As a born-and-raised, card-carrying South Minneapolis boy, I've finally come to grips with the fact that my Twin Cities have got to be the most insecure major urban metro in the U.S. We're constantly fishing for validation from the larger cultural hubs around the country to feed our low self-esteem, ... More >>
This blustery week in the Twin Cities 89.3 the Current will be hosting their 9th Birthday Bash in the First Avenue Mainroom over the weekend. Acts will include Lizzo, Har Mar Superstar, Strange Names, Howler, Heiruspecs and more. The Cedar Cultural center will also be hosting a benefit for ... More >>
In the aftermath of the tragic and devastating New Year's Day fire at 516 Cedar Avenue that took the lives of three residents of the apartments -- while displacing the survivors and also destroying the Otanga Grocery Store -- the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside community is coming together to support ... More >>
Over the past few years, the people behind the Twin Cities' Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival have done a fantastic job assembling a diverse, affordable music lineup that has something for fans of just about any genre. This year, for their 3rd Annual Festival, the fine folks at Patrick's Cabare ... More >>
With 2012 breathing its final breaths, so is a West Bank landmark and live music institution. The 400 Bar, located at 400 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, is closing its doors after 17 years of hosting live music in its intimate environs.In recent months, the gritty bar's management team of Tom and Bill ... More >>
See Also:Rock The Vine 3 at the Saint Croix Vineyards, 6/09/12Stillwater sure knows how to take advantage of the picturesque surroundings of their city when they put on a music festival. After the highly enjoyable Rock The Vine event held at Saint Croix Vineyards earlier this summer, now Stillwater ... More >>
Jack Klatt's new album Mississippi Roll is easily gonna be one of the best local albums of the year, mark my words. Recorded in two free-rollin' ten-hour sessions with production assistance from classic guitar virtuoso and composer Dakota Dave Hull, Klatt is backed as usual by the Cat Swingers -- fi ... More >>
Mississippi Roll is a gem
With only a few months under its eight-second-champion-sized belt buckle, the Schlitz Kickin' Country series has already established a fine local tradition of fine country records, fine country bands, and of course, The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous. This Saturday, with a little help from DJ Tr ... More >>
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th, but don't let that stop you from going out and seeing good shows this weekend!
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
The government shutdown affected a few live music events in the Twin Cities, namely the series Mill City Live at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis and 9 Nights of Music at the History Center in downtown St. Paul. With the shutdown finally resolved, Mill City Live will resume/kick-off t ... More >>
City Pages file photoIf you don't make it down to the Mill City Museum tonight for Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover, you'll have another chance to catch Koerner this weekend when he plays Palmfest, the celebration of West Bank music that takes over Palmer's Bar each summer. This year's lineup ... More >>
The Mill City Live series, which presents bands in the stunning setting of the Mill City Ruin, is getting ready to kick off its first event of 2011 next Thursday, July 7. This season, Mill City invited guest curator Jim Walsh to help them book a lineup of "Minnesota Legends" that span five decade ... More >>
City Pages file photoPalmfest, the annual celebration of West Bank music at the West Bank's quintessential neighborhood bar, Palmer's, will return on Saturday, July 23 for 10 straight hours of free music. The event is 21 , kicks off at 2 p.m., and goes all the way until bar close.If you can't wai ... More >>
The Current has long been a supporter of Minnesota music -- their playlist regularly features a handful of the most prominent artists coming out of our fair state, while Dave Campbell's two-hour Local Show delves deep into the goings-on of our local scene each Sunday night. Starting today, the st ... More >>
"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark TrehusIt's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry ... More >>
Daniel CorriganWhatever revolutions Minnesota has seen in rock and folk music for the last five decades, guitarist and blues shouter Spider John Koerner has witnessed them all and, more than likely, helped bring them about. A major influence not only on Minnesota's most famous musical son Bob Dyl ... More >>
If you've picked up a copy of City Pages this week, you may have noticed that something is happening tomorrow over on the West Bank... Once you've read up on performers Dessa, the Book of Right On, and Culture Cry Wolf, check out the full schedule below for all the bands performing at Saturday's ... More >>
Building on last year's "Blues at the Barn" showcase, Red House Records will be throwing its Barnfest party again this summer at Hobgoblin Music, an outdoor amphitheater just north of Red Wing. The all-day showcase will feature a lineup of Red House artists (founder Greg Brown's daughter Pieta, R ... More >>
On Thursday we posted about two of Spider John Koerner's upcoming shows, and waxed a little rhapsodic about his contributions to local music history and that particular, not half-hearted but self-effacing, eye-to-the-revelry way he and his peers have approached folk music over the past 40-odd yea ... More >>
July appears to be the season where bands put out new music for you to buy, and let's face it, nothing says fun like a record release party. This weekend is chock full of record release shows, as well as some fine local music, touring acts, and outdoor festivals. Submitted for your approval:
photo via Red House RecordsSeeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>
Photo via MillCityMuseum.orgThe Mill City has announced its lineup for this year's Mill City Live series, which is a great, low-key way to catch local musicians in downtown Minneapolis at the end of the workday. Tickets to the shows are $5, and include admission to the Mill City Museum from 4-9 p ... More >>
Treehouse Records owner Mark Trehus's new record label is a labor of love
Photo by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf CrierHappy hump day! As with every Wednesday, we're pleased to offer a fine selection of print articles about local music in addition to today's blog posts. If you don't have time to pick up an issue of City Pages today, you can peruse the print music section onl ... More >>
Free, freaky stuff to do this weekend.
Don't fear the hungry wallet, everything here is free.
The eclectic festival brought in fans and musicians from all over the world.
Like spurs on boots, or bacon in beans, Andy Friedman and Minneapolis just belong together. It all started a few years ago when Friedman quit his job at the New Yorker (he was an illustrator), packed his bags, and drove straight here to meet Spider John Koerner, the legendary West Banker and somethi ... More >>
Like the Oscars, the Minnesota Music Academy's "Minnies" (or Minnesota Music Awards) at First Avenue tonight will be fun to participate in, fun to watch, and fun to make fun of (and I say this as someone onstage being made fun of). Somebody back me up: Aren't these things, you know, culturally inter ... More >>
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Doc-Maker Don McGlynn Draws the reclusive 'Spider' out of his web
Sweatin' to the local oldies with our favorite reissues
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.