Steve Cohen

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    April 25, 2014

    Temples at First Avenue, 4/24/14

    Temples With Drowners and Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis April 24, 2014 It's both a blessing and a bit of a curse for a band's show to move to a bigger room in order to accommodate demand. Sure, the group's popularity is increasing at an unforeseen rate, but some folks bought tickets to see ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Pink at Target Center, 1/7/14

    Pink Target Center, Minneapolis Tueday, January 7, 2014 Pink's The Truth About Love tour returned to the Twin Cities for a victory lap on Tuesday night. After selling out the Xcel last March with an excellent, acrobatic performance, why not? Showing an unencumbered spirit and relentless athleticism, ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    The 4onthefloor at Turf Club, 4/4/13

    The 4onthefloor with Eric Koskinen Turf Club, St. Paul Thursday, April 4, 2013You know what you getting when you go to a 4onthefloor show. It's never anything less than the most fun you'll have that week, regardless of what else may happen. The only question is exactly how much fun it will be. At th ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue, 3/9/13

    Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate LifeWith Princess, ?uestlove, Dez Dickerson, Andre Cymone, Dr. Fink, and Alexander O'NealFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, March 9, 2013The draws for Saturday's second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue were many, but Princess was the most unique, by far. ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Soundgarden at the Orpheum Theatre, 2/2/13

    An Evening With Soundgarden Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis February 2, 2013 In their first Twin Cities appearance in 19 years, Soundgarden aggressively turned back the clock on Saturday night at a sold-out Orpheum Theatre. The grunge veterans treated the boisterous, well-lubricated crowd to the restl ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Melvins Lite at Grumpy's, 9/19/12

    Melvins Lite with Tweak BirdGrumpy's Downtown9/19/12Long-standing cult band Melvins seem to always be moving in interesting directions. Last night was day 15 of the epic Melvins Lite tour to promote their 18th record, Freak Puke, as well as to attempt to break the world record for longest U.S. tour. ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Coldplay at Xcel Energy Center, 8/10/12

    ColdplayXcel Energy Center, St. PaulFriday, August 10, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Coldplay at Xcel Energy CenterFar more captivating than Chris Martin himself are his captivated fans. At every turn during Friday's packed Coldplay show at Xcel Energy Center, the singer/guitarist/pianist told a entranced ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Icehouse opens on Eat Street (PHOTOS)

    After a few events already this week to ease into full-fledged business, Eat Street eatery and music venue Icehouse is now officially open to the public. Last night's grand opening party featured a couple of Honeydogs' frontman Adam Levy's other associated projects, Liminal Phase and Hookers & B ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Hunx and His Punx at Triple Rock, 3/27/12

    ​Hunx and His PunxWith Heavy CreamTriple Rock Social Club, MineapolisTuesday, March 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Seth "Hunx" Bogart's live antics walk a line as thin as his pencil mustache. He's a provocative, openly gay guy who does his best to make an audience squirm with dirty ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    The Honeydogs What Comes After release at First Avenue, 3/10/12

    ​The HoneydogsWith Rogue Valley and Farewell MilwaukeeFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinnepolisSaturday, March 10, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.After everything the Honeydogs have endured in the past several months -- including the passing of frontman Adam Levy's son Daniel -- this was a nig ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers spend one last night at Nye's

    Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers's residency finale with Erik Koskinen November 30, 2011 Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis "I feel like it's the first time at Nye's where there's been more room on the stage," Thom Middlebrook noted last night at Nye's, where Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers played ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Shonen Knife at the 7th St. Entry, 11/11/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Shonen Knife November 11, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis When a band embarks on it's 30th Anniversary Tour--assuming the band makes it long--it's often nothing but a money grab, an excuse to double ticket prices and knock the t-shirt prices up another 10 dollars. Sure, ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Ray Davies at the Fitzgerald Theater, 11/08/11

    Photo By Steve Cohen​Ray DaviesNovember 8, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulFrom the moment Ray Davies stepped onto the Fitzgerald Theater's stage Tuesday evening, it was clear we caught him on a good night. The notoriously mercurial Kinks frontman even announced as much to the sold-out crowd at ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    The Original 7ven at the State Theatre, 11/5/11

