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Remembering Tucker Sterling Jensen

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

April 2, 2019

Tucker Sterling Jensen’s love of local music was almost unprecedented. He did not look for the obscure just for the sake of it. He looked in order to share it, uplift it and, in the process, help create a space and community in music unlike any other. The artist played gigs regularly around the Twin ...

Review: Giving a voice to your night terrors

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Becca Most

April 1, 2019

“I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album,” Billie Eilish announces giddily in the first song of her debut record “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” This intro, entitled “!!!!!!!,” is only 13 seconds long, most of it filled with manic laughter.  On the record, rele...

Daniel Volovets strums to the beat of numerous passions

Daniel Volovets, a medical student at the University, plays his guitar in The Bad Waitress in South Minneapolis on Friday, Mar. 1.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

March 7, 2019

It is easy to get lost in Daniel Volovets’ love for classical music.  In conversation, he frequently brings up famous composers alongside obscure ones, expressing what he admires about each.  The University of Minnesota medical student has been plucking away at a guitar for about 20 years, ...

The extended play: Post-grad life for Gopher rappers

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Samir Ferdowsi

March 5, 2019

On Kanye West’s “Graduation,” you find a story about a man’s journey through a college experience of his own. The record holds moments of exploding confidence that shaped the controversial emcee's career. But what about those rappers who actually did orchestrate their careers during their tim...

Adrianne Lenker serenades at sold-out show

Adrianne Lenker performs at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

February 25, 2019

Plastic chairs, cups of coffee and guitar tuning were abundant during Adrianne Lenker’s intimate set at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday.  Clutching a cup of tea, Lenker trotted onto the stage. “So yummy,” she said, taking a sip. Lenker’s family moved to Nisswa, Minnesota from Indiana whe...

Meet Fragile Crayons — oops, we mean Fragile Canyons

Nick Baker, Noah Welter, Chase Wackerfuss and Andy Engstrom of Fragile Canyons pose for a portrait on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater in Minneapolis. The show brought in around 50 people Saturday night.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

February 18, 2019

Twin Cities-based band Fragile Canyons has three goals: to record an album every year, play one gig a month and donate their profits to charity.  “When I was starting the band and when we started making records, it’s like, ‘Why should people care?’” said Andy Engstrom, the lead singer of...

Ben David strums fresh folk and roots in debut album

Ben Noeldner poses for a portrait in his home on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Noeldner recorded his first album on tape which requires the playing of each song straight through with no errors.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

February 13, 2019

When Ben Noeldner began writing music, he sampled chord progressions from a Rage Against The Machine song from the “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2" soundtrack to create something all his own. (This was middle school, mind you.) Next month, he’s releasing a folk album. Noeldner, a junior majoring in phil...

Opera for a new audience

Alexis Sword participates during an opera gospel fusion event at Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, Feb. 9. 

Becca Most

February 11, 2019

Out of the Box Opera company is known for being avant-garde. So, as opera-lovers filled one of the Weisman Art Museum's main galleries for a sold-out opera/gospel fusion event on Saturday night, many didn’t wholly know what to expect. “Traditionally, opera happens in an opera house and you have a p...

Review: Will you marry me, Hunny? Absolutely, Hockey Dad.

Jake Goldstein and Jason Yarger of Hunny perform on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis

Samir Ferdowsi and Courtney Deutz

February 7, 2019

Crowdsurfing, rowdiness and ... a marriage proposal. What more could a concert-goer ask for? On Monday night, steam crept out of the small side door entrance as ripping guitar rifts floated down First Avenue. Inside the venue, Pllush warmed up the buzzing crowd. After some straight slaps and a semi-mosh ...

Noname brings warmth and a fresh beat to First Avenue

Noname performs at First Avenue on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Minneapolis.

Becca Most

January 28, 2019

Basking in the luminescent glow of a neon "Room 25" sign, Noname embraced the screams and cheers of an enthusiastic First Avenue crowd on Friday night.  “Minneapolis! What the fuck is up?,” she yelled before wowing fans with a unique blend of jazz, rap, hip-hop and spoken word. Armed with a full band...