Open Mike Eagle's recent album Dark Comedy stands as one of the year's best so far, deftly juggling thought-provoking lyrics, skillful flows, and a comedic approach to create a wholly compelling listen. He also runs his own podcast, Secret Skin, where he talks about some of the behind-the-scenes asp ... More >>
ZZ Ward -- based in Los Angeles, by way of Roseburg, Oregon -- is lighting up the music scene at the moment with her version of blues meets soul. Ward's show at the Varsity Theater sold out in five minutes -- Operations Manager of the Varsity, Shayna Melgaard, was impressed that even her mom knew ... More >>
Back in May, Walk Score, the website that assigns walkability grades to addresses across the country, branched out into Bike Score. For that first phase, Bike Score looked at just ten cities and rated them between 0 and 100. Minneapolis topped the list with a 79, nine points higher than runner-up Po ... More >>
Related:Brother Ali arrested at Occupy Homes protest [VIDEO]After setting off the Entry back in May, rallying in Wisconsin, giving us a soulful, somber taste of his new record, and recently getting arrested to help bring attention to the foreclosure problem here in Minnesota, Brother Ali is finally ... More >>
As the Doomtree crew are all getting psyched for their sprawling 2-month-long U.S. tour which starts tomorrow night, they dropped a lighthearted, no-frills video for "Bangarang," one of the most rousing tracks on their recent No Kings album. The clip features all the members of the Doomtree colle ... More >>
Mat Kearney with LeaguesNovember 20, 2011First Ave.As music listeners, we like to split our music into two distinct groups: radio-friendly pop and everything else. But Eugene, Oregon native, Mat Kearney can easily fall into both camps. Kearney seems to like Minnesota a whole lot. He made Minn ... More >>
Ever the unpredictable artist, Ryan Adams will re-emerge this fall for his first tour since declaring he was supposedly quitting music (or at least, quitting touring with the Cardinals) back in 2009. With a new solo album, Ashes & Fire, out October 10, Ryan will depart on a West Coast tour in ... More >>
Roots rock fans, get ready: Dawes and Blitzen Trapper just announced a co-headlining bill that hits First Avenue on November 4th. Dawes will be continuing a seemingly never-ending tour behind their sophomore release, Nothing Is Wrong, which came out earlier this summer. They're also still rid ... More >>
Courtesy MindFreedom.Ellis says she's been shocked 13 times.It's been almost two years since we reported the tale of Ray Sanford, a Twin Cities man forced into electroconvulsive therapy by a court order. Now, another Minnesotan receiving ECT is publicly protesting her involuntary treatment. Eliz ... More >>
Oh, Reeg!It takes something truly weird and shocking to draw the attention of your average jaded New Yorker, but Chris and Amy Stevens may have found that something. The Richmond, Wis., couple drove through Midtown Manhattan the other day with a 1,800 pound pumpkin -- the world's largest -- ... More >>
In anticipation for their "To All My Friends" tour, which kicks off next week in Madison, Atmosphere have just released an mp3 of a new song, "Freefallin'." Like much of Slug's newer material, "Freefallin'" is a slower jam driven by a meandering electric guitar and echoing, sparse beat. The track ... More >>
Photo: Mykl RoventineSo says the latest edition of Bicycling magazine, on newsstands now, but not yet online. Steve Friedman crowns One on One Bicycle Studio on North Washington "the epicenter of all things two-wheeled," and owner Gene Oberpriller as "the godfather of the Minneapolis bike sc ... More >>
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Dizzee Rascal tour dates 03-30 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom03-31 Portland, OR - Douglas Fir Lounge04-01 Seattle, WA - Neumo's04-02 Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall04-04 San Francisco, CA - The Independent04-05 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey04-06 San Diego, CA - Canes04-08 Salt Lake City, UT - ... More >>
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