    Photo By Steve Cohen​The Original 7venNovember 5, 2011State TheatreMaking history once again, this time on the luscious State Theatre stage, the Orginal 7ven (or the Artists formerly known as "The Time") brought their precious brand of Minnesota Nasty to an eager audience of old-schoolers ready to ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Pointer Sisters & the Temptations at Mystic Lake Casino, 10/13/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Pointer Sisters and the TemptationsOctober 13, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNSeeing just one legacy act in a night would have been enough, but Mystic Lake's double header on Thursday  packed the amphitheater with a historic level of nostalgia crossing multiple ge ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    The Jayhawks play A Prairie Home Companion, release reunion record 'Mockingbird Time'

    Photos by Steve Cohen​With only a couple of weeks left until the release of their reunion record, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are flying into overdrive with a series of promotional shows, downloads, and appearances, including a recent stop at Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion last wee ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Blondie at Mystic Lake Casino, 9/4/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Blondie September 4, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino I was 16 when Blondie reunited in the late 1990s. I have a memory of reading about their plan to do a few shows and record an album in Spin or maybe Rolling Stone; I was definitely sitting in the waiting area of my hairstylist ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Dolly Parton at Mystic Lake Casino, 7/27/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Dolly Parton July 27, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino "Is she lip synching?" "Is she really playing banjo in those nails?" "Oh my word, is she really, really playing that saxophone?" With a stage full of glitz and glitter, three costume (and two wig) changes, an unwavering dos ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Pixies at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 4/24/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​PixiesApril 24, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThe career arc of the Pixies has been fascinating, to say the least. The seminal band formed, recorded, a toured to modest acclaim and then broke up, only to see their legacy grow exponentially in the years following their d ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    DeVotchKa at First Avenue, 4/1/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​DeVotchKaApril 1, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisThe sold-out crowd that showed up for Denver gypsy-rock stalwarts DeVotchKa's latest Minneapolis concert were more than enthusiastic in their appreciation. They were unafraid to show the band they'd waited for them like a smitten ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick at First Avenue, 3/14/11

    Photo by Steve Cohen​Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick March 14, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Sometimes writing a review of a show seems futile; like words won't do it the justice it deserves aside from "You had to be there." Monday night's three-parter at First Avenue was one of those shows ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    The Jayhawks at First Avenue, 1/29/11 and 1/30/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​The JayhawksJanuary 29 and 30, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAfter easing into their set on Saturday night, the Jayhawks were off and running for a two-night stand that found them finishing with a double-encore on Sunday evening and looking hesitant to leave the stage that the ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Roger Waters' 'The Wall' at the Xcel Center, 10/27/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Roger Waters' "The Wall" LiveOctober 27, 2010Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulSpoiler alert: despite the rumors, David Gilmour didn't make an appearance. Regardless, Roger Waters' front-to-back performance of The Wall was the ultimate in Pink Floyd fan indulgance, incorporating th ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Dr. Dog at First Avenue, 10/23/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Dr. Dog October 23, 2010 First Avenue My second visit to First Avenue in the week, I walk into the club for Dr. Dog's Saturday night appearance expecting a much tamer crowd than during my first (Hank III/Assjack, Wednesday night), and yet, as security staff checks IDs and ap ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    The Suburbs' Chan Poling and the Jayhawks' Gary Louris perform together for Sound Unseen

    Photos by Steve Cohen​As this year's Sound Unseen festival wrapped up at the Southern Theater with a screening of Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, the festival organizers pulled out all the stops to make it a special night. Harry's daughter Annie was in attendance, ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Ratatat at First Avenue, 9/11/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​RatatatSeptember 11, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisREVIEW BY CECILE CLOUTIERThe Brooklyn instrumental duo Ratatat mix up rock, hip-hop, dub and electronica with cool abandon, and in retrospect it shouldn't have been a huge surprise that their live show was somewhere between a ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Rush at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/27/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​The first weekend of the 2010 Minnesota State Fair might have ended with the usual fireworks but started off with a whole lot of cornball ridiculousness courtesy of Friday's Grandstand headliners, Toronto's contribution to the '70s prog genre, Rush.Before sunset a short film ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Paul McCartney tribute takes over First Avenue

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Last night, a bevy of local indie rockers united for Macca: A Tribute to Paul McCartney in the First Ave Mainroom. Blue Sky Blackout, the Melismatics, White Light Riot, Janey Winterbauer, the Duke of Dark, Adam Levy, and many more took turns paying homage to the pop songsmith ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Rogue Valley CD-release at First Avenue, 8/13/10

