Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>
This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
Glen Campbell Mystic Lake Casino, Prior LakeFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. In the song "True Grit," recorded for the 1969 John Wayne film of the same name, Glen Campbell sings that a man with true grit is someone who's kind, someone who is fearless. But perhaps a more ... More >>
Austin, TX has become the mecca for performing artists of all genres. The Twin Cities will have a strong presence in the land of hipsters mixed with corporate sponsorships and industry professionals. For those that can't make the trip down south, catch them this weekend before they ma ... More >>
Question: What could possibly be more country than country chart-toppers Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square and Darius Rucker playing the Target Center Saturday night? Answer: (Laughter from offstage.) Serious Answer: Minneapolis' biggest jazz venue, tonight.
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... 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.
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Via TwitPicTaylor Swift gives Bullseye a kissTaylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias Charice and other A-list artists added some star power to Target Corp's annual national company meeting yesterday at the Target Center. Backstage, Swift and Legend schmoozed with Bullseye, t ... More >>
Your guide to the hottest, the sweatiest, the smelliest country music festivals this summer. Somebody grab the cooler.
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.