I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my he ... More >>
Happy Holidays, internet pals! While not too many acts are playing venues this Christmas, plenty of bars are still open for business. There's also plenty of places to ring in the New Year, including First Avenue's Dance Night, The Turf Club's Cover Band Show, Davina and the Vagabonds at the Dakota o ... More >>
Minneapolis band the Melismatics are beating the odds after ten-plus years together. The answer to avoiding stagnancy: a new album revamping their indie-rock sound. Rising Tide is understated, but has pulses and shots like soft bursts of light. This is an album that sounds like it may have come toge ... More >>
So it's June now. Despite the cloudiness, there are actually things happening outdoors. Saturday, be sure to check out tons of local bands at Rock the Vine. Later in the evening Hollow Boys release their latest record at Kitty Cat Klub. The Minnesota Zoo will also be hosting Richard Thompson an ... More >>
Girls Got Rhythm Fest night one With the Avengers, the Gateway District, the Pinsch, Total Trash Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Friday, May 10, 2013 While our local summer festival circuit seems to grow exponentially with every passing year, the 2012 maiden voyage of St. Paul's Girls Got Rhythm ... More >>
It's the last weekend of 2012! Why not squeeze in a couple of shows before the year closes? Local jazz heros The Bad Plus are continuing their Dakota Jazz Club stay into Friday and Saturday while the Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes their annual holiday stop at The Xcel. Friday, First Ave hosts Soul A ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
The holiday season is underway this weekend! Minneapolis native, Lorie Line visits for a three day performance at the State Theatre. Local modern rockers Maudlin will be hosting the Fourth Annual Worst Christmas Pageant Ever at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall. On the not holiday special front, Prissy C ... More >>
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra kicks off the Liquid Music series November 2-4 with three sold-out performances by avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson. The co-presentation with the Walker Art Center features Anderson's Dirtday!, the third installment in her trilogy of story works. The series, devised ... More >>
Since releasing the 2010 EP Clear Sky Relapse, Swallows has honed it's live act, allowing new members to settle in while evolving into a complex combination of American roots and Old World folk music. Their new LP, Witching & Divining, captures them like a firefly trapped in a jar. Each song i ... More >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
Drinking has gotten more adventurous lately, or so this Week in Food has led us to believe. Whether you're doing yoga in a vineyard (and topping it with a glass of wine) or doing blind tastings of 28 specially chosen beers, it's almost like Outward Bound for folks who like to tipple.
If you have seen El Le Faunt and his Traveling Circus perform, you know they're not quickly forgotten. The Twin Cities' ubiquitous, hardworking circus act has taken a short break as it prepares to release Ten in One, their third album, and the first to feature all eight members, on Saturday at the ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you about the first ever Girls Got Rhythm Fest taking place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul on May 11-12. The two-day, female-focused music festival is headlined by Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector, as well as the Tokyo rockabilly trio the 126.96.36.199's an ... 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 >>
Let's hear it for the girls! This spring, women, men and any other forms of music-loving life have a reason to get excited about girls with guitars. Announced just two days ago was word of a brand new, lady-centric music festival that will be held at Amsterdam Bar and Hall this May 11 and 12.&nbs ... More >>
With Valentine's Day falling on a Tuesday this year, we're guessing that many folks will procrastinate on putting together any special plans. But just because you elected to wait until Monday doesn't mean that you can't still plan something awesome for your sweetheart. Looking for ideas? We've p ... More >>
Your guide to all the best musical events happening on New Year's Eve.
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor
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.
Black Friday. Potentially the single most terrifying phrase in the English language, those two little words are a retailer's curse and a shopper's pipe dream come true. This year, if you somehow missed pitching your tent in the Best Buy parking lot in preparation for the sales, not to worry--there i ... More >>
Joy SummersRock and nosh in Saint PaulWhile they've quietly been open for a little over a week now, this weekend the new Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul officially throws open the doors and cranks it up to 11.It's owned by the Oulman family, the same ones that brought the 331 to life ... More >>
While it may have seemed like the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group were a part of the lounge and swing music revival of the '90s, Jim Ruiz, his brother Chris and then wife, Stephanie Winter were more enthused with European pop, mod culture, new wave punk and two-tone ska music of the '80s.
Last night at the Walker Art Center, composer Missy Mazzoli and violist Nadia Sirota -- we'd like to say 'kicked off' right here but that is a completely inappropriate idiom for what happened -- welcomed the String Theory Festival with a performance in the hodge-podge of Gallery 2.
Photo by Dan CorriganTwin Cities boogie-rock favorites Chooglin' are about to head overseas again for the Spring thaw. Having traveled across Europe, including some festivals in Norway last year and a trip to the Netherlands, the band were invited back over the pond to do a small two-week tour of ... More >>
Across five venues, seven partners, and four days, the String Theory Music Festival will be set upon the Twin Cities (both of them!) this April 14-17 in a grand gesture towards reframing the modern and historical position of - but of course - stringed instruments. The festival will feature perfor ... More >>
Seward Co-op is running a World Cup cheese sale, marking down one representative cheese from each competitor country and keeping them on sale until that country is eliminated. Many of the big cheesemaking countries expected to do well--France and Italy for starters--are already out. But, on the ... More >>
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