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Narco States vocalist Michael MacBlane-Meyer sings with his band at the Turf Club on Monday. Narco States, a psychadelic garage-rock punk band, is passionate about the Minnesota garage scene and strives for unpredictable live performances.

Organs, tissue & Narco States

May 7, 2015

A table of five men in skinny jeans and pin-embellished jackets bickered because one band member arranged to meet at a tavern they’d never been to.  A couple of baseball teams sat nearby, and...

Haley Bonar's band Gramma's Boyfriend will perform this Saturday at Icehouse.

Gramma’s got a new boyfriend

May 7, 2015

After one of Gramma’s Boyfriend’s first shows, a man in the audience approached the punk band’s frontwoman, Haley Bonar, with a puzzling observation of the performance.   “This...

Buxtons’ Angels dance on tables

April 30, 2015

Like the five unlikely students who formed “The Breakfast Club,” five musicians with very different backgrounds make up the Ronnie Buxtons.    The group includes a Jeopardy contestant,...

Travis Collins bares his soul

April 28, 2015

The bassist of We Are The Willows and Deleter is stepping into his own light — and he’s taking his guitar with him.   The last few years have been a challenge for Travis Collins, but he...

“We are the anti-temperance league”

April 23, 2015

When they’re wearing matching vests and old time-y hats, they’re the Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League — a string quartet with University of Minnesota ties that plays gypsy tunes. But...

Members of local bluegrass band Thirsty River rehearse in Minneapolis on Wednesday. The band will be performing at their CD release show at Icehouse on Friday, April 17.

Plunging into Thirsty River

April 16, 2015

On a Wednesday night in south Minneapolis, Thirsty River sat together burning incense, drinking beers and watching Home Alone 3. “There’s some pizza in the fridge if you want it!” University...

TYTE JEFF guitarist and songwriter Jeff Allen performs at Nomad World Pub on Thursday. After band Plastic Constellations took a hiatus, Allen started this band as his new solo project.

Dad’s still got it

April 14, 2015

Though seven years have passed since Jeff Allen’s first project released an album, he hasn’t stopped writing music. The Plastic Constellations —a successful indie power-pop rock group...

Champagne Jerry takes his mad spitting skills to Bryant-Lake Bowl on April 10, 2015.

Poppin’ bottles with Champagne Jerry

April 9, 2015

The self-proclaimed âÄúgreatest rapper in the worldâÄù rocks dad jeans and likes to play softball. It all started when Neal Medlyn, a.k.a. Champagne Jerry, went to a party with his friend...

Bicyclists of all ages gather for doughnuts at the end of Calhoun Cycle's Pastry Ride at A Baker's Wife on Saturday. The ride is a part of

Donut rides that change the world

April 9, 2015

A troop of cyclists stood chatting behind local bicycle shop Calhoun Cycle on Saturday morning. The sun was out, and helmets were on. Around 50 idle bicycles were ready to take off âÄî some mountain...

Blues-rock singer/songwriter Matt Latterell poses outside of Spyhouse Coffee Roasters in Minneapolis on Sunday. Lateral will play at band Aero Flynn's record release show at 7th Street Entry on April 3.

Back in plaid: Matt Latterell

April 2, 2015

Finding the right location with the ideal music scene has been an ongoing process for singer-songwriter Matt Latterell. Though he grew up in Foley, Minn., he said he considers Northeast Minneapolis his...

Tropical Depression hangs out at Icehouse in Minneapolis on Saturday evening.

A nautical tale by Erik Appelwick

March 31, 2015

Local musician Erik Appelwick used his English degree to write about life on the water, leading him to make the concept for his project, Tropical Depression’s self-titled debut album, about being...

Nicole Pfeifer practices on March 18 in the St. Paul studio where the latest Devata Daun album was recorded. Pfeider will perform at Acadia on West Bank on March 27.

Devata Daun to play Acadia

March 26, 2015

A redheaded lady with two cats is tattooed on Nicole Pfeifer’s arm. She said the two cats represent her own, and she got the lady tattoo because  “red hair is pretty.” It’s...

Guitarist Daniel Hughes and drummer Mauricio Hernandez of Nancy's Raygun rehearse on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Nancy’s Raygun loves Nicolas Cage

March 24, 2015

If Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro had a band, Nancy’s Raygun would give it a run for its money — the band’s members even exchange a best-friend handshake before every show. “If you...

Acoustic musician Sam Cassidy at his home in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Sam Cassidy to play 7th Street Entry

March 12, 2015

Blue-collar is all Sam Cassidy knows. The Minnesota-raised singer-songwriter picked up the guitar over a decade ago, but spends his days as a cabinetmaker. “[When I’m an old guy] I’ll...

