Luke Zimmerman | Icehouse | Saturday, September 27We've all been through a bad breakup before, and putting it to music is nothing new. But Minneapolis singer-songwriter Luke Zimmerman has moved past that stage, and is exploring life after a breakup on his new album, Heyday for the Naysayers. In soun ... More >>
Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>
The folk group channel rock and orchestral pop on their debut album
Audiences might hate the character of Llewyn Davis, but they'll love him, too
You may have never heard Corpse Reviver, but if you have an interest in traditional or "the old, weird America," there's a good chance you know their songs. Mikkel Beckmen, most often heard performing with Charlie Parr or the Brass Kings, is the group's percussionist. Adam Kiesling sets aside the s ... More >>
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 mildly disturbing album teaser from Poliça to promote their forthcoming record, Shulamith. We're also featuring a newly discovered gem ... More >>
The birth and death of Bob Dylan's Americana dream
Since releasing the 2010 EP Clear Sky Relapse, Swallows has honed it's live act, allowing new members to settle in while evolving into a complex combination of American roots and Old World folk music. Their new LP, Witching & Divining, captures them like a firefly trapped in a jar. Each song i ... More >>
This year was another critical success for the Coen brothers as their remake of True Grit received Oscar nominations and solid reviews from critics. But the duo never rest for long between hits. Variety recently announced that their next project will be a retro piece exploring the '60s folk sc ... More >>
Kevin Steinman is enigmatic in the quietest of ways. In a way, he is the physical embodiment of his music--sensitive, genuine, and utterly transparent. His latest album, Pre-Existing Condition, is due for release this Saturday at the Fine Line, and I caught up with Steinman to get all the det ... More >>
Daniel CorriganWhatever revolutions Minnesota has seen in rock and folk music for the last five decades, guitarist and blues shouter Spider John Koerner has witnessed them all and, more than likely, helped bring them about. A major influence not only on Minnesota's most famous musical son Bob Dyl ... More >>
The next two weekends in Northeast will be jam-packed with free live music, starting this Saturday with Shuga Records' 13th Avenue Folk Festival and Record Swap in Shuga's parking lot and at the 331, and continuing next weekend with the massive Nordeast Music Festival, which spans several venues ... More >>
Saying goodbye to the Prairie Home Companion musician
"Christmas in the Heart" will feature a collection of holiday standards.
For the first time since 1973, Dylan performs "Billy" and a fan posts an outstanding bootleg.
The melodrama behind her, Cat Power goes on tour with a set of classic cover songs
Anti-techie Bob Dylan makes a great chill-out album
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
Here comes the freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Again. Just in time.
Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head
Haynes fakes it so real, he is beyond fake
What draws young Nordic musicians to medieval songs about wolves ripping babies from the womb?
The music industry released 30,000 albums in 1998. You can live without 29,990 of them.
Bill Staines gives us more songs for "kids, cars, and campfires"
Two albums devoted to Woody Guthrie discover new notes in the people's music. Does the song remain the same?
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
If You're Feeling Sinister
Márta Sebestyén & Muzsikás work in Budapest to preserve their country's oldest folk traditions. The only things distracting them are world tours, earnest foreign musicians, and unexpected Grammy awards.