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    September 29, 2014

    Benjamin Booker: "I Was a Pretty Dorky Kid"

    Benjamin Booker | Turf Club | Monday, September 29Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature "Tent City Rivival" sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had T ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Extreme Noise 20th Anniversary at Triple Rock, 4/5/14

    Dillinger FourWith The Strike, Threadbare, Man Afraid, Dirt Poor, Scooby Don't, Kung Fools, and Bombsite Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday April 5, 2014 1994 was a different time. Bands didn't have the internet to find an audience, they couldn't Google their next show in another town, a ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: 1/30-2/5

    The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013
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    August 21, 2012

    Archers Of Loaf's Matt Gentling on cult status, the reunion, and witnessing a stabbing on the road

    Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams e ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    SXSW announces first 2012 showcasing bands, including Minneapolitans Howler

    ​Oh lordy. It isn't time to think about SXSW already, is it? It seem like all that long ago that Minneapolis bands were swarming the streets of Austin, Texas in search of free beer and food trucks, and when Gimme Noise threw our first-ever Minnesota music showcase with First Avenue.But according t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Keith Ellison breaks down in tears at Muslim hearings [VIDEO]

    Ellison breaks down.​Rep. Keith Ellison spent weeks deriding the congressional hearings that opened today on radical Muslims, orchestrated by Rep. Peter King of New York, as little more than an attempt to spread fear and hatred of a religious minority. When it came his turn to testify and de ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 11

    ​I haven't had too many shows over the last week.  It's been kinda nice, but I've noticed that, for some reason, I've started looking like a step dad on vacation; Tucked-in T-shirts, goofy vacation hats and payless cross trainers.  Weird.

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    February 1, 2011

    Now Now kick off two-month tour

    ​Local rock trio Now Now (formerly known as Now, Now Every Children) are one of the many Twin Cities bands who will caravan down to Austin, Texas this year for the SXSW festival, but they're getting a head start -- the band is already on the road and will complete a full lap of the US that won't f ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    We Are the Willows kick off tour at the Varsity tomorrow night

    ​It's only been two months since Peter Michael Miller of We Are the Willows wrapped up his solo tour across the East Coast, and he's already itching to get back in the van for another stint on the road. We Are the Willows will play a tour kick-off show tomorrow night (Thursday, January 6) at the V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Nato Coles discusses new band, upcoming releases

    Photo courtesy of Nato Coles​Nato Coles has been involved in the Midwest DIY scene for several years, first gaining notoriety with Milwaukee's Modern Machines before moving to Brooklyn and recently settling in Minneapolis. In his first year in the Twin Cities, Coles has established the "borderline ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Soviettes at the Triple Rock, 11/12/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​The SoviettesThe Triple Rock Social ClubNovember 12th, 2010On a briskly cold Friday night on the West Bank, a crowd gathers outside of the Triple Rock. Not just any Friday night Triple Rock crowd, this was a crowd that's eager to witness Minneapolis punk history -- the third an ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 7

    Photos by Peter Michael Miller​Greensboro, North Carolina was tubular.  There are nice folks, a nice joint called the green bean, and home to some youngster blue grass musicians that make me embarrassed to pick up a guitar ever again.

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    April 22, 2010

    Strait A's featured on four-band 7"

    ​As Traffic Street Records continues the Dangerous Intersections series of four-band 7" compilations, they also continue their run of Minneapolis affiliations. On IV, the recently defunct Strait A's start things off with "Go Away," a hyperspeed poppy number with some incredibly catchy, and al ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    iPod Hijack! Doomtree's Top 10 Most Played

    Hall & Oates, Lazerbeak? Really?

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    March 18, 2009

    March 18, 2009: The National & Trama

    New Trama mixtape, the National to play First Avenue, Tricky hits the Current & Alice Russell reviewed

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    November 18, 2008

    Deerhunter walks tall, falls hard

    deerhunter.jpgNine Inch Nails' new BFFs turn the Triple Rock into a pedal party.

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    November 12, 2008
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    October 20, 2008

    Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels: We Are Trying To Break Your Heart

    pbt2-thumb.jpgThe God Damn Doo Wop Band, Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels, and a few dozen PBR Tall Boys made the Hexagon swoon on Friday night.

  • Music

    November 21, 2007

    Reinventing Themselves

    It might be awhile before Against Me! play another basement

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    October 31, 2007

    The Graduates

    A post-college shake-up remakes Athenss the Whigs

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    March 20, 2007

    3/20 Morning Communiqué

    Gorillas gave early man pubic lice, Utah outlaws alcohol-related vanity plates, angry addict becomes happy artist following strok ... More >>

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    July 21, 2006
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    March 30, 2005
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    May 19, 2004

    What The River Brought

    For years, a man who called himself Badger lived in an old broke-down van while creating a monumental work of public art. Then, something went wrong down on the Mississippi.

  • News

    August 13, 2003

    Life on the Mississippi

    Portraits of the urban river in words and pictures

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    February 27, 2002

    Nothing But Net

    Internet2 cheats geography for Shapiro & Smith Dance Troupe

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    March 28, 2001