Trey Anastasio BandFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, February 4, 2014Trey Anastasio last performed on the First Avenue stage 21 years ago. The Phish frontman returned with a six-piece backing band to make up for his long absence with a three-hour, two-set performance on Tuesday night. The sold-out c ... More >>
Jack Johnson with BahamasState Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, October 7, 2013The only things missing from Jack Johnson's show at the State Theatre on Monday were blankets and dirt. The Hawaiian singer is well-known for his festival performances, but no one at his sold out out show let seats stop them f ... More >>
Roster McCabe With Wiping Out Thousands, Steez The Cabooze, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Roster McCabe has that unmistakable, indescribable festival vibe, the kind that says everything's going to be okay -- even though the rain is threatening to flood your campsite. At their first show in Min ... More >>
Ben Wendel has earned international success and awards as a performer, composer, producer and even conductor. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-rock group Kneebody in which he plays saxophone, and he is one of the very few well-known bassoonists outside of the classical realm -- a ... More >>
The Darkness First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, January 29, 2013The relatively full Tuesday night crowd swelled to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop," Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," and some sort of Irish-tinged choir intro music warmed the speakers. The fist-banging audie ... More >>
Americana-roots band finds success with Jack White and classic sound
See Also: Henry's Funeral Shoe on their Fiat ad and Deep Blues FestivalMolly Gene One Whoaman Band began performing solo five years ago, when she got a foot-drum. Since then, she's burned up roads across the U.S. and more recently Europe bringing her stompin', wailin' and hollerin' "Delta Thrash" s ... More >>
Desolations may sound like the landscape during a Minnesota winter, but in actuality it's the name of Minneapolis electronic musician Jon Davis, a.k.a. Ghostband's, new album. Influenced by Coltrane, Sun Ra, Ayler, and Hendrix, Ghostband leaves out the lyrics in his music, but not the imag ... More >>
Dust off your vinyl copies of Led Zeppelin IV and crank up "Stairway To Heaven," for the most commercially successful album in Zep's storied history turns 40-years-old today. The album, which never technically received a title from the band (hence all the various fan generated titles for the albu ... More >>
Uncovering the secret terrors of being a brainiac
It's been a while since the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood has been on our radar; the club closed in August 2009 when its owners started suing each other over a big financial mess, and reopened in March of this year with new management. Things didn't exactly get off to a smooth start at the nig ... More >>
Therapy in a glassIs it too early to think about happy hour? There's something about returning to work after a long weekend that makes even a short week drag, and by hump day you're ready for a break. If you're trapped in a cubicle next to the guy who laughs like Eddie Murphy on ... More >>
The only thing getting in the way of local musician Jeremy Messersmith's hunt for morel mushrooms is his upcoming Graveyard tour, which will take him from fungi stalking in Minnesota to stops as varied as New York and Seattle. Luckily he had time to discuss the value of a piping-hot frickle befor ... More >>
How great is 89.3 The Current DJ Mark Wheat? So great that he responds to inquiries about his culinary habits by titling his email "Wheat eats."
"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard," "My heart is like an artichoke," and "I want a little sugar/in my bowl..."
The New Brighton Tri-City American Legion will host an audiophile's delight this Sunday.
Jon Bream is one of the longest-running popular music critics in the United States, having reviewed concerts for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1974 (when it was still the Minneapolis Star). He is "author-in-chief" of a massive new book about Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrat ... More >>
Eight pounds of 'Thunderbirds' top this week's pop culture picks
The songs we can't escape
A case for a much-maligned band's respectability
Sonic Youth offer a gift idea for the no wave completist
The music of Lightning Bolt and Erase Errata speaks volumes
Built To Spill writes soaring guitar symphonies for the fallen rock faithful