Pert Near Sandstone | First Avenue | Friday, October 24 It's hard to believe Pert Near Sandstone's Kevin Kniebel once almost gave up the banjo. Everything fell into place when he had his first clawhammer-style lesson with regional folk musician Bill Cagley. By the next week, Kniebel started playing ... 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 >>
The last time City Pages talked to Jack Klatt, he was preparing to release Mississippi Roll, a sweeping cross-generational collaboration that surveyed the scope of traditional music along the mighty river's 2,300 storied miles. After recording with a cast of Minnesota legends and filling the Cedar C ... More >>
One of the oldest independent record labels marks three decades with a concert at the O'Shaughnessy
Minnesota's most famous expatriate and one of the most respected songwriters of our time, Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. How do you honor the man who has received every honor in the world? We thought of a few ways you could pay your respects today.
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
The Minnesota Walk of Fame (i.e. the gold stars for Loni Anderson, Tippi Hedron, and Marion Ross in front of the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis) will soon be expanded to honor a wider selection of local celebrities, starting with the addition of one of Minnesota's most famous expats, Bob D ... More >>
(Pictured: Past entrants hope to achieve flight for Red Bull's Flugtag)This week we have multiple CD-release shows, an art fest on the north side, and some DIY flying machines that will (most likely) crash into the Mississippi.
courtesy of Gastro Non GrataWe want one of these, badly. In the final installment of our talk with the Gastro Non Grata guys, we delve a little deeper into the psyche of these "home cooks"--they do not like to be called chefs--and again remind you to check out Vagabond Vacation this Sunday, ... More >>
Charlie Parr comes out of the garage with album of homestyle blues
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Bukowski takes a shot around the corner in 'Factotum'
Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.
[This just in our email:] An open letter to music writers across Minnesota and beyond from Rich Mattson [pictured, 1981] (Ol' Yeller, the Glenrustles, Flowerpot Studio, SMA Records): As many of you may have heard, I am moving back to the Homeland, the Iron Range, Sparta Minnesota (the first Iron R ... More >>
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
With fans like the Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs has, who needs enemies?