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 >>
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The Maryland-bred rapper draws inspiration from the Twin Cities
Lunch in a church basement might not sound all that enticing, but the weekly lunch at St. Paul Central Presbyterian is a staple for the folks who work within four blocks of the corner of Cedar and Exchange. Every Wednesday a combination of staff and volunteers for the church roll out a family style ... More >>
The musician releases his first full-length album in four years, Heart Murmurs
The turmoil inside our heads can be a powerful tool for creating great art, but it also can be a debilitating feature that pushes us over the edge. This is painfully true for Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy, who lost his gifted son Daniel to suicide in early 2012, and later spoke at length about it in ... More >>
Brian Tighe and Allison LaBonne renew musical vows with their new group
The rapper wrestles with her most artistic growth yet on her third album
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Ahead of Low's highly anticipated show at the Fitzgerald this Saturday night, an intimate la Blogotheque live performance from Paris by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker leads t ... More >>
When your name is also part of the moniker for one of the country's premier music schools, you have to be sure you're releasing an album on the right terms. For Jack McNally, co-founder of the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the process took 28 years to make sure everything was done exac ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
After kidney concerns, the rapper plays First Avenue with promises for the future
#3 (tie). John Mark Nelson: 71 points"I don't get out much," jokes 18-year-old folk artist John Mark Nelson, when asked how he's managed to already record two full-length albums. But with the amount of buzz generated around his sophomore record, Waiting and Waiting, he might have to force himself ou ... More >>
Throughout Mike Watt's 30 years in the music industry, it has become quite clear that the man can play a mean bass and pen some indelible, spirited songs. What also became quite clear when I chatted with Watt on the phone from his longtime home in San Pedro, California, is that he loves to talk abo ... More >>
You may hear traces of Yellowcard in Minneapolis band All the Right Moves -- perhaps it's the violin implemented by both bands. The young band has crafted an album that hits the spot if you're looking for a guilty pleasure pop-punk to get lost in. When Your Compass Breaks is All the Right Moves' ven ... More >>
See Also: David Byrne and St. Vincent to launch U.S. tour in MinneapolisDavid Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in SeptemberAs David Byrne and St. Vincent's joint tour -- starting in Minneapolis on September 15 -- is nearly upon us, it's time for the promotional roll-out. It ... More >>
See Also: P.O.S. debuts "Bumper" video via City of Music Peter Wolf Crier experiment on Garden of Arms David Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in September As schoolkids across the state head back to class this week, McNally Smith College of Music gives their students (and l ... More >>
See Also: David Byrne and St. Vincent to launch U.S. tour in Minneapolis St. Vincent at the McGuire Theater, 10/02/2011In addition to David Byrne's highly anticipated performance with St. Vincent at the State Theatre on September 15, the celebrated former Talking Heads frontman will also take part i ... More >>
See Also: Music In Mears kicks off free summer concert series in St. Paul tonight The Jayhawks family tree: From Gary Louris to the Jonas Brothers in three moves or less The Jayhawks play A Prairie Home Companion, release reunion record Mockingbird Time As the ninth successful season of Music In Me ... More >>
Minnetonka teen charms the Current with his second album
Over the past decade, it has only gotten easier for artists to upload music and potentially get it out to a mass of strangers on the web. As there are more and more musicians employing these techniques every day, standing out is a challenge, but 18-year-old folkie John Mark Nelson has been scooped o ... More >>
Billing itself as the largest one-day festival in the Midwest, St. Paul's Grand Old Day is once again set to put plenty of smiles on the faces of Twin Cities music fans this summer, as 16 local bands will perform on six separate stages on Sunday, June 3 from noon until 5 p.m. This year also feat ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
Toki Wright is having an amazing week. Mr. Wright was just named Hip-Hop Studies program coordinator at the acclaimed McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, where he has been teaching for a few years. Plus, he's celebrating the release of his Faders mixtape Saturday night at the Fine Line. T ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Kudos to any artist that is courageous enough to release an album in December when it might get lost amongst all the end-of-year lists. Thus, kudos to Chris Bartels for releasing his new EP, Morning's Gold, a poignant collection of songs simply inspired by life. At 23, Bartels may be young, ... More >>
A few things become clear while spinning this new compilation from the McNally Smith College of Music: They have some incredibly talented students, they have high-quality recording equipment at their disposal, and their latest crop of performers are churning out work from every end of the musical ... More >>
Goose Island invades Muddy PigAs we barrel deeper into fall, our food events reflect the season--and we're happy to eat apples and seasonal beers while we've got 'em. There's even a stogie dinner this week, a rarity in the (typically) more health-conscious offerings. 10/17 Baffled by those ... 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 >>
Doomtree MC runs through four definitive experiences
(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 >>
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The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
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