Local summer music festivals are nearly upon us. Though a few high-profile examples aren't happening in 2013, another brand-new one is on its way in the form of the Sixty Five Roses Festival. And it's for a good cause. Hosted by the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, 100 percent of the proceeds fro ... More >>
MWFM Day One With Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, The Ericksons, Wildflower, Paulie Matushek and Wake Up Bedhead Winona, Minnesota Thursday, April 18, 2013 The fourth annual Mid West Music Fest got off to a bit of a shaky start on Thursday -- at least weather wise, as fans band bands drivi ... 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 >>
Retribution Gospel Choirwith Pony Trash and SouthwireTurf Club, St. PaulFriday, February 1, 2013As the years go by, it becomes more and more obvious that Alan Sparhawk is destined to have his own special place in the annals of Minnesota music. There are those who just seem to bring something extra t ... More >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
It's easy to forget sometimes that, at heart, Alan Sparhawk is just your typical Duluthian. Call him during the winter, and there's bound to be a story involved: it could be something as mundane as, you know, cooking lentils under the hood of your car, or in Sparhawk's case, it could be that he just ... More >>
There's no sense in trying to slow down Alan Sparhawk. Not content to just let the artful majesty of a Jeff Tweedy-produced Low album be the focal point of early 2013, the third full-length Retribution Gospel Choir album is on the way.The as-yet-untitled album comes on the heels of this year's The R ... More >>
It's often said by Twin Citizens that we're lucky to have a music community that's not only vibrant, but is so encouraging of collaboration and trust between artists. This Friday night, you have the chance to see some of that in action with the release of a special edition split 7" vinyl by two corn ... More >>
This weekend marks the end of August and possibly the warm weather. The State Fair Grandstand invites various local musicians to its stage Friday night with Local Music On-A-Stick featuring Jeremy Messersmith, Dessa, The Jayhawks and more. Communist Daughter also plays at the Cabooze while Teenage M ... More >>
See Also:Rock The Vine 3 at the Saint Croix Vineyards, 6/09/12Stillwater sure knows how to take advantage of the picturesque surroundings of their city when they put on a music festival. After the highly enjoyable Rock The Vine event held at Saint Croix Vineyards earlier this summer, now Stillwater ... More >>
Related:Duluth floods: Top 10 jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]With the stark, grotesque, and unnerving images from Duluth's massive flood comes the worry about our upper Minnesota neighbors -- some of whom are musicians. As the devastation pil ... More >>
After releasing The Revolution EP in March, Retribution Gospel Choir have already played a few memorable shows in the Twin Cities to celebrate. But apparently those gigs weren't quite enough, as the spirited Duluth trio have just announced that they will be doing a Tuesday night residency at the Tur ... More >>
Related:Retribution Gospel Choir releases free EP (DOWNLOAD)Retribution Gospel Choir's Alan Sparhawk: I don't write intentionallyMinneapolis Democrats are proving that they want a "revolution" in a very literal sense. For the Southwest Minneapolis DFL's annual picnic, often called the Blue BBQ, Dulu ... More >>
Looks like spring has brought a flurry of creativity with five local bands releasing albums this weekend starting with The Shiny Lights, who pulls members from many of other local bands in town. Other CD releases include The Lower 48, Pennyroyal, Big Villain, and Dave Olson; that's enough new music ... More >>
Related:Retribution Gospel Choir releases free EP (DOWNLOAD)Retribution Gospel Choir would not be the band you go to for power pop gems, clapping verses, and cowbell-fused tunes. Best known as Low frontman Alan Sparhawk's other (very loud) baby, RGC has a reputation for bringing frenzied, serious ... More >>
Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>
With the change in weather, there is a need to shake off the winter blues and socialize more. Headlining the Dakota fresh off their tour is Davina and the Vagabonds, while Guster share the stage at The Pantages with comedian Jeff Garlin. If you don't have tickets to the First Aid Kit at the Cedar Cu ... More >>
Retribution Gospel Choir, the more-strummy side project of Low's Alan Sparhawk, has released a new EP. Titled The Revolution -- not a Prince thing -- the four tracks gather some great vintage rock replete with cowbell, sassy guitar licks, and some full-on shredding. And it occurs all in the span ... More >>
So much live music happening this weekend ranging the gamut of genres.
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessThe West Bank Music Festival will return for a second installment this year, anchored around an outdoor stage and fanning out to all of the music venues that line Cedar Ave. in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis. The festival will take place on the evening of Saturda ... More >>
Daytrotter is all up in the Twin Cities scene again. Just yesterday we saw Gabe Douglas of the 4onthefloor tweeting that his band was down at the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois recording a session, and today the site posted a three-track performance by revolving electromanipulators M ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenLowApril 16, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAfter seeing Retribution Gospel Choir perform a handful of times over the last couple of years, I was quite excited for Alan Sparhawk's return to the First Avenue stage with his distinguished "other" band Low on Saturday night. With h ... More >>
Duluth trio gets personal
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
Photos by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel ChoirFebruary 2, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThings were so comfortable on stage for both Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday night at the Cedar that at one point Alan Sparhawk was giving Peter Pisano a neck mess ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
photo via Retribution Gospel Choir's MyspaceAlan Sparhawk's relatively aggressive, tightly yet epically sprawling, and stunningly composed project Retribution Gospel Choir recently recorded a session at The Current, playing their songs "Working Hard," "Hide It Away," and "Your Bird." Lucky for ev ... More >>
More acts have been announced for the Taste of Minnesota this upcoming 4th of July weekend, and while some nights look a bit dismal (Gin Blossoms AND Counting Crows on the same night, oh my), the Friday night lineup booked by 89.3 the Current is shaping up to be amazing. Over the weekend, Taste a ... More >>
The Current and the Walker Art Center announced their Rock the Garden lineup today with a live broadcast at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by Current DJ Mary Lucia and the Walker's Senior Curator for Performing Arts Philip Bither. The yearly outdoor festival has grown quite large in t ... More >>
The unrelenting sonic assault began with a cover of Low's "Breaker" and didn't let up until the encore.
RGC return to Minneapolis to play the Triple Rock this weekend.
P.O.S. hits First Avenue and releases a new music video, Har Mar Superstar plays Late Night, Solid Gold release a new song & Owl City tops Billboard.
Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir will play the 501 this coming December 19 and release its new album the following month.
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