On September 20, Minnesota will wage war with Wisconsin the best way we know how: by pitting our top breweries against theirs in a tasting competition for bragging rights. This year marks the third annual Border Battle Beer Fest and the grounds in Somerset have expanded accommodations to make a we ... More >>
The iconic bar's owners, famous patrons, and hometown regulars remember the dive's best moments
Frightened Rabbit with Arc in RoundThe Assembly at the Woman's Club, MinneapolisFriday, October 12, 2012The night could easily have been deemed "Plaid and Beards" at the Woman's Club in Minneapolis on Friday night with most of the sold out audience in said attire. Or even "An Evening of Storytelling ... 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 >>
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
It sounds like Stillwater is still recovering from a Lumberjack Days hangover. At a City Council meeting Tuesday, local businessmen proposed an alternative to the now-defunct summer Lumberjack Days festival, which would be called "Stillwater River Days." But amid still-pending investigations in ... More >>
The most anticipated Lumberjack-themed event in Minnesota has been cancelled. That's right: Lumberjack Days, the annual Stillwater tradition that has hosted bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and Smash Mouth over the years, was terminated by a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday. According ... More >>
Photo courtesy of wandajackson.comWanda JacksonAhem. Perty little lo-ove song. Perty little lo-ove so-oh-ong. Perty little lo-ove song... bang bing bong. Take a second to learn the real lyrics to this song* when the Marshall Tucker Band opens for Travis Tritt at the Otsego JamFest Friday ... More >>
Happy Armistice slash Veterans Day! This is the day we're supposed to be patriotic, but without blowing anything up. And so on this day, I'm going to remember that services for veterans are woefully underfunded, that Don't Ask Don't Tell is bullshit policy, that women comprise over 14% of active- ... More >>
Just when we thought the Double Rainbow meme had run its course and then some, Jimmy Fallon busts out his uncanny Neil Young impression, the same night Lynyrd Skynyrd's least favorite canuck visits us (less than transcendentally). What does it mean?
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
Indie veterans put on an entertaining, two-encore show to a sold-out Mainroom Friday night
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.
Isbell leaves his band, his wife, and his sanity behind
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Ronnie VanZant returns from the dead to become the next American Idol Not even a deadly plane crash can stop a good ol' boy from Jacksonville, Fla. Almost 30 years after his death, the Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman has apparently tunneled his way out of his grave and into the hearts of Simon, Paula, Ran ... More >>
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