#4. Carroll: 52 points Thousands of bands form at colleges every year, but only a scant few are serious enough to grow up to be MGMT (Wesleyan) or Vampire Weekend (Columbia). But the indie-rock foursome Carroll, named after the street they lived on while studying at Macalester, made a solid first st ... More >>
Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>
Friday the 13th is one of those days that brings to mind any number of things, from luck (or lack thereof) and superstition to a certain masked fella. Whatever you think of Friday the 13th, there's no escaping it, so we put together a playlist of our 13 favorite songs for you. Things have been pre ... More >>
Björk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jaz ... More >>
The undeniably white and nerdy Weird Al Yankovic has received the blessing of umpteen pop musicians for his humorous pursuits over the past three decades. "Smells Like Nirvana" victim Kurt Cobain even called him "America's modern pop-rock genious [sic]" in his journals. As a result, we have a lifeti ... More >>
Switching to synth-laden melodies, the Minneapolis band release their sophomore album
Our well-documented fascination with Prof's Kaiser Von Powderhorn 3 mixtape is realized. Now available via his Bandcamp page, the eight songs (and one interlude) of varying styles -- even a 4/4 club track (!) -- should momentarily put, to quote the man, "All eyes on me / kinda like you knew I farted ... More >>
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Despite having jammed "Goldie" dozens of times since it dropped, it's still pretty easy to kind of loathe the thing. Not the beat from Hit-Boy, which is sleepy/sinister nightmare lollipop genius that was hopefully really expensive, but the way that A$AP Rocky slimes it with lame pro forma kid-gangst ... More >>
De La SoulThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. De La Soul have always been on the outside edges of hip-hop. They have tight rhymes, sharp, smart beats and a manner about them that's incredibly magnetic. But they weren't and aren't part of the gangsta ... More >>
â€‹Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from fertile local soil? For those times that worrying that people ... More >>
â€‹Austene Van and Thomasina Petrus want to start a warm-hearted holiday tradition, complete with Christmas songs and a shared cup of joy. Hot Chocolate re-teams the pair, who crafted last year's Gee's Bend at Park Square Theatre.The Christmas-season show draws its roots from a piece Petrus used to ... More >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Photos by Rick Masonâ€‹New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
Justin DJing in Las Vegasâ€‹ I first met Justin Baule at Let It Be Records in 2001 when he was 17 years old. He was the youngest member of the up-and-coming EC/DC house music collective, but even then his music taste was years beyond age considering his penchant for artists like Teddy Pendergrass ... More >>
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
Minneapolis soul-house fixture Alex East talks about his first time at First Ave, why he doesn't need anything, and Iron Maiden.
What's old is new again-- these kids take crate digging to the logical next level.
How could a local band help save New Orleans? You don't know Jack.
Hot Chip trick out the white-boy blues
Tapes 'n Tapes are in the mood for love
Myth and life and the dark side
Give it up for funk classicists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
"Used to Love U," "Ordinary People," "Number One"
Pumping up the troops for the best company ever
The surprise hit Judging Amy is a kind of woman's standard, in the key of melodrama
"Changing the Guard" reflects the new British cinema's turn toward the personal and the political
The Latin Playboys' Dose redefines roots music as pan-global soul
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