As we assembled this week's cover story, 89.3 the Current: An oral history, we quickly realized that one key piece of the radio station had a life of its own: Rock the Garden. The annual summer music festival started out in 1998 as a membership driver for the Walker Art Center, a kind of musical in ... More >>
This week marks the beginning of October. Why not celebrate fall with some rad tunes? Thursday brings the rapper Le1f to First Ave to get us dancing. Friday the ever ambient Why? plays the Fine Line, while local boppers Teenage Moods release their latest cassettes. Saturday, KT Tunstall is welcomed ... More >>
Billy Bragg has carved out two very different niches for himself on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Having come up in London during the 1970s and '80s under the iron rule of Margaret Thatcher, Bragg is today recognized in his homeland as one of the country's most accomplished protest musicians. H ... More >>
The birth and death of Bob Dylan's Americana dream
The Twin Cities music community needs a jolt every so often, and it came over the weekend via Low's performance at Rock the Garden. In a set defying their more traditional recent material, including this year's fascinating The Invisible Way, the 20-year vets leaned heavily on their slower, contempla ... More >>
In person, Bob Dylan is just over 5'6". But a 12-and-a-half-foot likeness of him might soon tower over Duluth if a new $160,000 Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal. Sculptor Tom Page is spearheading the project, dubbed Dylan by Duluth, which is meant to "capture Dylan in his earlier years, as he s ... More >>
Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package.Teaching allegory to high school students is difficult. It is much easier when the lessons of stories are found within the pages it ... More >>
Everything somebody needs to know about Pissed Jeans can be found in their name. The Philadelphia via Allentown quartet's four LPs boast the Jesus Lizard's spiraling discord and lyricism absent of any modern-day decorum. More like their name, however, is frontman Matt Korvette's ability to undercut ... 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 >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
Andrew Bird doesn't like to call himself a writer. With the classic humility of a Midwesterner, he says, "It's just something that happens when you get up in the morning. It's not a big deal." The maestro -- who has a huge resume of artist friends including Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, and Ani DiFr ... More >>
Back to work. Chicago band The Hush Sound is back on tour again after an extended hiatus -- this time with new music and a new outlook on the music industry. The band's pop-rock sound has been able to withstand the break and kept their fans excited to see them active again. On some time off fro ... More >>
Founding Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy has announced his exit from Soul Asylum after three decades with the band. Earlier this week, he issued a statement on the group's website to make his departure official. "I have decided that I will no longer be touring or recording with the band, effective ... More >>
Last week, we reported that Let It Be Records' Ryan Cameron aired a justifiable grievance with Target. For some reason, a huge local company is holding on to a couple of letters that used to be part of the signage outside his shop for a private "art installation." Never mind that Target could likely ... More >>
Summit Backyard BashWith Doomtree, Now, Now, Halloween, Alaska, Heartbeats, and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight SleepsSummit Brewery, St. PaulSaturday, September 8, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Summit Backyard Bash"Would you mind clapping, or are you all too drunk for that?" This was an actual request m ... More >>
See Also: West Bank Music Festival with Astronautalis, 8/18/12 Wiping Out Thousands talk new album and free music ahead of West Bank Music Festival After giving Gimme Noise a brief progress report on the status of their debut full-length during a recent interview, Wiping Out Thousands have just ann ... More >>
See Also: Trampled by Turtles join Twin Ports Bridge Festival to help Duluth flood victims The Duluth floods drowned my record collection Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesTip of the hat to Wilco for joining the cause to help those in need following the ma ... More >>
Related:Duluth floods: Top 10 jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]Duluth flood update, and 10 more jaw-dropping images [PHOTOS]With the stark, grotesque, and unnerving images from Duluth's massive flood comes the worry about our upper Minnesota neighbors -- some of whom are musicians. As the devastation pil ... More >>
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
The music of Leslie Feist is expansive. For a woman whose unique alt-pop vocals exploded into the music world with 2007's The Reminder (and, consequently, the worldwide domination of her hit single "1234"), Feist holds no allegiance to a concrete formula of songwriting. After a four-year hiatus, ... More >>
The "1234" singer speaks ahead of Minnesota Zoo show
Related:Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineupRiver's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupWilco's Minnesota dates: Rochester and Duluth and that's itToday, the lineup will be announced for the 2012 Basilica Block Party. As Cities 97 reveals each of the acts scheduled to perform, we will u ... More >>
As Twin Cities music fans wait patiently for any sign of stirring from Paul Westerberg, there is a small bit of creative activity from the former 'Mats frontman on the forthcoming new record from renowned Minneapolis songwriter/producer/guitarist Kevin Bowe and his band the Okemah Prophets. Bowe ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
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 >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Photos by Erik HessYou know it's time for SXSW to be over when even a Yoko Ono show is full of pushy, angry people and there's a riot happening just outside. The iconic professor of peace did her best to reach out to the tired audience, peering out over a pair of dark oval sunglasses to peer ... More >>
The native Wisconsinite disarmingly climbed the stairs and took the spotlight.
Photos by Alexa JonesMavis StaplesNovember 28, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisMavis Staples is a joyful woman. Above all other things, joy is what she was bringing to the Cedar last night. With a smile as big as her booming voice, Staples infused her performance with as much gospel and sou ... More >>
Holiday weeks are hell on columns like this one. Not because nothing happens, but because nobody's around to report on what's happening. In any event, here's what we were able to find out about what went down while we were hanging Christmas lights, getting sick, and stuffing ourselves full of tur ... More >>
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesBilly BraggSeptember 8, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterWednesday night proved to be the perfect time for Billy Bragg to come rolling through Minneapolis (when isn't it, really), with the political winds starting to blow fitfully, and frustration being felt by all classes of soci ... More >>
Summer concerts are jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack
An afternoon with the Twin Cities poet and rapper
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 >>
Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar's sold-out Kerouac tribute hearkens adolescence but lacks innovation.
The popular jam band festival is throwing in the towel.
Chaska High School mates making mature indie rock
Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir will play the 501 this coming December 19 and release its new album the following month.
Doomtree freestyles for B96, AFI kicks off tour at Epic, Lookbook drops new material at release show & new music from BK-One.
An update on Lookbook's new release, P.O.S. sets dates with Eyedea and Abilities & Moby performs in The Current's studio.
Wilco, Neko Case and the Tragically Hip announce TC dates & new Brother Ali and Muja Messiah.
Tickets go on sale today.
Minneapolis band releases new album, Swell, featuring Vampire Hands' Colin Johnson
Missing Numbers talk about their heroes, invent new form of genital torture