Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the professiona ... More >>
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Wildlife and John Mayer enthusiast Katy Perry will embark on an enormous North American tour later this year. The 46-city trek is in support of Prism, her third album of songs constructed with the help of pop hitmakers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The most notorious of the batch thus far being the ... More >>
On one of the last snowy days in the spring of 2013, Minneapolis band the Farewell Circuit is gathered in their practice space for rehearsal and some beers. The camaraderie in the room is palpable as they open drinks and get settled in; it's hard to get a word in between the four members as they tos ... More >>
By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>
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"I started playing music in sixth grade," says the Portland-based musician Trevor Dahl, who performs as Plug in Stereo and opens for He Is We at the Varsity Theater tonight. "Playing acoustic guitar, and playing in all different types of bands, rock, pop, even hardcore stuff." Dahl, who has locks th ... More >>
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The helpful folks at Livability.com have chosen "Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA," and trusty Minneapolis came in second. It does not seem as if Howler's Jordan Gatesmith or people who went to Jane's Addiction at the Brick were polled for this, but it's st ... More >>
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>
It's hard to dislike the premise: one young man, one guitar, making positive high energy music. Joel Kachel possesses something that raises his buzzy rattle above all most of the other artists who have decided to make a name for themselves in music. His songs on the new album, Sounds ... More >>
Sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini, together with drummer Dan Kapernick, make up the Ericksons--a local roots band with hearty female vocals that lend well to their haunting Appalachian sound. The Ericksons have been around Minneapolis for less than a year, following the September r ... More >>
INXS back in the day (Andrew second from right)Without Andrew Farriss there would be no INXS, and without INXS there would be a noticeable absence on the Billboard charts throughout much of the '80s and '90s. Farriss met the late Michael Hutchence as a teenager in New South Wales, Aus., when he ... More >>
The Dreamer and The Realist, the aptly titled album is a reflection of what Minneapolis band Take Cover represents: young men emerging into a new discreetly discerning sound. Written with certainty, lyrics such as "bottom line is that in order to make it today, you gotta mean it more" (from ... More >>
Two new Thai restaurants in Linden Hills and St. Paul
A 37-year-old Minnesota man is accused of driving his yellow Hummer across the North Dakota State University campus Thursday, hitting a number of objects and fending off students who tried to stop him. All the better: He did it following a John Mayer concert. Dang! Maybe the "Men with Tiny Dicks ... More >>
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