Laura Marling With Paul Metzger Woman's Club Theatre, Minneapolis August 14, 2013 Most musicians don't go from playing London's esteemed Royal Albert Hall on a Monday night to performing at the slightly more modest Woman's Club Theatre on a Wednesday. But Laura Marling isn't like most musicians. Th ... More >>
This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>
The memorial service for Daniel Levy, son of Honeydogs' frontman Adam Levy, was an extremely emotional affair last month. It brought together a couple hundred family, friends, musicians, and others to remember the 21-year-old young man who took his life after years of dealing with a mind that he ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Photo by Stacy SchwartzSpending a lot of time on the road can sometimes have an adverse affect on a band's output -- some find it impossible to stay focused enough to continue writing songs amidst the relentless touring cycle, let alone make their way into a recording studio to lay down new track ... More >>
Much like the rest of his condensed tour, Alexi Murdoch's stop at the Cedar Cultural Center was quick to sell out. Murdoch is not only wildly popular, but is also quite the catch if you are fortunate enough to witness him standing live in front of you; simply put, he doesn't tour very often.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel ChoirFebruary 2, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThings were so comfortable on stage for both Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday night at the Cedar that at one point Alan Sparhawk was giving Peter Pisano a neck mess ... More >>
Photo by Joan MarcusSpring Awakening, the thundering rock musical about adolescent angst in 19th-century Germany, returns for a quick two-day run over the weekend at the Orpheum Theatre. It's certainly worth a look for theater lovers who have missed it up to now and fans will certainly del ... More >>
The Books and Black Heart ProcessionOctober 30, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterIf writing about music is indeed like dancing about architecture, then describing the music of the Books is a bit like waltzing about Gaudí, as their elusive, entrancing sound is liquid and stylish, just like the work of th ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzRogue Wave/Midlake/Peter Wolf CrierSeptember 20, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThree varied but passionate bands played to a small but devoted crowd at First Avenue on Monday night, and each group took their time finding their footing before delivering stirring sets that cl ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was a set-up that seemed destined for failure: A sparse offering of food, limited numbers of bathrooms and trash cans, ample booze for sale, and no re-entry made it seem like the Lowertown Music Fest could end it total chaos.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
The immensely influential, deeply troubled singer-songwriter died yesterday in a Glasgow hospital after a four decade career in music.
Top 10 Discs This Week at Eclipse Records
The YoungBloods sharpen their horns; slurping Chicken Poodle Soup for the soul
What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition.
Jose Gonzalez is 25-year-old Swedish singer of Argentine extraction who covers Kylie Minogue tunes and sounds like a '60s British folkie.
Feist's 'Let It Die' is make-out music for the whole family
A compilation tape from the DeStijl/Freedom From Festival--the weirdest songs you'll never hear on the radio
A melancholic Beck waxes fatalistic on 'Sea Change'
Audiences chew on a film-fest twofer: Central Standard's indie films and Sound Unseen's musical movies
Scottish indie-pop savants Belle and Sebastian keep postponing the doldrums of maturity, one album at a time
After languishing on Music Row, Kelly Willis pulls up roots and moves to alt-country
At age 59 jazz singer Andy Bey is moving from the fringes to the mainstream and making the best music of his strange career
A Pilgrimage to Pleasant: Sean O'Hagen (center) channels Brian Wilson's California dream on the High Llamas'
If You're Feeling Sinister
The Living Dead of the Night
Being a collection of notes on the art and science of sleeplessness, with a helpful sidebar on the commercial attractions of the night.