At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live. Some the most deeply fe ... More >>
It was blatantly obvious from the moment Fitz & the Tantrums' sterling 2010 debut dropped that the LA-based group was going to be huge. Pickin' up the Pieces, released on Dangerbird Records, was pure, unadulterated pop with a brassy coating of vintage soul sounds that drew comparisons to blue-ey ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>
A bit of the Lollapalooza 2013 lineup trickled out a couple weeks ago, but today this year's offerings got taut, dark, and -- most importantly -- official. Though the plan initially was to drop the full, gargantuan list of bands in two more weeks, the timeline got pushed up when a pre-April Fool's p ... More >>
Major Lazer with Lunice and Paul DevroFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, March 20, 2013The sold out Major Lazer crowd last night brought a festival's energy into the confined space of the First Avenue Mainroom. As they mined the sounds of roots reggae and Jamaican dancehall to co-mingle with drum a ... More >>
Internationally renowned producers rotate through Minneapolis every week now as dubstep takeover seems increasingly more imminent, with acts like Skrillex, Benga and our own Vaski hypnotizing the young electronic music crowd with every wicked wobble and sadistic bass attack. This week one of ... More >>
Alex Uncapher for City PagesRusko at First Avenue last AprilIn what we hope becomes a yearly tradition, dupstep heavyweight Rusko returns to First Avenue again this April and on his most favorite of all "holidays": 4/20. If you've a sensitivity to a certain funky smoke wafting about, we sug ... More >>
Miami: home of...a lot of club nights, um...Dexter, high-quality cocaine (I'm guessing?), several iterations of the MTV Beach House, the presidency of George W. Bush (that's a stretch), and now the Chicken Wang. It's a dance, and it's fucking awesome.
It's almost that time, bass fanatics. Woody McBride's second takeover of First Avenue in six months goes down in just one week. Next Friday, more than 60 DJs will descend upon the club and play some of the funkiest, ear-splitting, heavens-opening tracks known (or not known) to man for nearly 10 ho ... More >>
Rusko / Photo by Dan WiltonModern dubstep is heralded as the only relevant heir to drum n' bass, pioneered by artists like Burial, Caspa, Joe Nice, Skream, and more recently, Rusko. The punk-haired kid from Leeds has been called the king of the electro spin-off of this dark genre that slows the ... More >>
Rogue WaveIn this week's print edition two ambitious recording projects take center stage, while Ray examines those singles whose ubiquity has become next-level, and a smattering of the most promising shows of the week so you don't have to stay inside while all this beautiful Spring gathers aroun ... More >>
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