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A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patch ... More >>
Following one of the busiest years they've had in a while, Soul Asylum is starting to make some noise in 2013. Last year marked the entry of Delayed Reaction, their first new studio album in six years, but it also signaled the departure of founding guitarist Dan Murphy. Now, with frontman Dave Pirne ... More >>
For every tale that regulars past and present recollected for this week's cover story about the CC Club, there were a handful more that they couldn't remember.Some of these were simply lost to the intervening years: The story begins in the early 1970s, and many of the regulars included in it have be ... More >>
In this week's cover story, we comb through the history of storied Minneapolis landmark the CC Club. The bar has for decades been a hub of converging scenes in the Twin Cities, and has counted such regulars as Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, actor Tom Arnold, and many, ... More >>
The iconic bar's owners, famous patrons, and hometown regulars remember the dive's best moments
When David Prass bought the CC Tap in 1974, it was a 3.2 beer joint that had live music and a stage. Prass re-named the bar the CC Club, and transferred the liquor license over from his father's old bar. Along with the booze came new restrictions on the kind of entertainment the CC could offer, incl ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
Now that the year is new, it's time again for 89.3 the Current to herald its lengthening life with a weekend of shows at First Avenue. The tastemaking radio station has revealed the lineup for the two-day bash being held January 18-19. The wunderkind John Mark Nelson, who finished tied for third in ... More >>
Founding Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy has announced his exit from Soul Asylum after three decades with the band. Earlier this week, he issued a statement on the group's website to make his departure official. "I have decided that I will no longer be touring or recording with the band, effective ... More >>
As with any given weekend in the Twin Cities, there are a ton of great shows happening over the next few days. But one of the gigs with the best cause behind it is happening tonight at the Ritz Theater, as the Put A Rock On It: A Concert for the Freedom to Marry benefit is set to start at 7 p.m. A ... More >>
With Election Day just over a month away, many us are probably growing tired of the endless stream of campaign commercials and relentless sloganeering ringing out from most media outlets. But one of the definite advantages of any election year are the special Benefit Concerts which bring together ta ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Soul Asylum at First Avenue 7/20/12Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner on Delayed Reaction and all that jazzSoul AsylumFirst Avenue, MinneapolisJuly 20, 2012With the tragedy in Aurora still weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of those assembled at First Avenue Friday night, you could h ... More >>
Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue
See Also:*Cover Story: Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner on Delayed Reaction and all that jazz*Soul Asylum: Promo Photos and Outtakes*Soul Asylum's Dan Murphy thinks the band is making the best music it's ever made--and wonders if it's worth it anymoreDave Pirner has happily been a New Orleans resident for ... More >>
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
Photos by Mike MinehartMachine 22Black Box Revelation with Machine 22, Porcupine and DetourNovember 14, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisI arrived during of Porcupines from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of my favorite bands I've recently discovered. One of my favorite songs, "Rooftops" from their 7" spli ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDave Pirner singing at Tommy Stinson's solo show at First Avenue this past MayThough Soul Asylum have continued to gig sporadically in the Twin Cities (and Dave Pirner has taken up a part-time job smashing guitars at his bass player's solo gigs), it's been five years since the ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenTommy StinsonMay 20, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisThese are strange times we're living in, so the modest turnout at Friday night's Tommy Stinson show shouldn't have come as a surprise. But scanning the Mainroom this weekend, it was hard not to think back to last fall's Replac ... More >>
Last night, the biggest indie scenesplosion ever rattled the Bowery Ballroom in Manhatten as contemporary bands like tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Ted Leo gathered to pay homage to Michael Azerrad's 2001 book Our Band Could Be Your Life on its 10-year anniversary. Among the highlights posted on Pitchf ... More >>
A few weeks ago Grant Hart announced via Twitter a benefit show to help him through the extremely rough patch of a house fire, where he lost some pretty precious stuff -- his equipment, most notably. Initially attached was a Dave Pirner solo set, and a show from The Magnolias. Now we have the ful ... More >>
Grant Hart suffered a hard blow last month when he lost many of his belongings in a house fire, including his favorite guitar. Today via his Twitter account, Hart announced a benefit show at First Avenue next month which will help him to recoup some of his losses. The main act on the March 12 bil ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaSoul AsylumDecember 17, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIt felt like the early '90s at First Avenue again, as a packed crowd awaited the highly anticipated first show by Soul Asylum at the venue since last December. Mysterious percussion and tool noises came from behind the scre ... More >>
See Prince's Purple Rain suit and the original First Avenue light board
Matt and Kim announce Triple Rock gig, MPR interviews Dave Pirner & photos of P.O.S. in the UK.
Wednesday, 1:32 p.m., IDS Crystal Court. Dave Pirner, presumably a no-longer-part-time New Orleans resident and local hipster ...
Today's Star-Tribune quotes part-time New Orleans resident Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum as saying, "There probably isn't a better act to capture what people are feeling and hit a positive note about it than ReBirth." The good news is that these New Orleans second-line kings (interviewed in today's Cit ... More >>
Local rocker starts the fight of his life--with a party
Black Gold, a jumbled mess of a greatest-hits collection, reveals the contradictions at the core of Soul Asylum
Victoria Williams continues to celebrate the small facets of life on a grand scale
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
Between folk and punk, enigma and sensation, is 23-year-old singer-songwriter Mason Jennings
Rocking The Body at the Target Center; teenage kicks at the Ave.
Columbia recording artists Soul Asylum have a new record.
Ridin' Out the Karma: Walt Mink's Candice Belanoff and John Kimbrough