Singer-songwriter Ben Weaver has teamed up with his long-time friend Charlie Parr to put together a 7-inch vinyl that has each of them telling their own folksy-bluesy tales. Titled Ramblin' Bones Outlastin' You is their way of sharing something and giving each other a nod of approval -- al ... More >>
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 >>
Earlier this year, a Kickstarter-style project raised the needed support and awareness for a documentary celebrating Duluth folk and blues legend Charlie Parr. Created by a French filmmaking group called the Meeting Team, the 60-minute Meeting Charlie Parr premiered at the Duluth-Superior Film Festi ... More >>
You may have never heard Corpse Reviver, but if you have an interest in traditional or "the old, weird America," there's a good chance you know their songs. Mikkel Beckmen, most often heard performing with Charlie Parr or the Brass Kings, is the group's percussionist. Adam Kiesling sets aside the s ... More >>
The new spot with the funky name on East Lake Street is now fully up and running. The taps are flowing with a tasty beer selection, the ovens are cranking and the fryers are roiling. We stopped in for a first taste and found a couple of unexpected flavors and a little room for improvement.
Barnswallow reveals a dark and personal side of the folk singer
Charlie Parr might be known first for his music, but a lesser-known talent of local blues-folk star is his intrepid road warrior-esque cooking skills. It's tough, as any touring musician knows, to find fresh produce and quality food when you're driving for hours on end. Eventually, you start convinc ... More >>
With Election Day just over a month away, many us are probably growing tired of the endless stream of campaign commercials and relentless sloganeering ringing out from most media outlets. But one of the definite advantages of any election year are the special Benefit Concerts which bring together ta ... More >>
This Sunday's Big Gig at the Ted Man Concert Hall has been canceled. The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Current, was to feature performances from Solid Gold, Jeremy Messersmith, Halloween, Alaska, Charlie Parr and others, both indoors and outside the U of M's Ted Mann Concert Ha ... More >>
Going by the title of the Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival alone, it would appear that there would be something for everybody at the South Minneapolis music festival. And, when you dig deeper into the stellar lineup for the day, you will find that to indeed be true, as a great, eclectic mix of b ... More >>
Related:The Duluth floods drowned my record collectionDuluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesAs the devastating, catastrophic images and stories of the flooding in the Duluth began circulating, you knew that the dedicated, hardworking people of that area would see to it to ... More >>
By Andrew OlsonRelated:Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesOver the past few years, I restored my basement into a great "man cave" of a music room. Sure, basements in Duluth have a reputation for dampness, but I thought I could beat Mother Nature. That is, until the ... More >>
Related:Duluth floods: Top 10 jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]With the stark, grotesque, and unnerving images from Duluth's massive flood comes the worry about our upper Minnesota neighbors -- some of whom are musicians. As the devastation pil ... More >>
After entertaining local audiences at Grand Old Day as well as on a short Midwest tour with O'Death, celebrated Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr used a somewhat unexpected (for him, at least) medium to communicate his future plans with his fans. Parr took to Facebook yesterday to post a rather endearing ... More >>
Billing itself as the largest one-day festival in the Midwest, St. Paul's Grand Old Day is once again set to put plenty of smiles on the faces of Twin Cities music fans this summer, as 16 local bands will perform on six separate stages on Sunday, June 3 from noon until 5 p.m. This year also feat ... More >>
Related:Cedar Cultural Center named best world music venueAnyone who has ever seen a show within the cozy confines of the Cedar Cultural Center knows that the West Bank music venue is one of the best rooms in town. And now, for the fourth year in a row, the club will bring the music outside to their ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzNot sure how this one slipped by us until now, but this year's Cinema and Civics series is already underway and the organizers have yet again managed to assemble a stellar lineup of classic movies and local bands. The Stevens Square Park series was scheduled to kick off las ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenErik KoskinenReal-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival February 8th, 2011 First Avenue Erik Koskinen is deliciously under the radar as far as Twin Cities music is concerned. He is best known for his roles as a producer and engineer for Trampled By Turtles and guitarist for Mol ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerCharlie Parr with Jeff Mitchell January 29, 2011 Hell's Kitchen, Minneapolis When Hell's Kitchen moved its location into the garden-level space formerly occupied by Rossi's a couple years ago, it not only gained more room for tables and booths as well as a new dinner me ... More >>
For this week's City of Music video, MPLS.TV went down to the Mississippi River with Duluth-based bluesman Charlie Parr to capture an intimate performance. Watch the video below, and check out some behind-the-scenes shots from the Charlie Parr video shoot here.
A collection of somewhere between eight and 16 cellos will gather on the Cedar Cultural Center's patio this evening for an outdoor performance that is sure to be unique. The Portland Cello Project has achieved prominence in its hometown by collaboration with indie rock musicians and mixing everyt ... More >>
For our next City of Music video, our trusty film crew went down to the Mississippi River's edge with Charlie Parr for what proved to be a challenging outdoor taping. "It was a beautiful day on the Mississippi river near the Stone Arch Bridge," says director Dan Huiting. "You couldn't have asked ... More >>
photo via Red House RecordsSeeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>
This week's bonus blurbs includes a local artist craft fair, a huge street fest, and the cheapest date night we've seen yet.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
In alphabetical order, here's a complete list of bands that showed up on ballots submitted to this year's City Pages Picked to Click "best new band" poll, which will be published this week: 40 Watt Bulb A Night in the Box Abzorbr Accelerated Love Affair After the Burial Akai Alison Scott Allison R ... More >>
Charlie Parr comes out of the garage with album of homestyle blues
Youth Brigade @ Triple Rock From today's A-List: "Immortalized in the 1984 documentary Another State of Mind, Youth Brigade were the Oi! that Los Angeles hardcore produced—three Jewish surfers, all brothers, cheering the sinking of their state into the ocean. They founded BYO Records, rapped agai ... More >>
Duluth's Charlie Parr plays music for gamblers, bar-fighters, and ordinary eccentrics