Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. When I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt. (As it turns out, a lot of dudes who like Di ... 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 >>
Purling Hiss With Hollow Boys 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 16, 2013 Minneapolis music fans are a fickle lot. They turn out in droves for sold-out shows that turn out to be justified (Divine Fits, Tame Impala) and some that can't quite meet the hype (Alt-J, Wavves), yet on a Tuesday night in ... More >>
At this point, Halloween is pretty much upon us. If you haven't picked out a costume for all those parties and concerts this weekend, then it just so happens you're in luck. Instead of rocking the tired Jimi Hendrix look or that blase Elvis jumpsuit, go for something a little more modern, relevant, ... More >>
Michael Kiwanuka with Bahamas and Yuna Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis September 28, 2012 A series of burgeoning musical stars showcased their talents at a packed Fine Line on Friday night, as current Mercury Music Prize nominee Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas, and Yuna all delivered engaging, vibrant ... More >>
In case you haven't noticed -- and judging by the attendance you haven't -- Joe Mauer is hurt again. As of today, he's hitting .314 and putting up a better year than the last, but it's still not enough for the Homer Hanky-less crowds at Target Field this season. People are getting impatient, b ... More >>
Jim Marshall, the man behind one of the most iconic images in rock history, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His black Marshall amplifiers were corded to some of the greatest guitarists to pick up the instrument: Jimi Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and countless others. And then ... More >>
Hello Kitty lunchbox from Amazon ($21.65 with shipping)There is a rather large section of the foodie population that gleefully self-identifies as geeks. It makes sense, as only a geek could get excited about things like sous vide or which varietal of hop provides the best counterbalance for ... More >>
Cass McCombs could be considered the definition of Americana -- if continental influences, simultaneously channeled and undercut, could be called particularly American. Mistily folkish, reminiscent of soul, rock and roll when it needs to be; McCombs nebulizes it all into a sort of midsummer fog.W ... More >>
If you are not hip to the funk and his most excellency, creator and pioneer of the funk bass form William Earl "Bootsy" Collins, then there isn't much I can do for you. You likely live a sad and miserable life.
One of the greatest guitar players of all time comes to the State
Photo by Nick VlcekOnce you've finished reading today's cover story on Jeremy Messersmith, you might still be aching to learn more about the reserved, introspective, and talented singer-songwriter. Read on for additional quotes from my series of interviews with Messersmith that didn't make their ... More >>
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
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