One year ago, Sara Montour and Steve Korf launched Live Letters, a brand that documents local music around town and also hosts small, intimate house shows at Montour's loft. Since Live Letters started, it has gained notoriety in small groups of fans and amongst musicians around Minneapolis as one of ... More >>
By Chris KozaRufus Wainwright once wrote "Along the bending path away, I smiled in knowing I'd be back one day." Perhaps he was talking about his return to Minnesota. The singer will be back in the Twin Cities for two shows this weekend to share his talents and charm at the Fitzgerald Theater. On th ... More >>
Plenty of shows going on in this last full week in February. Friday and Saturday prove to be the most busy. Friday, indie rock band Eels takes the First Avenue stage while psych poppers Ruby Suns play at the 7th Street Entry. ZZ Ward will be playing to a sold-out crowd at the Varsity and California ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
There's a certain bond between music and a listener. We can all relate to it, but everyone has a different way of expressing it. For Matt Latterell and Chuck Terhark, that way of expression is through a massive cover album. Absolutely Cuckoo is a statewide ode to the quick-witted, New York band ... More >>
The holiday season is underway this weekend! Minneapolis native, Lorie Line visits for a three day performance at the State Theatre. Local modern rockers Maudlin will be hosting the Fourth Annual Worst Christmas Pageant Ever at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall. On the not holiday special front, Prissy C ... 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 >>
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Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... 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 >>
The appreciation for SXSW usually doesn't happen until the festival is over and done with, but Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier and Chris Koza of Rogue Valley were able to find some time to reflect and acknowledge on the poignancy of an event that happens once a year connecting so many people. ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments. Atalesca: 72 degrees. Pismo Beach: 62 degrees. Ventura: 65 degrees. It was as perfect a day as one could expect ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, fourth, and fifth installments.Everyone slept in late the next morning, Portland was its grey, soaking wet, bone-chilling wintery self, but despite the unin ... More >>
On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, and fourth installments.1/20/2012 Butte: 37 degrees. Bearmouth: 38 degrees. Missoula: 40 degrees. Since the beginning of the week, before leaving Minneapolis ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here. 1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution" Minneapolis: 21 degrees. St. Cloud: 17 degrees. Fergus Falls: 15 ... More >>
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Photo by Jayme Halbritter for City PagesThe Current's program manager Jim McGuinnThough this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen a Current-sponsored show sell out in a heartflutter or watched them dominate the "indie" music scene in the Twin Cities, a recent report has shown that the st ... More >>
It's hard to believe that Grand Old Day is already just around the corner, but "St. Paul's first rite of summer" is happening next Sunday, June 5. For the first time this year, Gimme Noise is sponsoring one of the stages at the festival, which will be located in the parking lot outside of Walgree ... More >>
A conversation with a local guitar hero
"Rock stars...is there anything they don't know?" -Homer Simpson
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 >>
Photo by Eric LovoldBrian DeRemer lost his entire solo debut album during the recent robbery at Lovold's studioIt has been a little over a week since the fateful Christmas Eve break-in at the Alarmists' frontman Eric Lovold's apartment and home recording studio, and Lovold is slowly piecing his ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
In addition to taking over the world with their mad video-making skills, the folks at MPLS.TV are starting a local arts blog. One of their first endeavors is the first volume of an MPLS.TV Mixtape, which you can stream below and download for free over on their Bandcamp page. Artists featured incl ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenRogue Valley are now officially halfway through their ambitious journey of releasing four albums in the span of 12 months, and what a journey it has been. Back in April they brought a grandiose and theatrical album release show to the Fitzgerald that even included a high schoo ... More >>
Explore Minnesota, a site dedicated to attracting tourism to our fair state, has teamed up with 89.3 the Current to create an all-local playlist of streaming music that spans from the Castaways and the Trashmen to Dessa, Peter Wolf Crier, and Owl City. The mix, naturally, is bent toward radio-fri ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl weekend is upon us. Here's your guide to all the live music highlights this weekend, many of which are free. See anything we missed? Add your own Art-A-Whirl music events in the comments.FRIDAY, MAY 14Hoolie FestShuga RecordsFree; all agesIndoor stage:12:00 p.m. Acting Normal1:00 p.m ... More >>
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