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 >>
The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>
Jake Bugg With Albert Hammond Jr. and the Skins First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 17, 2014 Jake Bugg fittingly covered Neil Young's "My My, Hey Hey" during his encore at a sold-out First Avenue on Friday night. At that moment, it became quite clear that if the 19-year-old singer/songwriter ... More >>
The trio's new album It's True never drags, thanks to its dour delights and compact songs
Country music is a genre of dysfunction -- between the drinkin' and the cheatin', the relentless (and borderline creepy) adoration of one's "mama" and the occasional stint in the can. And yet, for as much as country artists love singing about the holidays, these themes rarely creep into country Chri ... More >>
Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
The Hollanders also launching a label
A fresh take on a traditional sound
On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>
Consider the Everly Brothers, consider the Delmores and of course, the Louvins; it seems near impossible to replicate the hauntingly close vocal harmonies of sibling singing duos. In this respect, and with consideration of their skin-prickling Baptist-influenced songs warning against the si ... More >>
Before the Owls could take on the pop world, they had to face stage fright, shyness, and each other
Electrelane get their guns, David Denby misfires, and Two Poets should be shot
All the leaves are green and the skies are blue for David Beckey's Autumn Leaves
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.
With Time (The Revelator), Gillian Welch finds new inspiration in country tunes from way back when
Twenty years ago Safety Last made rockabilly cool in the punk-rock Twin Cities. Now they're making a quiet comeback in the age of swing.