Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
Plenty of music going on the the Twin Cities this week! The Dakota welcomes Motown legends Martha and the Vandellas for a two night stay, Wednesday and Thursday. Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps will be headlining at the Cedar. First Avenue will be hosting a Best New Bands Concert featurin ... More >>
Last October, there was a story going around about Mark Trehus, owner of Treehouse Records, selling a rare Wanda Davis 45 for $1,425.00 online. It wasn't an earth-shattering piece of news, but the interesting point was that Davis was from St. Paul and had been part of the sometimes forgotten Twin ... More >>
Meet founders Cory Wong and Eric Foss
"In summer, the song sings itself."-William Carlos Williams
May 17, 2011 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings State Theater Minneapolis, MN Sharon Jones has her own brand of caffeine that no one else knows about--it's so powerful that it's probably illegal, or at least government-moderated. That's the only way to explain her performance last night at the S ... More >>
Photos by Meredith Westin - click for slideshowThe 416 Club Commissions featuring DessaJanuary 23, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisDessa was nervous to be playing in front of a sold-out crowd last night at the Cedar Cultural Center. You could tell, because not only did she tell the audience ... More >>
What's old is new again-- these kids take crate digging to the logical next level.
Don't you ever play Nickelback if you're looking to score. Ever.
Everything sublime and ridiculous about the 1970s, summed up in two and a half minutes.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
When sweet soul music leaves a sour aftertaste
Pleading for redemption, R. Kelly steps back into the light
Getting on board the love train with Al Green, Blonde Redhead, and the Owls
L.A.'s BellRays recapture the experimental tension between rock and soul that once made punk more than a marketing strategy
A walk through D'Angelo's hotly awaited, strangely elusive masterpiece, Voodoo
For years, local R&B's Best Kept Secret have stayed true to their name
Belle & Sebastian's Stuart David samples twentysomething ennui in his side project, Looper