MPR's hugely successful music and sketch-comedy show, Wits, has held the attention of Twin Cities fans for years now. But instead of staying put in the familiar confines of Saint Paul's cozy Fitzgerald Theater, Wits is now expanding its reach for their just-announced fall season. In addition to hit ... More >>
The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>
The music purveyors at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus have just announced an extensive lineup for this year's Record Store Day. Saturday, April 19 will be a lengthy day of deals, free live entertainment, and some food to keep everyone's energy up. The lineup includes a mix of rock, soul, and more e ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with new videos from Allan Kingdom and Astronautalis to promote their upcoming appearances at the final Best Love is Free show on February 15 ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
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 rejoicing that began at midnight at City Hall spread blissfully throughout the early morning hours, as the first of many same-sex couples were married in Minnesota. And those warm emotions spread all the way to Washington, as Rep. Keith Ellison celebrated marriage equality in Minnesota with a li ... 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 >>
In early summer of 2012, Minneapolis band Greycoats released a five song EP Helicline that was a teaser to their full-length album, World of Tomorrow. The new album is four years in the making, four years when the band took to grow into a new, more-complete sound. What grew was a heart-stoppingly ca ... More >>
New indie label collective combines talents from four local bands
New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music
See Also:SCHOENBURG on Short, But Sweet, and why Paul Simon is "next level sh*t"Billy Schoenburg may be one of the hardest working musicians in the Cities. On any given night of the week, the singer is seen working at a venue or out enjoying a concert. Along with his bandmates, Graham Barton and Dan ... More >>
St. Paul's Minnesota Museum of American Art has announced the dates for their Patio Nights at City House music series, a string of free shows featuring local bands that will take place on three Thursday nights in August. The shows will take place at the beautiful City House, a former municipal grain ... More >>
Brandi Carlile with Jeremy MessersmithMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleyWednesday, June 20, 2012Brandi Carlile is an artist that can inspire an undying loyalty in their fans -- fans who will sell out two shows during the week in a suburb and sit in the rain for two hours just to hear their favorite a ... More >>
Related:Dawes leads Minnesota State Fair free shows lineupKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsJust when you thought they'd put everything on a stick already, local star power combines for this year's MN Music On-A-Stick show at the Minnesota State Fair.As you can see at right, ... More >>
A suit and tie are not standard wear for a rock concert and a bunch of fierce, inspirational dancing isn't either. But they are for Rupert. "Who is Rupert?" you may ask. "What started off as me dancing in front of a mirror has evolved into so much more," he confirms before a sold-out the 4onthefloor ... More >>
Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to date, as well as her first solo local show of 2012. On April 20, Dessa and a stellar cast of local ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and 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 >>
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
Photo by Jayme Halbritter for City PagesThe Current's program manager Jim McGuinnThough this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen a Current-sponsored show sell out in a heartflutter or watched them dominate the "indie" music scene in the Twin Cities, a recent report has shown that the st ... More >>
Now that we've all exhausted ourselves coming up with jokes about getting to see the Monkees at the Zoo this summer (July 1 and 2!), the Music in the Zoo series' organizers have revealed a full run of nearly 30 dates at the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater.
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
The Current has released the set times for tonight's sold-out bash in the Mainroom, along with some info on how to watch a streaming broadcast of the show from the warmth of your home. Live video and audio will begin streaming at about 8:15 p.m. tonight; simply head to TheCurrent.org to follow al ... More >>
Much in the same vein of our weekly City of Music series created by MPLS.TV, University of Minnesota Duluth senior Trent Waterman has been hard at work creating a music video series called North Shore Sessions, which features "Minnesota artists performing in interesting locations -- barns, shoppi ... More >>
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenRogue Valley are now officially halfway through their ambitious journey of releasing four albums in the span of 12 months, and what a journey it has been. Back in April they brought a grandiose and theatrical album release show to the Fitzgerald that even included a high schoo ... More >>
Doomtree's songbird taking welcome new risks as a solo artist
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Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Friday night was one for the history books.
Photos from over the weekend.
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
National Brother Ali coverage, P.O.S. on MTV, Mason Jennings performs out West & Koo Koo Kanga Roo news.
Coverage of State Fair performances, Brother Ali dissects new album & Motörhead at First Avenue.
The Beight frontman breaks new ground on a breathtaking solo album.
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
Flight of the Conchords to play Northrop, Messersmith on NPR & stream P.O.S.'s "Never Better"
Aby Wolf, Yo! Majesty, Kevin Costner, free Andrew Broder and next week's releases including P.O.S., Handsome Furs & Wavves
P.O.S. drops "Drumroll" video, Beatnuts play the Varsity and Brother Ali to release a new DVD & EP this year
Lovable duo makes art that's unpolished and berserkly intense
Our favorite albums released in Minnesota this year, with a handful of honorable mentions
In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, local music blog Culture Bully will blog 60 times in 60 hours.
Finding the hopeful while standing in 'A Winner's Shadow'
Dan Wilson Finally Sends His Solo Debut out into the World