Back before John Munson graced the stage with the New Standards, Dan Wilson was spinning gold for the likes of Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and even before the definitive paean to closing time, there was Trip Shakespeare. Marrying love beads and loud guitars, these kids made some of the most danceabl ... More >>
As the November elections approach, local restaurateurs and concerned citizens are ever more vocal about a rule they'd like to see abolished. The onerous 70-30 rule requires that restaurants in residential areas earn at least 70 percent of their revenue from food sales and no more than 30 percent ... More >>
Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect it. Sometimes it can take an unforeseen, unfortunate event to create the type of circumstances that bring old friends back together. Last October, Todd Stenson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Costs from the ensuing medical bills have be ... More >>
The singer-songwriter explores anxiety with the touching album Attack of the Heart
Since the "shall issue" permit law went on the books a decade ago, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has recorded five instances of permit holders justifiably using a firearm. During that same timeframe, permit holders have committed 124 firearm-related crimes.RELATED COVERAGE:-- More Minnesotans ... More >>
It's getting to be that time of year again. We can tell, because the New Standards' holiday shows are upon us, and this year, the jazz trio -- Chan Poling, Steve Roehm and John Munson -- has decided to gift us with a double offering: three shows, plus a CD release. Sunday Morning Coming Down is th ... More >>
Lucy Michelle, a name often associated with her bandmates the Velvet Lapelles, has decided to strike out on her own for a solo project. Titled, Attack of the Heart, the project is expected to see the light of day next year.In January, Michelle is heading out to play a bi-weekly residency at Hollywoo ... More >>
The increasingly popular Minnesota Public Radio show Wits has just announced that they will be putting on their first ever fall season of the highly enjoyable comedy-music-conversation program. The well-liked events pair an eclectic mix of talented comedians, actors and musicians along with host Joh ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet LapellesMN State Fair Grandstand, St. PaulFriday, August 31, 2012After a summer of record temperature highs, August was the perfect month for outdoor shows, ending with MN Music-on-a-Stick a ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>
The memorial service for Daniel Levy, son of Honeydogs' frontman Adam Levy, was an extremely emotional affair last month. It brought together a couple hundred family, friends, musicians, and others to remember the 21-year-old young man who took his life after years of dealing with a mind that he ... More >>
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
Photo via MPRFriday night was the season finale of John Moe and John Munson's interview and performance series Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater, and they went out with a bang. In addition to bringing together highly imaginative and fascinating author Neil Gaiman and call-in guests Wil Wheaton (from ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Photos by Erik HessAby WolfSouthern Songbook: Desire and DeathFebruary 14, 2011Southern Theater, MinneapolisAs I walked up to the theater last night, I squeezed my date's hand. "This should be nice, huh?" I said as he held the door open for me. And then my eyes focused on the description of the e ... More >>
Screw Hallmark cards. This February 14, I can't think of a better way to kill an evening than with a night filled with "Valentine-ish subject matter sung by some of the best purveyors of melancholia around." That's how Adam Levy is describing his next installment of the Southern Songbook, his new ... More >>
Seven & Sixty ProductionsWhy are you here?With more snow to shovel this morning, more on the way, and mountains of it piled around town, it's easy to forget that spring will, in fact, come as scheduled. For a reminder, take a look at this video from Seven & Sixty Productions. In the middle ... More >>
Photo by Kamilla KraczkowskiThis morning, MPR revealed the lineup for its new season of "Wits," the charismatic and adventurous radio show presented at the Fitzgerald with host John Moe (the tech reporter for American Public Media's "Marketplace") and resident musician John Munson (the Twilight H ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Twilight HoursJudging from the overwhelmingly positive response we received from the City of Music video we posted of the New Standards covering Trip Shakespeare's "Snow Days," there are quite a few John Munson and Matt Wilson fans out there looking for a fix this holiday se ... More >>
Earlier this month, jazz trio the New Standards (featuring the Suburbs' Chan Poling, Semisonic and the Twilight Hours' John Munson, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm) held down three nights at the Fitzgerald Theater with their annual holiday show. City of Music director Dan Huiting filmed the Fitzgera ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
Photo by Nick VlcekIt won't be the first time Mark Mallman has challenged his own endurance abilities, but it will certainly be his longest running show yet: The local piano man will kick off a performance at 4 p.m. this afternoon at the Turf Club that isn't due to wrap up until 10 p.m. on Sunday ... More >>
For those about to tweet: We salute you. Twitter has become a phenomenal way to stay in the know on the latest make-ups and break-ups, stage antics, and "secret shows" (yeah right) in the Twin Cities. Here's a list of 10 fascinating local music peeps we enjoy following on Twitter, from musicians ... More >>
All photos by Steve CohenAl Kooper with Ashleigh Still and Alison ScottA sizable crew of esteemed local musicians gathered at the Dakota Sunday night to pay tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Al Kooper with a set of covers that spanned his entire career. According to photographer Steve Cohen, Al him ... More >>
The show will be a rare treat for fans of the former Trip Shakespeare bandmates.
Lavish harmonies and firey fretwork speckle duo's debut, Stereo Night
Yet another summer festival announcement. Woo hoo!
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
Fickle major labels, lethargic production schedules, desensitized index fingers--nothing can slow John Munson down
When Trip Shakespeare broke up, Matt Wilson marched off to war against his muse. Five years later, this exacting songwriter returns from the front with his first solo album.