The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seeger Day in Minnesota, on what would have been his 95th birthday. A gathering of a wide-array of Minne ... More >>
Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based Okee Dokee Brothers, AKA Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, have had a busy 24 hours. The Americana act with a focus on music for children just got nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children's Album category for their self-released album Can You Canoe?The 55th annual Grammy Awa ... More >>
Glen Hansard First Avenue, Minneapolis September 29, 2012 At the start of Glen Hansard's enthralling two-hour set at First Avenue on Saturday night, the Irish singer/songwriter took a moment to say sorry to the crowd: "I feel like apologizing that we're playing such an early show tonight. Usually, ... More >>
Ani DiFranco with Pearl and the Beard First Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSunday, September 23, 2012 "All right, no more Mister Nice Guy," said Ani DiFranco last night, two songs in to her epic 20-song set at First Avenue. "I want to see if this old 42-year-old bag of bones can still rock." Yeah, ri ... More >>
Remember when Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival? Gimme Noise wasn't born yet, but the intrigue of that event carries to this day. A ripple of arguably equal or greater importance is upon us today: All City Pages blogs have upgraded from Disqus to Livefyre for reader comments. ... More >>
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Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.
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