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    November 3, 2014

    Slowdive at Fine Line Music Cafe, 10/31/14

    Slowdive Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis Friday, October 31, 2014 Seeing on the internet that English shoegaze act Slowdive had sold out downtown Minneapolis's Fine Line Music Cafe restored my faith in humanity. Sure, the Fine Line only holds around 800 people, but the fact that a niche band that ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    The Most Important Article on Music Hype Ever Written

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.You may have noticed people on the social networks touting the virtues of the new up-and-comer "" This new alternative to Facebook touts that ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Why Garth Brooks is still relevant in 2014

    I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Remembering Garth Brooks' alter-ego Chris Gaines

    Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    10 country artists worth listening to in 2014

    This blog recently ran down the "10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music." That's all well and good, but it only tells half the story -- country is far from a moribund, cheesed-out genre.  In fact, there are countless up-and-coming country craftsmen and women who are worthy of your attention. ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Matt & Kim: We want to hit on an instinctual level

    In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, a conversation with Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim before their performance at Rock the Garden on Saturday. Matt and Kim have a lot of good karma coming back to them. The indie punk duo have been whipping ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014
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    April 9, 2014

    Poptimist life: Why liking pop doesn't equal hating rock

    If there's such a thing as a music nerd equivalent to total nuclear apocalypse, then Saul Austerlitz's recent New York Times Magazine piece on the detriments of "poptimism" was a DEFCON 2 alert. (That's the one just below "hope you've seen Mad Max a few times.")To condense a confused, under-sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    KDWB Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center, 12/10/13

    KDWB Jingle Ball With Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, and Austin MahoneXcel Energy Center, St. Paul December 10, 2013Miley Cyrus somehow failed to transform your daughters into MDMA-addled porn stars or hasten the downfall of the Rep ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    What we talk about when we talk about Lorde

    Without knowing Lorde, I'll admit that she seems likeable. On paper, a 16-year-old riding a hit single and already getting to share her artistic dreams to a huge audience is inspiring. Adding to that, the New Zealand native often mentions in interviews that her poet mother put lots of good books in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Megan & Liz: We're quote-unquote good role models

    Megan and Liz Mace are like your two best girlfriends from back when you were still an innocent young thing, able to cure your broken heart with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a girls'-night-in screening of Titanic. The 20-year-old fraternal twin sisters and former high school cheerleaders have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 4/24-4/30

    It's the last week of April, and the snow is finally melting away. Wednesday, local favorites Poliça play a show in the First Avenue Mainroom, while songwriter Josh Ritter plays a set the next night. Mill City Nights also welcomes Mindless Self Indulgence as new local band Ginkgo plays a set at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Ryan Bingham on St. Patrick's Day at First Avenue, 3/17/13

    Ryan Bingham with honeyhoney First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, March 17, 2013Ryan Bingham has one of the best voices in music today. It's full of originality and character, roughened by years on the road and with a heartbreaking edge to it. It's Bingham's voice that made "The Weary Kind" the powerfu ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Gramma's Boyfriend: We just show up and barf all over

    It's almost closing time at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. A disco ball overhead spins, flashing colors around the room, where banners with snowflakes and valentines on them hang from the high, arched ceiling. There's a big, green dinosaur standing in the far corner, and as the DJ switches thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Why Muzak, as a concept at least, will never die

    Muzak just joined the ranks of words like aspirin, brassiere, cellophane, escalator, granola, kerosene, linoleum, trampoline, yo-yo, & zipper. These were brands that became the colloquialism for the thing itself, and the word lives on well after the brand itself has gone to that great Piggly Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The 2013 Grammy Awards played it safe and got it wrong

    If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Lady Gaga at Xcel Energy Center, 2/6/13

    Lady GagaXcel Energy Center, St. PaulWednesday, February 6, 2013Even before she was famous, Lady Gaga's career was a pop commentary on being famous. Now that The Fame is more a given than just an album title, the effect of the stardom she created has taken its toll, though not necessarily to the det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at First Avenue, 1/25/13

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Langhorne Slim First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 25, 2013 "Guys, I did a bad thing today," announced Grace Potter halfway through her set on Friday night to the sold-out crowd at First Avenue. She was in her element: center stage, dressed to the nines i ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Patti Page, pop-country crossover sensation, passes away at 85

    Country crossovers didn't begin with Taylor Swift; the genre's embraced its pop side for almost as long as folks have been laying bow to fiddle. And for that reason, today we eulogize Patti Page, the pop/country/R&B singer and onetime Benny Goodman band singer who passed away Tuesday.

