In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show. On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is ve ... More >>
A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>
The Michigan bond between Bob Seger and Kid Rock is a deep one. Rock spoke at great length about his admiration for Seger in his recent profile in The New Yorker, and now this bond takes an extra weight as the pair will hit the road together for a couple of shows nearby. This March, the guys' varyin ... More >>
When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>
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The prodigal son Owl City will be perform a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater on Friday evening, but if you are older than 14, Hot Chip will rock the First Avenue stage in Downtown Minneapolis. MaLLy will perform a free show at Northrop Plaza, but make sure you show up in time to catch the infect ... More >>
Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>
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SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
Well isn't this just precious. A slew of indie darlings have joined Lou Reed, Patti Smith and even a former Beatle to pay homage to influential early rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly on new tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, which is streaming in its entirety today over at NPR. Holly was only 22 years ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
Courtesy of Ice OccasionsA Chris Swarbrick masterpieceHave you hung out at the Ice Bar at the Chambers or admired ice carvings at local weddings, festivals, or corporate events? Then no doubt you've enjoyed the work of Chris Swarbrick, master ice carver and all-around chill guy. In 1998, he was s ... More >>
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>
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More than a decade after disappearing down on Main Street--reportedly to concentrate on the consequences of his night moves (raise kids, that is)--Bob Seger is back with a solid new album. Proving rock 'n' roll never forgets, Seger, at 61, is still the same Midwestern working-class rocker at heart, ... More >>
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