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 >>
MN Music-on-a-Stick With Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet LapellesMN State Fair Grandstand, St. PaulFriday, August 31, 2012After a summer of record temperature highs, August was the perfect month for outdoor shows, ending with MN Music-on-a-Stick a ... More >>
The boys are back in Mound again, at least for a night. Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider is reporting that the celebrated local trio Semisonic are playing a rare reunion gig on Saturday, May 19 as part of the Blast Block Party in Mound. Bassist John Munson is the only member of the group who has ... More >>
Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>
"Going for Adds" is a forceful attempt to clog the request lines at our local radio hub the Current with fresh cuts, via blog. Today, a single with Minnesota and Florida implications: Bleubird's "Time 4real." It's a pleasure to single out Bleubird's Cannonball!!! on the date of its release for a ... More >>
Earlier this week, I drove 1,752 miles prior to my start as City Pages' new music editor. This three-day journey came right after I capped a two-year stint as the music editor at our sister paper in Fort Lauderdale and welcomed an able successor. And it also came after about 83 jokes from friends ... More >>
Seven & Sixty ProductionsWhy are you here?With more snow to shovel this morning, more on the way, and mountains of it piled around town, it's easy to forget that spring will, in fact, come as scheduled. For a reminder, take a look at this video from Seven & Sixty Productions. In the middle ... More >>
Photo by Kamilla KraczkowskiThis morning, MPR revealed the lineup for its new season of "Wits," the charismatic and adventurous radio show presented at the Fitzgerald with host John Moe (the tech reporter for American Public Media's "Marketplace") and resident musician John Munson (the Twilight H ... More >>
Earlier this month, jazz trio the New Standards (featuring the Suburbs' Chan Poling, Semisonic and the Twilight Hours' John Munson, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm) held down three nights at the Fitzgerald Theater with their annual holiday show. City of Music director Dan Huiting filmed the Fitzgera ... More >>
For those planning on attending the Brad Kern benefit at First Ave tonight (which we whole-heartedly recommend), there are a few things to note: The show starts early, so if you're going to check out the Hang Ups reunion, get there by 7:30. Also, make sure to stick it out for the long haul, as th ... More >>
A benefit for live sound and recording engineer Brad Kern is shaping up to be quite the remarkable lineup, thanks to Kern's extensive involvement in the local scene. Since working with Trip Shakespeare in 1991, Kern has mixed or recorded countless acts, and now the bands are honoring Kern with a ... More >>
Explore Minnesota, a site dedicated to attracting tourism to our fair state, has teamed up with 89.3 the Current to create an all-local playlist of streaming music that spans from the Castaways and the Trashmen to Dessa, Peter Wolf Crier, and Owl City. The mix, naturally, is bent toward radio-fri ... More >>
The brothers' first duo show was a relaxed, lighthearted affair.
Brothers say they're like "two strong magnets"
Watch the video for "Everything Green," which was shot in Wilson's studio.
The show will be a rare treat for fans of the former Trip Shakespeare bandmates.
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
This weekend's McNally Smith River Rocks Festival brings quite the mix of musicians old and new to the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul. Here's the lineup.
No wax here—we just asked 'em, "What did you listen to in 2007?"
Fickle major labels, lethargic production schedules, desensitized index fingers--nothing can slow John Munson down
Allison Gunderson writes: Now, this just seemed so obvious to me. They may not have ever been my favorite band from Minnesota (and working in college radio, I tried to NOT like them), but Semisonic was so HUGE. Granted, Trip Shakespeare was in the top fifty, but that is not even the same. From th ... More >>
In the mid-'90s, Semisonic Shopped Their Single to Top 40 Stations, Answered Idiotic Interview Questions, Played Countless On-Air Jams, and Ended Up Feeling Like They Got Played--Even When Their Album Didn't. In Jacob Slichter's New Book, the Drummer Expl
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
Howard Stern's billboard controversy; local rockers censor themselves
Hip hop invades Dinkytown; Semisonic slips into the Target Center; the Cows head for the punk-rock pasture
When Trip Shakespeare broke up, Matt Wilson marched off to war against his muse. Five years later, this exacting songwriter returns from the front with his first solo album.
Shhh: Alabama transplant Marlee MacLeod's laments in major keys kicked off Noiseless '98.
Sukpatch: A deal with Mo' Wax and a new hometown.
That's a bigger question than usual in our 1996 new music poll.