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    July 21, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 7/21-7/27

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

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    April 14, 2014

    The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella

    So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses. There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 mo ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Lollapalooza 2014 lineup is here!

    The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup has arrived. When the yearly festival convenes August 1-3 at Grant Park in Chicago, it'll be a couple of rap titans, a few rockers, and the requisite EDM stars leading the way.Eminem, festival darlings OutKast (pictured above), Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, an ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    I honestly tried to like Imagine Dragons

    I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my he ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Top 10 rules of the rave: A guide to underground dance party etiquette

    Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere. Take this recent incident: Under a haunting pink hue Dustin Zahn ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Riff Raff at the Fine Line, 12/21/13

    Riff Raff With Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom Fine Line, Minneapolis December 21, 2013 To his fans, Riff Raff isn't a mere rapper. He's a deity. This was clear as an anxious swarm of admirers braved last night's frigid 17 degree weather to form a line stretching from the Fine Line for more than an en ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    3OH!3 at Varsity Theater, 10/31/13

    3OH!3 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Thursday, October 31, 2013 Keeping with the Halloween spirit, 3OH!3 weren't their normal selves at the Varsity last night. The electro-pop duo from Boulder and their backing band were all dressed as characters from the 2004 weirdo-comedy Napoleon Dynamite. Nathan ... More >>

  • Movies

    March 20, 2013

    Spring Breakers: Exploitation or artful send-up?

    Sun-and-sex movie is like a Girls Gone Wild video by Godard

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    March 12, 2013

    KPT: Dubstep just hurts my head after a certain amount of time

    Throwing a David Lynch-themed dance party, but have no idea what to play? Wonder no more, massive Twin Peaks fan KPT, pronounced "kept," crafts the perfect tracks for the occasion. KPT (Joshua Lexbole by birth) is a genre-bending dark electronica producer based in Minneapolis. His music, at once spa ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Bassnectar on dubstep, Skrillex and haircuts

    "It was a much different world back then," Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) says over the phone in our second conversation about dance music since 2006. This was before dubstep was the sound of choice in high schools across the country and and when it's obscure first iterations were either heavily r ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    The Hush Sound on their hiatus, Spotify, and advice for young musicians

    Back to work. Chicago band The Hush Sound is back on tour again after an extended hiatus -- this time with new music and a new outlook on the music industry. The band's pop-rock sound has been able to withstand the break and kept their fans excited to see them active again. On some time off fro ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Global Dance Festival at The Brick, 7/19/12

    Global Dance Festival Day 1With Knife Party, 12th Planet, AC Slater, and moreThe Brick, MinneapolisWednesday, July 18, 2012You don't need to know the difference between house, trance and dub step to unpack EDM. If you like pop music -- be it Kanye West or Britney Spears -- that's a good start. This ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Krewella on pop, parties, and parents

    See Also:Global Dance Festival 2012 lineup and stagesKrewella moves fast. Last September, the group gave a scattered, evidently-green interview, in which producer Kris Trindl said he'd first heard Skrillex less than a year prior. That was ten months ago, the night of the trio's first show, and al ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012
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    April 27, 2012

    Lights at Varsity Theater, 4/26/2012

    Lights with CarouselVarsity Theater, MinneapolisThursday, April 26, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Never has a venue been been this packed with boys/men waiting to get a glimpse of the beautiful Valerie Poxleitner, also known as Lights. What's not to love, though? Perfect hair, perfect t ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Global Dance Festival at the Brick: Wolfgang Gartner & more

    Preceding festival season is festival announcement season, and we're certainly in the thick of that now. Last week the River's Edge Festival was announced, and yesterday came the lineup info for for Mid West Music Fest and Global Dance Festival at The Brick. The latter is a celebration of current da ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inch

    The guys in local funky indie rock act Night Moves aren't the types to get excited too easily. Whether it's a matter of getting signed to a Big Deal record label or simply getting confused with Skrillex over and over again (we're looking at you, Mark Ritsema), most any occasion seems to be met with ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Will River's Edge Music Festival 2013 bring Skrillex to St. Paul?

    Related:River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupSoundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.Slideshow: Skrillex at Skyway TheatreU2 at TCF Bank Stadium, 7/23/11 The inaugural running of the River's Edge Music Festival will bring Tool, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, the Flaming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Ting Tings' Katie White: We need to write songs when we're depressed

    ​Four years ago, two unassuming musicians from Northwest England caught the attention of the music world with the explosive, sassy single: "That's Not My Name." Their fast success brought dance-pop duo the Ting Tings (Jules de Martino and Katie White) an impressive record deal, worldwide touring, ... More >>

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    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

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    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW coverage ahead

    ​You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Doomtree's Sims: I don't give two sh*ts about Skrillex

    ​Doomtree's tour stop in New York nearly got uprooted last week when a 106-year-old pipe burst on the street where their performance was supposed to take place. Although their show was two days after the flooding, Bowery Ballroom was still without proper running water on Thursday, and a four-hour ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Bon Iver curses, but Bonny Bear is deadly (VIDEO)

    Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.​The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Re:Generation movie in MPLS: Win tickets, download free tracks

    ​ If the Grammys showed us anything this year  -- aside from the apparently difficult pronunciation of Bon f'ing Iver -- it was that electronic music is here in a big way. Now, in association with the awards show, documentarian Amir Bar-Lev introduces a one-night engagement of his film Re:Ge ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Bonnaroo 2012 lineup: Radiohead, Beach Boys, Bon Iver, but no Prince

    ​No one should be particularly shocked that the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup circulating yesterday that we thought was fake turned out to be... fake.Today, however, the real deal emerges. And, aside from the notable absence of Prince (and Corrosion of Conformity), the thing is still remarkably similar to ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012
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    February 8, 2012
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    February 7, 2012

    Did Bon Iver back out of Grammys' Etta James tribute?

    ​The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Bon Iver's Grammys poster is far worse than Skrillex's

    A small portion of the ugliness.​The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Bon Iver, Brian Setzer, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams among this year's Grammy nominees

    ​All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011
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    October 20, 2011

    Skream talks of dubstep's future and fans

    We all Skream for (or about) dubstep​Dubstep. Just say the word around a music lover and watch them gush about their favorite producers or scorn its unstoppable rise to popularity. Considering the genre's chokehold on the western world's twentysomething culture, the polarizing effect isn't so surp ... More >>

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    August 6, 2011

    Lollapalooza: Day 1 at Grant Park, Chicago, 8/5/11

    Photo by Denis Jeong Plaster​Even before entering this year's Lollapalooza festival, the Grant Park grounds were littered with reminders that this year's event is supremely sold out. There were scalpers, signs, massive lines, and a group of at least 50 ticketless kids plowing over a chain-link fen ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Rusko talks Minneapolis, fan gifts and YouTube

    ​Internationally renowned producers rotate through Minneapolis every week now as dubstep takeover seems increasingly more imminent, with acts like Skrillex, Benga and our own Vaski hypnotizing the young electronic music crowd with every wicked wobble and sadistic bass attack. This week one of ... More >>