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Sounds of the cities: tracing local music history to the 1950s

Courtesy of Paul Lundgren.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

September 12, 2019

It’s 1979 and Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is playing on the radio and through your brand new Sony Walkman.  The Minneapolis-native and “High Priest of Pop” brought the nation’s focus to the city once more after hits like Bob Dylan’s 1964 song, “The Times They Are a-Changin...

Local musicians gather in camaraderie, support for the rainforest

Kristin Hawkinson works on a painting to sell at Rock for the Rainforest, a benefit for the wildfires burning in the Amazon, on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Norah Kleven

September 9, 2019

In the weeks since news broke of devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest, celebrities, environmental groups and civilians have taken to social media to raise awareness and funds for the rainforest. In Minneapolis, local artists did the same. Rock for the Rainforest was organized by local reggae-ro...

Digging in: Minnesota Orchestra finds common ground between music and culinary arts

Minnesota Orchestra Musical Feast, Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 26.

Liv Martin

July 29, 2019

According to Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra's “Live at Orchestra Hall” series, “chefs and musicians have a lot in common.” From first discovering a musical or culinary talent to working long hours to perfect it, both crafts require focus and intense training....

Q&A: “Genre-fluid” band 26 BATS! talks numerology, the creative process and the importance of shaking conformity

Daniel Chavez of 26 BATS! plays trumpet during the Third Thursday: Bike Night at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, July 18. Every third Thursday of the month the MIA hosts a free event with live music, food and other vendors.

Becca Most

July 24, 2019

The air was heavy and humid as people settled into a green space outside the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a free concert featuring 26 BATS! last Thursday. The band, comprised of lead singer and songwriter Bailey Cogan, guitarist Karl Remus, trumpeter Daniel “Chavo” Chavez, drummer Warren Thomas Fe...

Review: Billie Eilish flirts with being an angel and a demon

Billie Eilish performs at the Armory in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 8.

Liv Martin

June 10, 2019

Billie Eilish’s dark silhouette appeared on stage amid the shrill screams of thousands of fans Saturday night. The 17-year-old’s signature blue hair was done up in two space buns and, like usual, she sported an androgynous, oversized outfit: big black shorts, a black jacket and a graphic tee. The crowd did...

Life Soundtracked to The 1975? Yes, Please

Matty Healy of The 1975 listened to the music as he came on stage on Tuesday, May 7 at The Armory in Minneapolis. The 1975 played a sold out show.

Courtney Deutz

May 10, 2019

Attendees began lining up outside the Armory early on Saturday, hoping to get as close as possible to The 1975 for their sold-out show. But before the long-awaited English pop band’s entrance, Filipino artist No Rome brought out major energy with synth vibes and dance-worthy music. With hits like "Sev...

Review: Didn’t go to the Spring Jam concert? You should have.

Spring Jam attendees cheer as they wait for Jay Rock to perform on Saturday, April 27 at the University of Minnesota.

Samir Ferdowsi

April 29, 2019

What do a 12-year-old cowboy, a leopard print-wearing duet, a West Coast wordsmith and a Traplanta rager have in common? No idea. But when put on stage during Saturday’s Spring Jam concert, this league of musical avengers composed one kick-ass show. Mason Ramsey started the day off with a rootin’...

Just give them a guitar and a week

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

April 23, 2019

The word “challenge” frequently follows the word “creative” when a tight deadline is involved. For five Minneapolis musicians, a recent creative challenge included writing and recording a brand new song in one week, all using the same guitar. These original songs were then given life on the seco...

Gully Boys comes into their own

Nadirah McGill, left, Natalie Klemond and Kathy Callahan, comprise the musical group Gully Boy Band.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

April 18, 2019

No brothers have a bond like that of the Gully Boys. Drives between shows on the band's last tour could be described as similar to the “Tiny Dancer” scene in the 2000 film “Almost Famous.” Except this time they’re playing “Sandstorm” by Darude. “There’s literally no one else I would do ...

Early Eyes, big visions

Early Eyes poses for a portrait in their Northeast Minneapolis backyard on Thursday, April 4.

Becca Most

April 11, 2019

At the Fine Line on Friday, the drums boasted the characteristic logo of an eye with five lashes, a hint at the next band to take the stage. After rocking out to local girl group Last Import, fans waited anxiously for Early Eyes to begin their set. Filled with funky energy and a grooving rhythm, the band...