Imagine Dragons With the Naked and Famous and Nico Vega Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul March 12, 2014 There are few shows throughout rock history that have changed the face of music as we know it. The Beatles infamous appearance on Ed Sullivan. The Rolling Stones at Altamont. Hendrix at Woodstock. F ... More >>
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The Voice kicked off yet another season this week, fresh from a Sunday-night Emmy win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.The reality show -- which focuses on judges creating super teams of talented singers based solely on contestants' voices -- enters its fourth season with all four origin ... More >>
Mumford & SonsXcel Energy Center, St. PaulWednesday, September 4, 2013There's no question that Marcus Mumford and his band of Sons are brilliant. In one way, at least. Finally someone has capitalized on American pop's two most-popular niches, twang and EDM. Unfortunately, this marketable and sta ... More >>
Bathswith Houses and D33JTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisWednesday, June 5, 2013"Tonight is a good night in Milwaukee!" So exclaimed Baths frontman, Will Wiesenfeld, Tuesday night at the Triple Rock. Which, of course, is in Minneapolis.Oops.It was a forgivable mistake, in the scheme of things. ( ... More >>
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#3 (tie). John Mark Nelson: 71 points"I don't get out much," jokes 18-year-old folk artist John Mark Nelson, when asked how he's managed to already record two full-length albums. But with the amount of buzz generated around his sophomore record, Waiting and Waiting, he might have to force himself ou ... More >>
The Cedar Cultural Center has long ago established itself as one of the best world music venues in the country, and in fact, was named just that earlier this year in a nationwide poll. Tonight they launch a new music series, African Summer on the West Bank, which will go a long way towards assuring ... More >>
The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>
Joseph Arthur is a low-key type of guy, having gone vastly unnoticed and living humbly as the existence of a shy folk-star; one whom everyone's heard of, but nobody really knows.
It's not often a band comes along that changes your view on the music industry and gives you hope that good music is still being made -- and with so many new bands and artists popping everyday, it's difficult to discern who to spend your time and hard-earned money on. Meet the Farew ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBlink-182September 7, 2011Xcel Energy CenterWho's up for a night of circle pits, poop and masturbation jokes, and poignant reflection? Anyone and everyone in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center for Blink-182 sure was. Despite the many empty seats in the arena (although ge ... More >>
Who will heal The-Dream's funny-bone? Who will tickle his love handles and send him into fits of uncontrollable laughter?
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNKOTBSBJuly 16, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisIt would be impossible to reflect on what happened Friday night while skating the line between objectivity and heart-swelling fandom, so I'm not going to do it. Because from the moment that New Kids on the Block launched into t ... More >>
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