Benjamin Booker | Turf Club | Monday, September 29Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature "Tent City Rivival" sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had T ... More >>
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Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with the strikingly gorgeous new video for the Ocean Blue's soaring new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" which was deftly directed by vete ... More >>
Our critic looks back on a stellar year in theater
Norah Jones with Cory ChiselOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012An evening with Norah Jones is not limited to one genre of music. On a cold, blustery night -- to which Jones said, "I wasn't prepared for [the cold]." -- Minneapolis was treated to rock, pop, country, jazz, and folk alon ... More >>
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tom Waits, who took to his Twitter account to proclaim that rumors of him releasing new music will be "set straight" next Tuesday, August 23, and is causing his fans to fly into a tizzy, James Blake and Bon Iver have revealed a very cryptic new collaboration ... More >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>
Good clean fun: "Bye Bye Liver" uncorks at Camp CabaretBye Bye Liver is making its way across the river to St. Paul starting this weekend (presumably weaving along and, as Tom Waits once sang, using parking meters for walking sticks). It's beginning a seven-week run at Camp Bar's cabaret space, w ... More >>
Hank Cochran, RIPI sometimes wonder if rock credibility has destroyed good music. Someone, somewhere down the line decided you weren't a credible act unless you wrote and performed your own music. Or, if you covered music by a band far better, but far less well-known and much more under appre ... More >>
The troubador plays a CD-release show with Zoo Animal
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We have a new "jump the shark," folks. Call it "the Partridge Family scene." It happens midway through the wretched Must Love Dogs, when the cast inexplicably breaks into the Partridge Family theme. I saw it Tuesday night. I turned to my wife and said there are no words for how bad this is, how insu ... More >>
Rockers avoid collision at Entry show, Rapper-storyteller impresses drunks in bathroom
Mark Trehus assembles an all-star antiwar single
With dark, vaudevillian anthems that could score the perfect storm, Thunder in the Valley get electric
The Good Life and Azure Ray give love a wistful refrain
With fans like the Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs has, who needs enemies?
The Source suggests that beatness is in the eye of the beholder
With some of the keenest eyes in pop, Freedy Johnston trails male loneliness into its blackest nights
The Latin Playboys' Dose redefines roots music as pan-global soul
"Okay Tricky baby. Gimme postapocalyptic. C'mon, pout for me baby. Pout! Beautiful.": U.K. hip hop's prophet of gloom returns with Angels With Dirty Faces.
Bang a Gong: Harry Partch on one of his musical contraptions.
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