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    December 24, 2012

    The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012

    By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Beach House's Victoria Legrand on memory, female empowerment, and social media

    Beach House duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand might be the darlings of the indie rock world, but they enter that realm unconsciously and perhaps a little unwillingly. The pair's recent fourth album, Bloom, is a lushly arranged dreamscape, full of the roaming synth-pop that Beach House fans have c ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012
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    August 16, 2012

    Pleasure Horse on South Dakota, not being "100% honky" and country's evolution

    See Also:Night Moves members say goodbye to Flying Dorito Brothers on Friday (INTERVIEW)Pleasure Horse is a new local '70s outlaw/cosmic country style outfit. Four of the six members of Pleasure Horse grew up in South Dakota and attended college there -- which lends to their affinity for, and the qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    American Idol ISO country judge: our predictions

    The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Weird Al Yankovic at State Theatre, 5/3/2012

    Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    July 27, 2011
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    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of the summer so far

    It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011
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    May 9, 2011

    Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Rick Ross and Lloyd coming to Xcel August 9

    ​It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Twister's greatest moments in pop culture

    ​Since its inception as an advertising gimmick for a shoe wax company, Twister has come a long way. Almost 50 years later, it's been played by 65 million people, and everyone from Johnny Carson to Keanu Reeves to Taylor Swift has been tied in knots on its colorful game board. Here are some of the ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Owl City announces new record and Roy Wilkins show, hearts Taylor Swift

    ​​Two-and-a-half unforgivingly short months away, Owl City will be in the nation's faces again.

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    March 1, 2011

    Real-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival at First Avenue, 2/28/2011

    Photos by Steve CohenErik Koskinen​Real-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival February 8th, 2011 First Avenue Erik Koskinen is deliciously under the radar as far as Twin Cities music is concerned. He is best known for his roles as a producer and engineer for Trampled By Turtles and guitarist for Mol ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Dave King Trucking Company at Loring Theater, 1/15/11

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Dave King Trucking Company January 15, 2011 Loring Theater, Minneapolis Saturday night, the Dave King Trucking Company not only inaugurated the Loring Theater's return to its roots of cinema, theater, music and variety performances, but also taught us what that one reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Minus the Bear's Erin Tate talks about this weekend's Popsickle 2010

    ​In the past decade, Minus the Bear has become akin to an indie-cult kool-aid; with the release of their fourth full-length album Omni, this under-the-radar band is now up in our faces, and apparently not going anywhere. They're no longer just holding down a subliminal group of fans, they've offic ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    The Week That Was: Travis Barker won't go away, Aretha Franklin alive

    ​What's that you say? All you want for Christmas is to not be Travis Barker? That's easy; wish granted! Unless, of course, you are Travis Barker, in which case: too bad, so sad. You're always gonna look like a skate rat ghoul. Anyway, let's take a gander at what happened in the world of music last ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Kanye West and the Today Show incident

    ​How do you know when you're really, really, really ridiculously famous? When a tweet you compose about how you're not going to appear on a morning talk show gets picked up and reported by every news outlet in the country.

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    November 9, 2010

    Delta won't confirm Kanye West's in-flight rap

    Kanye West gave a rapper's in-flight delight.​It's there on video: Kanye West got a hold of the public address system on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to New York and treated passengers to some high-altitude rap. But for privacy and security reasons, Delta won't confirm that Taylor Swift's ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    American Idol auditions destined to make Idol franchise, judges seem even longer in the tooth

    ​Somewhere, right now, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez are listening to some Glee-adoring teenage outcast absolutely slaughter a Lady Gaga standard and wondering - maybe not so much Jackson, but definitely the other two - "what am I doing here, and what the hell happened to my bril ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift in the stalkeriest way (not about race)

    ​Two opinions crossing my mind at the moment: Kanye West is ridiculous, and Twitter is dumb. Highly unoriginal opinions to be sure, but still, I possess them. Hey, remember when Kanye pulled that stunt with Taylor Swift at the VMAs like a year ago? Of course, we all do. Is it worth talking ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominations; Carrie Underwood scratches, yawns

    Photo by Nikki Miller​This week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Brooks & Dunn at Cheyenne Frontier Days: the writer eats crow

    Photo by Nikki MillerI'm sorry, Ronnie Dunn. :(​For those of you who have been following the latest drama in my life, here's your update; for those of you who have not, first, a synopsis.

  • Movies

    February 10, 2010

    Valentine's Day is an exhausting Hollywood display

    Garry Marshall's foray into cupid's holiday is a total pass

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    January 27, 2010

    The Decemberists, Dave Matthews, many more record music for Haiti

    Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.

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    December 4, 2009

    Kanye West's top 5 guest raps of the '00s

    We're countin' em down, end-of-decade style.

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    December 3, 2009

    Grammy nominations: Do we care?

    How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?

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    October 13, 2009

    Oct. 13, 2009: Peter Wolf Crier & Thursday

    Bob Dylan to debut music on NCIS, Taylor Swift sets 2010 TC date & Motion City Soundtrack announce trio of Chicago shows.

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    August 27, 2009

    Are You Ready for the Country: County fairs, cowboy boots and Sparks

    Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.

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    August 26, 2009
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    August 26, 2009