Kyle Matteson

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Minneapolis wins the Super Bowl (sort of): Top tweets

    You could feel the tension through your computer monitor as the NFL owners convened in Atlanta today to decide which city gets Super Bowl 52.The smart money coming into today was that New Orleans was the front runner. After all, the city was 10 for 10 in Super Bowl bids, and 2018 represents the 300t ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    The Replacements at Shaky Knees Festival, 5/10/14

    The Replacements Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta Saturday, May 10, 2014 After a 25-minute downpour, causing a 10-minute delay to the start of their set, the Replacements took the stage in Atlanta to rapturous cheers -- despite their crowd not being quite as large as most of the weekends other main s ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Homophobic Vikings coach Mike Priefer's son enjoys calling people "gay" on Twitter

    In Chris Kluwe's must-read account of the chain of events culminating in his release by the Vikings, the biggest villain is special teams coach, rumored head coaching candidate, and apparent homophobe Mike Priefer.RELATED: The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece Kl ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013, part two

    As 2013 winds down with a wintry bang, the unforgettable live music moments from the second half of the year are enough to still keep us warm. Some of the bands who were included in our best concerts list from the first half of the year came back to rock our stages with equally potent -- if not bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Colin Meloy at the Woman's Club, 11/13/13

    Colin Meloy With Eleanor Friedberger The Woman's Club Theater, Minneapolis November 13, 2013 During the final stop of his fall solo tour, Colin Meloy proved that he can be clever and comical even without his merry band of Decemberists by his side. Perhaps even more so, since it was just him, an aco ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Chris Cornell at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 10/30/13

    Chris Cornell With Bhi Bhiman O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul October 30, 2013 Eight months after Soundgarden's electrifying reunion show at the Orpheum Theatre, Chris Cornell returned to the Twin Cities to play a sold-out O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. The raucous bombast of Cornell's back catalog o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2013

    The Replacements end Riot Fest Denver set on hilarious note [VIDEO]

    As predicted, the Replacements decided to close out their three-show Riot Fest reunion in style. Well, sort of. In a knowing nod to founding guitarist and drag aficionado Bob Stinson, frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson dressed in pink skirts -- along with matching plaid western shirt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Here's 16 Replacements reunion videos from Riot Fest Toronto

    Many amateur videographers put themselves into action last weekend at Riot Fest Toronto as the Replacements played their first gig in 22 years. As we wait for an official release of a live document of the show -- local filmmaker Rick Fuller was on the scene to record it all -- these 16 snippets can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Replacements reunite at Riot Fest, 8/25/13

    The ReplacementsRiot FestFort York, TorontoSunday, August 25, 2013Three decades ago, Paul Westerberg's opening lyrics from the Replacements' "I Will Dare" asked no one in particular "How young are you? How old am I?" Now 53, the rock star with a serious J.D. Salinger streak -- who emerged in a plaid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    First Avenue 20th anniversary profile on MTV's 120 Minutes from 1990 emerges

    The Minneapolis music scene and MTV get an enjoyable look back in a clip recently unearthed marking First Avenue's 20th anniversary. Hosted by British VJ Dave Kendall, the segment features plenty of vintage footage of Prince, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, the Mighty Mofo's, Man Sized Action, and mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    April Podcast: Rock the Garden lineup prediction secrets, "Accidental Racist," and more

    Today marks the last day of April, and that's good news for all you audiophiles out there. Why is that, you ask? Because we just thawed out round two of the Gimme Noise music podcast, that's why. This new experiment of ours is still new enough that we don't even have a decent set of press photos, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Prince's late set at Dakota Jazz Club, 1/17/13

    By Kyle MattesonPrinceDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisThursday, January 17, 2013 Playing the fourth of six intimate and way past sold out shows at the Dakota Jazz Club Thursday night, Prince, flanked by a 12 piece band, including an impeccable six-piece horn section, led his band through a blistering 7 ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists

    Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists

    The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Who's the Nate Silver of Picked to Click 2012?

    Many among us have heard the name Nate Silver a lot in recent weeks leading up to the U.S. Presidential Election. He's the number-cruncher who very closely predicted which state's Electoral College votes would go for Barack Obama and which would end up in Mitt Romney's paws. Googling "Nate Silver ma ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Red Stag Block Party, 8/5/12

    See Also:Chastity Brown on the Red Stag Block Party, her residency in Germany, and the local music sceneAlexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle on Duluth, Coloring Time, and the Red Stag Block PartyRed Stag Block PartyFeaturing Rogue Valley, Kill The Vultures, The Honeydogs, Mayda, Chastity Brown, and Roman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Japandroids at 7th Street Entry, 7/03/12

    Japandroids with Cadence Weapon7th Street Entry, MinneapolisJuly 3, 2012See Also: Slideshow: Japandroids at 7th St. EntryThere were plenty of reasons for everyone who packed into the Entry last night for the sold-out Japandroids show to celebrate. Not only were we mere hours away from observi ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Duluth flooding sets zoo seal free downtown [PHOTOS]

    The Lake Superior Zoo is one of the hardest-hit victims of the torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding that has the Duluth area on lockdown today.According to the Duluth News Tribune, the zoo's Polar Shores exhibit, which housed seals and a polar bear, has been completely flooded out. The zoo's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011


    Photo courtesy Kyle MattesonIt's really over, Leonard.​We don't know who Leonard is, nor do we know who Steve is. But Steve wants Leonard to know that "it's over." Really. So much so that he stamped the message out, dozens of yards wide, in the snow besides the Mississippi River for all to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Kyle Matteson: From More Cowbell to Ten Atoms

    Photo by Margaret Andrews​If you've been following Twin Cities music over the past several years, the phrase "more cowbell" means more than Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell acting ridiculous. Blogger Kyle Matteson started More Cowbell with humble intentions: sharing the music he loved with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Conrad Plymouth, Zoo Animal, and pukin' Santa

    ​There's a helluva lineup at the Kitty Cat Klub this Friday  night, featuring Milwaukee Americana act Conrad Plymouth (whose four-song vinyl EP was the inaugural release for new imprint Ten Atoms, run by local blogger Kyle Matteson and Muzzle of Bees founder Ryan Matteson), and locals Zoo Ani ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Top 10 local music nerds to follow on Twitter

    ​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 >>

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    April 15, 2009
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    April 15, 2009
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    April 9, 2009

    More Cowbell celebrates 5th anniversary

    The local music blog will celebrate its fifth year of existence next week at the Turf Club.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Picked to Click 2008: The Complete Ballots

    A full listing of the 105 ballots received for this year's best-new-bands poll.

  • Feature

    December 19, 2007