The Replacements with The Hold Steady and Lucero Midway Stadium, St. Paul Satuday, September 13, 2014 Paul Westerberg comes into the store where I work sometimes. He gets his shopping done, dips out quietly, and then walks his dog back home. Some of the cashiers don't even recognize him, but the fi ... More >>
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Between backing I Self Devine's live set and joining forces with Greg Grease and Akrite to form TUSS Music, rapper I.B.E. had made a name for himself in Minneapolis long before he dropped his official solo debut This, That and the Third with producer Benzilla last summer. But his upcoming show at th ... More >>
Janelle MonáeSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisTuesday, October 22, 2013The word "transcendent" gets thrown around much too often these days, but in the case of Janelle Monáe, it actually fits. What it should mean is something more than just a good performance, or even a great one. It should reach out be ... More >>
By Kyle MattesonPrinceDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisThursday, January 17, 2013 Playing the fourth of six intimate and way past sold out shows at the Dakota Jazz Club Thursday night, Prince, flanked by a 12 piece band, including an impeccable six-piece horn section, led his band through a blistering 7 ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
For the many who hold Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers among their favorites, Ghostface Killah's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is an event that'll be remembered for some time. Mark 4/20 on your calendar, and along with De La Soul coming, Cabooze is pulling to get that "flyover rap capital" thing re ... More >>
Photo By Stacy SchwartzThe Civil Wars November 9, 2011 State Theatre The Civil Wars walked out onto the stage of the State Theatre last night in absolute darkness, and when the lights came up, there stood the power duo: John Paul White and Joy Williams, dressed in a smart tux and a savvy lit ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBruno Mars and Janelle MonaeMay 25, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThere's really nothing that compares to the exhilarating sound of an arena full of teenage girls shrieking. It's the sound of hearts breaking in unison, of ecstatic and un-jaded joy. And it was the sound ... More >>
Booka B -- photo by Anthem HeartYou're probably thinking, "Oh great, another dance night", but hold up on the judgment just yet. On its second monthly event after the first was a promising success last November as the official afterparty to "I AM MPLS," Anthem Heart's "Recess" is coming back on J ... More >>
The boys are back with another jam.
Discarded album revives forgotten chapter of Minneapolis music history
Michael Jackson mashed through the ages, NIN vs. Britney Spears & David Lynch gets mashed in plastic.
Prince shocks everyone by performing on time! Check out a fan's review and compiled set list.
We've found the best way to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Ride it out, folks.
There's always lots to love about Grumpy's, but this week there's even more.
Generator, oscillator: Make a circuit with me!
In which I open some promo packages and, without looking at the CD cover, listen to one song (track one) and jot down my first impressions. After listening and writing, I check out who it is (noted in parenthesis). 1. Freak folk for hipsters or regular folk for hippies? Seems like the former. Sing ... More >>
Classic Motown, Atlantic, and Curtis Mayfield tunes get remixed and recast
What new DVDs by the Roots and Dolly Parton tell us about hip hop and country music's parallel lines