The Black Keys. Coldplay. Kings of Leon. Imagine Dragons. The Lumineers. Does this sound like the headlining stage of a cruise ship plummeting through a Disney movie portal into hell? Perhaps. However, what they actually represent in this case could be far more alarming. These are all bands named al ... More >>
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty condi ... More >>
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Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers ... More >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis With Dee-1 and XperienceFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, November 30, 2012Arriving onstage wearing a fur stole, Macklemore did everything with an epic air during the first of two sold-out First Avenue shows. With his clever, positive lyrics, the internet sensation brought ... More >>
Zac Brown Band Target Center, Minneapolis Saturday, November 10, 2012 See also: Ten reasons Zac Brown Band will never win us over No seriously. See also: Ten reasons why Zac Brown Band will never win us over. Never! Read that, and then you'll appreciate why writing this review of Zac Brown Band's ... 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:[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The PeopleJustice at Lollapalooza, 8/5/12Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youWith every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was especially appa ... More >>
See Also:Best of Lollapalooza 2012, day oneLollapalooza 2012 suspended, resumed after dangerous weather conditionsFrank Ocean & the Weeknd at Lollapalooza, 8/4/12The second day of Lollapalooza 2012 could not have been more different than the first. A bunch of noted cancellations -- B.o.B, Alabam ... More >>
Update: According to a new press release from the festival: "Lollapalooza will resume at 6:00 PM following a brief postponement due to dangerous weather conditions and warnings. Today's updated schedule can be found on Lollapalooza's official website."Bands will begin playing again at 6:30 with a re ... More >>
Related: SoundTown 2012 lineup announced River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupYet another festival lineup came hurling toward the concert-going set late last night and it's a good one. This year's Lollapalooza performers include a bevy of top-tier Billboard-charting acts -- start ... More >>
No one should be particularly shocked that the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup circulating yesterday that we thought was fake turned out to be... fake.Today, however, the real deal emerges. And, aside from the notable absence of Prince (and Corrosion of Conformity), the thing is still remarkably similar to ... More >>
The Twin Cities electronic music scene is having a bit of an age crisis, and Minneapolis' own dubstep boy-wonder Vaski is right smack in the middle of it. A bassy lo-end sound made up of skittery, planetary beats, dubstep has produced an entire second generation (or third, depending on your pers ... More >>
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>
photo by: Jonathan BehmMuse have come a long way from the feisty club band that played the Quest back in 2004 as if they had a point to make and a country to conquer. At the Target Center on Tuesday night, it seemed as if the Teignmouth trio (who are joined by multi-instrumentalist Morgan Nicholl ... More >>
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Youth Brigade @ Triple Rock From today's A-List: "Immortalized in the 1984 documentary Another State of Mind, Youth Brigade were the Oi! that Los Angeles hardcore produced—three Jewish surfers, all brothers, cheering the sinking of their state into the ocean. They founded BYO Records, rapped agai ... More >>
The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy
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The wartime propaganda of Dr. Seuss
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