Dave King is the drummer and composer for the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Dave King Trucking Company, and Halloween, Alaska. This essay is based upon Dave's conversation with City Pages music editor Reed Fischer. As an old-school jazz club, the Artists' Quarter is a model that's dying in America. There ... More >>
The Shouting Matches With Alpha Consumer First Avenue, Minneapolis August 2, 2013 Near the end of Friday's Shouting Matches show, Justin Vernon led bandmates Phil Cook and Brian Moen through the soulful "I Need a Change." The standout track from their debut full-length, Grownass Man, is ostensibly ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a striking new video from Volcano Choir, the adventurous pop group started by Justin Vernon and his cohorts in the Collections of Colonies ... More >>
When Dave King plays the drums, it doesn't even look real. He looks like a human octopus, like maybe he's hiding three other limbs to help him create all those sounds. His hands float around the kit, and he smiles deeply, his face transparently joyous, always enveloped in the music. As a founding ... More >>
Frankie Lee. It's a name you like saying -- which is always a good thing when you are a musician. And to look at Lee, you'd assume, without knowing anything else about him, that he is a musician. In a denim jacket and wide-brimmed hat, Lee has a casual cowboy-coolness about him that makes him seem l ... More >>
Andrew Bird doesn't like to call himself a writer. With the classic humility of a Midwesterner, he says, "It's just something that happens when you get up in the morning. It's not a big deal." The maestro -- who has a huge resume of artist friends including Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, and Ani DiFr ... More >>
See Also:Martin Dosh talks about reuniting Lateduster and touring EuropeAndrew Bird at First AvenueMartin Dosh has been a regular in the music community for many years. He weaves his way in and out of various projects, balancing all of that while being on the road with Andrew Bird pretty consistentl ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
Best New Bands of 2011 ShowcaseWith MaLLy, Bloodnstuff, Night Moves, Gramma's Boyfriend, Dream Crusher, Sexcat, & Fire in the Northern FirsFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, January 25, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.In a talent-rich music scene like the Twin Cities, any ti ... More >>
Annual First Avenue show highlights best newcomers
As the holidays bring about good times between families and long lost friends, drummer and electronic musician Martin Dosh is busier than ever preparing for his annual year-end show to the Cedar Cultural Center.
Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Photos by Nick WosikaApril 22, 2011 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland--that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar's CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday n ... More >>
Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>
The Gayngs and Gimme Noise Affiliyated Showcase at First Avenue was nothing short of epic -- so epic, in fact, that even the word doesn't seem big enough. The colossal 15-band bill was a Minneapolis Best Of, with simultaneous billings in the Record Room, the Entry, and the Mainroom. Not to mention s ... More >>
City Pages file photoThe big news over the weekend came with the sudden shuttering of the Turf Club, when the venue canceled its Saturday night gig last-minute and hung up mysterious signs saying "Closed for repair." Turns out the "repairs" happening were more metaphorical than literal: The owner ... More >>
It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>
We already know Gayngs is over-the-top. Their promo videos are salacious, bordering on parody. Their music is so wrong it's right. And now, in their first official music video, they paid tribute to Godley and Cream's version of "Cry" so righteously that they even got Kevin Godley himself to make an ... More >>
Nikki & Andrew doing research In this first installment of Rational Dialectic, Andrew Flanagan and Nikki Miller meet up at GAYNGS HQ - Nick & Eddie - with laptops in tow, to discuss the local phenomenon (and soon to be worldwide sensation) GAYNGS. Andrew and Nikki do not wi ... More >>
Download the first track off the Midwest supergroup's forthcoming LP.
The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.
The crowd was a seamless blend of moshing and butt shaking lit only by the occasional glow-stick.
The sold-out crowd who braved the cold to stand in line for the third and final concert appreciated the immediacy the reverential space offered.
The new disc features remixes by locals like No Bird Sing and Lookbook.
Extra notes and quotes from this week's cover story.
Goodbye, Uptown Bar. We'll miss you.
Judging from this past weekend's stellar performances, tonight's gig will be top-notch.
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
Electronic one-man band Martin Dosh steps out of the background and into the spotlight
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Mallman's agonizing, ecstatic 52.4-hour song