A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
Throughout 2013, the reunited Replacements and their friends have put out a series of limited-edition 7-inch records to raise funds for their pal Slim Dunlap. The Songs for Slim recordings came about after Dunlap -- former guitarist for the Replacements and star solo performer -- suffered a serious ... More >>
There's a hell of a lot of good beer to drink in this state. Minnesotans love beer almost as much as we love our underachieving sports teams and musical heroes. As the number-two brewery in this land of sky blue waters, Summit looms large in the recent craft-beer boom our cities have been experienci ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week, we start things off with a lovely live Current in-studio performance from the Suburbs, who are back with their first new studio record in 27 years. We're also fea ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>
Love is the Law ConcertWith the Suburbs, Gay Men's Chorus, Jack Brass Band, P.O.S., Zoo Animal, and Hookers $ BlowEcolab Plaza, St. PaulTuesday, May 14, 2013"Life is like a summer's evening," a lyric from the Suburbs' Tuesday performance proved to the second-most memorable statement of the night. Af ... More >>
Love is the law.Well, it will be officially on Tuesday. Following Governor Dayton's signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill Tuesday afternoon, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will host a concert at Ecolab Plaza featuring the Suburbs, P.O.S., and several other local musicians celebrating the new legislatio ... More >>
The singer-songwriter explores anxiety with the touching album Attack of the Heart
It's getting to be that time of year again. We can tell, because the New Standards' holiday shows are upon us, and this year, the jazz trio -- Chan Poling, Steve Roehm and John Munson -- has decided to gift us with a double offering: three shows, plus a CD release. Sunday Morning Coming Down is th ... More >>
Lucy Michelle, a name often associated with her bandmates the Velvet Lapelles, has decided to strike out on her own for a solo project. Titled, Attack of the Heart, the project is expected to see the light of day next year.In January, Michelle is heading out to play a bi-weekly residency at Hollywoo ... More >>
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
Related:Wilco's Minnesota dates: Rochester and Duluth and that's itThe excellent lineup for this Sunday's Kill Kancer benefit show includes local luminaries -- young and old -- but the all-star band Golden Smog will not feature an appearance by sometime collaborator Jeff Tweedy.Over the years, the g ... More >>
DJ Jake Rudh's new wave dance party Transmission is a Minneapolis institution -- and now a radio show! This Friday, the celebratory nature of the night gets an extra boost as the festivities shift to First Avenue's Mainroom for the 11th anniversary of the weekly dose of retro cool.What we know fo ... More >>
St. Paul singer/songwriter and guitar-wizard sideman Terry Eason has two big landmarks to celebrate this week. Not only is he turning 50, but he will be completing his massive "Song-A-Day" project that he has successfully kept up this past year.
The last year was the kind that made me glad to be a theater critic in such a thriving community. So much so that the annual top 10 list barely scratched the surface of the high quality shows on display on Twin Cities stages during the last 12 months. So, for a slightly deeper look, here are the ... More >>
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>
Photo via Chan Poling's Facebook pageEleanor Mondale Poling and Chan PolingWe were heartbroken to learn over the weekend that Eleanor Mondale Poling, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale and wife of the Suburbs' Chan Poling, passed away at the age of 51 after battling brain cancer. El ... More >>
Photo by Alexa JonesChan Poling at last year's "Musical Salute to Bruce Allen" at First AvenueGimme Noise contributor P.F. Wilson spoke to Chan Poling as part of a print preview of the Suburbs' gig this Friday night with the Suicide Commandos; what follows is the entire transcript of P.F.'s conve ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessThe Southern Songbook series is returning to the Southern Theater April 14 as part of the String Theory Festival, and this time around host Adam Levy is inviting Chris Koza, Dessa, Chan Poling, and more to explore the use of strings in modern-day songwriting. To preview the next ... More >>
Across five venues, seven partners, and four days, the String Theory Music Festival will be set upon the Twin Cities (both of them!) this April 14-17 in a grand gesture towards reframing the modern and historical position of - but of course - stringed instruments. The festival will feature perfor ... More >>
Earlier this month, jazz trio the New Standards (featuring the Suburbs' Chan Poling, Semisonic and the Twilight Hours' John Munson, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm) held down three nights at the Fitzgerald Theater with their annual holiday show. City of Music director Dan Huiting filmed the Fitzgera ... More >>
You can't talk about the history of the Minnesota music scene without both The Suburbs and The Suicide Commandos coming up within mere minutes. Bands from here made it big before and after them, but they represent the beginning of Minneapolis's "Golden Age" and Friday night -- the first of a two- ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenAs this year's Sound Unseen festival wrapped up at the Southern Theater with a screening of Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, the festival organizers pulled out all the stops to make it a special night. Harry's daughter Annie was in attendance, ... More >>
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
Fickle major labels, lethargic production schedules, desensitized index fingers--nothing can slow John Munson down
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
A Suburbs reissue in every garage!
Or more to the point, who are the Suburbs?
Shhh: Alabama transplant Marlee MacLeod's laments in major keys kicked off Noiseless '98.