PinkXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, March 19, 2013Alecia Beth Moore is strong as an ox, powerful as a locomotive, tough as nails, cold as ice, hard as steel, mighty as the Mississippi, badder than Old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog, etc. No matter how she's described, know that Pink is e ... More >>
Wrestlepalooza, with Masked Intruder First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, January 12, 2013 First, let's get this straight. Wrestling isn't fake; it's rigged. That's not hair-splitting, either. If you don't follow wrestling, you might mistakenly judge it as a sport. Think of it instead as a live soa ... More >>
Metric with Half Moon Run State Theatre, Minneapolis September 11, 2012See Also:Metric let their hearts bleed all over First AvenueThe State Theatre is a gorgeous venue, but it's not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think "rock show." But as Metric first took the stage last night, ... More >>
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias with Frankie JTarget Center, MinneapolisWednesday, August 1, 2012See Also: Slideshow: Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias at the Target CenterA couple of Latin musicians whose personal lives are more interesting than their musical lives took over Target Center on ... More >>
The DarknessFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday, February 12, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.Something about the Darkness band feels a little like Jurassic Park: Use the genetic code ripped from the monsters of rock and make it roar and stomp again, consequences be damned. The men i ... More >>
So this is the new year And I have no resolutions For self assigned penance For problems with easy solutions - Death Cab for Cutie
Laura MarlingDecember 1, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThe last time Laura Marling performed in Minneapolis was in 2008, when she was only 18 years old. She played for about 25 of us at the 400 Bar as the opening act for Johnny Flynn, with a then unknown Mumford & Sons serving as her backing ba ... More >>
Brandi Carlile with the Secret SistersNovember 27, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul"If you're in a good mood, don't get used to it," joked Secret Sisters big sis Laura Rogers at the beginning of their set. "We sing sad, depressing country music."That give-and-take between somber, soulful singing ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDessaOctober 28, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulDessa's CD-release party at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night was about as far from a rap show as you could get. Backed by an excellent chamber group and back-up singers, and with her Doomtree pals tucked neatly into on ... More >>
Photo By Stacy SchwartzThe LemonheadsOctober 22, 2011First AvenueOne of the last things you want to have happen before a notoriously temperamental rock star takes the stage is for his opening band to not show up. Thankfully, in the case of Saturday night's highly enjoyable set by the Lemonhead ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Drums October 5, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis The New Wave/Post-punk revival had been fun up until Wednesday night at the 7th Street Entry. A lot of great songs, some fun lead singers, some great guitarists, a slew of memorable songs. But Wednesday may have gi ... More >>
MegafaunSeptember 30, 2011The Cedar Cultural CenterThere certainly was a lot of love in the Cedar on Friday night, as Megafaun delivered a stirring 80-minute set to a supportive, enthusiastic crowd made up of plenty of family and friends of the North Carolina (by way of Wisconsin) band. Playin ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBlink-182September 7, 2011Xcel Energy CenterWho's up for a night of circle pits, poop and masturbation jokes, and poignant reflection? Anyone and everyone in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center for Blink-182 sure was. Despite the many empty seats in the arena (although ge ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzFleet FoxesJuly 17, 2011State TheatreSeattle's Fleet Foxes sold out the State Theatre on Sunday night, but instead of a tranquil and transfixing sit-down show by the highly-acclaimed sextet, some of the audience behaved as if the concert was instead being held at the ro ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzGlee Live! June 1, 2011 Target Center, MinneapolisBY STACY SCHWARTZ There were tons of kids dressed like Glee cast members, Warblers, and Cheerios in the lobby of the Target Center on Wednesday night. The Cheerios were handing out Sue Sylvester's "Barf Bags" as she insist ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Civil WarsApril 17, 2011Varsity Theater, MinneapolisWho are these adorable people? Where did they come from? And, dear god, why have I been sleeping on them until now?
