The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in 14 weeks. That's a dre ... More >>
It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasi ... More >>
Real Estate With Pure X Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis March 26, 2014 If any band can usher in the first throes of spring, it's Real Estate. The Brooklyn-based indie-rock quintet sold out the Fine Line on Wednesday night and charmed the packed club with a vibrant 85-minute set. The band seemed g ... More >>
Our favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies recently celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and this week, archivist label Shout Factory is releasing the 29th volume of episodes from the sho ... More >>
The marriage of food trucks and local breweries is a logical one. Both businesses have boomed in recent years, and great food always tastes better with a perfectly crafted brew. We're confident these two will live happily ever after. For all those who are missing the mobile food vendors in these fri ... More >>
The great Ravi Shankar has passed at the age of 92, and we have a life timeline to chart his majestic artistic development. Back on August 3, 1967, George Harrison holds a press conference at the Kinarra School of Music in Los Angeles to promote a performance the following night by Ravi Shankar, the ... More >>
Yogis battle over fate of a tradition
Mid West Music Festival Day OneFeaturing Tapes 'n Tapes, Cory Chisel, and Zoo Animal Winona, MNThursday, April 19, 2012Rain and plummeting temperatures greeted music fans in Winona who were gathering for the third annual Mid West Music Fest on Thursday evening. And while the lousy weather conditio ... More >>
The Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery in Phillips has been getting a lot of play these days. Not only was it the inspiration for the theme of Jeremy Messersmith's last album, The Reluctant Graveyard, but it was also the site of a unique outdoor show Messersmith played this summer with Lu ... More >>
It's hard to believe it was already 10 years ago that George Harrison lost his battle with cancer. Most people remember where they were when they learned that Kurt Cobain committed suicide or the Challenger space shuttle fell out of the sky; for whatever reason, I remember the exact moment that I ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 2, 2011Minneapolis Convention Center, MinneapolisFor fans of Paul Simon, Monday night's show at the Minneapolis Convention Center couldn't have been more satiating. The man knows how to put on a show, and delivered a two-hour set that expertly wove new songs alo ... More >>
The local singer-songwriter is about to throw a completely digital CD release party for a completely digital release.
The band hired him to piece together their story
As we reported last week, BET is awarding Prince a "Lifetime Achievement" award during their televised awards ceremony this Sunday evening. To prepare, we've amassed a selection of our favorite moments from Prince's lengthy and often astounding career.Dig, if you will, a handful of Prince's fines ... More >>
With the 24 members of Gayngs assembling themselves for a pair of "Last Prom on Earth" shows tonight at First Avenue, we asked ourselves: Who are some other awesome, ridiculously large supergroups and mega-collaborations? Here's a short list of our faves.
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
The Sultans of Smoke still hold a few secrets.
The sold-out crowd who braved the cold to stand in line for the third and final concert appreciated the immediacy the reverential space offered.
Read the recap of local fighters battling for a Strikeforce contract.
Even after a life of dangerous behavior and a protracted murder trial, the truth is still shocking-- the legendary producer will die in prison.
Four years after becoming one of the first YouTube phenomenons, ukulele prodigy Jake Shimabukuro is still flying high
Little Man are celebrating the release of their new CD this Saturday at the Entry.
A rundown of video highlights from the last 46 years of Dylan's impressive, unpredictable career.
The frontman reveals the secret to his vintage aesthetic
Dirty pictures top this week's pop culture picks
Underground movies and rebel music hook up in the Sound Unseen Festival
Elliott Smith gets back to where he never belonged with Figure 8
Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.
One of the Twin Cities' brightest pop hopefuls, Eller Lynch proves that opposites attract.