A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we launch our sixtieth installment of Local Frames with a video from Haley Bonar, to promote her forthcoming record due out in spring of 2014. We've also got new c ... More >>
There's a hell of a lot of good beer to drink in this state. Minnesotans love beer almost as much as we love our underachieving sports teams and musical heroes. As the number-two brewery in this land of sky blue waters, Summit looms large in the recent craft-beer boom our cities have been experienci ... More >>
Paste Magazine has a definite crush on Minnesota right now. They recently published a highly-complimentary article -- "12 Minnesota Bands You Should Listen To Now" -- which sings the praises of a talented bunch of area bands who deserve more national attention and exposure, adding to the magazine's ... More >>
The Summit Brewery proved last fall that they're not just a beer company, they can throw a great party too. The Summit Backyard Bash was a delightful day of music and tipping back a wide array of fine pours. This September 7, the second annual bash is back with another stellar lineup for a day of dr ... More >>
The first week of May begins with an exciting lineup. James Blake returns to First Avenue's Mainroom Wednesday while Veils rock the 7th Street Entry. Electric boy/girl duos Purity Ring and Crystal Castles play First Avenue Thursday and Sunday. Minnesota's local member of Cult Records (Julian Casabla ... More >>
It's almost closing time at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. A disco ball overhead spins, flashing colors around the room, where banners with snowflakes and valentines on them hang from the high, arched ceiling. There's a big, green dinosaur standing in the far corner, and as the DJ switches thr ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
Rock The Vine 3Featuring Halloween, Alaska, Solid Gold, White Light Riot, and Haley BonarSaint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater, MinnesotaJune 9, 2012Sometimes, it's just nice to get out of the city. Rock The Vine 3 was set in the picturesque grounds of the Saint Croix Vineyards in Stillwater, and treate ... More >>
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... More >>
Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
People of the internet, meet Gramma's Boyfriend: frantic and frenetic, this budding new punk band is a far cry from the lush singer-songwriter fare normally offered up by Haley Bonar. But Bonar has never been one to let her music fit squarely into one category, and her new side project -- which f ... More >>
For next week's City of Music video, MPLS.TV and Dan Huiting opted to feature a very different side of Haley Bonar's musical persona by filming a song with her punk rock side project Gramma's Boyfriend. Dan Huiting tells us how it went down:
Photos by Nick WosikaApril 22, 2011 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland--that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar's CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday n ... More >>
Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland
Photo by Louisa PodlichWe're grateful to be able to claim Haley Bonar as a Twin Cities resident once again after her year-long stint in Portland, and this week will be a full-on celebration of all things Haley around town. Pick up a copy of City Pages this Wednesday (which will also happen t ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterAlexi Murdoch and Haley BonarFebruary 23, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisThe heavily anticipated Alexi Murdoch show at the Cedar Cultural Center was everything that everyone had hoped for, and then some. The show started at a leisurely hour for a Wednesday nigh ... More >>
It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>
Haley Bonar broke our hearts last year when she announced that she was moving to Portland, Oregon, and we couldn't be more excited about her return to the Twin Cities this summer -- especially because it means she's around to pick up last-minute gigs like tomorrow night's performance at Cafe Maud ... More >>
Whether or not you agree with Afternoon Records (for whatever reason), it's hard to argue getting cheap music. And don't start with that Rapidshare nonsense. I know we all do it. Not the point. Afternoon is offering four different packages, and depending on which you choose you could be getting ... More >>
A children's album and hippie rap? We need to talk, Minneapolis.
While Haley Bonar enchanted the Cedar, Skoal Kodiak turned the Turf Club into a fierce ground war. Gimme Noise reviews them both.
At the release show of her new children's album Sing With Me, the local songwriter cut Gimme Noise some time to talk about grown up things.
Live audio and video courtesy of the Current.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
After a farewell show over the weekend at the Walker, the songsmith packs a steamer trunk for the Pacific Northwest.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
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Our summer girl is set up to be a Big Star
Ten local albums that kept the home fires blazing— then burned down the house
Haley Bonar on the fine art of disappearing—and coming back in one piece
Sulking toward Nirvana
Surf rock, metal, and shoulder-length hair: First Avenue's class of 2003
Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town
Haley Bonar cries over the past and sings alt-country's future