Erik Koskinen | Turf Club | Thursday, August 28On any given day of the week, Erik Koskinen is either leading his own top-notch band through a set in town, or lending his skills to a friend's performance or recording session. The talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/engineer making everyt ... More >>
The Twin Cities' Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival recently took to Indiegogo to help raise funds for this year's festivities. And while their tempting, original rewards for contributing are eye-catching enough (with the fundraising campaign open until June 10), now the folks associated with our ... 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 with an imaginative video from Skittish, who cleverly work themselves into some old-time archival footage to craft a truly original clip. In ad ... More >>
A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
A night at the Harriet Brewing taproom is always pleasant. Tie in beautiful September weather and the music of Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, and a bit of magic happens. And so it did at last night's Rauchfest tasting party. As beer drinkers across the world know, the end of summer is the time for Ok ... More >>
Leah Rule, a longtime manager at the Turf Club, passed Friday morning after a nearly two-year struggle with ovarian cancer -- or as she referred to it, "the elephant." She was 44.On Friday, her husband Rob Rule penned a note on her online journal saying, "Early this morning, LEAH left us. Leave it t ... More >>
"Erik told me it would never succeed, and so I bet him twenty bucks that it would," asserts a somewhat facetious Thom Middlebrook from a carseat-turned-couch in the practice space of illustrious Erik Koskinen and Molly Maher bands. The "it" he is speaking of is the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, a live mon ... More >>
Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>
Looks like spring has brought a flurry of creativity with five local bands releasing albums this weekend starting with The Shiny Lights, who pulls members from many of other local bands in town. Other CD releases include The Lower 48, Pennyroyal, Big Villain, and Dave Olson; that's enough new music ... More >>
The country music scene is often overlooked in place of more organic genres, but St. Paul-based musician Dave Olson really isn't classified as country. On his new album, Dave takes the Americana-folk genre and puts a different, yet simple spin on songwriting. Collaborating with Pieta Brown, Benson R ... More >>
Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers's residency finale with Erik Koskinen November 30, 2011 Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis "I feel like it's the first time at Nye's where there's been more room on the stage," Thom Middlebrook noted last night at Nye's, where Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers played ... More >>
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. And while most folks will have family obligations that involve eating huge amounts of carbs then watching football on the couch like a beached whale, that doesn't mean that you can't get out of the house for a little bit of fun.This week in Freeloader is expandin ... More >>
The Twin Cities is a great place for music. Twin Citizens know that well enough--we are home, after all, to a host of influential music venues, and our beloved indie radio station 89.3 the Current. You'd be hard-pressed to find a night when there wasn't something great happening, either withi ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
Photo by Donna WeaverMolly Maher is the sort of musician you see once and never forget. She's got over a decade of experience playing around Minneapolis as one of the best guitarists in town, and it's obvious with every performance--there is no other path for Maher. If you have ever stumbled ... More >>
The government shutdown affected a few live music events in the Twin Cities, namely the series Mill City Live at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis and 9 Nights of Music at the History Center in downtown St. Paul. With the shutdown finally resolved, Mill City Live will resume/kick-off t ... More >>
The Mill City Live series, which presents bands in the stunning setting of the Mill City Ruin, is getting ready to kick off its first event of 2011 next Thursday, July 7. This season, Mill City invited guest curator Jim Walsh to help them book a lineup of "Minnesota Legends" that span five decade ... More >>
Usher in May with new music...lots of CD releases this weekend!
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDead Man Winter at First Avenue Monday nightDead Man Winter March 3, 2011 Turf Club, St. Paul It would seem that Dead Man Winter is hovering on the edge of a wildly successful career. The newish band played at Turf last night, and while there was plenty of room, the club ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenErik KoskinenReal-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival February 8th, 2011 First Avenue Erik Koskinen is deliciously under the radar as far as Twin Cities music is concerned. He is best known for his roles as a producer and engineer for Trampled By Turtles and guitarist for Mol ... More >>
Minneapolis has no shortage of venues. However, the city also has no shortage of quality bands in search of a stage either. Popular downtown restaurant Hell's Kitchen recently threw their hat into the venue ring, seeking to better utilize their stage and sound system. The restaurant prides ... More >>
The Concrete and Grass festival kicked off last night with warmup shows at Station 4 and the Black Dog, and moves outdoors to Mears Park tonight for back-to-back lineups of eclectic local music. See below for set times for both the main and acoustic stages; the festival is free and open to all ag ... More >>
Photo by epSos.de This week there's a ton of variety in Freeloader Friday. There's tons of fashion events, including Fashion's Night Out, and a market for stylist men. There's "About Face" a very cool gallery show opening this Saturday. There's also anarchists, feminists, activists, and authors i ... More >>
The free Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival (not to be confused with last month's pricey Lowertown Music Fest) has released its full lineup for next month in Mears Park. The outdoor series, " where Indie rock and trad Salsa meet Chamber Music, where Opera butts up against Jazz and Hip-ho ... More >>
So just how early do we all need to skip out of work today to make it down to the Taste of Minnesota? If you're hoping to catch local acts like Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, and Willie Murphy, you'd best take a half day. Print out this schedule and show it to your boss; we're pretty sure they ... More >>
The ever-changing Friday night lineup for the Taste of Minnesota has been altered for (hopefully) the last time, with the addition of headliners Atmosphere and P.O.S, which were announced at Soundset on Sunday. The Walkmen have also been added to fill the slot left by Janelle Monae's cancellation ... More >>
More acts have been announced for the Taste of Minnesota this upcoming 4th of July weekend, and while some nights look a bit dismal (Gin Blossoms AND Counting Crows on the same night, oh my), the Friday night lineup booked by 89.3 the Current is shaping up to be amazing. Over the weekend, Taste a ... More >>
Emotive band sends audiences into a fine frenzy
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
Lumberjacks welcome, giant axes are not.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
Reznor disses Prince, new music from DJ Gigamesh, summer festival listings & NOMO hit the Current studios.
What's more interesting than actor Kevin Costner & Modern West playing country-rock on a Tuesday night at Cabooze?
The House of Mercy Band meet the end times singing