You really couldn't pick a better mascot for this oasis of the freaky in the Lone Star State than Black Joe Lewis, whose guitar-driven rhythm and blues sound crackles with down-home warmth and a few traces of heady psychedelia. Formerly known as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the group has tri ... More >>
In conjunction with Har Mar Superstar's headlining show at First Avenue this Friday, Mayor R.T. Rybak has announced that September 20, 2013 will hereby be known as Har Mar Superstar Day. See also: Photos: Har Mar Superstar returns to the Turf Club
According to our own cover story, Bobby "Rock Eagle" Drake (above) was an auto mechanic at Brookside Amoco in St. Louis Park just before he joined the Hold Steady in 2005. Since then, Drake's fortunes have changed -- drastically. Later this year, he and some of his New York pals in other bands, incl ... More >>
The musician has it both ways with the release of his new album and his retrospective double-LP
The Bye Bye 17 musician brilliantly reinvents himself on his latest record
People were understandably miffed when First Avenue was left off Rolling Stone's Best Clubs in America list recently. Several of the comments proclaim the general sentiment of "Hello...ever heard of First Ave???" Well, the voting pool of musicians, managers, and industry folks -- Spoon's Britt Dani ... More >>
Divine Fits With Split Single Varsity Theater, Minneapolis April 4, 2013 As soon as word got out that Divine Fits affectionately name-checked Minneapolis in one of their initial singles, "Would That Not Be Nice," there has been a buildup to the moment when Britt Daniel would sing that wistful line ... More >>
By Kati Heng White Rabbits With The Farewell Circuit Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Monday, October 15, 2012 Leave it to White Rabbits to liven up a Monday. And if you're already out, why not dance? Walking onstage at to about a minute of horribly shrill droning sounds, the band was met wit ... More >>
See Also:Spoon makes Twin Cities go "Ga Ga" on two-night stand at First AvenueHandsome Furs at the Triple Rock, 07/27/11Over the years, it has become quite obvious that Minneapolis has a lot of love for both Spoon and Handsome Furs. Both bands (as well as Dan Boeckner's former group, Wolf Parade) ha ... More >>
By Allegra OxboroughJeremy Messersmith's Muse for MusicWith P.O.S. and Chastity BrownThe Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulSaturday, May 19, 2012Jeremy Messersmith was his dapper self Saturday in a fitted green blazer and his conspicuous Buddy Holly specs. Behind him an ever-changing configuration of seve ... More >>
Sometimes a song comes along and you just hate everything about it. Everything is wrong: your sensors are howling, the hair stands up on your neck, and it's some nightmare shit where unless you can somehow get away from or destroy whatever device is causing the awful song to play, your head will ... More >>
Though he reportedly expressed some humble resistance to the tribute because "he's not even dead yet," Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould took part in an all-star tribute to his songwriting and legacy last night at L.A.'s Disney Hall, where he was joined by Foo Fighters' Dave Groh ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
Mac McCaughan reflects on the re-emergence of his seminal '90s band
Record inspired by Hall & Oates, sci-fi
Steve CohenGive it up for the Barrio taco truck!This weekend's Basilica Block Party begins tonight with a strong music lineup that includes Weezer and Spoon, but fans of good eating also won't be disappointed. As Bridgette Reinsmoen reports in this week's edition of Twin Cities Eater, City Pa ... More >>
The Current and the Walker Art Center announced their Rock the Garden lineup today with a live broadcast at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by Current DJ Mary Lucia and the Walker's Senior Curator for Performing Arts Philip Bither. The yearly outdoor festival has grown quite large in t ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party announced most of their lineup late yesterday afternoon, and though there are still a couple of holes to fill in it's looking great so far. Weezer will headline on Friday night along with Spoon, who will return to town after playing back-to-back sold-out shows at First Av ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonOn last year's Logos, Atlas Sound solo-domo Bradford Cox spent a lot of time talking about lighy. For Cox, light carried with it a fair measure of mystery, apprehension, escape, esctasy. Light could represent rescue, egress, annihilation, salvation, or all four, wrapped up in ... More >>
Indie veterans put on an entertaining, two-encore show to a sold-out Mainroom Friday night
Dear Aunt Gladys: I am writing because Mom said I should thank you for the wonderful Easter basket full of Marshmallow Peeps, generic Crème Eggs, and stickers of bunnies you sent me. I certainly liked these when I was five or six, so of course you would send me some now that I'm a grown adult. A ... More >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist DaughterWe're entering a season of local CD releases, so prepared to be inundated over the next few weeks as we make our way through all the great local albums coming out this April. This week, we drove down to Prescott, Wisconsin to hang out with Johnny Solomon and hi ... More >>
A preview of Greg Gossel's mural in First Ave's Record RoomFirst Avenue turns 40 years old this weekend, and over the years it has undergone plenty of changes and faced numerous challenges--outside competition, a changing music economy, change of owners, and the evolving face of downtown Minneapo ... More >>
"We've created loyalty that the other stores don't have," Furth says.
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October 2; Walker Art Center; 612.375.7600.