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    July 28, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 rocked downtown Minneapolis

    City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival Featuring Poliça, Sylvan Esso, Allan Kingdom, Carroll, Frankie Teardrop, and Tree Blood Downtown Minneapolis Saturday, July 26, 2014 On a day that started out sweltering and gradually cooled comfortably in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, a talented cross-s ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Six Twin Cities hip-hop albums you may have missed

    There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. We've selected six recently released albums by local hip-hop artists that deserve recognition; welcome to Gimme Leaks #5.

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    November 1, 2013

    The Mercury Music Prize is far superior to the Grammys

    For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    James Blake at First Avenue, 5/1/13

    James Blake With FaltyDL First Avenue, Minneapolis May 1, 2013 From the moment James Blake tentatively burst onto the music scene in 2010, his inventive music has boldly defied definition or classification. Blake's proven to be too orchestral and delicate to be considered straight dubstep, while to ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 5/1-5/7

    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 >>

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    May 1, 2013
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    June 21, 2012

    Seyah on their electronica/R&B project, Aaliyah, and secrets

    Minneapolis' own Seyah, which consists of Nicholas Larson Perez and Tess Weinberg, explores the world of electronica and R&B on the new album, EP No. 1. While the name is simple, the music is anything but. The album exists purely in boundaries characterized by its own earnestness. It's resp ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Feist and the Low Anthem at the Minnesota Zoo, 6/2/12

    Feist and the Low AnthemWeesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Apple ValleyJune 2, 2012Feist kicked off the 20th season of Music In the Zoo in grand fashion on Saturday night, delivering a two-hour set that spotlighted not only her deft guitar playing and insightful songwriting, but also her ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Best nationally released albums of 2011

    ​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 >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Top 10 indie songs of 2011

    Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe Joy Formidable at SXSW 2011​2011 was a damn good year for music. When compiling this list of what are, in my opinion, the best songs released this past year, I had to continually keep myself on task, resisting the temptation to listen to the full album by each of the ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Martin Dosh talks about reuniting Lateduster and touring Europe

    ​As the holidays bring about good times between families and long lost friends, drummer and electronic musician Martin Dosh is busier than ever preparing for his annual year-end show to the Cedar Cultural Center.

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    November 7, 2011

    Joni Mitchell turns 68 today, let's celebrate with some covers

    ​The incomparable Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell turns 68 today. And while her own stirring music certainly stands proudly on its own, some of the most famous recordings of her songs have been done by other musicians. The list of artists who have covered Mitchell's songs over the years is a ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    James Blake at First Avenue, 9/28/11

    ​James BlakeSeptember 28th, 2011First Ave, MinneapolisIt was just a few short months ago that James Blake first set foot in our fair Cities, in town then to pay a visit to the 7th St. Entry. On his return to Minneapolis last night, Blake made the upgrade to the Mainroom, and his excitement was imp ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    James Blake on Prince, Justin Vernon, and fans shushing each other at his shows

    ​When experimental electro-dub artist James Blake made his Minneapolis debut at the Entry this past May, he made sure to note how thrilled he was to be at the venue "where Prince played," joking that he was disappointed he wasn't playing in the iconic Mainroom. So when Blake returned just four sho ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011
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    September 28, 2011
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    September 20, 2011

    James Blake at First Avenue: Win a pair of free tickets

    Photo by Alex Uncapher​Anyone who crammed into the Entry last May for James Blake's very sold-out Minnesota debut will tell you that the young British sensation was visibly enamored with the historic building in which he was playing."When we got here earlier we walked through the bigger room, wher ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2011

    Bon Iver isn't afraid to be beautiful

    Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP

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    August 18, 2011

    What are Bon Iver and James Blake going to do in Fall Creek?

    Visionquest​The [insert]sphere was alight with excitement yesterday at the news -- the tweet, really -- that Bon Iver and James Blake will be collaborating together within Justin Vernon's casual affair he calls the Fall Creek Boys Choir. Our Music Editor Andrea Swensson said yesterday: "It's uncle ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Fall Creek Boys Choir: James Blake and Bon Iver's mysterious new collaboration

    ​Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tom Waits, who took to his Twitter account to proclaim that rumors of him releasing new music will be "set straight" next Tuesday, August 23, and is causing his fans to fly into a tizzy, James Blake and Bon Iver have revealed a very cryptic new collaboration ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Prince, Kanye West to somehow share stage at Swedish festival Way Out West

    ​We just received word that Prince will be joining the lineup for this summer's Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, which already includes -- wait for it -- Kanye West, Pulp, Robyn, Fleet Foxes, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, the Jayhawks, Explosions In The Sky, James Blake, oh my god, where ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Can electronic ticketers help keep the scalpers at bay?

    ​This past March, First Avenue announced that it would be parting ways with Ticketmaster in favor of its new ticketing outlet, eTix. The switch was met with overwhelming joy from Twin Cities concertgoers, especially those fed up with paying exorbitant (and still rising) Ticketmaster fees. Lately, ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    James Blake at the Entry, 5/16/11

    Photos by Alex Uncapher​James BlakeMay 16, 20117th St. Entry, Minneapolis"When we got here earlier we walked through the bigger room, where we thought we were playing," James Blake said, laughing shyly as he addressed the crowd midway through his set last night. "I thought, why aren't we playing t ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011
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    May 11, 2011
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    March 23, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Five nights in Austin

    Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival

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    March 18, 2011

    James Blake lives up to the hype at Central Presbyterian show

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​James Blake is easily one of the most buzzed-about artists at this year's SXSW festival, so I jumped at the chance to head over to the Central Presbyterian Church for a 1 a.m. performance by the rising artist. I'm a fan of Blake's album and my expectations for the show wer ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Radiohead's 'King of Limbs': Love it and hate it

    ​Radiohead's King Of Limbs was "quietly" released last Friday, and the world of music quickly mounted a critical offensive in the form of tweets, tumblings, feverishly-typed blogs, and YouTube memetics. It was a race to be the first to call it "sublimity in sonority" or "boring fucking drivel" or ... More >>

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