Mickey Hart will be turning 70 in September, and has been on a long, strange trip to connect the body and mind with music. As a world-music percussionist and drummer -- most notably for the Grateful Dead -- with his new record Superorganism he seems closer than he's ever been. Essentially pinpointin ... More >>
No matter how well (or poorly) you think Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain has aged over the years, the Library Of Congress has just seen to it that the Purple One's seminal 1984 album will live on forever. Purple Rain, along with 24 other recordings, has just been selected for induction i ... More >>
This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Minneapolis band The Big Wu's formation at St. Olaf College. Bassist Andy Miller lovingly refers to the band's aesthetic as "White Guy Jam Rock," and confirms that the songwriting process hasn't changed much at all. "The songwriter brings in the bulk of ... More >>
Dark Star OrchestraFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, February 1, 2012Although First Avenue can't quite stack up with an outdoor festival setting, last night's Dark Star Orchestra show in the mainroom was still plenty good. The band has made a name for itself by traveling the world and playin ... More >>
Believe it or not, kids, their once was a time before random shuffle and mash-up remixes where music tended to stay in its distinct categories and within specific genre contours. Typically people liked one kind of music or another, and that was about it. The Beastie Boys and Beck's fast folk ... More >>
Tom PilcherIt was a night of 1960s-influenced tunes at the Entry on Monday night as Pitchfork darlings Woods and the Fresh & Onlys took the stage together. Reflecting their coastal divide (Woods in New York, Fresh & Onlys in San Francisco), the two groups took rather opposite paths to tap in ... More >>
July 10, 2011 Little Feat Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater Little Feat have a musical history that spans over four decades, and as most of the members are now nearing the retirement age, it seems almost ludicrous to consider a band that has survived many a musical period and is still producing wor ... More >>
Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>
Those of you who were wondering if and when Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z would ever pull a J.Lo/Marc Anthony and collaborate on a full-length album? You folks can keep right on wondering about that while the rest of us figure out how to digest the (alleged) news that the first couple of urban pop ar ... More >>
RECAP BY STEVE COHEN AND GENNA DEPREYPHOTOS BY STEVE COHENThe Minnesota State Fair concert season ended with a bang this year. The 2010 Grandstand hosted many of rock's greatest from Rush to Weird Al Yankovic to KISS. Monday night's fair season finale with the Dukes of September was was a nigh ... More >>
Summer concerts are jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack
Well, there's five minutes of my life I'll never get back: First, The New York Times has me reading about how "Chefs Using Marijuana Create a New Kitchen Culture," which is basically an open mic for Tony Bourdain to spout his boilerplate about all the drug use in kitchens, including this bon ... More >>
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