A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
By Tony NelsonLast Waltz TributeThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, January 4, 2013Billing themselves as Big Pink, local music vests Rob Hilstrom, Jon Herchert, Chad Whittaker, Dave Russ and Pete Sands became the Band to host the 8th Annual Tribute to the Last Waltz, the Band's 1976 farewell concert tha ... More >>
With the change in weather, there is a need to shake off the winter blues and socialize more. Headlining the Dakota fresh off their tour is Davina and the Vagabonds, while Guster share the stage at The Pantages with comedian Jeff Garlin. If you don't have tickets to the First Aid Kit at the Cedar Cu ... More >>
Martha Reeves and the VandellasJanuary 11, 2012Dakota Jazz ClubAs we pulled up for another night of amazing music at the Dakota Jazz Club the cab in front of us came to an abrupt stop. "Wow! that's Martha!" I said to my date for the night, as she and a guy in a suit carrying boxes of CD's jumped ... More >>
The Mad Ripple Hootenanny November 27, 2011 The Dowling Studio at the Guthrie, Minneapolis Five years ago, Jim Walsh began the Mad Ripple Hootenanny in the basement of Java Jack's in South Minneapolis. The Hoot was then a ring of singer-songwriters, folk and non-folk and local big shots and up-and ... More >>
The Dreamer and The Realist, the aptly titled album is a reflection of what Minneapolis band Take Cover represents: young men emerging into a new discreetly discerning sound. Written with certainty, lyrics such as "bottom line is that in order to make it today, you gotta mean it more" (from ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmEddie Vedder and Glen Hansard July 2, 2011Orpheum TheaterEddie Vedder's stated goal in picking up the ukulele over a decade ago was to make that happy little instrument sound as sad as he was. And while there certainly was plenty of sorrow imbued in Vedder's songs Saturday ni ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonThe Swell SeasonJuly 25, 2010First AvenueThe Swell Season, still buoyed by their Oscar win for Best Original Song in 2008 and the success of their recent album Strict Joy, have played the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall in 2010, selling out both of the venerable (and ... More >>
God save the queen.
The Once co-stars were enchanting live.
Steely Dan showcase a seminal album while your mother throws up in the bathroom.
Finding local Twitter tweeps with something useful to say can be a challenge, but to locals have a new tool that solves the problem.
Photographer Steve Cohen sent us some great shots from Saturday's show.
A lawyer, a bartender, a modern classical guitarist, and a drum teacher rock out in Cougar
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Oak Street strikes up the Band
Mad Peeaire would like to talk to you about Aristotle, Wilde, Blake, Freud--and his childhood memories of a goat-buggering orgy. Why won't you listen?
The roots of MF Doom's odd-man-out hip hop
Dios Malos play California pop for the big-eyed kids away from the coast
The Hold Steady's high-voltage crunch happens to sound great in bars. But please don't call them a bar band.
We Sang. We Danced. We Set things on Fire. And Sometime after the Bar Closed, We Wrote It All Down for You.
Pearl Jam goes on hunger strike, JFK buys you a spaghetti dinner, and Jeff Bridges asks Bob Dylan to swallow his pride
Ben Harper summons god and Johnny Rotten proves he's still the antichrist
Snow in Africa, thieving Santa, and porn under the tree
An experimental hip-hop duo that's not just for horn-rimmed white boys
Poet (and novelist) Michael Ondaatje mines the culture of old Ceylon for the lapidary essence of language
From traditional reels to Celt rave-ups, local Irish music addresses the troubled times of its homeland
Riverdance sells out while the dance world goes hungry.