As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>
It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching ov ... More >>
Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate LifeWith Princess, ?uestlove, Dez Dickerson, Andre Cymone, Dr. Fink, and Alexander O'NealFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, March 9, 2013The draws for Saturday's second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue were many, but Princess was the most unique, by far. ... More >>
The second week of February is already underway with some great shows. Didn't get tickets to Lady Gaga? Have no fear. The Amsterdam will be hosting a Born this Way After Party with Lady Starlight and the Dirty Pearls. The silky voiced Cody ChesnuTT makes an appearance at the Triple Rock Th ... More >>
Michael Kiwanuka with Bahamas and Yuna Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis September 28, 2012 A series of burgeoning musical stars showcased their talents at a packed Fine Line on Friday night, as current Mercury Music Prize nominee Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas, and Yuna all delivered engaging, vibrant ... More >>
Feel-good soul revival singer from London hops the pond for a tour
By Rick MasonBuddy GuyState Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, March 2, 2012A week after taking part in a stellar blues summit at the White House and personally persuading President Obama to chime in on "Sweet Home Chicago," Buddy Guy reveled in his own role as blues statesman Friday night at Minneap ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenAmos LeeMarch 24, 2011State Theatre, MinneapolisLast night at the State Theatre was as surprising as the most recent snow accumulation throughout the Twin Cities at the start of spring.
Photo by Alex UncapherMinneapolis nightlife patrons between the ages of 18 and 35 really like to dance. In fact, it's a common comment from touring DJs that the Twin Cities club scene really knows how to party, which is exactly what they'll do on the most celebratory of holidays that is New Year' ... More >>
With foreign politics in havoc, Super Furry Animals feel fine
Barbara Sibley's all-encompassing love of music has inspired her to sacrifice her time, her blood, and a whole lot of shelf space. A look at record collecting as a metaphor for life--and life as a metaphor for record collecting.
Alt rock eats it with another radio format change
The regrettable consequences of a family divided
With the Gay 90's breeding discontentment among its namesake patrons, what is queer in clubland?