The South By Southwest Music Conference seems perfectly timed each year with the exact moment when bands and music fans from the North have reached their collective breaking points with the interminable winter months, and communally head down to Austin, Texas in a grand, musical migration.
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It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Kudos to any artist that is courageous enough to release an album in December when it might get lost amongst all the end-of-year lists. Thus, kudos to Chris Bartels for releasing his new EP, Morning's Gold, a poignant collection of songs simply inspired by life. At 23, Bartels may be young, ... More >>
Longtime audio/visual collaborators Low and local film and video director Phil Harder have churned out another stunning masterpiece together. The new clip for "Especially Me" -- from this year's C'Mon, the band's 9th full length release -- features vocalist/drummer Mimi Parker aboard a New Yo ... More >>
July 10, 2011
Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Little Feat have a musical history that spans over four decades, and as most of the members are now nearing the retirement age, it seems almost ludicrous to consider a band that has survived many a musical period and is still producing wor ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenIron & Wine
June 8, 2011
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Sam Beam (otherwise known by his moniker Iron & Wine) arrived on the First Avenue stage nonchalantly as his 10-piece backing band filed on stage. He looked every inch like an old Southern gentleman, dressed in a dark su ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenAmos LeeMarch 24, 2011State Theatre, MinneapolisLast night at the State Theatre was as surprising as the most recent snow accumulation throughout the Twin Cities at the start of spring.
Photo by Christian EricksonThe Copper Field at Cause in OctoberThe Copper FieldDecember 29, 2010Aster Cafe, MinneapolisMichael Grey's voice is not exactly beautiful. As he sits on the stage at the Aster Café, acoustic guitar settled against his chest, microphone at the ready, he is very much the ... More >>
Photos by Cindal Lee HeartIn true Minnesota fashion, the temperature was in the single digits and no one seemed to care. The MPR Listener Appreciation Party was exceptionally appreciative last night at the Varsity, giving out goodie bags full of CDs, coupons, passes, and other surprises to every ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the artistsBY CINDAL LEE HEARTBand of Horses have spent the the past few years growing a remarkable fan base and proving their worthiness in the indie world, opening up for influential artists like Pearl Jam, Iron & Wine, She & Him, and more recently the Irish pop/indie- ... More >>