Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis March 6, 2014 The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as t ... More >>
Back in 1788, poet Robert Burns wrote an anthem that's still more ubiquitous than Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" at New Year's. The lines to the kazoo-friendly "Auld Lang Syne" have summed up the "drinking to forget" philosophy ever since. What came in ensuing years is more complex. Now, w ... More >>
Feel-good soul revival singer from London hops the pond for a tour
Dessa O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. PaulFriday, April 20, 2012 Whatever else Dessa may be -- Doomtree representative, rapper, singer, chameleon artist and all -- she is above all a sophisticated conductor and a woman with a vision. Her sold-out show at St. Catherine's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium wa ... More >>
Heartless Bastards are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Arrow on February 14. It just so happens that Arrow is the band's strongest record to date. It features a more versatile mix of psych, glam, classic rock, porch blues, R&B, funk and spaghetti-western. Singer/guitarist ... More >>
Meet founders Cory Wong and Eric Foss
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
"Jay is chillin', 'Ye is chillin', what more can I say?" might just be the most descriptive line off new single "Otis," which features Kanye West and Jay-Z trading verses about how awesome, rich, and powerful they are over a hiccuping loop of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."&nb ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerToots and the Maytals July 9, 2011 Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater Opening with "Pressure Drop" and closing just about an hour later with "54-46 (That's My Number)," Toots and the Maytals socked a brief but energetic performance to the intimate, family-friend ... More >>
From the bottom of the bottle to the top of the throne.
What's old is new again-- these kids take crate digging to the logical next level.
One of the most done-to-death archetypal rock songs in history gets a radical transformation.
Kanye West gets an honorary degree in Afro-American studies
Rare African American songs commemorate the life of Dave Godin
This week: A swig of Tonic and a Coachwhip to the booty
David Wellstone and the promise of music
Snow in Africa, thieving Santa, and porn under the tree
White rapper Everlast gets in touch with the raw roots of black blues
L.A.'s BellRays recapture the experimental tension between rock and soul that once made punk more than a marketing strategy
Rock the basement and pour beer on your ass with pop-punk heroes Dillinger Four
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.