James Blake With FaltyDL First Avenue, Minneapolis May 1, 2013 From the moment James Blake tentatively burst onto the music scene in 2010, his inventive music has boldly defied definition or classification. Blake's proven to be too orchestral and delicate to be considered straight dubstep, while to ... More >>
When your name is also part of the moniker for one of the country's premier music schools, you have to be sure you're releasing an album on the right terms. For Jack McNally, co-founder of the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the process took 28 years to make sure everything was done exac ... More >>
By Tony NelsonLast Waltz TributeThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, January 4, 2013Billing themselves as Big Pink, local music vests Rob Hilstrom, Jon Herchert, Chad Whittaker, Dave Russ and Pete Sands became the Band to host the 8th Annual Tribute to the Last Waltz, the Band's 1976 farewell concert tha ... More >>
As Minnesota prepares to welcome our most famous native son, Bob Dylan, back to the Xcel Energy Center tonight for what surely will be a celebratory performance given the election results yesterday, longtime fans certainly let their minds wander to the countless times they've seen Dylan over the yea ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Of all the things associated with the '80s in music, there is perhaps nothing more synonymous than big hair and keyboard synthesizers. Howard Jones embodied that look and sound like no one else. As a true pioneer of electronic music from that era, he can be credited as someone who combined the moder ... More >>
Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
Album is fourth in 12 months
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshowLissieJanuary 20, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterTemperatures outside may be abominably subzero, but for the crowd assembled inside the Cedar Cultural Center for Lissie, last night was anything but cold. Lissie walked on stage with a big smile brighter tha ... More >>
For lack of a better word, sure--this mix is pretty hipsterish. But if you're sick of all that traditional crap that's been jammed down your throat since you were five, check out this mix of seasonal cheer--equal parts tongue-in-cheek and sentimental. Pair these songs with some homemade fudge an ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzRoma di Luna at the Minnesota Zoo last summerRoma di Luna Christmas ShowDecember 19, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisRoma di Luna's annual Christmas show at the Cedar last night was a divine treat for all who were lucky enough to snag tickets to the very sold-out per ... More >>
Steve Cohen for City PagesThroughout She & Him's jaunty sold out show at First Avenue on Saturday it seemed much more like a she and them show - the focus was consistently on frontwoman Zooey Deschanel, while Matt Ward seemed content to fade into the mix along with the five-piece backing band ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzStumbling out of the Jónsi show at the Pantages Theatre, there was a breathless combination of What the..., How the... and Wow. The Icelandic frontman honed his sense for the epic in his years with Sigur Rós, but his solo show, with it's amazing combination of sets, vide ... More >>
Simmering siren refuses to be just another girl with a guitar
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Seven Minnesota authors pen poison Valentines to the place we call home
How I survived a long weekend with Liz and Sheryl
In the mid-'90s, Semisonic Shopped Their Single to Top 40 Stations, Answered Idiotic Interview Questions, Played Countless On-Air Jams, and Ended Up Feeling Like They Got Played--Even When Their Album Didn't. In Jacob Slichter's New Book, the Drummer Expl
After 32 years, Peter Fonda finally hitches his lost western to the trading post
'Laurel Canyon' finds Frances McDormand bridging the gap between lovely and sad
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
On All for You, Janet Jackson savors the pleasure (and pain) principles of her personal life
Victoria Williams continues to celebrate the small facets of life on a grand scale
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
We list the best of the best of 1997.
After a decade of Paramilitary Pep and Kink Lite, Janet Jackson tries on the costume of the Boudoir Belletrist on her new album, The Velvet Rope.
One of the Twin Cities' brightest pop hopefuls, Eller Lynch proves that opposites attract.