The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>
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Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>
This blustery week in the Twin Cities 89.3 the Current will be hosting their 9th Birthday Bash in the First Avenue Mainroom over the weekend. Acts will include Lizzo, Har Mar Superstar, Strange Names, Howler, Heiruspecs and more. The Cedar Cultural center will also be hosting a benefit for ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week on Local Frames with a premiere of the brand new video from Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, a new project led by local music luminary Sean Mc ... More >>
This week marks the beginning of October. Why not celebrate fall with some rad tunes? Thursday brings the rapper Le1f to First Ave to get us dancing. Friday the ever ambient Why? plays the Fine Line, while local boppers Teenage Moods release their latest cassettes. Saturday, KT Tunstall is welcomed ... More >>
There was not a Pizza Lucé Block Party in 2012, but the tradition has returned with a twist. Yes, there will be a party this year, but it's moving to downtown to celebrate the pizza chain's 20th year in business.The lineup for the 10th annual Block Party so far includes eight acts, including Bloodn ... More >>
The stellar music lineup at the 331 Club this weekend certainly isn't the only thing worth seeking out at this year's Art-A-Whirl. In addition to the fine locally created original artwork on offer as well as art studios opened up for tours, there are plenty of other terrific lineups that should keep ... More >>
Finally! The weather is starting to catch up with the time of year. Just in time for Northeast's annual celebration, Art-A-Whirl. Featuring creative works from all over Minneapolis, the 331 club will be hosting local favorites such as Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Prissy Clerks, Crimes and more. Minneapol ... 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 >>
Caitlin Rose With Andrew Combs and Martin Devaney Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis April 8, 2013 Caitlin Rose has the type of easygoing, affable Southern charm that can win over any audience. But more importantly, she's got the songs that can silence and stun any crowd as well. Both of those en ... More >>
The unholy matrimony of raw and roll is set to rock the Triple Rock Social Club once again. Gastro Non Grata's next event is one for lovers: featuring killer tunes, food from one of the hottest new restaurants of this young year, and as always, the Dead Meat Door prize courtesy of Clancey's Me ... More >>
Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday to pay tribute to Leah Rule, a fixture at the Turf Club and the Twin Cities music scene. She passed on December 21, 2012, following a journey with cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Though there were moments of sadn ... More >>
Girl power without the Spice Girls is alive and well these days, and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be celebrating this weekend with the Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul. If you're feeling young, stop by Station 4 to check out pop-punk group Go Radio with This Providence; if not, St. Vincent and C ... More >>
Rock singer-songwriter (and ex-Replacement) Slim Dunlap has faced a slow recovery since suffering a stroke in February. According to the Current, he's making progress steadily, and is no longer in intensive care. Dunlap's many friends have decided to raise spirits and quite a racket in honor of t ... More >>
Take time away from shopping and eating this weekend to enjoy some shows.
Eclipse Records has had a challenging history, as has been covered rather thoroughly in the past by City Pages. The store spent 1999-2003 on Grand Avenue, re-opened on University Ave from 2008-2010, and is now settling into a downtown St. Paul location that, no doubt, owner Joe Furth would like to ... More >>
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessA Tribute to the Replacements' TimNovember 26, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisReported with special help from Robyn LewisNow in its third installment, the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of reveling in the songs of the Replacements has grown into a gigantic local music event, the ... More >>
Whether you want vegetarian Ethiopian or a solid strawberry shake, Sean McPherson has your rec.Sean McPherson is a busy guy: When he's not working in McNally Smith College of Music's hip-hop department, he's hosting trivia around the Twin Cities with Trivia Mafia or playing with his band Heir ... More >>
Got your Star Trek costume all laid out, belly full of candy, pumpkin carved, and still don't know what to do with yourself this Halloween weekend? Don't fret, we've got a host of musical options at your disposal. Here's a rundown of some of the best Halloween-themed concerts happening this weeke ... More >>
Photo by wwarby via Flikr Once again we find ourselves fast approaching a weekend filled with tons of free things to do. The entire city of St. Paul will be loaded with free art shows, concerts, parades, demonstrations, wine tastings, and more thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Other events of n ... More >>
City Pages file photoEclipse Records, the beloved St. Paul record store and all ages venue, is being forced to vacate its space and is now closed. Rumors of the store's closing started flying this morning, and were confirmed when the Current's Barb Abney tweeted that she had spoken to Eclipse co- ... More >>
Art by Curtiss AIt's another strong weekend for free stuff to do. There's dance parties like Wants vs. Needs, and parties including the Red Stag Block Party. Music and art will collide with a gallery show featuring Curtiss A, and the Soap Factory hosts an expo dedicated to the best in comic, zine ... 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 >>
Flyer design by Ryan PaulAs with many Wednesday night gigs at the Kitty Cat Klub, tonight's show with Ryan Paul & the Ardent (who we profiled in a recent issue of City Pages) is totally free. What's even better is that Ryan Paul will be joined by two promising opening acts: Fan Fiction, Marti ... More >>
(Coming soon: Ananya Dance Theatre. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio)Now in its second century as an entertainment and performance space, the Southern Theater has released its full schedule for 2010 and 2011. According to the press release, this season will feature work by 27 choreographers and over ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLast night at the Turf the Bust Buddies, a group of close girlfriends from St. Paul, pulled together an impressive lineup to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 60 mile, 3-Day Walk for the Cure. With live room sets by Sean Na Na, Martin Devaney Band, Puppies and Trains, an ... More >>
All photos by Steve CohenAl Kooper with Ashleigh Still and Alison ScottA sizable crew of esteemed local musicians gathered at the Dakota Sunday night to pay tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Al Kooper with a set of covers that spanned his entire career. According to photographer Steve Cohen, Al him ... More >>
The third annual Record Store Day is quickly approaching! The yearly celebration of our vast nation's stalwart independents arrives this Saturday, bringing to early-rising hands ultra-limited releases from John Lennon to Joy Division, in-store performances everywhere, free food, and a lamentably ... More >>
News and notes from the City Pages music blog
Attention local hip-hop fans: here's a preview from the forthcoming Heiruspecs album, due out December 13.
Lots of bad stuff happened this weekend. Luckily, there was also plenty of sunshine and beer available for consumption. Here's a recap of the Pizza Luce block party.
A wrap-up of this weekend's shows, including Western Fifth, Crescent Moon and the XYZ Affair.
Notes from the North vs. South Music Festival
Robert McCreedy, former member of the reverb-drenched country outfit The Volebeats, will mark the release of his second album at the Turf Club this Friday. McCreedy was introduced to country while working in his grandpa's record store in the Detroit suburbs. He played in psychedelic garage bands as ... More >>
To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you
Let us now praise nameless peaceniks and hippies
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.
Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town
Fireball Espresso Café Keeps an Eye on Local Hip Hop
The teenage Heiruspecs put live horns and guitars back into hip hop