The folk group channel rock and orchestral pop on their debut album
Colin Meloy With Eleanor Friedberger The Woman's Club Theater, Minneapolis November 13, 2013 During the final stop of his fall solo tour, Colin Meloy proved that he can be clever and comical even without his merry band of Decemberists by his side. Perhaps even more so, since it was just him, an aco ... More >>
Okkervil River With Matthew E. White First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, November 1, 2013 It seems that every time Will Sheff brings Okkervil River through the Twin Cities, it's a celebratory homecoming of sorts for the former Macalester student. And Friday night at First Avenue -- a venue Sheff clai ... More >>
After the Decemberists delighted Minnesota music fans with an enthralling sold-out show at the State Theatre in support of The King Is Dead in 2011, as well as two area Hazards of Love shows in quick succession in '09, it has become quite clear that Colin Meloy and his cohorts have developed a fondn ... More >>
Well, what DO you know? Joe Mauer is keeping with tradition and T.I.'s "What You Know" remains the song we'll hear booming in Target Field when he walks to the plate in 2013.Today on Twitter, Dustin Morse who is Director of Baseball Communications and Player Relations for the Minnesota Twins confirm ... More >>
A new Minnesota Twins ad proves that anticipation for the 2013 Major League Baseball season and the snow still lingering on the ground don't have to be mutually exclusive. Anyone who needs something to interrupt the perpetual grumbling about winter should immediately check out this love letter to ou ... More >>
Back in 2009, a band on the cusp of adulthood packed up their belongings and left their home in Minneapolis to strike out for the fabled greener pastures of the Pacific Northwest, whistling a traveling tune as they waved goodbye. The Lower 48 of that era had charmed hearts in the Twin Cities with fo ... More >>
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider is at the forefront of the "post-classical" scene where genre boundaries can't keep her and contemporaries from fertile new artistic ground. Her haunting, lush song cycle for strings and electronics, Penelope, comes alive with the voice of My Brightest Diamond's Shara ... More >>
Not new to the scene, but not veterans either, Minneapolis band The Sunny Era fall somewhere in between. Not so their music. The three-piece band's latest album, Lost in the Sea of Ghosts, characterizes a collection of songs folding in a near-immaculate pace with tempting textures, underneath darkly ... More >>
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra kicks off the Liquid Music series November 2-4 with three sold-out performances by avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson. The co-presentation with the Walker Art Center features Anderson's Dirtday!, the third installment in her trilogy of story works. The series, devised ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
Combining incisive lyricism with instant campfire-classic melodies, it was hard to believe Cataldo's Signal Flare's rich arrangements and assured delivery sprang from the mind of an artist just 21 years old at the time of its 2008 release. Released this fall after a long wait, Eric Anderson's fo ... More >>
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
The Current today is doing a fairly massive edition of Theft of the Dial today -- Fox 9's M.A. Rosko and the Decemberists have already helped out the little big station this morning, with two big'uns still to come.
Photos by Stacy Schwartz - click for slideshowThe DecemberistsFebruary 6, 2011State TheaterIn the end, there was something for everyone on offer at the State Theater on Sunday evening. For fans of the Decemberists recent #1 record, The King Is Dead, Sunday night's sold-out show must have seemed l ... More >>
Leading up to the Super Bowl, it's expected (especially for Vikings fans, who seem doomed to never make it back to the big game) that everyone chooses a side to cheer for while we all make our big plans for Sunday. And those truly lucky fans of the teams involved in the Super Bowl typically puff ... More >>
The King Is Dead marks sixth studio album
We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>
We caught up with Veirs in advance of tonight's show at the Cedar.
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
The animated video accompanies The Hazards of Love, the Decemberists' ambitious concept album.
New music from Minor Kingdom, Dylan's X-mas album hits the web & Prince takes over France.
The D-team rocked the garden on Saturday night.
Additional photos from Saturday's festival.
Check out this video of the D-team covering Heart.
MC/VL and Scream Party uncover connection between C2H60 and rocking the party. Also: Dan Wilson sings a ballad
How can the Shins' new album hope to live up to the hype?
What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition.
Modern times got you down? Sneak out of the house, creep down to the docks, and stow away on the good ship Decemberists