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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/10-10/12

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    September 22, 2014

    Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park, 9/20/14

    Festival Palomino with Trampled by Turtles, The Head and the Heart, Low, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Spirit Family Reunion, The Apache Relay, Hooray For the Riff Raff, Field Report, Erik KoskinenCanterbury Park, ShakopeeSaturday, September 20, 2014Like an animal hoarding away food for t ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    The 10 best punk rock movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York, and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone el ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Trampled by Turtles drop the bluegrass bit on new album, Wild Animals

    Trampled by Turtles just released the first single from their seventh studio album, Wild Animals, and it's a bit of a departure. Recorded earlier this year at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls with production by Low's Alan Sparhawk, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" pushes the band further into the ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Top 10 best albums recorded at Pachyderm Studio

    The secluded Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls has seen some of the most celebrated groups of the past 30 years roll into town and bash out some of the best records of the modern rock era. As the studio enters a new era with Duluth's Trampled by Turtles recording their latest album there wi ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Report: Fine Line Music Café sold to owners of Aqua

    The Fine Line Music Café has been sold to the owners of Aqua Nightclub & Lounge. According to the club's website, the new ownership and management by Minneapolis Event Centers operated by Entourage Events Group begins on August 6. The sale comes not long after the venue's 25th birthday last Nov ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Shapeshifter's Tim Ritter: I love the indie scene here like my own kids

    While grunge broke out of the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s, there was something different happening in the Twin Cities. Bands here were far more influenced by what was happening in the U.K., and a vital and volatile shoegaze/Krautrock/dreampop scene materialized. Sadly, many of those bands we ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    STNNNG: All real, no frills

    Local music vets work with the legendary Steve Albini on Empire Inward

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    January 8, 2013

    Transmission announces '90s-themed 12th birthday party at First Avenue

    The long-standing dance tradition in the Twin Cities known as Transmission is about to reach a dozen years in existence. Jake Rudh's new wave and goth party known for its delicious combing of '80s delights in that vein is celebrating its 12th birthday with a First Avenue Mainroom party in March!Rudh ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunite for Slim Dunlap benefit track

    Related: Chris Mars records new song to benefit Slim DunlapBrief, but exciting news for fans of Replacements reunion conspiracies: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are working on a song together. Similar to the recent Chris Mars single, these two 'Mats members are reuniting to rally for their old b ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012
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    March 28, 2012

    With a Gun for a Face deliver more glam-core punk

    Corporate Callosum rages against the machine

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    October 11, 2011

    Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 6

    ​Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Michael Dermot redefines DIY with his new album

    ​ Michael Dermot comes from an eclectic background in music; influences ranging from Disney soundtracks, Hüsker Dü, to Weezer, are all reflected in the new album, Distance Reawakens, by the Eden Prairie native.DIY to the core, Dermot does everything himself: booking, promoting, and managing.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Frank Ocean smoothes out Odd Future, Fever Ray trusts wolves, and other new musics

    ​You can peep the interwebs regularly, check those flight controls with neurotic consistency (you know who you are), and still have days (days!) that yield nothing worth looking at. Good content doesn't grow on polygonal trees, you brats. Luckily, today wasn't one of those boring ones.

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    February 22, 2011

    Pete Yorn talks about working with Frank Black

    Photo by Jim Wright​When Rolling Stone hailed Pete Yorn as one of "Ten to Watch in 2001," it marked the beginning of a steady uphill climb for the young artist. Yorn's first full-length album, musicforthemorningafter, went gold, solidifying his place in our music libraries. Fast-forward through ne ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Liz Phair at the Fine Line, 1/20/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson - click here for slideshow​Liz Phair January 20, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThe controversy surrounding Liz Phair's supposed "selling out" some years back still rests in the forefront of many peoples' minds. She was a reluctant sex symbol (the very best kind for a s ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Clinic at the 7th St. Entry, 11/12/10

    Photos by Tony Nelson​ClinicNovember 12, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisFriday night at the 7th St. Entry, Liverpool natives Clinic brought their odd brand of -- well, there are no clear reference points for Clinic's sound, really, and for that they should be applauded.

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    July 15, 2010

    Band of Horses' Ryan Monroe talks history and lineup changes

    Photo courtesy of the artists​BY CINDAL LEE HEARTBand of Horses have spent the the past few years growing a remarkable fan base and proving their worthiness in the indie world, opening up for influential artists like Pearl Jam, Iron & Wine, She & Him, and more recently the Irish pop/indie- ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009
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    July 8, 2009
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    July 6, 2009

    July 6, 2009: Atmosphere & the Roots

    Atmosphere drops free EP, Bob Dylan gets mashed, Taste of MN recaps & the 400 Bar closing?

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    June 19, 2009

    Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: June 12-18

    New Mark Mallman, Pixies returning to the TC (sort of), Atmosphere announces summer tour & next week's best new releases.

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    May 21, 2009

    Twisdom: June bugs and colonics

    We've got some Twisdom to throw your way. Check out what kind of "genius" some locals had to spew this week on Twitter.

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    August 11, 2008

    Over the Weekend: August 8-10, 2008

    crossingguards.jpgLots of bad stuff happened this weekend. Luckily, there was also plenty of sunshine and beer available for consumption. Here's a recap of the Pizza Luce block party.

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    July 23, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    September 19, 2007

    Baby Guts Top Ten

    Examples From The Sublime Art of The Face-Melting Yell

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    September 20, 2006

    Party Girl

    DJ Girl Talk is the maddest scientist in the mash-up lab

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    August 9, 2006

    No More Teachers' Dirty Looks

    Children pressured to learn classic rock songs; writer leaves town in protest

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    July 5, 2006
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    October 26, 2005

    Scoring Your Next Score

    Tapes 'n Tapes are in the mood for love

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    December 22, 2004

    Christmas of the Pod People

    What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?

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    July 21, 2004

    Notes of a Dirty Young Extra

    Love is a hot dog from Hell on the race track set of the new Bukowski film

  • Music

    March 31, 2004

    Girl on Film

    Blonde Redhead's lyrical music evokes an histoire du cinema

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    December 10, 2003

    Raising Kane

    I'm not a rapist, I'm a pedophile: Chaos Theories' seasonal cheer

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    December 3, 2003

    Heavenly Creatures

    Luke's Angels: Sweet, innocent, modest... but don't call them 'nice girls'

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    November 5, 2003

    Last Exit From Brooklyn

    TV on the Radio watch from their bedrooms as Williamsburg dissolves around them

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    October 22, 2003

    Getting Lucky

    It's been a bad year for Lucky Jeremy, but bad years make great albums

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    October 15, 2003

    'Kast Away

    André's simply singing; Big Boi blows your brain into outer space

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    September 17, 2003

    Everybody Wins

    Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town

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    June 11, 2003

    The Sting

    Mink Lungs: One band, a dozen hallucinogenic pop songs, 2,000 biting red ants

  • Music

    June 4, 2003

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    David Thomas channels the ghosts of Edward Hopper, Orson Welles, and his own past

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    November 21, 2001
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    August 2, 2000

    Molly Hatchet

    In a sad, familiar pattern, Mollycuddle release their best album, then break up

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    April 7, 1999

    I'm So Lonesome I Could Smile

    Honky-tonkers Accident Clearinghouse create a country for punks

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