Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The ultimate ode to bling from Frankie Teardrop gets things going straight away this week. We've also got new clips from Votel, Animal Lover, Atmosphere, a new episode of Sp ... More >>
Originally hailing from the Second City, pop-punk world-beaters Alkaline Trio are quickly approaching two decades in a scene that isn't known for aging gracefully. Weathering the ebb-and-flow of their style's popularity, the Trio have stayed the course and continued to deliver incredibly catchy, emo ... More >>
Make way for the youth of tomorrow. The three members of Minneapolis band Stereo Confession formed two years ago when they were merely 14, and while they may seem young, they are growing and quickly learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the industry. Their newest album, First Comm ... More >>
Minnesota has a rich history of distinctive garage rock dating back to the Trashmen's surprise hit "Surfin Bird" and the C.A. Quintet's epic Trip Through Hell. Maybe it's our short summers. Fans of the "Soma singles sound" might be surprised to find we're livng in a new golden era, with so many band ... More >>
Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>
After Noiseland Industries' American Buffalo LP's became instant collectors' items following Record Store Day 2012, the Minneapolis boutique vinyl and CD manufacturer is once again set to deliver yet another reason to head out to your local record store on April 20. Noiseland will be distributing vi ... More >>
Norah Jones with Cory ChiselOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012An evening with Norah Jones is not limited to one genre of music. On a cold, blustery night -- to which Jones said, "I wasn't prepared for [the cold]." -- Minneapolis was treated to rock, pop, country, jazz, and folk alon ... More >>
Thee Oh Seeswith Ty Segall and Trin TranTurf Club, St. PaulSeptember 30, 2012Right from the time Thee Oh Sees took to the stage on Sunday night, it felt like anarchy in the Turf Club. The crowd -- or at least the front third of the room--exploded into a flurry of thrashing legs and flying elbows. Sw ... More >>
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Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>
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KasabianFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, April 3, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Kasabian doesn't really do small. The English sextet have taken their towering U.K. arena rock show and crammed it into the clubs on their current American tour, and on Tuesday night at First Avenue the b ... More >>
American Scarecrows was formed in almost a Frankenstein-like manner. Arriving at their final destination from other bands such as Dropping Daylight and Somerset, the Minneapolis-based indie rock quartet came together in late 2010 to create their newest album, Keep Your Devils Around. M ... More >>
On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>
Photo by D.L. AndersonHas anyone declared this national Bon Iver Day yet? Might wanna think about that. Hot on the heels of yesterday's 9.5 rating from Pitchfork and appearance on last night's Colbert Report, the Justin Vernon-led project is dropping their sophomore record, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, to ... More >>
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
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