When your name is also part of the moniker for one of the country's premier music schools, you have to be sure you're releasing an album on the right terms. For Jack McNally, co-founder of the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the process took 28 years to make sure everything was done exac ... More >>
He never had a chart-topping hit, but his guitar flat-picking and earnest, true-blue vocal take on traditional American music nonetheless influenced generations of country, blues and folk musicians and fans. Today we all mourn the passing of Doc Watson.Watson notably played a sold-out show at the Ce ... More >>
Photo by Kevin HaysL.A. Americana band Dawes are so cavalier about their draw in the Twin Cities that they announced their plans to play a New Year's Eve show at the Varsity before they even rolled into town to perform their sold-out show at First Avenue this Friday -- and in his interview with C ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaAni DiFranco with Anais MitchellSeptember 23, 2011Pantages Theatre, MinneapolisFeminist folk singer Ani DiFranco celebrated her birthday Friday night at the Pantages in exactly the way one would expect her to -- without fanfare, and through her music. The crowd wasn't go ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
Sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini, together with drummer Dan Kapernick, make up the Ericksons--a local roots band with hearty female vocals that lend well to their haunting Appalachian sound. The Ericksons have been around Minneapolis for less than a year, following the September r ... More >>
It's been a hot and stormy week, but we've got our fingers crossed that tomorrow is going to be a beautiful day. Hear that, rain gods? TOMORROW WILL BE BEAUTIFUL. It had better be; there's more than one slammin' outdoor concert scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, and it would be a shame to see any ... More >>
Photos courtesy A Prairie Home CompanionMidnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>
Stream a bizarre new track from Bob Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart."
It was an interesting week in the Twin Cities
The iconic folk singer and poet performed at the Orpheum on Sunday night.
Songstress (and sister to Aimee Mann) pays her own homage to Dylan
Califone weave the electronic with the rustic
A trio of releases from Northside Records
Guerilla Black: "Compton"
When life gives you lemons, make collages