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  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Dan Croll: I just keep buying new instruments

    Dan Croll is kind of an anomaly. The U.K.-based 22-year-old singer-songwriter makes music that's difficult to place, even with all our various hyphenated categories. His debut single "From Nowhere" hit last fall, and since then, Croll has seen his music career spin off in a dazzling upward spiral. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Wiping Out Thousands revive David Bowie's "Let's Dance" live

    ​Wiping Out Thousands' considerable prowess has exploded in a whirl of color, synthesizers, and menacing beats over the past couple months. Just in case there was any doubt of this local electro outfit's legitimacy in a live setting, here's a recording from last weekend's gig at Hell's Kitchen, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Zoo Animal's Holly Newsom: I thought Departure was going to be a dud; release show Saturday

    Janell Marie​It's all change these days for Holly Newsom and the band she calls Zoo Animal. A few months ago, her longtime bandmates, bassist Tim Abramson and drummer Thom Burton, both left the group. The tireless songwriter has responded with an excellent new EP, Departure, a record she claims sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    TC Hip-Hop Awards plagued with Taser-fueled violence

    ​What a difference 48 hours can make in the life of the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Sunday night welcomed a positive showcase of local talent headlined by I Self Devine, but Friday night's sixth annual TC Hip-Hop Awards proved to follow a now-familiar theme of violence during its event at First ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Jeremy Messersmith, Hastings 3000 join in the Occupy movement

    Photo by Nick Vlcek​As Occupy Wallstreet and our own local version, OccupyMN, wear on, more and more Minnesota musicians are asserting themselves as vocal members of the 99%. Over the past few weeks, artists ranging from hip-hop acts Toki Wright, Sean Anonymous, and Guante to R&B maven Mayda t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: Sample audio and video of the winners

    ​While we went to great depths describing each of our Picked to Click finalists in this week's issue, nothing can really replace the process of actually listening to their music. Below, you'll find videos and sound clips from all 13 of our 2011 Picked to Click winners, plus links to each band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    RockStar Motel recruits Paul Pirner to help with new social networking site for bands

    ​RockStar Motel has the light on for weary bands trying to make their way in the music world and are struggling with promotion, not to mention their friends and fans frustrated about getting word out about artists they love beyond their network of friends.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Tim Mahoney releases diss track against Adam Levine

    ​Area pop singer/songwriter Tim Mahoney, who calls himself the "King Of Almost" and whose main claim to fame was being mistaken for a girl by Adam Levine on the NBC reality show The Voice, has written a diss track, jokingly voicing his beef with the Maroon 5 crooner.  "Hey Adam Levine," a son ... More >>

  • Music

    August 31, 2011

    SoundCloud vs. Bandcamp: Local musicians weigh in

    Seeking new ways to distribute digitally