One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>
"Erik told me it would never succeed, and so I bet him twenty bucks that it would," asserts a somewhat facetious Thom Middlebrook from a carseat-turned-couch in the practice space of illustrious Erik Koskinen and Molly Maher bands. The "it" he is speaking of is the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, a live mon ... More >>
The venerable Englert Theatre in Iowa City is celebrating its Centennial this October, and to mark the historic occasion, the venue has commissioned a new music collection, Iowa City Song Project, featuring songs from 31 bands and musicians who have been inspired or influenced by their time in Iowa ... More >>
Des Moines' eclectic 80/35 Festival is now in it's fifth year, and continues to bring talented, compelling national and local acts to the two-day Iowa music fest. And while the outdoor music festival competition in the Twin Cities this summer will be greater than it's ever been, this year's stron ... More >>
The country music scene is often overlooked in place of more organic genres, but St. Paul-based musician Dave Olson really isn't classified as country. On his new album, Dave takes the Americana-folk genre and puts a different, yet simple spin on songwriting. Collaborating with Pieta Brown, Benson R ... More >>
This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
The Twin Cities is a great place for music. Twin Citizens know that well enough--we are home, after all, to a host of influential music venues, and our beloved indie radio station 89.3 the Current. You'd be hard-pressed to find a night when there wasn't something great happening, either withi ... More >>