Back before John Munson graced the stage with the New Standards, Dan Wilson was spinning gold for the likes of Adele and the Dixie Chicks, and even before the definitive paean to closing time, there was Trip Shakespeare. Marrying love beads and loud guitars, these kids made some of the most danceabl ... More >>
The musician releases his first full-length album in four years, Heart Murmurs
Trey Anastasio BandFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, February 4, 2014Trey Anastasio last performed on the First Avenue stage 21 years ago. The Phish frontman returned with a six-piece backing band to make up for his long absence with a three-hour, two-set performance on Tuesday night. The sold-out c ... More >>
When David Prass bought the CC Tap in 1974, it was a 3.2 beer joint that had live music and a stage. Prass re-named the bar the CC Club, and transferred the liquor license over from his father's old bar. Along with the booze came new restrictions on the kind of entertainment the CC could offer, incl ... More >>
Dan and Matt Wilson Pantages Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, February 1, 2013Some snow covered the streets of Downtown Minneapolis on Friday evening, but that didn't stop fans of Dan and Matt Wilson from filling the seats of the Pantages Theatre. The beautiful theater, the sold-out seats, and the immacu ... More >>
Three years ago, Dan Wilson asked his brother Matt if he'd be interested in playing an acoustic duo show. Without hesitation, Matt agreed to the evening that drew from songs ranging from both brothers' catalogs. With Dan moving out to Los Angeles and Matt working on the new Twilight Hours' album, th ... More >>
The boys are back in Mound again, at least for a night. Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider is reporting that the celebrated local trio Semisonic are playing a rare reunion gig on Saturday, May 19 as part of the Blast Block Party in Mound. Bassist John Munson is the only member of the group who has ... More >>
For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>
Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
Photo by Alexa JonesChan Poling at last year's "Musical Salute to Bruce Allen" at First AvenueGimme Noise contributor P.F. Wilson spoke to Chan Poling as part of a print preview of the Suburbs' gig this Friday night with the Suicide Commandos; what follows is the entire transcript of P.F.'s conve ... More >>
Seven & Sixty ProductionsWhy are you here?With more snow to shovel this morning, more on the way, and mountains of it piled around town, it's easy to forget that spring will, in fact, come as scheduled. For a reminder, take a look at this video from Seven & Sixty Productions. In the middle ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Twilight HoursJudging from the overwhelmingly positive response we received from the City of Music video we posted of the New Standards covering Trip Shakespeare's "Snow Days," there are quite a few John Munson and Matt Wilson fans out there looking for a fix this holiday se ... More >>
Earlier this month, jazz trio the New Standards (featuring the Suburbs' Chan Poling, Semisonic and the Twilight Hours' John Munson, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm) held down three nights at the Fitzgerald Theater with their annual holiday show. City of Music director Dan Huiting filmed the Fitzgera ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
For those about to tweet: We salute you. Twitter has become a phenomenal way to stay in the know on the latest make-ups and break-ups, stage antics, and "secret shows" (yeah right) in the Twin Cities. Here's a list of 10 fascinating local music peeps we enjoy following on Twitter, from musicians ... More >>
A benefit for live sound and recording engineer Brad Kern is shaping up to be quite the remarkable lineup, thanks to Kern's extensive involvement in the local scene. Since working with Trip Shakespeare in 1991, Kern has mixed or recorded countless acts, and now the bands are honoring Kern with a ... More >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
The brothers' first duo show was a relaxed, lighthearted affair.
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All the music articles from this week's print edition.
A special online-only extended interview, including the questions and answers that didn't appear in the paper this week.
Friday night was one for the history books.
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
The show will be a rare treat for fans of the former Trip Shakespeare bandmates.
Lavish harmonies and firey fretwork speckle duo's debut, Stereo Night
Yet another summer festival announcement. Woo hoo!
Highlights from the past week including Monotonix, Mark Olson & Gary Louris as well as next week's new releases
The storied music discussion series is an outstanding smorgasbord of local and national talent, and the 2009 line-up continues the tradition into a ninth season.
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
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Snapshots of a long-shot season to come
THE LINEUP Shannon Stewart, LF: Like his new teammate Rondell White, he's a pretty good player on the downhill side of a career marked by extraordinary physical wear and tear. Stewart's 32 now, and last year he dropped 60 points apiece from his on-base (.380-.323) and slugging (.447-.388) percenta ... More >>
Fickle major labels, lethargic production schedules, desensitized index fingers--nothing can slow John Munson down
Allison Gunderson writes: Now, this just seemed so obvious to me. They may not have ever been my favorite band from Minnesota (and working in college radio, I tried to NOT like them), but Semisonic was so HUGE. Granted, Trip Shakespeare was in the top fifty, but that is not even the same. From th ... More >>
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With the national collapse of indie rock, 100 local music scenes bloom
When Trip Shakespeare broke up, Matt Wilson marched off to war against his muse. Five years later, this exacting songwriter returns from the front with his first solo album.
That's a bigger question than usual in our 1996 new music poll.