Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood Target Center, Minneapolis Thursday, November 6, 2014 You might say Garth Brooks is a crowd-pleaser. You might also say Michael Jackson was a good dancer and Beatles songs are catchy. Garth -- to call him "Brooks" is as fussy and mannered as referring to "Presley" ... More >>
Nightosaur I 331 Club I Friday, September 26If the anatomy of the metal chart of music is true, then Minneapolis trio Nightosaur would be a mix of all the sub-genres. Their new album, Set Fire to the Mountain, captures their sound in a new groove from the very start; it's rowdy, taught, dark, and ge ... More >>
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Justin Townes EarleVarsity Theater, MinneapolisMonday, May 7, 2012There were a few times last night when all fell silent inside the Varsity Theater, save for Justin Townes Earle. He paced around the stage, wearing a pair of round eyeglasses and a gray suit with a kerchief tucked in the breast pocket ... More >>
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
Photos by Nikki MillerWanda Jackson and Justin Townes Earle August 6, 2011 Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater After an upbeat opening set by Justin Townes Earle, local rockabilly band Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls provided backup duties for an hour-plus performance by Wanda Jackson Saturday nigh ... More >>
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