St. Paul isn't about to let Minneapolis have all the fun during the upcoming music festival season. The Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival has just announced their initial music and performance lineup for their annual showcase at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. Concrete and Grass is set t ... More >>
Photo by Cameron WittigFor most of the past year, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-Star Wars-geek Jeremy Messersmith has cultivated his homespun side with a series of up-close-and-personal performances that he's dubbed the "Supper Club Tour." In a couple weeks' time, however, he'll have the chanc ... More >>
It's the last week of April, and the snow is finally melting away. Wednesday, local favorites Poliça play a show in the First Avenue Mainroom, while songwriter Josh Ritter plays a set the next night. Mill City Nights also welcomes Mindless Self Indulgence as new local band Ginkgo plays a set at the ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
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 >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.While it's impo ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
Friday is the night of tribute shows. We Are Not Ween rocks the mainroom of First Avenue, while The Big Pink performs their annual homage to The Band's last show known as "The Last Waltz". If you're in St. Paul, stop by the Amsterdam to hear Jonny James & the Hall of Fames cover The Be ... More >>
This Sunday's Big Gig at the Ted Man Concert Hall has been canceled. The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Current, was to feature performances from Solid Gold, Jeremy Messersmith, Halloween, Alaska, Charlie Parr and others, both indoors and outside the U of M's Ted Mann Concert Ha ... More >>
This is definitely a weekend reserved for rock with Rock for Pussy, a tribute to David Bowie at First Ave. on Friday and Rock the Vine, a day reserved for music and wine tasting, on Saturday. Minneapalooza will be taking over Nick & Eddie's and Joe's Garage on Saturday with many local musicians. ... More >>
Bob Dylan make one of the earliest "music videos" ever with a clip from D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary Don't Look Back. Accompanying the masterful "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan daftly tosses cue cards that wittily accompany his lyrics with the occasional misspelling ("suckcess").This w ... More >>
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary." - Martin Luther
The Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery in Phillips has been getting a lot of play these days. Not only was it the inspiration for the theme of Jeremy Messersmith's last album, The Reluctant Graveyard, but it was also the site of a unique outdoor show Messersmith played this summer with Lu ... More >>
Quiet and unassuming, you wouldn't expect such morbidity to come out of the enigmatic Jeremy Messersmith. Messersmith will be bringing the brilliant storytelling on his The Reluctant Graveyard back to the actual graveyard, the Pioneers and --Soldiers Cemetery -- that inspired the album ... More >>
"Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do."-Richard Nelson Bolles
Photos by Tony NelsonThe Head and the Heart August 7, 2011 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis There's a line from the Head and the Heart's standout track "Down in the Valley" where Jonathan Russell sings, "Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways." The line fits in perfectly with the rest of the ... More >>
The University of Minnesota has made a tradition out of inviting local bands to perform on the Northrop Plaza each summer, but this year they are upping the ante by bringing on Minneapolis musician Grant Cutler (ex-Lookbook, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords) to help a team of students curate ... More >>
photo via LunaluxSho Nikaido has been arranging some interesting nights of cross-disciplinary mind-meltery during his band Seated Heat's Monday night residency at our Cities' den of forward-thinking musics, Nick and Eddie, and tonight seems a good time to initiate.
Photo by Ben ClarkYou know what sound just about perfect right now? The idea of hopping on a bike and pedaling down the greenway and up over that big Hiawatha bridge to Memory Lanes, and then standing around on the hot black pavement with the sun cooking my scalp as my ears ring from some blister ... More >>
Most offices may be closed tomorrow for Christmas Eve, but the clubs will still be hopping all weekend long with some great holiday-themed events. Here's a rundown of the nine best excuses to sneak out of the house this week (plus one reason to stay in), starting with a few gigs that are slated f ... More >>
"Don't set out to raze all shrines--you'll frighten man. Enshrine mediocrity, and your shrines are razed." Ayn RandOn the 20th anniversary of Picked to Click, I would like to offer this local-music icon a worthy gift: early retirement.
At the risk of becoming band breakup central around here, we have more sad news to impart this morning. Local dance-rock sextet Military Special has decided to dissolve, and will perform their 100th and final show at the 7th St. Entry on November 19, which is also the release date for their farew ... More >>
Best known for his work drumming in Bon Iver, S. Carey is stepping out with his own solo debut on Jagjaguwar, All We Grow, this week, and it's already earning high praise from outlets like Pitchfork. Carey will host a CD-release show tomorrow night at the Southern Theater with opener Lucy Michell ... More >>
If you've picked up a copy of City Pages this week, you may have noticed that something is happening tomorrow over on the West Bank... Once you've read up on performers Dessa, the Book of Right On, and Culture Cry Wolf, check out the full schedule below for all the bands performing at Saturday's ... More >>
Much in the spirit of the defunct CedarFest, the City Pages West Bank Music Festival will take over the West Bank neighborhood with a multi-venue local music extravaganza on Saturday, August 21. We are pleased to announce the initial lineup today, with many more acts yet to be added (including th ... More >>
Hot (and we mean hot) on the heels of yesterday's video featuring Lucy Michelle, MPLS.TV and Gimme Noise are happy to present another video in the City of Music series, this time featuring Prof -- and a couple of random people making out in a motel room. Did we mention it was hot? And NSFW? Yep. Enj ... More >>
It's a local CD-release extravaganza this weekend, with bands unveiling new albums in seemingly every club across town. Here's our top picks for the must-see album release shows:FRIDAYJeremy Messersmith CD-release Cedar Cultural Center We like Jeremy Messersmith. A lot. Have you noticed? And we'r ... More >>
A Badly Broken Code was also praised by Robert Christgau on NPR.
Articles from this week's dead tree edition.
We're not the only ones digging Dessa's new solo album.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
The top 10 local records sold last week at the Fetus.
Fleet Foxes announce Twin Cities date, Stone Arch Festival lineup announced & win free 10k Lakes Festival tickets.
Nobot scores for short film, new Gospel Gossip, PB&J play the Current & Lucy Michelle interviewed.
Macalester College Springfest lineup announced, Aerosmith and ZZ Top to play Xcel & Prince loves him om Selma Hayek.
Wolf talks about her songwriting on Sweet Prudence
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