As a born-and-raised, card-carrying South Minneapolis boy, I've finally come to grips with the fact that my Twin Cities have got to be the most insecure major urban metro in the U.S. We're constantly fishing for validation from the larger cultural hubs around the country to feed our low self-esteem, ... 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 begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their forthcoming album. We've also got new clips from Ménage Quad, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Marz Lovejoy, and ... More >>
The first week of May begins with an exciting lineup. James Blake returns to First Avenue's Mainroom Wednesday while Veils rock the 7th Street Entry. Electric boy/girl duos Purity Ring and Crystal Castles play First Avenue Thursday and Sunday. Minnesota's local member of Cult Records (Julian Casabla ... More >>
Ben Wendel has earned international success and awards as a performer, composer, producer and even conductor. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-rock group Kneebody in which he plays saxophone, and he is one of the very few well-known bassoonists outside of the classical realm -- a ... More >>
After the resounding success of 2012's Mid West Music Fest in Winona, event organizers have just announced the dates as well as their ambitious musical plans for this year's festival. The 2013 Mid West Music Fest is set for April 18-20, taking place in a wide array of venues spread throughout Winona ... More >>
For anyone who cares to own a piece of the 400 Bar's music history, the West Bank venue has put up several keepsakes from the space. Just last week, news came of the bar's closing after three decades of hosting live music officially -- and more years of being a Cedar Avenue landmark prior to that.An ... More >>
See also: Best Natural Foods Grocery 2012 This weekend the south Minneapolis favorite Seward Co-op turned 40, and to celebrate, it threw a big party. Founded in 1972, Seward Co-op has been a staple in the Minneapolis Co-op scene. To mark the occasion, the co-op put together a gathering of local ar ... More >>
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th, but don't let that stop you from going out and seeing good shows this weekend!
Photo by Kevin HaysL.A. Americana band Dawes are so cavalier about their draw in the Twin Cities that they announced their plans to play a New Year's Eve show at the Varsity before they even rolled into town to perform their sold-out show at First Avenue this Friday -- and in his interview with C ... More >>
City Pages file photoIf you don't make it down to the Mill City Museum tonight for Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover, you'll have another chance to catch Koerner this weekend when he plays Palmfest, the celebration of West Bank music that takes over Palmer's Bar each summer. This year's lineup ... More >>
The Dakota Jazz Club will once again shut down Nicollet Mall tomorrow for a street festival that will include four free stages of music between 10th Street and Peavey Plaza. See below for the just-announced complete lineup of musicians performing at this year's fest, which kicks off at 12 p.m. to ... More >>
Daniel CorriganWhatever revolutions Minnesota has seen in rock and folk music for the last five decades, guitarist and blues shouter Spider John Koerner has witnessed them all and, more than likely, helped bring them about. A major influence not only on Minnesota's most famous musical son Bob Dyl ... More >>
Who turned the heat off?! Ha ha, just kidding. It's fall now, totally way officially, and you should embrace it and get used to it and probably party, too. Here's some humble suggestions to get your swerve on this weekend.
photo via Red House RecordsSeeing Spider John Koerner live is a lucky thing, something we get treated to more often than, say, we deserve. Memories or wishes of north woods hootenannies and smoke-filled parlors in the sixties as all those jubilantly drunk revelers stomp and squall towards sunrise ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesThere's been quite the kerfuffle about the Taste of Minnesota's decision to charge admission at the gate of this year's festival, but judging by the size of Friday night's audience for sets by the likes of Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen, and Dawes, fans were happy to fork ove ... More >>
Painting by Jan AttridgeHere's another reason to head down to today's Taste of Minnesota festivities (just in case sets by everyone from Atmosphere to Dawes to Haley Bonar and Justin Townes Earle isn't enough): The St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, will appear on the Red House Stage at 3:45 p.m. to ... More >>
So just how early do we all need to skip out of work today to make it down to the Taste of Minnesota? If you're hoping to catch local acts like Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, and Willie Murphy, you'd best take a half day. Print out this schedule and show it to your boss; we're pretty sure they ... More >>
Saying goodbye to the Prairie Home Companion musician
Photos courtesy A Prairie Home CompanionMidnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>
Soul icon releases a new double album
Articles from this week's Dead Tree Edition.
Mischke got through quite a bit of local music on today's show. Here's a quick rundown of what he played, with links to the bands' websites and CD ordering pages:Willie Murphy & the Angel Headed Hipsters, "Cry To Me" from Hustlin' Man BluesBoiled in Lead, "Hard Times" from OrbBoiled in Lead, "Ma ... More >>
Charlie Parr comes out of the garage with album of homestyle blues
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Prince went to Vegas. Smokers went to Maplewood. Tapes 'N Tapes went to the moon. And sometime after the last zombie dance party got busted, we wrote it all down for you.
While writing my review of Don McGlynn?s new documentary about ?Spider? John Koerner, I made a list of my five favorite Koerner-related albums: ?Spider? John Koerner and Willie Murphy, Running, Jumping, Standing Still. One bourbon, one scotch, one giant bowl of dope. Psych-blues-old-timey album ... More >>
Twin Cities blues icon Joel Johnson Dies at age 55
Polyglot guitarist (and former Bar Mitzvah session man) Tim Sparks pulls a chair up to the rebbe's table
Shhh: Alabama transplant Marlee MacLeod's laments in major keys kicked off Noiseless '98.