When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by Major League Baseball to pay homage to Minnesota's most famous local son, Bob Dylan. Still, it was w ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Lydia Loveless before Thursday's show at 7th St. Entry. What strikes me most about Lydia Loveless as a songwriter, is her ability to communicate bold-faced authenticity. I talked with her in hopes of find ... More >>
Dum Dum Girls with Blouse Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 1, 2014 In this short and crazy life, you only get a couple of avenues into being truly cool. The fortunate are imbued from birth, seemingly anointed with an effortless magnetism, leaving an expansive wake of influence on ... More >>
Station to Station with Patti Smith, Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, and White Mystery Union Depot Thursday, September 12, 2013 Although it doesn't do it complete justice, the tagline for Doug Aitken's experimental traveling circus Station to Station works as a terse summation of the evening: "A publi ... More >>
This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>
This week's Critics' Picks
Sia treated the Fine Line to a remarkable run of songs, her abilities as a singer and songwriter on full display.
The Uptown Bar and Myth begin to crumble, Bob Dylan's Christmas record, Dirty Projectors to play the Cedar & next week's best new releases.
What better way to follow the Pretenders show than by watching Mallory Knox impersonate PJ Harvey?
The Pretenders' venue changed again, Romana Falls and Le Loup announce TC dates & Zee Avi plays the Current.
For the second time, the Pretenders/Cat Power gig is being scooted across around town.
Chickenfoot and KMFDM schedule TC dates, Atmosphere locks down a summer tour & the Pretenders clear up the Zoo/Orpheum mess.
Jeff Hanson passes, Gaslight Anthem announce TC date, the Pretenders pull out of MN Zoo show & next week's best new releases.
The Pretenders show at the MN Zoo is being relocated following an angry letter by the frontwoman.
The Pretenders and Cat Power to rock the MN Zoo, Purple Rain hits anniversary & next week's best new releases.
New Owl City song released, Maria Isa says goodbye to the Dinkytowner & the Pretenders announce Zoo show.
Another in an ever-expanding lineup of artists scheduled to play the Zoo this summer.
Blitzen Trapper FAIL, Element closes, Atmosphere announce tour & news on next week's new releases
Atmosphere announces tour dates, Cloud Cult to release DVD, new STNNNG & M.anifest profiled
Photos from Friday night's sold-out Pretenders show at First Avenue.
First Ave is set to be a perfect venue for music icons the Pretenders, which will be packed to the gills with an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd.