Beach House With Poor Moon First Avenue, Minneapolis October 9, 2012 With the release of Teen Dream in 2010, Baltimore's Beach House set the standard for what a modern pop record can accomplish, both in sound and texture. And while the arrival of Bloom earlier this year perhaps didn't raise the bar ... More >>
Walk the Moon With Morning Parade First Avenue, Minneapolis Thursday, June 14, 2012 The passing of the face paint has become something of a ceremonial tradition for Walk the Moon fans. Following the example of band members, fans passed blue face paint and decorated their faces with stripes, dots ... More >>
Over the past decade, it has only gotten easier for artists to upload music and potentially get it out to a mass of strangers on the web. As there are more and more musicians employing these techniques every day, standing out is a challenge, but 18-year-old folkie John Mark Nelson has been scooped o ... More >>
Local indie-rock quintet Big Lake have captured the hearts of Twin Cities music fans in rather small doses, releasing one all-too-brief EP after another, in addition to their captivating, but all-too-infrequent, live shows. But while fans of the band wait patiently for a full-length album fro ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe Joy Formidable at SXSW 20112011 was a damn good year for music. When compiling this list of what are, in my opinion, the best songs released this past year, I had to continually keep myself on task, resisting the temptation to listen to the full album by each of the ... More >>
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>
Eels August 6, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Mark Oliver Everett (or just plain E to his fans), the one constant member of Eels, is the very definition of enigma. Over the course of 15 years Eels has taken on many genres, various tones, and dealt with things both great and small with equal intens ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzFleet FoxesJuly 17, 2011State TheatreSeattle's Fleet Foxes sold out the State Theatre on Sunday night, but instead of a tranquil and transfixing sit-down show by the highly-acclaimed sextet, some of the audience behaved as if the concert was instead being held at the ro ... More >>
"The summer air is here, so get your dress on, and dance around like no one cares."-Sing It Loud
Photo by Steve CohenDan Israel has been a constant in the Twin Cities roots music scene for over a decade now, and has proven himself to be a consistently high-quality songwriter and a witty, self-deprecating performer. Israel is getting ready to release his 11th album, Crosstown Traveler, a ... More >>
We just received word that Prince will be joining the lineup for this summer's Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, which already includes -- wait for it -- Kanye West, Pulp, Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, the Jayhawks, Explosions In The Sky, James Blake, oh my god, where ... More >>
You can peep the interwebs regularly, check those flight controls with neurotic consistency (you know who you are), and still have days (days!) that yield nothing worth looking at. Good content doesn't grow on polygonal trees, you brats. Luckily, today wasn't one of those boring ones.
Photos by Tony NelsonLucinda WilliamsFebruary 20, 2011Dakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisSnowstorms be damned. While over a foot of snow came wafting down from the clouds last night, the Dakota Jazz Club was dry and packed for the first of three sold-out solo performances by Lucinda Williams.
Phosphorescent & J. TillmanAugust 3, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterTwo bands drove all the way from Seattle just to play for us at the Cedar Cultural Center on Tuesday night, as both Phosphorescent and J. Tillman delivered stirring, emotionally charged sets despite having driven for three days to ... More >>
Blitzen Trapper July 27, 2010 First Avenue Mainroom It was spring 2008. Fresh out of a relationship, not yet "educated" enough on how to be slutty and pick up dudes but desperate enough to at least shoot men coy glances, I was at the 7th St Entry to see my friends Kelsey and Jacy of the formerly ... More >>
I'll be the first to acknowledge that on paper there are a lot of reasons to be skeptical about Local Natives, both practical (blog buzz bands often fail to live up to the hype generated by web-hot singles), and petty (singer Taylor Rice looks uncomfortably similar to John Oates thanks to a ridiculo ... More >>
A night of pianos, hand claps, and cake.
Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"
Murs and Slug collaboration starts to take shape, Dan Wilson announces home town tour & next week's best new releases.
Sufjan Stevens announces TC date, One For The Team release new video & Silversun Pickups hit the Current studios.
The Seattle quintet played a breathtaking show last night.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Beastie Boys, Animal Collective and Depeche Mode to rock Chicago's Grant Park this August.
Highlights from the past week including Lykke Li & Tapes 'n Tapes and next week's new releases
Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.
A sweltering, sold-out crowd at the Cedar was treated to a set by America's Next Top Indie Band.
The music of Matt and Bubba Kadane gets called a lot of names: slowcore, post-rock, sad core. The label I like best, after seeing them for the first time on Saturday night (after nearly a decade of listening to their music) is shoegaze.