From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding made history when she received a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best New Artist. Up against music greats Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, Drake, and teen favorite Justin Bieber, it was Spalding who walked away with the Grammy, making it the first tim ... More >>
Florence the MachineState Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here."This is such a beautiful venue," Florence Welch said to her assembled subjects midway through Friday's performance. And indeed the ornate State Theatre is one of the few spots worthy of the ... More >>
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... More >>
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Alan Moore, Louis C.K., Bethany Larson, and more
Photo by D.L. AndersonHas anyone declared this national Bon Iver Day yet? Might wanna think about that. Hot on the heels of yesterday's 9.5 rating from Pitchfork and appearance on last night's Colbert Report, the Justin Vernon-led project is dropping their sophomore record, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, to ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenFlorence the MachineJune 17, 2011Minnesota ZooIt turned out that Florence the Machine were well worth the wait. Nearly two years after the release of her highly acclaimed debut, Lungs, Florence Welch finally brought her spirited, theatrical live show to Minnesota, and eas ... More >>
"The sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet."-Bob Marley
Photos by Stacy SchwartzGlee Live! June 1, 2011 Target Center, MinneapolisBY STACY SCHWARTZ There were tons of kids dressed like Glee cast members, Warblers, and Cheerios in the lobby of the Target Center on Wednesday night. The Cheerios were handing out Sue Sylvester's "Barf Bags" as she insist ... More >>
How appropriate: The Monkees will be appearing at the Zoo this summer. And no, we're not talking the woolly kind. The made-for-TV '60s pop group will be performing in the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, as part of the Music in the Zoo series that alrea ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
Video of Anvil at the Uptown, interview with Cloud Cult & Ice Palace reviewed.