    Photo by Steve Cohen​Rogue Valley are now officially halfway through their ambitious journey of releasing four albums in the span of 12 months, and what a journey it has been. Back in April they brought a grandiose and theatrical album release show to the Fitzgerald that even included a high schoo ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    The National at First Avenue, 8/6/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​The NationalAugust 6, 2010First AvenueOn Friday, for the second night in a row the National played to a packed house at First Avenue. It was hot outside, and both hot and steamy inside, but nobody seemed to mind much. Since the release of their much-anticipated, almost univer ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Wolf Parade at First Avenue, 7/18/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Wolf ParadeFirst Avenue July 18, 2010 Fresh off the heels of a stellar performance in Union Park as part of the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend, and in what many have claimed was the highlight of the hipster mecca, Wolf Parade stopped on by the First Avenue mainro ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Basilica Block Party set times

    Photo by Steve Cohen​FRIDAYOne eskimO 6:00PM - 7:00PMEric Hutchinson 7:30PM - 8:30PMWeezer 9:00PM - 10:30PMhunter(HERO) 5:15PM - 5:45PMRogue Valley 6:05PM - 7:05PMGrace Potter & Nocturnals 7:25PM - 8:25PMSpoon 8:45PM - 10:15PMDadatrash Collage 5:00PM - 5:45PMKristoff Krane 6:15PM - 7:00PM

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    July 6, 2010

    Devo at the Minnesota Zoo, 7/3/10

    Photos by Steve Cohen​"I thought that Devo had played everywhere," Mark Mothersbaugh squeaked in a high-pitch voice toward the end of their encore, whilst dressed as his pudgy, pasty choir robe-wearing alter ego Booji Boy. "But this is the first time Devo has ever played at a zoooooo!"Devo seemed ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Behind the scenes with the Jayhawks in Minneapolis

    Photos by Steve Cohen​The Jayhawks blew us away when they played their three-night stand at First Avenue earlier this month, but their performances in the Twin Cities weren't limited to the Mainroom; the band also rehearsed together for the few days leading up to their shows, performed an in-studi ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    The Psychedelic Furs define less is more for a sold-out First Avenue

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Saturday night at First Avenue, the Psychedelic Furs put on a show that was almost exactly what should be expected from all shows, which is to say that it was pretty much note-perfect. While there wasn't much talk from the stage, aside from a very polite thank you at the end- ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    The Honeydogs bid Brian Halverson adieu

    Photos by Steve Cohen​In addition to serving as a release party for their 35-track best-of compilation Chasing the Sun: The Best of the Honeydogs, last weekend's Honeydogs show in the Mainroom was also a farewell show for their parting guitarist Brian Halverson. Photographer Steve Cohen was in att ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Bon Jovi at the Xcel Center

    ​Photographer Steve Cohen went to the Xcel Center last night to capture some shots of Bon Jovi's first of two back-to-back nights. View his full slideshow of photos here, and sample mp3s from the two local openers who were chosen through a contest to play last night and tonight.

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    March 22, 2010

    Soviettes take gold, finish strong in reunion show marathon

    Whether there to record the event or just party, there was a joy in the room, as if everyone there knew just how special this night was.

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    February 22, 2010

    B.B. King and Buddy Guy leave the Orpheum awestruck

    The two blues musicians proved why they should be considered legendary.

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    February 22, 2010

    Phish's Trey Anastasio, Bassgasm, and more photos from the weekend

    Concert photography from Friday and Saturday nights.

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    November 2, 2009

    The Uptown Bar's final show: "We're all homeless now"

    Goodbye, Uptown Bar. We'll miss you.

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    September 11, 2009

    Willie's Guitars celebrates 20th anniversary with special guests

    Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.

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    September 10, 2009

    Mason Jennings treats Current fans to intimate performance

    Check out these live shots from yesterday's in-studio.

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    April 28, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 28, 2009

    Join the conversation with TD Mischke on today's 'In The Stream' live from 2 p.m.- 4p.m.

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    April 24, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 24, 2009

    Join the conversation with TD Mischke on today's 'In The Stream' live from 2 p.m.- 4p.m.

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    April 23, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 23, 2009

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    April 20, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 20, 2009

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    April 17, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 17, 2009

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    April 16, 2009

    Mischke show notes: April 16, 2009

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