At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live. Some the most deeply fe ... More >>
Yeah Yeah Yeahs With Maximum Hedrum First Avenue, Minneapolis June 24, 2013 Karen O is an unbridled indie-rock dynamo. And during Yeah Yeah Yeahs' explosive 80-minute set at a very sold-out First Avenue on Monday night, Karen led the packed club through her twisted, blistering brand of calisthenics ... More >>
So it's starting to actually feel like June! It's just in time because there's TONS of outdoor events to be had. Saturday marks the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival featuring the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, Strange Names and more. Sunday Uptown celebrates the recent nice weather with music from&nb ... More >>
The Joy Formidable with Guards and KittenFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, April 3, 2013First Avenue sure knows how to put on a birthday party. Whether by design or whether by coincidence, Welsh band the Joy Formidable was the perfect group to lead that party into a frenzy that included cake, drun ... More >>
Don't compare the Joy Formidable to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Don't compare them to Courtney Love for that matter, either. In fact, lead singer Ritzy Bryan doesn't want to be paralleled to any other female singer at all. "There's ladies doing their thing, and that's really great, but we're all very diffe ... More >>
Of Monsters and Men With Elle KingFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, December 19, 2012Having your songs played ad nauseum on the radio can either expand your audience, or it can make you seem like a sell-out. Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men fall into the former category, coming off as ... More >>
The umpteenth movie in the Harry Potter series is being released today. I love these movies -- other than filling me with a sense of profound jealousy, they're the best movies to cozy up and fall asleep to in the history of ever. Pure fantasy candy, buttressed by an oddly not-terribly-threatening ... More >>
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