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNick Diamonds and Michael Cera of Mister HeavenlyThe exponential growth of South by Southwest over the past 25 years has been simply stunning. In honor of this, and just in time for SXSW's silver anniversary, the festival's organizers opted to extend the music portion of t ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCold War Kids March 10, 2011 First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Cold War Kids have received some lukewarm press and icy criticism following their January-released third album Mine is Yours, which was all zipped up by Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King. Based on thei ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Current's Jim McGuinn with Mayor RT RybakThe Current's 6th Birthday Party (Featuring Free Energy, Brother Ali, Jeremy Messersmith, Roma di Luna, and Trampled By Turtles)January 21, 2011First AvenueThe Current has had such an impact on the local music scene in its six s ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDaryl Hall and John OatesDecember 10, 2010State Theatre, MinneapolisA few blocks down from last night's sold-out Doomtree Blowout was another sold-out team of legend status: Hall and Oates, rocking the State Theatre with classic hits and some Christmas cheer.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCloud CultNovember 17, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThere is something truly celebratory in watching a local band who have cut their teeth touring for a while make a stop back in Minneapolis for a triumphant hometown show. It's refreshing to hear how the road has streng ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe fuzzed-out rumbling you hear emanating from the local music scene these days is the sound of the triumphant, thunderous return of Red Pens (as if they ever left), who are back with a blistering new six-song EP, Limitations, that is simply brimming with both fury and ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzGreat Big SeaOctober 23, 2010Pantages Theatre, MinneapolisBY STACY SCHWARTZGreat Big Sea performed two full sets for an enthusiastic crowd at the Pantages Theatre on Saturday night. The crowd thrust their beers firmly in the air, swaying and singing along to every word th ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBuddy Guy and Quinn SullivanOctober 16, 2010State Theatre, MinneapolisFor a taste of Minnesota's finest seasonal weather and the Midwest's greatest portrayal of the blues, it would be safe to say the best place to be this past Saturday evening was in downtown Minneapolis a ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Thermals and Cymbals Eat GuitarsSeptember 30, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisIt was a fun night to be at the Triple Rock on Thursday, as both the Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars delivered enjoyable, satisfying sets to a responsive audience that were there t ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzArcade FireSeptember 22Roy Wilkins, St. PaulIf there were any remaining doubts, one thing should be absolutely clear after last night's show in St. Paul: Arcade Fire have grown up. The band who kicked off their world tour to a full and enthusiastic crowd at the Roy Wilkins ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzRogue Wave/Midlake/Peter Wolf CrierSeptember 20, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThree varied but passionate bands played to a small but devoted crowd at First Avenue on Monday night, and each group took their time finding their footing before delivering stirring sets that cl ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCarolina Chocolate Drops with Roma di LunaAugust 27, 2010Minnesota Zoo Weesner AmphitheaterThere was something appropriate about the hot, sweaty, and swarming atmosphere that the audience swam through to listen to Carolina Chocolate Drops' swampy string band music at the M ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was another busy night in Loring Park last night for a performance by Red Pens and a screening of the independent film Nobody. Director Rob Perez was even on hand to say a few words before the film screening, which also included a preview of the upcoming, locally shot m ... More >>
Stacy SchwartzAs the Fringe Festival raged on and hundreds of thousands of suburbanites descended upon Minneapolis hungry for seaside landscape paintings and pottery art at the three major art fairs, other people were doing other things. And it was awesome. This weekend was filled with alterna ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was a set-up that seemed destined for failure: A sparse offering of food, limited numbers of bathrooms and trash cans, ample booze for sale, and no re-entry made it seem like the Lowertown Music Fest could end it total chaos.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNatalie MerchantJuly 24, 2010The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine UniversityBy Stacy SchwartzTo repeat a cliche, I could listen to her sing the phone book. That voice! I've been a fan of Natalie Merchant since my high school creative writing instructor played "Jack Kerouac ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThroughout the month of June, First Avenue has slowly repainted the entire exterior of its building, painting over all the stars and reconsidering which bands should be featured on its iconic walls. The project is nearing completion, and yesterday a few of the new bands st ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBattle of the Underage Underground winners Taffee MachineRadio K held their 10th annual Battle of the Underage Underground competition last night in the Entry, and I had the pleasure of judging alongside the fabulous Mark Mallman, freelance photographer and Cake in 15 blog ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzLast Friday, burgeoning neo-folk duo Peter Wolf Crier debuted their first official music video on national music blog Stereogum, and the imagery in the video is reminiscent of the mysterious series of house shows the pair performed when they released their album locally las ... More >>
photo by: Stacy SchwartzFirst Avenue began as a livery; feeding, shoeing, earning break-time nickels and whiskey off the odd hymn, and they ended up making a nice mint off the joint. Things change, huh? Despite the century or more ebb and flow of wayfarers through her freshly starkly black surfei ... More >>
photo by: Stacy SchwartzThere are bands that have style and bands that are so chock full of raw, unadulterated talent that witnessing it almost brings a person to tears. The rarest of bands have both, but they are few and far between. Sunday at First Avenue saw one band heavy on style and one so ... More >>
Photos by Stacy Schwartz"This is the hottest I think I've been in a long time," Marcus Mumford said between sets, droplets of sweat falling off his eyelashes, guitar, and fingertips. "But I think it's also the most loved we've been, so far from home."Indeed, last night at the very sold-out Varsit ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzFake twitter accounts are très vogue currently, for obvious reasons; it's satiric gold for @Jesus to tweet, on Star Wars Day: "I could totally take Yoda." Or @FakeAPStylebook (the real AP Stylebook a well-thumbed usage reference sitting somewhere, like a stepchild, on your ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzStumbling out of the Jónsi show at the Pantages Theatre, there was a breathless combination of What the..., How the... and Wow. The Icelandic frontman honed his sense for the epic in his years with Sigur Rós, but his solo show, with it's amazing combination of sets, vide ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCloud Cult played a noontime show outside of Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota yesterday, in celebration of Earth Day and their new EP, Running With the Wolves. Photographer Stacy Schwartz was on the scene to capture these great shots of yesterday's per ... More >>
A peek inside Envision: Artopia Spring 2010
Cliche at Envision - Photo by Stacy Schwartz Envision Artopia unofficially kicked off Fashion Week on Saturday at the Graves Hotel with a show that superseded last year by a noticeable margin and truly delivered the goods when it came to style, production, and overall charm. We'll post a more ... More >>
Tapes 'n Tapes are currently in the studio recording a follow-up to 2008's Walk It Off.
Fucked Up had barely hit a note before Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham, an overweight hairy man, began bashing his mic over his head.
The biggest week in music thus for 2010? You be the judge.
And so it begins.
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