Ed Ackerson

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Kids Are All Right: Stereo Confession

    Stereo Confession | 7th Street Entry | Sunday, October 12 Burgeoning Minneapolis garage rock band Stereo Confession caught our attention with their infectiously catchy single, "Video Games." The group has since signed to local label Susstones, and is set to throw a stacked record release party for t ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    R.I.P., Run Westy Run founding member Kyle Johnson

    Kyle Jason Johnson, who played bass and rhythm guitar for Minneapolis rock band Run Westy Run, died among family and friends on Friday. Born September 1, 1959, he was 54. He is survived by his two beautiful children. "He was a very creative and talented artist and musician, and he was loved and supp ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Ryan Traster: Banjo is a four-letter word

    Funny how a change of heart can take you by surprise. Ryan Traster, Portland resident by way of Minneapolis, is back with a new album immersed in indie-rock -- it's just this time, he's dug a little deeper and hit some country roots. Like Traster, the new album Get Easy cuts straight to the chase, b ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the group was on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay put for new clips from ACTN, the 4onthefloor, Chris ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    28-Hour party people: Drone Not Drones staging a day-long live event

    Duluth rock experimenters Low performed a drone-fueled version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?" at Rock the Garden last year, and simultaneously sparked a new discussion about peace-minded thinking within music. The divisive 28-minute rendition was unusual, but get a load of what Drone Not Drones foun ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2013

    Gloss transform their image

    The group goes from high school nerds to hip local band

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    November 18, 2013

    BNLXFest II at Cause, 11/15-16/13

    BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>

  • Music

    October 16, 2013

    Picked to Click 2013

    The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over

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    September 24, 2013

    Top 10 best record labels in Minnesota

    One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg plan studio time later this year

    In a lengthy interview with Time, the Replacements and Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson gives a detailed update on where he's at and where he's been. Though the article has some dated facts -- it refers to a City Pages columnist who is no longer with the paper and Sean Combs as P. Diddy -- but St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Mark Mallman on making Double Silhouette a $10 million album

    Just off the wheels of Marathon IV: Road Rogue, a week-long song performed during a trek from New York to Los Angeles, performer extraordinaire Mark Mallman has unveiled his latest CD, Double Silhouette. Renowned for his high-energy dramatic performances and marathon song cycles, Mallman has won a h ... More >>

  • Music

    June 6, 2012
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    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: The ballots

    ​​As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Blue Sky Blackout release 'John Hughes' EP tonight at Cause

    Photos courtesy Christian Erickson​The inside of the Zeus Jones office in Uptown is a sleek, ultramodern-looking space. Its marble walls and high ceilings show off treated wood and aged brick that contrast smartly with the dark, shining floor below. A long table stretches the length of the main ro ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2010
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    October 19, 2010

    Picked to Click 2010: Complete list of ballots

    ​We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving weekend concert guide

    Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.

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    February 18, 2009
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    December 12, 2008
  • News

    November 7, 2007

    Out on a Limb

    Before the Owls could take on the pop world, they had to face stage fright, shyness, and each other

  • News

    September 27, 2006

    Picked to Click XVI

    This one goes to 11!

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Two Hundred Twenty-Four Ballots...and No Hanging Chads!

    Picked to Click Pollsters cast their votes

  • Music

    December 18, 2002

    A Local Music Yearbook

    Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    Picked to Click XII

    Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists

  • Music

    May 15, 2002

    Electric Company

    Two local jazz luminaries become laptop converts

  • Music

    March 15, 2000

    The Big Pink

    Years after big-label Balloon Guy deflated his passion for making music, Matt Olson returns to his songcraft in Smattering

  • News

    July 15, 1998

    The Music of Chance

    An artist of the accidental, Jim Ruiz croons a lounge music of personal loss.

  • Music

    February 7, 1996
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    December 27, 1995

    Artists of the Year

    Makers who mattered in 1995