Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. After using last week to highlight some of the year's best videos so far, we're back with a strong collection of new and exciting vids this time around, leading off with a t ... More >>
One year ago, Sara Montour and Steve Korf launched Live Letters, a brand that documents local music around town and also hosts small, intimate house shows at Montour's loft. Since Live Letters started, it has gained notoriety in small groups of fans and amongst musicians around Minneapolis as one of ... More >>
Minnesota and Wisconsin share a love of beer, a semi-friendly football rivalry, and a tendency towards passive-aggressive behavior. Both states are lush and green, and there's either a Bachmann or a Walker around to keep people talking.To show an extra level of kinship to Wisconsin, 89.3 The Current ... More >>
The way to survive this weekend is lots of sunscreen and lots of water as River's Edge Music Festival comes to Harriet Island with big name bands like Tool and Dave Matthews Band. If fighting crowds in the heat is not your thing, Foster the People will be returning to Minneapolis and The Pines will ... More >>
For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>
Kerfuffle alert! Recently, Howler frontman and burgeoning viral marketer Jordan Gatesmith voiced his displeasure with the Minneapolis music scene and a 30-year lull of good music via a U.K. podcast hosted by the Guardian's Alexis Petridis. (If we're doing our math correctly, it means he hates eve ... More >>
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCaroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Dark Dark Dark, and Dead Man WinterSeptember 16, 2011First AvenueThere was a lot to celebrate at First Avenue on Friday night. Not only were both Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps and Dead Man Winter celebrating the release ... More >>
So many album releases this weekend...Cheers to new music!
Courtesy of the Daredevil Christopher WrightThere must be something in the water out there in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Justin Vernon has seen his popularity skyrocket recently coming off the release of his sophomore effort Bon Iver, Bon Iver, an album chock full of layered falsetto and choirboy ... More >>
Daytrotter is all up in the Twin Cities scene again. Just yesterday we saw Gabe Douglas of the 4onthefloor tweeting that his band was down at the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois recording a session, and today the site posted a three-track performance by revolving electromanipulators M ... More >>
Chicago deep dish pizza!!!!!! That's basically all my brain had been able to think about for about two weeks before I played in Chicago. I got into town, and immediately found a place to get some. I ate three pieces and then I almost exploded.
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
It's Friday, and you're likely idling in your office and sitting on a fence between interminable boredom and weekend giddiness. I don't think we ever really grow up that much, considering we've been feeling that exact same conflicting emotion since the first grade. And remember when you told your mo ... More >>
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshowS. Carey w/the Daredevil Christopher WrightJanuary 14, 2011Varsity TheaterTwo bands from Eau Claire, Wisconsin played what felt more like a local show at the Varsity Theater on Friday night, as both S. Carey and the Daredevil Christopher Wright were m ... More >>
Illionois-based recording site Daytrotter continues to show its love for Twin Cities bands this month with a new session by Brute Heart and return visits by powerhouse duo Peter Wolf Crier and multi-instrumental maestro Dosh. The three women in Brute Heart especially seemed to make their mark o ... More >>
It's hard to know what sort of person I need to be to survive socially when in a new place. Is it important to be super duper extroverted? Maybe...but sometimes I can appear to be a little nuttso buttso when I'm like that. But if I don't take initiative to talk to folks and make friends, I'm just ... More >>
Art by Curtiss AIt's another strong weekend for free stuff to do. There's dance parties like Wants vs. Needs, and parties including the Red Stag Block Party. Music and art will collide with a gallery show featuring Curtiss A, and the Soap Factory hosts an expo dedicated to the best in comic, zine ... More >>
The next two weekends in Northeast will be jam-packed with free live music, starting this Saturday with Shuga Records' 13th Avenue Folk Festival and Record Swap in Shuga's parking lot and at the 331, and continuing next weekend with the massive Nordeast Music Festival, which spans several venues ... More >>
The Daredevil Christopher Wright - "Stewardess" - official video - Sophie's cut from franck annese on Vimeo.Off of the Eau Claire band's 2009 debut, In Deference To A Broken Back. Read our interview with the band here.
It's no secret that we're fans of Peter Miller of We Are the Willow's stark soundscapes, poignant songwriting, and delicate voice; we're such adamant supporters of that last quality, in fact, that we named Miller Best Male Vocalist in this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue of City Pages. So we ... More >>
The Twin Cities is continuing its total domination of the Daytrotter site with yet another session by local artists posted today. Doomtree members Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, and Mike Mictlan traveled down to the Illinois recording studio to track a massive 12-song session."They come from a city, l ... More >>