Minneapolis band the Melismatics are beating the odds after ten-plus years together. The answer to avoiding stagnancy: a new album revamping their indie-rock sound. Rising Tide is understated, but has pulses and shots like soft bursts of light. This is an album that sounds like it may have come toge ... More >>
Just off the wheels of Marathon IV: Road Rogue, a week-long song performed during a trek from New York to Los Angeles, performer extraordinaire Mark Mallman has unveiled his latest CD, Double Silhouette. Renowned for his high-energy dramatic performances and marathon song cycles, Mallman has won a h ... More >>
Despite the "Twin Cities hip-hop scene being oversaturated" this is the weekend that the Twin Cities hip-hop scene looks forward to the most. If you're thinking of heading down to Shakopee son Sunday for Soundset, better head there early or carpool; last year the traffic was held up for two hours. M ... More >>
Spencer McGillicutty -- they're a band, not a person -- mine the sounds of early-'60s AM gold on their third album, All the Happy People! Throughout, the local group swings effortlessly between cotton-candy sweet group sing-a-longs and wistful acoustic balladry. Employing a rotating co-ed cast of f ... More >>
Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Featuring Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private EyeWinona, MNSaturday, April 21, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Two: the 4onthefloor, Rogue ValleyThe final day of the Mid West Music Fest found the gra ... More >>
The Melismatics' songs aren't simple at all. They're intricate, jumping from one thought to another, and yet, they're easily adaptable to the most conservative of ears. This, of course, is the Minneapolis band's cardinal accomplishment.Listening to their new album, MANIA!, can be comp ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessA Tribute to the Replacements' TimNovember 26, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisReported with special help from Robyn LewisNow in its third installment, the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of reveling in the songs of the Replacements has grown into a gigantic local music event, the ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessSome of us may remember when our friend Mark Mallman decided to do his first "Marathon" in 1999. Knowing Mark, it didn't seem weird that he would attempt such a stunt. The man has far too much energy and tends to be one of those creative juggernauts that fill the Twin Cities mu ... More >>
Photos by Benjamin GrimesCaribouSeptember 27, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisCaribou mastermind Dan Snaith brought a tight three-piece backing band along with him to First Avenue on Monday night, and they proceeded to light up the Mainroom with their liquid, hypnotic grooves and transfixing visu ... More >>
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