Pieta Brown | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, October 10 Looking right at home at Snuffy's Malt Shop in St. Paul, Pieta Brown slides into a vinyl booth surrounded by framed yellowing pictures. As she ponders the menu, she asks, "Do you think they have malts here?" An infectious laugh follows when sh ... More >>
This warm week brings several shows to the Twin Cities. Lucius (above) will be playing a sold out show at the Cedar Thursday while Greg Brown sells out the next day. Strange Names plays the Triple Rock Thursday and Jeremy Messersmith spends the weekend playing two shows at First Avenue. Th ... More >>
One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>
One of the oldest independent record labels marks three decades with a concert at the O'Shaughnessy
The venerable Englert Theatre in Iowa City is celebrating its Centennial this October, and to mark the historic occasion, the venue has commissioned a new music collection, Iowa City Song Project, featuring songs from 31 bands and musicians who have been inspired or influenced by their time in Iowa ... More >>
The country music scene is often overlooked in place of more organic genres, but St. Paul-based musician Dave Olson really isn't classified as country. On his new album, Dave takes the Americana-folk genre and puts a different, yet simple spin on songwriting. Collaborating with Pieta Brown, Benson R ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
The Twin Cities is a great place for music. Twin Citizens know that well enough--we are home, after all, to a host of influential music venues, and our beloved indie radio station 89.3 the Current. You'd be hard-pressed to find a night when there wasn't something great happening, either withi ... More >>
If you were to watch the Wizard of Oz in its entirety only backwards, that might properly demonstrate what the road is like. You start at home, then slowly lose contact with your friends following a black highway into a tornado. Along the way you bring witches back from the dead. Either story ... 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 >>
Photo via Edina RealtyPachyderm Studios, best known as the recording site of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, as well as the place where dozens of local bands holed up in the early- to mid-'90s to record their work, has gone out of business once and for all and the property is now for sale ... More >>
The search for a womb
Building on last year's "Blues at the Barn" showcase, Red House Records will be throwing its Barnfest party again this summer at Hobgoblin Music, an outdoor amphitheater just north of Red Wing. The all-day showcase will feature a lineup of Red House artists (founder Greg Brown's daughter Pieta, R ... More >>
It'll be a long time before the sting of these deaths fades.
My full chat with the righteous babe of folk.
Crack open our Twin Cities Local Music Yearbook and reminisce on an effed-up year
Ben Weaver tries to shake his backwoods-gothic image
Star Tribune reporters Jon Tevlin and Eric Weiffering have written their own eulogy for Terry Fiedler, who died unexpectedly at age 47 on August 12. It was circulated internally at the Strib:
Duluth's Charlie Parr plays music for gamblers, bar-fighters, and ordinary eccentrics
Dana Thompson was heartbroken. She couldn't pay her rent. The time was right to record a country album.
Paul Dandy and Ben Weaver revive a folk music of finger-clackers, empty whiskey bottles, and discarded mule jawbones
35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.