guitar licks, and some full-on shredding. And it occurs all in the span ... More >>
So this is the new year And I have no resolutions For self assigned penance For problems with easy solutions - Death Cab for Cutie
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Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
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 >>
Courtesy of the Daredevil Christopher WrightThere must be something in the water out there in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Justin Vernon has seen his popularity skyrocket recently coming off the release of his sophomore effort Bon Iver, Bon Iver, an album chock full of layered falsetto and choirboy ... More >>
Photo by Amanda JohnsonThis just in: In addition to the big SXSW tour kick-off happening tomorrow night at the Turf Club, which features Pink Mink, Hastings 3000, and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer's new project, the Hounds Below, there will be two more last minute SXSW send-off of so ... More >>
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
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It's hard to know what sort of person I need to be to survive socially when in a new place. Is it important to be super duper extroverted? Maybe...but sometimes I can appear to be a little nuttso buttso when I'm like that. But if I don't take initiative to talk to folks and make friends, I'm just ... More >>
Greetings, campers! In honor of this beautiful summer Friday, as you all pine to get up from your cubicles and out the door to get your weekend party on, I have a ton of great shows for you. Check it out:
TPT's MNOriginal began broadcasting its first season earlier this spring, but the show will celebrate its official launch in Mears Park tonight with a free outdoor show and art gathering. Nachito Herrera and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps will open tonight's show, and both acts will the ... More >>
In celebration of their first run of episodes, MN Original is hosting a launch party next month in Mears Park that will feature (naturally) great music and art from the community. Three bands that have been featured on the series -- Nachito Herrera, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, and th ... More >>
Yet another free summer music staple has announced most of its lineup, this time in St. Paul: Music in Mears Park starts next Thursday, June 10, and runs almost every Thursday night through the entire summer. Music is from 6-9 p.m. each night.
Emily Utne for City Pages Judging by the wide variety of audience members at Voltage: Fashion Amplified on Friday night at First Avenue, it's clear that this fashion event has hit the mainstream. For people who have yet to uncover the raw talent of the fashion industry in Minnesota, Voltage acts ... More >>
Still scrambling to plot out your weekend? Allow us to assist you. Here are our top picks for shows to catch tonight through Sunday (click on the links to be taken to the calendar listing for each event):
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