Okay, deep breath everybody. No one wants to jinx anything, but maybe--just maybe--spring has finally started here in Minnesota. And none too soon, either; after all, it's already almost time for block party season, when we can all spend our weekends wandering around in shorts and sipping cold beers ... 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 >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One Featuring the 4onthefloor, the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, Chastity Brown, and John Mark Nelson (with special guests Nicholas David and Zach Sobiech) First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013 While the Current's 8th Birthday party lacked ... More >>
The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>
This weekend marks the annual Doomtree Blowout at First Avenue. Tickets are still available for the Sunday show! Japandroids are also returning for two sold out nights at The Triple Rock. Amsterdam Bar & Hall is hosting Rock the Halls featuring bands like BNLX, Teenage Moods, and Fire ... More >>
From Big Cats to Chastity Brown, local gems showcased their talents
Witness the evolution of a young band. Duluth transplants, Portage, bring to Minneapolis a string of harmonies that bring to mind the guts of rock music which are culled from the disheveled corners of generations past. The group is set to release their sophomore album Landings, with songs that segue ... More >>
You Better Weaponize mixes personal and political
Music for Marriage Equality BenefitWith Jonatha Brooke, Chastity Brown, and Keri NobleDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisTuesday, September 25, 2012One of the most memorable parts of Tuesday night's Music for Marriage Equality benefit concert wasn't even part of the set list. After the show ended, former ... More >>
See Also: Chastity Brown releases Back-Road Highways Dream Crusher leads Concert to Defeat the Marriage Amendment lineup As the political season continues to heat up in Minnesota, more and more music events are being scheduled to raise the social and civic awareness of the local constituency. The D ... More >>
See Also: P.O.S. debuts "Bumper" video via City of Music Peter Wolf Crier experiment on Garden of Arms David Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in September As schoolkids across the state head back to class this week, McNally Smith College of Music gives their students (and l ... More >>
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 >>
See Also:Chastity Brown on the Red Stag Block Party, her residency in Germany, and the local music sceneAlexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle on Duluth, Coloring Time, and the Red Stag Block PartyRed Stag Block PartyFeaturing Rogue Valley, Kill The Vultures, The Honeydogs, Mayda, Chastity Brown, and Roman ... More >>
See Also:Bastille Day Block Party, Red Stag Block Party Lineups AnnouncedKill The Vultures, Kristoff Krane, and No Bird Sing form F to I to XAlexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle is a renaissance man who has left his mark in many places around the Twin Cities, most recently in his groups Kill the Vultures ... More >>
See Also: Chastity Brown releases Back-Road Highways Local-by-way-of-Tennessee musician Chastity Brown is at her most Southern when she is chatting over drinks. She's effusive, laid back, and is thoroughly determined to just kick it, no pressure. This has been a big year for Miss Brown: her fourth ... More >>
See Also:Claire de Lune's New Lion establishes her as more than just a "hook girl"Chastity Brown releases Back-Road HighwaysThe Current's Local Show hosts a free show tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center, and they've hand-picked some emerging local music gems to perform. Along with folk artist Chast ... More >>
By Allegra OxboroughJeremy Messersmith's Muse for MusicWith P.O.S. and Chastity BrownThe Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulSaturday, May 19, 2012Jeremy Messersmith was his dapper self Saturday in a fitted green blazer and his conspicuous Buddy Holly specs. Behind him an ever-changing configuration of seve ... More >>
Girl power without the Spice Girls is alive and well these days, and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be celebrating this weekend with the Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul. If you're feeling young, stop by Station 4 to check out pop-punk group Go Radio with This Providence; if not, St. Vincent and C ... More >>
It may not quite feel like it today, but spring has definitely sprung here in Minneapolis, and Augsburg College is planning a big celebration of the occasion this Saturday. Spring Fest is taking place at Augsburg's Murphy Square on April 21, and will feature a stellar, all-day music showcase hea ... More >>
People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
This is a weekend to explore new bands that are experimenting with new sounds. New pieces are created daily; included in this weekend's CD releases are Chastity Brown's highly anticipated album, Ghostmouth's brash collection, along with Janiva Magness and Josh Mogck's contributions to new music.
The last time Chastity Brown released an album, it was summertime, two years ago, with High Noon Teeth -- a soulful piece, as bathed in vivid storytelling as Chastity's Tennessee background would have you believe. Since then, Chastity has been building her reputation further as Minneapolis' star ... More >>
The Coloring Time crew.McNally Smith has an eclectic show planned for this Saturday, which could surely cure the winter blahs. The Deepwinter Bonfire will include performances by Coloring Time, which is a huge improvisational collective with an impressive laundry list of local musicians.Expect ... More >>
Start the year off right with a weekend of local music.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Settle down with some local music this weekend.
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf CrierMedia sponsor Vita.mn has been slowly revealing its four-night run of Music & Movies nights at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this August, and last night they finished announcing the last of its Friday night events. This year, the Star Tribune-owned weekly w ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHWe seriously can't get enough of these summer block party lineups. Keep 'em coming! As part of the longstanding Pride Weekend festivities in Minneapolis, the Bryant-Lake Bowl will celebrate its 7th Uptown Pride Block Party on Friday, June 24 with headliner Maria Isa.
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
Everybody's workin' for the weekend...and it's here.Make the most of it!
Screw Hallmark cards. This February 14, I can't think of a better way to kill an evening than with a night filled with "Valentine-ish subject matter sung by some of the best purveyors of melancholia around." That's how Adam Levy is describing his next installment of the Southern Songbook, his new ... More >>
Who says January is a slow month for shows in the Twin Cities? This weekend is jam-packed with festivities, from the Current's sold-out sixth birthday party to CD-release shows for Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, More Than Lights, and Say Like the French Say.Here's a rundown of our best bets for Frida ... More >>
The bands who received nods in this year's Picked to Click poll aren't just limited to the 11 we featured in this week's issue. See below for a full list of all of the bands who received votes in this year's poll, with the total points awarded to each band.Remember: Voters were told to choose fiv ... More >>
It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since Kings Wine Bar opened in the Kingfield neighborhood in Minneapolis, but time flies when you're busy serving up delicious handmade tater tots and hosting low-key listening parties and DJ nights that emphasize great local music. In honor of t ... More >>
Our pals over at MPLS.TV have been busy lately; in addition to filming the videos we posted yesterday of Eyedea, No Bird Sing, Kristoff Krane, Crescent Moon, and Peter Pisano gathering for a freestyle jam, they also recently produced this video of soul-bearing songwriter Chastity Brown performing ... More >>
The Electric Fetus has long been our cities' most widely respected independent record store (I'm not picking favorites here, but did Ringo Starr wear your store's shirt to the Grammys? Just sayin' is all), operating for two score and two and employing a laundry list of local scene stalwarts throu ... More >>
There's epic amounts of free stuff this weekend.
The final music schedule for this weekend's Stone Arch Festival of the Arts.
Five bucks? Pffft. Whatever. Check out these totally free events.
Local songs spun on the Mischke broadcast.
The two-day festival is a must-see showcase of local music and art.
Sample "Candy Cigarettes" off of Black Blondie's debut album, due out April 17.
Southern singer/songwriter migrates north and turns Twin Cities out with Sankofa
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