Amidst the recent flurry of lists documenting the popularity of bands and songs by each respective state, comes an odd but distinctive list that breaks down the most favored songs of each state based upon sheet music sales. Musicnotes created a list that they are calling, "Uniquely Popular Sheet M ... More >>
By Peter S. ScholtesPaul Simon & StingXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, February 23, 2014If you're Paul Simon, which means (as Sting put it last night) you've written songs forever attached to specific moments in people's memory, then how do you play a concert without becoming a nostalgia act? ... More >>
Dan Hubbard, like many other artists, grabs a handful of influences from the past, yet shapes it into something of his own. His newest album Livin' In the Heartland compiles narratives that add up his up life -- at least up to this point.Set to play the Dead Letter Records 11-Year Anniversary Showca ... More >>
Laura Marling With Paul Metzger Woman's Club Theatre, Minneapolis August 14, 2013 Most musicians don't go from playing London's esteemed Royal Albert Hall on a Monday night to performing at the slightly more modest Woman's Club Theatre on a Wednesday. But Laura Marling isn't like most musicians. Th ... More >>
Jake Bugg With Lydia Hoglund Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis August 5, 2013 One day after playing to tens of thousands of fans at Lollapalooza, Jake Bugg returned to the intimacy of a smaller stage for a rare club show at the Fine Line on Monday night. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Notti ... 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 >>
Fun.With Miniature TigersMyth, MaplewoodFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.In the early going, frontman Nate Ruess alerted the audience at Myth that this show was "the biggest headlining show Fun. has ever done" -- and the proceedings played out that way. After initially be ... More >>
Aretha FranklinOctober 7, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNIn an evening fit for a queen, what comes first is the purse. As her massive (and partially Minnesotan) backing band assembled themselves on stage, a well-dressed man who was presumably the Queen of Soul's handler scurried out o ... More >>
Singer-songwriter Ryan Traster was born and bred in Minneapolis, and moved to Brooklyn three years ago to further along his music career. Regardless of the move, Traster -- always a Minneapolis folk and roots scene favorite -- has been frequenting the Cities; it appears you can take the boy o ... More >>
Though Simon & Garfunkel were scheduled to come through Minnesota last year, the tour was eventually postponed and then canceled due to "a vocal strain" sustained by Art Garfunkel. This spring, Paul Simon is venturing out on his own, and will come through Minneapolis on May 2 to play the Minn ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBrandi Carlile with Amos Lee and The Watson Twins Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, 8/29/10 Brandi Carlile headlines the Grandstand: A self-declared milestone. She could not contain her joy at packing that place. She jumped and smiled constantly and sashayed gleefully ar ... More >>
Believe it or not, there was a time when "Mason Jennings" wasn't a household name in these parts. Somewhat fresh to the Twin Cities in the late '90s, Mason and his band, which at the time included Minneapolis fixture Robert Skoro (then still a teenager) on bass, began the trek and career that has ... More >>
Iconic folk duo Simon & Garfunkel were scheduled to perform at the Xcel Energy Center on May 8, but are postponing the show due to "a vocal strain recently sustained by Art Garfunkel" until Monday, July 12. "In an effort to provide the highest quality performance for their audience, Paul & ... More >>
Still scrambling to plot out your weekend? Allow us to assist you. Here are our top picks for shows to catch tonight through Sunday (click on the links to be taken to the calendar listing for each event):
After six stormy years, Gurban is given the boot
Three-fifths of the Jayhawks reunited at the 318 Cafe in Excelsior Saturday night.
While listening to Paul Westerberg's new album for this week's column, I kept a listening log. Enjoy the insanity of my ramblings.
Local folkie Ellis gets personal on her new record, 'Break the Spell'
We ask Polara frontman Ed Ackerson about his new solo record and where he buried the bodies of his band members
Solo artist falls down rabbit hole, finds himself part of My Morning Jacket's opening band
The Danforths plan a very special evening
We have a new "jump the shark," folks. Call it "the Partridge Family scene." It happens midway through the wretched Must Love Dogs, when the cast inexplicably breaks into the Partridge Family theme. I saw it Tuesday night. I turned to my wife and said there are no words for how bad this is, how insu ... More >>
Is it just us, or does the new Star Wars movie sound like even more of a celluloid stinker than the last two? The first clue: George Lucas is calling the latest installment (out May 11) a "real tearjerker." The second: He claims it's "Titanic in space." (Cue foghorn.) From a studio perspective, comb ... More >>
David Wellstone and the promise of music
The Jayhawks move onward with the new, acoustic sounds of 'Rainy Day Music'
Critic-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe defers to the talent in Almost Famous
Forget Fargo and A Simple Plan: A quarter-century ago, The Heartbreak Kid had Minnesota down cold
Rock as dance music. Dance music as rock.
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