Many musical rivers to cross in these coming days. Jimmy Cliff at First Avenue on Thursday will be a featured part of it. This week in the Twin Cities begins with The Eagles at the Target Center while Iron & Wine plays across the street at First Avenue. Thursday, Portland-based Typhoon makes an ... More >>
A couple of interviews with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon popped up this week, and both illuminate a guy overflowing with ideas. After the push for his side project Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, earlier this year -- and a couple of rollicking Minneapolis shows -- these conversations were t ... More >>
Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... More >>
Swampy blues stompers the 4onthefloor have just released details for their second full-length studio album, Spirit of Minneapolis, due out in April. The title takes upon a special meaning for those who remember the band's bit of "mock duck" (aka not beef) with Howler regarding the local scene almost ... More >>
After a lengthy and highly successful world tour over the past year and a half (including a memorable show at the Orpheum in late 2011), things have finally started to quiet down a bit in the Bon Iver camp. But that doesn't bring an end to the steady stream of accolades and musical achievements that ... 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 >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
"Load up the RV, mama - we're goin' to WE Fest." You wish. Working stiffs like us don't get Fridays off, and we ain't got no RV. Maybe you ain't even got no mama. Poor you. But for those with mamas, vacation time, and an RV (or the dogged tenacity to sleep in a hot, muddy tent next to the portable ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Astronautalis form band, record albumBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornSean Carey has been a key component of Bon Iver's live presence for years. In addition to being the drummer and backing vocalist for Justin Vernon's band, the Eau Claire-based ... More >>
"Lay Your Cards Out," the first video from Polica's debut album, Give You The Ghost, made its premiere today via Jay-Z's Life Times online site. The mostly black and white clip, which is directed by Minneapolis resident Chris Hadland, features ghostly images of Channy dancing along to the groo ... More >>
Who needs holiday shopping this weekend when you have music to keep you busy?
Courtesy of the Daredevil Christopher WrightThere must be something in the water out there in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Justin Vernon has seen his popularity skyrocket recently coming off the release of his sophomore effort Bon Iver, Bon Iver, an album chock full of layered falsetto and choirboy ... More >>
Ever humble and hard working, Tom Wincek of All Tiny Creatures recently shared his thoughts on his writing process and ambitions for the future. The band will be performing at the Triple Rock Social Club for Saturday's Picked to Click showcase along with Phantom Tails, The Book of Righ ... More >>
Photos by Ben Clark"Hi, this is our college band," Justin Vernon said after DeYarmond Edison finished their first song. "We haven't played a show in seven years until right now."
A handful of Eau Claire natives are making headlines today because of a reunion show that might possibly blow minds this year at SXSW. Justin Vernon -- who famously retreated into a cabin in the Wisconsin woods to recover from a breakup with his girlfriend and his band and came out with a breatht ... More >>
Henry Chan continues to expand his east metro sushi empire. On the heels of the Kitchen's closure, the Pioneer Press reports that restaurateur Harry Chan is planning to open another Shanghai Bistro in its place. The site is in Stillwater's Grand Garage building and is known for its spacious p ... More >>
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshowS. Carey w/the Daredevil Christopher WrightJanuary 14, 2011Varsity TheaterTwo bands from Eau Claire, Wisconsin played what felt more like a local show at the Varsity Theater on Friday night, as both S. Carey and the Daredevil Christopher Wright were m ... More >>
jontintinjordanCaptionThe second of two Wisconsin men who hatched the brilliant idea of robbing a Maplewood bank with a toy gun is going to prison for five years. Andrew J. Larson, 24, of Eau Claire, was sentenced on Monday in federal court.
Dr. Tom Hilton went all Joseph Smith on the Eau Queer Film Festival.University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor Tom Hilton seriously stepped outside of his role teaching "information systems" to deliver another kind of lecture -- the homophobic kind. His target: Senior Women's Studies stude ... More >>
Photos by Kevin O'MearaAs we told you about yesterday, MPLS.TV had a special opportunity to hang with Gayngs as they prepared for their tour this week, and we're excited to present a bonus edition of our City of Music series today. The band departs from Eau Claire today for their first show in Mi ... More >>
Photo by Adam Bubolz Slapping Purses' Jason Power is a conundrum, an exercise in opposites. He's a lanky kid with a perpetual smile on his face who's rumored to be a successful amateur mixed martial artist; a wildly expressive audio artist who, by his own admission, hates talking ab ... More >>
Your guide to the hottest, the sweatiest, the smelliest country music festivals this summer. Somebody grab the cooler.
Photo by Erik Hess"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>
The bluegrass quintet will release Palomino on April 13.
Extra notes and quotes from this week's cover story.
What a difference a year and a half makes.
After God gave him his sight back, did he also give him the gift of penis flashing?
Nothing in life is free. Except this weekend event list.
Wild week in Wisconsin. We've got baby Jesus snatchers, guys filming their naked girlfriends and Amish farmers being charged for ... More >>
Crack open our Twin Cities Local Music Yearbook and reminisce on an effed-up year
A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address
Rick Fuller turns his back on MTV to preserve the history of the local music scene.
Local jazz trio Fat Kid Wednesdays pays tribute to trumpeter Don Cherry
Five contestants. One job. No scruples.
Tales from the other University of Minnesota hospital
Teaching our children to notice and honor our natural surroundings