The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in 14 weeks. That's a dre ... More >>
There's no band shirt more iconic, ubiquitous, and basic than the Helvetica Beatles names. John, Paul, George, and Ringo, spelled out in subway chicness, a few ampersands dividing up the royalty. It's telling the world that you don't have any defining taste beyond liking the Beatles, but you still w ... More >>
The Beatles played Minnesota exactly once. During their 1965 U.S. tour, the legendary rock band played the since-demolished Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Due to safety concerns, promoter Big Reggie Colihan decided no one was allowed on the field, which meant few close-up photos were taken. Ho ... More >>
For each of the past five years, the Minnesota Beatle Project put together by Vega Productions has consistently been one of the best local compilations. And Volume 5, out December 3, is no exception. All of the proceeds going to support music and art education in Minnesota public schools. The roste ... More >>
In a music scene built around Minnesota nice, it's risky to name your band Haters Club, but the Minneapolis group is spreading their "hate" all over town. The Golden Age of Haters Club is a collection of songs that sit comfortably together, even when they shouldn't. With dynamic beats and abysmal hu ... More >>
With holiday shopping season in full swing, the folks behind the Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3 album are releasing a series of music videos to keep their charity compilation at the very front of our minds. Last week we saw Solid Gold donning moustaches and Let It Be-era Beatles attire for thei ... More >>
The Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery in Phillips has been getting a lot of play these days. Not only was it the inspiration for the theme of Jeremy Messersmith's last album, The Reluctant Graveyard, but it was also the site of a unique outdoor show Messersmith played this summer with Lu ... More >>
It's hard to believe it was already 10 years ago that George Harrison lost his battle with cancer. Most people remember where they were when they learned that Kurt Cobain committed suicide or the Challenger space shuttle fell out of the sky; for whatever reason, I remember the exact moment that I ... More >>
The band hired him to piece together their story
After nearly five years as a band, local soul and bluegrass band A Night in the Box have announced that they will be splitting up, effective immediately. The band offered little explanation for their break-up, save for a short message posted on both their Facebook and MySpace pages announcing the ... More >>
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Photo by Sharyn MorrowThe dreamy orchestral pop of "Good Night," a song John Lennon wrote as a lullaby for son Julian, soars out of Curtiss A's stereo as we talk about his upcoming 31st annual John Lennon tribute on December 8 at First Avenue. "Good Night" is Curtiss A and the Jerks of Fate's ve ... More >>
Monday morning Apple posted a typically cryptic teaser on their homepage, the message reading "blah blah you'll never forget blah" and hinting at what everyone wants: cloud-based iTunes. Well that didn't happen, as you've probably heard. The Beatles were finally made available on iTunes, and the ... More >>
Boxers or briefs? At the Minnesota History Museum, Har Mar Superstar wears both. As part of their latest exhibit, the Minnesota History Center has rewritten history by redesigning the Beatles' famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. In honor of "The Beatles! One Night Stand ... More >>
What is with people holding on to Beatles ephemera for decades? If interest hasn't waned by now it never will - there's no good reason for it to considering that they're The Fucking Beatles - and so we can safely assume that the entire world is probably interested and you should just put that shi ... More >>
Photo by Jon BehmSolid Gold return to First Ave's Mainroom tonight (where they last headlined our Gimme Shelter benefit for Haiti), and to get ready for the evening's festivities the band sent over this new video of their performance of "Get Over It" at a Vega Productions fundraiser earlier this ... More >>
We received some exciting news today from Mark Gehring, that man behind last year's stellar local compilation Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 1 (which earned a nod in our Best of the Twin Cities issue for Best Local Music Compilation). The compilation, which was assembled by Mark's organization Ve ... More >>
They start a band, release an album, and swaddle themselves in all the trappings of success--including some of the gaudiest bell bottoms you've ever seen.
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God save the queen.
Jeremy Messersmith, Lucy Michelle, Ice Palace, Mark Mallman, and others have teamed up for a Beatles tribute CD which will benefit local schools.
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John Lennon once famously alleged that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The almighty Google reveals that a search of "The Beatles" yields approximately 4,860,000 hits, while a search of "Jesus Christ" yields a Lennon-trouncing 7,390,000 hits. The unsettling news? Look who's bigger than both, Goo ... More >>
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