By Peter S. ScholtesPaul Simon & StingXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, February 23, 2014If you're Paul Simon, which means (as Sting put it last night) you've written songs forever attached to specific moments in people's memory, then how do you play a concert without becoming a nostalgia act? ... More >>
This warm week brings several shows to the Twin Cities. Lucius (above) will be playing a sold out show at the Cedar Thursday while Greg Brown sells out the next day. Strange Names plays the Triple Rock Thursday and Jeremy Messersmith spends the weekend playing two shows at First Avenue. Th ... More >>
This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
When your name is also part of the moniker for one of the country's premier music schools, you have to be sure you're releasing an album on the right terms. For Jack McNally, co-founder of the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the process took 28 years to make sure everything was done exac ... More >>
Zammuto With Eluvium McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis November 10, 2012 Nick Zammuto made a triumphant return to the Walker Art Center on Saturday night. This time, the former member of the Books brought his new project, Zammuto, to the McGuire Theater, delighting the crowd with an ... More >>
MadonnaWith Paul OakenfoldXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 3, 2012Nothing came easy while Madonna performed at Xcel Energy Center Saturday. For anyone other than the ticket-holding masochists in the crowd, it was two hours of uncomfortable boot-licking. The few, hard-won pleasures came ... More >>
See Also:SCHOENBURG on Short, But Sweet, and why Paul Simon is "next level sh*t"Billy Schoenburg may be one of the hardest working musicians in the Cities. On any given night of the week, the singer is seen working at a venue or out enjoying a concert. Along with his bandmates, Graham Barton and Dan ... More >>
"I knew about that band before they were big," is a commonly heard motto among music diehards -- hence you may want to know about SCHOENBURG. The Twin Cities band's new EP Short, But Sweet is filled with glowing new sounds, exciting slight-acknowledgements to old ones, and a sense of feeling tha ... More >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Photo by Steve CohenPaul Simon at First Avenue last MayIt's been an onslaught of 9/11-related material this week, but here's the saddest/only video you really need to see: Paul Simon singing "The Sound of Silence" at Ground Zero yesterday as part of the 10-year anniversary memorial services honor ... More >>
As is always the case every spring, a lot of big-ticket veteran acts are making their way through town these days. With Paul Simon's recent visit, Duran Duran's gig, and next week's hugely anticipated Cars concert at First Avenue, the spirit of rock 'n' roll from days of yore has never been more ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 3, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAn eight-piece band poured onto the First Avenue stage. An over-capacity crowd gushed down the stairs, over the rails, and pooled in the floor. And then, there he was, lifting a guitar around his neck and giving a "hi-how-are ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 2, 2011Minneapolis Convention Center, MinneapolisFor fans of Paul Simon, Monday night's show at the Minneapolis Convention Center couldn't have been more satiating. The man knows how to put on a show, and delivered a two-hour set that expertly wove new songs alo ... More >>
Photo by Carter Grimes for City PagesWhite Light RiotSpring is always a busy time for album releases, and this is especially true in the Twin Cities. Bands seem to hunker down for the winter, clocking hours in rehearsal spaces and recording studios, only to emerge in April and May armed with new ... More >>
Photos courtesy of the Minneapolis Convention CenterThough the Minneapolis Convention Center has housed a massive 3400-seat auditorium since the early '90s, the building has stuck to hosting conventions and similar corporate events and mostly steered clear of booking concerts or delving into the ... More >>
Though Simon & Garfunkel were scheduled to come through Minnesota last year, the tour was eventually postponed and then canceled due to "a vocal strain" sustained by Art Garfunkel. This spring, Paul Simon is venturing out on his own, and will come through Minneapolis on May 2 to play the Minn ... More >>
Ayo, technology! These are the basics: Republican representative from New York gets busted for Craigslist shenanigans. That's it in a nutshell - technology's ease entreating yet another public figure to casually and carelessly flush his career down the toilet. Right now, ex-representative Christo ... More >>
Aw, just look at him. That there is Justin Beaver, so named after the Bronx Zoo held an open vote - in other words, an open door to the inevitable. He's the second beaver to take New York in 200 years, keeping Jose company whilst they free-float down the Bronx River (which if you've never smelled ... More >>
MAK faces her toughest test yet, but could make history
The band will release their highly-anticipated 7" with a little help from Blackcloud Stallionheart and Tips for Twat.
Perhaps he didn't forbid condom use enough for their taste?
The son of Paul has earned his own stripes.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Angry caucasians and fallen ladies never go out of style
Baritone saxophonist Fred Ho makes music for the revolution.