Imagine a world where Beck, Passion Pit, Coldplay, 311, Alien Ant Farm, Mumford & Sons, and Green Day (post-Dookie) are played on repeat all day. Finally, a place where dingbat radio DJs can be free to spend 15 minutes discussing the finer points of "Sex on Fire" and how Paramore's Haylie Willia ... More >>
It's a damn shame Curt Flood didn't live to see this moment: Mighty Clyde and Vicious Lee are back to rock the mic. Three and a half years after a farewell show at the departed 501 Club, the hip-hop duo MC/VL are dusting off their old-school rhymes -- filled with braggadocio and name-drops of Twin C ... More >>
The Twin Cities hip-hop community is mourning the loss of rapper Dodi Phy (given name Mohamed Turay), who died at the age of 31 on February 21. The Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider, in a poignant tribute to the fallen MC, reports that Turay committed suicide following a lengthy battle with depre ... More >>
Unlike our gridlocked national bureaucratic bodies, effecting change on the local airwaves can be as simple as buying pint at Amsterdam Bar & Hall and having the liquid courage to speak up. The second running of 89.3 the Current's Music Meeting happens tonight in St. Paul, and it's an opportunit ... More >>
There was no question that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to be part of the upcoming Replacements reunion shows to be staged at the three Riot Fests in the coming weeks. However, lead guitar and drums were up for grabs. On Friday, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider reported that ... More >>
Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Fes ... More >>
Are You Local? With Solid Gold, Sims, Wiping Out Thousands, L'Assassins, Carroll, Bad Bad Hats, Audio PermMill City Nights, MinneapolisFriday, March 1, 2013The Twin Cities takes a lot of pride in their local music scene -- and much of that pride is warranted. Sifted from a group of 223 entries, Bad ... More >>
Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the ... More >>
It's most opinionated time of the year. Thus, 89.3 the Current's studios opened up for a few gatekeepers from the Twin Cities music media to air out the wares they've been pushing all year long once again before moving onto the 2013 models. This is the Critics Pick edition.In an episode that aired S ... More >>
Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def)with Toki Wright and This Debris Guthrie Theater, MinneapolisMonday, October 10, 2012Yasiin Bey returned to the Guthrie for his second headlining gig since playing in 2010, this time with Toki Wright and his full band as the sole opener. It was an odd but strangely fitti ... More >>
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The boys are back in Mound again, at least for a night. Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider is reporting that the celebrated local trio Semisonic are playing a rare reunion gig on Saturday, May 19 as part of the Blast Block Party in Mound. Bassist John Munson is the only member of the group who has ... More >>
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Related:Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artistsKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsStar Tribune published two stories Tuesday detailing the Minnesota State Fair's latest Grandstand additions, but one would've been plenty. A couple hours after ... More >>
Sit a spell and imagine some of the Twin Cities' now-defunct music hotspots, from mid-century staples like University Avenue's Prom Ballroom and Nicollet's Marigold and Flame, to Mr. Nibbs, Duffy's and Norma Jean's in South Minneapolis' "Hub of Hell." It's hard not to feel nostalgic for what cou ... More >>
Pachyderm Studio was once an ever-expanding source of rural Minnesota trivia. The complex, tucked away behind some trees on a quiet country road near Cannon Falls, hosted many legendary recording sessions. Lore surrounding Nirvana's In Utero, PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, and albums by local heroes incl ... More >>
Bon Iver's Bon Iver was obviously a bit of a local success story, and we rightfully felt the need to put his bearded, thoughtful mug on our cover last fall. (Read Andrea Swensson's cover story here.) Our beloved sibling paper the Village Voice showed some serious (but not ultimate) dedication to ... More >>
Gimme Noise founder says farewell after four great years
Vita.mn's Vth Anniversary Party with Hold Steady, P.O.S., Night Moves, and No Bird SingNovember 18, 2011Epic, Minneapolis"Congrats on throwing such an 'epic' party!" an acquaintance gushed to me shortly after arriving at Vita.mn's "Vth" anniversary bash on Friday night. I found her flub more ende ... More >>
The Hold Steady will make it back to the Twin Cities to play a show before the year is up, though the venue is a bit of a head-scratcher: America's best bar-rock band will come through town on November 18 to play slick downtown dance club Epic. The band will be performing as the headliners a ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the criticism of the new Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards reaching a deafening roar on social media networks, it sounds like Edwards finally took note of some of the feedback that's been flung his way.Last night, as hail pelted down on the attendees at Targe ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>
Via YouTubeKevin Foley, left, with Steve Brantseg at the John Lennon tribute in 2008Funeral services are being held today for Hopkins native Kevin Foley, who passed away in his sleep last Thursday for unknown reasons. Foley was the bass player in local bands Swingset, Routine 11, and Bash & P ... More >>
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
First, the good news: Grant Hart, formerly of Husker Du and now a renowned solo artist, is in good health after only a brief stint in the hospital yesterday afternoon. But the bad news is that Hart's South St. Paul house, which originally belonged to his parents, suffered a two-room fire that tor ... More >>
After five years of promoting shows around the Twin Cities, the one-man show booking agency Mr. Chan Presents, an offshoot of Live Nation (and formerly Clear Channel), has folded for financial reasons and agency head James DeCoursey has quietly moved his efforts to booking shows at the Cabooze.
With year-end retrospectives gushing out of every local publication in town, the Current's Local Show decided to invite a crew of local music writers to gather with host Dave Campbell and discuss the best records and trends to sweep the Twin Cities this year. I had the pleasure of joining Chris R ... More >>
Nikki & Andrew doing research In this first installment of Rational Dialectic, Andrew Flanagan and Nikki Miller meet up at GAYNGS HQ - Nick & Eddie - with laptops in tow, to discuss the local phenomenon (and soon to be worldwide sensation) GAYNGS. Andrew and Nikki do not wi ... More >>
Here's a look back at his first four-night run, in the summer of 2001.
An eclectic lineup of local talent will play First Ave on February 26.
A recent transplant to Minneapolis, the singer-songwriter was found dead in his home.
Let's hope swine flu hasn't infested the Canadian rockers.
Yes, really. The alt-country queen will be married on September 18.
The bar's last chance for salvation seems to rest on the city's Heritage Preservation Committee.
After a farewell show over the weekend at the Walker, the songsmith packs a steamer trunk for the Pacific Northwest.
A sign on the door simply says "Done."
Check out a sampling of old Wilco videos that feature Bennett.
A sweltering, sold-out crowd at the Cedar was treated to a set by America's Next Top Indie Band.
Slogan aside, 89.3 limits its list of songs
The three-day 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop begins at 4:00 p.m. today at First Avenue, and we'll be there for every minute (here's a preview in City Pages). Below you'll find a complete schedule with links, but before you read, check out some of the cool articles on the event, starti ... More >>
I got a little steamed this morning reading the following paragraph from Chris Riemenschneider's story about Dessa Darling, MC with local hip-hop collective Doomtree: "The truth is, Darling, 24, didn't grow up a B-girl. She was a smart kid from Minneapolis Southwest High School who graduated from th ... More >>
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We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.