The Stress of Her Regard poses at 7th Street Entry on Friday afternoon. The trio are former members of the indie-rock band Idle Hands.

The Stress of Her Regard to play Aria

March 12, 2015

Though days for the band Idle Hands may be over, the Stress of Her Regard rose from the group’s ashes. The members in the indie-rock trio were half of the Minneapolis band, Idle Hands. The Stress...

Guitarist Andy Webber and bassist John Henry of the band Nightosaur rehearse on Saturday in Minneapolis. Nightosaur will be playing a show at the Triple Rock Social Club on Friday, March 6th.

“Nightosaur: you know, a dinosaur at night”

March 5, 2015

On a hot summer day after cooling down in a park fountain, the members of Nightosaur sat together on a park bench, exhausted. They made sure someone stayed awake in case passers-by complained about one...

Moon and Pollution gets trip-hoppy

March 5, 2015

Electronic pop duo Moon and Pollution are possessed by their music. “We don’t have control over it. It’s an allowing, it’s an intuitive process,” vocalist Molly Dean said....

Raw doggin’ it

February 26, 2015

Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and his dreadlocked, tattooed, pot-smoking beatmaker Eric Muchow (aka 2% Muck) came here from the future. “I believe we met up in a portal somewhere. I was chasing after some...

Sam Linnell attempts to spell a word during Trivia Mafia's Drinking Spelling Bee at 331 Club on Saturday, Feb. 21. Trivia Mafia, which holds trivia nights at over 38 bars in Minnesota, holds the Drinking Spelling Bee every first and third Saturday of the month at 331.

Trivia Mafia mixes brains and beer

February 26, 2015

Good spelling sometimes has another incentive: B-E-E-R. Trivia Mafia — the largest trivia company in Minnesota — started Sunday night trivia nights at the 331 Club years ago. After a spelling...

Minneapolis rapper Manny Phesto will rap about south Minneapolis culture at Rock For Rasmea at Intermedia Arts this Saturday.

Manny Phesto encompasses Southside culture

February 19, 2015

According to Manuel Levins Holden (better known as Manny Phesto), south Minneapolis is home to crust punks, old activists, hip-hop kids, skate culture, graffiti and him. The area inspired some of his music,...

Midway Murals kicks off with theme ‘starting anew’

February 17, 2015

Snelling Avenue is getting a facelift. Four artists are transforming a half-mile stretch of the Hamline Midway neighborhood in St. Paul into community-themed public art with the intent of livening up the...

A Mardi Gras-inspired, multi-fringed chest piece by Anna Chambers-Goldberg's line

“Ready or Hot” fashion show sizzles at Aria

February 10, 2015

With statement jewelry, bold prints and lots of condoms, Planned Parenthood’s second-annual “Ready or Hot” fashion show on Wednesday will heat up the runway with Valentine’s Day...

“Friction Fiction” brings urban landscapes to life

February 5, 2015

“Friction Fiction” explores the environment of urban life and blurs the lines of reality with its use of animation. The exhibit, presented by the Soap Factory and Obsidian Arts, features a...

Minnesota musician DJ Abilities is coming back to First Avenue tomorrow night to serve blended excellence.

The many transitions of DJ Abilities

February 3, 2015

Gregory “Max” Keltgen, or DJ Abilities, is a man of many names and stages — an artist in more sense than one. “It’s very similar to drawing a picture,” Keltgen said...

“Tipped In” features literature locally

January 29, 2015

Literature enthusiasts, unite. The independently owned Minneapolis bookseller Magers and Quinn hosts a variety of literary events both in-store and off-site. Thursday night, it’ll partner with the...

What Tyrants: same name, different sound

January 29, 2015

Members of garage/post-punk band What Tyrants don’t skimp on wild energy and fresh attitude at their shows. “I felt terrible for whoever was cleaning the stage after our 7” release show....

Global studies and history major Tyler Boesch looks at vinyl records at Treehouse Records in Minneapolis on Monday. Boesch began buying vinyls after his mom gave him a record player last Christmas.

Investing in vinyl

January 22, 2015

The national resurgence of vinyl records have led to skyrocketing sales in recent years, and the trend shows no signs of dying out. With that, the pressure is on for manufacturers and record labels to...

EDM producer Steven Klinger, known by the stage name The Kid Vicious, works on an unfinished track in his home studio in Minneapolis on Friday. He plans to debut new songs at a show with Flava D on Tuesday, Jan. 20th at Barfly.

The Kid Vicious is loyal to bass

January 20, 2015

Local electronic dance music artist Steven Klingler — better known by his DJ/producer name the Kid Vicious — has an unclassifiable sound that mixes things up. From Latin-inspired songs to house...