It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasi ... More >>
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 >>
Smash Mouth with Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms State Fair Grandstand Friday, August 23, 2013 Friday night State Fair goers took advantage of the perfect summer evening and stepped into a time machine for the Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms at the State Fair Grands ... More >>
If you're still looking for a perfect summer soundtrack, look no further than the Brian Just Band. The Minneapolis sextet released their first full-length record in May, the 1960s-esque If You Like To Be Alone Or If You Need To Be With Someone. Their single "Electric," a melodic stomper from ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessThe Black KeysJuly 3, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MNAfter the remarkably successful year that the Black Keys have had, they certainly have earned (and now require) a bigger venue for their raucous, garage-rock sound. Not surprisingly, most of the people that have p ... More >>
For lack of a better word, sure--this mix is pretty hipsterish. But if you're sick of all that traditional crap that's been jammed down your throat since you were five, check out this mix of seasonal cheer--equal parts tongue-in-cheek and sentimental. Pair these songs with some homemade fudge an ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Leisure Birds' MySpaceDon't let this opportunity pass you up: local band Leisure Birds is playing a show tonight at the Hexagon Bar, one of not many in the near future if their MySpace page is truly up to date. Either way, this quartet of shaggy men make some excellent fuzzed ou ... More >>
Who needs kissing? These non-nookie songs teach you more about love.
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.