A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
Three in the Key is Chris Koza's column exploring a musician's life as a basketball fanatic. The Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-composer leads the band Rogue Valley. Get him on the court, and he's trouble.First Ave and 7th Street. It's a loaded sentence because to anyone who follows sports o ... 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 >>
Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton have put a lot of time and thought into their new album. All bands do, so what makes this group so special? Nothing much, other than Ben makes you fall in love with his pieces on the first listen. A Wild Hunger is a collection of honest, graceful, and organic songs set ... More >>
Eight Minnesota cities flung to the far corners of the state will host the second-annual Caravan du Nord shows this fall. Last fall, Low, Trampled by Turtles, members of Doomtree, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Heiruspecs, and many more were among the acts visiting smaller communities outsid ... More >>
See Also:Chastity Brown on the Red Stag Block Party, her residency in Germany, and the local music sceneAlexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle on Duluth, Coloring Time, and the Red Stag Block PartyRed Stag Block PartyFeaturing Rogue Valley, Kill The Vultures, The Honeydogs, Mayda, Chastity Brown, and Roman ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl Day 1The 331 Club, Northeast MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012Related: Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's Music Art-A-Whirl Day 2 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/19/12The oldest section of Minneapolis came alive this weekend with art, culture, love, and best of all, music. Although it may o ... More >>
Not only do partner restaurants Barbette and Red Stag Supper Club continue to provide local foodies with some of the best eats in town, but each venue hosts two of the most entertaining free block parties for Twin Cities music fans each summer. The lineups for both Barbette's Bastille Day Block Part ... More >>
One of the coolest free events in Minneapolis returns again this summer, as the Walker Art Center presents their annual Summer Music & Movies series at Loring Park and the Walker's Open Field. This summer's music and movies series is titled In Dreams, and will feature a selection of innovativ ... More >>
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... More >>
Mid West Music Fest, Day Two: Featuring the 4onthefloor, Rogue Valley, Ruben, and Midwest DilemmaWinona, MNFriday, April 20, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Three: Kimya Dawson, the MelismaticsFriday at the Mid West Music Fest brought sunny skies ... More >>
People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
A big focus of Weekend Checklist is local music, because there is so much good local artists in the Cities, but we often forget that Minneapolis and St. Paul is not always a flyover area for national artists. This weekend we welcome to Fanfarlo, Bowerbirds, Nada Surf, and Needtobreathe; a few of ... More >>
The appreciation for SXSW usually doesn't happen until the festival is over and done with, but Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier and Chris Koza of Rogue Valley were able to find some time to reflect and acknowledge on the poignancy of an event that happens once a year connecting so many people. ... More >>
Austin, TX has become the mecca for performing artists of all genres. The Twin Cities will have a strong presence in the land of hipsters mixed with corporate sponsorships and industry professionals. For those that can't make the trip down south, catch them this weekend before they ma ... 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...
In 2010, Chris Koza and his newly formed band, Rogue Valley, set out to do something a little insane. They wrote and recorded four full-length albums in one year. The "season project," as it came to be known, was fueled by personification: each album intends to give shape and sound to a particula ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here. 1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution" Minneapolis: 21 degrees. St. Cloud: 17 degrees. Fergus Falls: 15 ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here.Most of us in the van slept on our two-our northbound drive from Cottage Grove to Portland, OR, where we would be spending the night. I ... More >>
Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. Read th ... More >>
Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. The road ... More >>
This weekend was brought to you by the letter "H."
Sandal weather is almost over, but sweater weather is almost here!
"The summer air is here, so get your dress on, and dance around like no one cares."-Sing It Loud
While it seems like tempting fate to already start looking forward to the tail end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair free stage lineups should help us ease our way into the beginning of September. On the lineup this year are early-'80s Prince cohorts Morris Day and the Time, Johnny Cash's longt ... More >>
"What's the point of going out? We're just going to end up back here anyways." - Homer Simpson
Usher in May with new music...lots of CD releases this weekend!
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
Everybody's workin' for the weekend...and it's here.Make the most of it!
Album is fourth in 12 months
Photo by Joey ClarkIn this week's print edition of City Pages, we have interviews with two different Twin Cities bands preparing to release impressive full-length albums this weekend.
Mally, Pink Mink, Grant Cutler, and more
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more
Rogue Valley Geese in the Flyway release showNovember 26, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisAs a Cedar staffperson introduced Rogue Valley at their third album release show of the year last Friday night, he made a comment that "Rogue Valley has proposed that they will release four albums this ... More >>
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
Twin Cities scene veteran Chris Koza goes for broke with ambitious project