The 14th annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival is set to take place November 13-17, and details are emerging for some of the wonderful plans for this year's festivities. All of the musical performances at this year's Sound Unseen will be taking place at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. The ... More >>
The Caravan du Nord tour plays such a wonderful, vital role in spreading the musical talents of Minnesota artists to all corners of our state. The music lineup and locations for the Minnesota Music Coalition's 3rd annual tour have just been announced, and once again a litany of gifted local acts wil ... More >>
The Summit Brewery proved last fall that they're not just a beer company, they can throw a great party too. The Summit Backyard Bash was a delightful day of music and tipping back a wide array of fine pours. This September 7, the second annual bash is back with another stellar lineup for a day of dr ... More >>
So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from&nb ... More >>
Area music fans never really need much of an excuse to stop into the Electric Fetus. The renowned Minneapolis record shop has something to suit the needs of anyone and everyone, no matter what styles of music you are into or who your favorite band is. And now, the Fetus is set to celebrate their 45 ... More >>
After nearly two and a half years of hosting regular late-night shows, Hell's Kitchen is scaling back on live local rock. While the potential remains for one-off shows, the regular series booked by Mike Siddall will not continue. Instead, the restaurant and venue is focusing on dance nights and calm ... More >>
The Walker Art Center's yearly pairing of high-concept film and local music, Summer Music & Movies, has just unveiled this year's slate of entertainment. Running on Mondays between July 29 and August 19, each of the four shows -- under the subhead "Roadways" -- expresses something different from ... More >>
Now in its 15th year, Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival shines a worthy spotlight on a growing collection of bands from the area, giving them stages to play on and expanding audiences to perform in front of as the fest has gained momentum and popularity over the past decade and a half. A strong con ... More >>
The good folks at Bayport BBQ have offered up the lineup for the sixth annual Deep Blues Festival. As expected, this is a grouping of some of the rawest blues and folk players around gathered at Bayport's scenic location next to the St. Croix River.Last year's running of the Deep Blues Festival birt ... More >>
After the resounding success of 2012's Mid West Music Fest in Winona, event organizers have just announced the dates as well as their ambitious musical plans for this year's festival. The 2013 Mid West Music Fest is set for April 18-20, taking place in a wide array of venues spread throughout Winona ... More >>
New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
It's the second weekend of August and the weather will be playing a crucial role with the myriad of outdoor events this weekend. Friday evening, The Harriet Island Bandshell is hosting another movie and music night featuring Bloodnstuff and Is/Is followed by a showing of Army of Darkness. The Big Wu ... More >>
See Also:Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, and Trampled By TurtlesIf anyone in Minnesota needed further proof that their expanse of '90s memories are being appropriately distilled to microcosmic parameters of Americana bedrock, all lingering uncertainties can be resolved Saturday at Duluth's ... More >>
See Also: Trampled by Turtles join Twin Ports Bridge Festival to help Duluth flood victims The Duluth floods drowned my record collection Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesTip of the hat to Wilco for joining the cause to help those in need following the ma ... More >>
The ninth season of Music in Mears kicks off tonight in the gorgeous setting of Mears Park in downtown St. Paul with a strong trio of local acts. Dan Israel and the Cultivators, Crossing Guards, and the Annie Lawler Band should certainly get Music In Mears off to a rousing start.Thursdays full of ... More >>
The Twin Cities will be steeped with indie-rock this weekend with The Shins at the Orpheum Theatre and Leslie Feist opening the MN Zoo's Music in the Zoo series. Cute pop band Bella Ruse will be leaving Minneapolis for Columbus soon, so make sure to catch their free show at the Lake Harriet Bandshel ... More >>
Jack Klatt's new album Mississippi Roll is easily gonna be one of the best local albums of the year, mark my words. Recorded in two free-rollin' ten-hour sessions with production assistance from classic guitar virtuoso and composer Dakota Dave Hull, Klatt is backed as usual by the Cat Swingers -- fi ... More >>
Mississippi Roll is a gem
May ushers in warmer weather, which means the beginning of street festivals -- two big ones in particular: Art-A-Whirl and Lyn-Lake Festival that feature many talented local artists. If the heat is too much for you, BB King will be rocking the State Theatre and on the other end of the musical spectr ... 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 >>
With the change in weather, there is a need to shake off the winter blues and socialize more. Headlining the Dakota fresh off their tour is Davina and the Vagabonds, while Guster share the stage at The Pantages with comedian Jeff Garlin. If you don't have tickets to the First Aid Kit at the Cedar Cu ... More >>
In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that Minnesotans love Record Store Day. The turnout to local independent record shops has been massive throughout the state, especially in the Twin Cites, where music fans line up early for the chance to score some of the exclusive albums ma ... More >>
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th, but don't let that stop you from going out and seeing good shows this weekend!
The first installment was named the Best Local Music Compilation of the year, and the second was listed among our top Twin Cities albums released in 2010. So it's not too shocking that the third volume of the wildly successful Minnesota Beatle Project series is packed with big names from our loca ... More >>
Each year, it seems like at least one compilation is released that vies for a spot in the top local records of that year. For the past two years, the Minnesota Beatle Project has landed in the top Minnesota albums section of our Year in Music issue, and this November a new compilation that pays t ... More >>
"The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend."--Chuck Palahniuk
Though they just released their first full-length album last summer, the Woody Guthrie-inspired Walker Fields have already recorded a live follow-up full-length, and they are giving away the entire thing for free online.
Photo by Stacy SchwartzIt's hard to believe that it's almost time for the State Fair again (summer, do you have to leave already?), but the great gathering of fried food, free stuff, and outdoor music is only a few short weeks away. The Current just announced their schedule of live performances a ... More >>
July appears to be the season where bands put out new music for you to buy, and let's face it, nothing says fun like a record release party. This weekend is chock full of record release shows, as well as some fine local music, touring acts, and outdoor festivals. Submitted for your approval:
The Cedar Cultural Center and Palmer's are teaming up to present the West Bank Deep Blues Festival later this month, and have announced a portion of the lineup for July 22 and 23. See below for the scheduled acts, and keep an eye on both the Cedar's site and Palmer's MySpace page for more informa ... More >>
Fourth of July weekend promises to be a good one. This week in Freeloader Friday we have free fireworks, free film fests, free events for families, and more.
So just how early do we all need to skip out of work today to make it down to the Taste of Minnesota? If you're hoping to catch local acts like Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, and Willie Murphy, you'd best take a half day. Print out this schedule and show it to your boss; we're pretty sure they ... More >>
(Pictured: Last year's MOSAIC street fest)This weekend we have a party on the Walker lawn, a new music venue in Uptown, and two free street fests for kids.
It's been 10 years since Sound Unseen began its yearly showcase of the most promising music-related films, a nice round number on which to expand, or straight-up double in size. So of course that's exactly what they're doing: the first annual Sound Unseen International, Duluth will be taking plac ... More >>
Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is upon us.
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.
Charlie Parr visits the Current, the police mess with Dylan in NJ & new Ambassador Gun.
The full lineup of free music includes some very promising local acts.
It may seem greedy, but we couldn't confine ourselves to fewer than 13 riotous / melodious / prodigious records
Two Shows, Forty Local Bands