The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
Juicy J doesn't want to talk about strippers. He's indignant when reporters bring up his drug use. Though his music suggests otherwise, he insists that he doesn't spend his time tucking $100 bills into G-strings and popping molly. At heart, Juicy J is a businessman who'd rather talk about the value ... More >>
John Legend with Tamar Braxton State Theatre, Minneapolis Tuesday, November 19, 2013 John Legend wooed the audience with his sultry performance at Tuesday night's show at the State Theatre. The man is charming, and even though he may have been stealing hearts in one respect, it seemed to be a show ... More >>
Purity Ring with Blue Hawaii First Avenue, Minneapolis May 2, 2013 Purity Ring is all about atmosphere. Whether it's onstage or on their insanely popular debut album, Shrines, the Edmonton-based band paints a picture that sticks in your brain long after you're done listening. See also: [Slidesho ... More >>
Country crossovers didn't begin with Taylor Swift; the genre's embraced its pop side for almost as long as folks have been laying bow to fiddle. And for that reason, today we eulogize Patti Page, the pop/country/R&B singer and onetime Benny Goodman band singer who passed away Tuesday.
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 >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Sean Carey on Hoyas and why he didn't get a GrammyThe Walker Art Center has been on fire with amazing music this year and it ain't all just about Rock the Garden. In fact for those who know it's just as "in" to be "out" the Walker has consistently showcased fantastic experimental ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Astronautalis form band, record albumBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornThe rise of our folk-rock neighbor Bon Iver continues with a milestone that many of the most successful bands never touch: Daytime television. Yes, today marks Justin Vernon a ... More >>
Facebook.comCriticizing Dave Grohl is a good idea, but please don't use offensive slurs.Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine watched the Grammys along with everyone else Sunday night, but didn't get caught up in the Bon Iver fever. Instead, the 24-year-old graduate of University of Minnesota-D ... More >>
It is with a bit of skepticism that we present the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup, which has yet to be officially confirmed by anyone aside from "the internet." has since been confirmed, and the real lineup can be found here.It would be impressive to see Prince emerging from an enormous purple tent wearing ... More >>
Justin Vernon and Bon Iver had one hell of a year in 2011. Bon Iver's sophomore album is widely considered the best album of the year, the group played well-received, sold-out shows all over the world (including a memorable two-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre), and capped it all off with f ... More >>
Emmylou Harris has said of the alt-country songwriter, "She is an example of the best of what country at least says it is, but, for some reason, she's completely out of the loop and I feel strongly that that's country music's loss" and next Wednesday, Lucinda Williams will once again grace th ... More >>
What's that you say? All you want for Christmas is to not be Travis Barker? That's easy; wish granted! Unless, of course, you are Travis Barker, in which case: too bad, so sad. You're always gonna look like a skate rat ghoul. Anyway, let's take a gander at what happened in the world of music last ... More >>
It's a roundabout local nod, but we'll take it: It was announced this week that Robert Plant has been nominated for a "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance" Grammy for his cover of Duluth trio Low's song "Silver Rider," one of two Low covers on Plant's new record, Band of Joy. His record, which also ... More >>
Photographer Dan Corrigan was on hand to capture images from Friday night's show at First Avenue.
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Sophomore jinxes happen when artists misjudge the pivot off their breakthrough success--they either stagnate in place or overreach toward phase two. Once Again, John Legend's follow-up to his multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut, Get Lifted, adroitly avoids both pitfalls with a grace ... More >>
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Still better known nationally than locally, Next remain the quintessential Minnesota R&B group