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Director’s Cut: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

Published June 20, 2012

  It’s clear that Hollywood has no shortage of end-of-the-world blockbusters. While most doomsday scenarios seem more concerned with the fire and brimstone side of things, Lorene Scafaria’s...

Album review: “The Idler Wheel. . .” by Fiona Apple

Published June 20, 2012

  Artist: Fiona Apple   Album: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”   Label: Epic   Fiona Apple’s...

Stream Fiona Apple’s new album on NPR

Published June 13, 2012

I want to avoid going on a tangent about the new Fiona Apple, so I'll keep this short. Her new album, "The Idler Wheel. . . ," can be streamed over at NPR before it's official...

CD Roundup: “There’s No Leaving Now” by Tallest Man on Earth and “Synthetica” by Metric

Published June 13, 2012

  Album: “There’s No Leaving Now” Artist: Tallest Man on Earth Label: Dead Oceans   There’s nothing particularly controversial about Swedish songwriter Kristian Mattson....

Shifting Demographics

Published June 13, 2012

  What: Demographics album release with Grant Cutler and Gentle Lovers Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., Friday Cost: $5   Personality-wise, Gregory Reese...

Doomtree debuts “Beacon” music video

Published June 11, 2012

No matter what they do, the ever-popular local rap collective Doomtree never seem to stay out of the public spotlight for too long. The group, who recently wrapped up a European tour and are scheduled...

Songwriter and musician Kevin Bowe poses for a portrait Saturday.

Bowe’s Jangles

Published June 6, 2012

  What: Alison Scott with Kevin Bowe and The Okemah Prophets dual CD release show with Johnny and Molly from Communist Daughter, Desdamona, the Laurel String Quartet, Ellis and Ben Lubeck from Farewell...

Bandmates Joey Kantor, Peter Sieve, Linnea Mohn, Paul Engels, Chris Koza and Luke Anderson practice Sunday at Ferguson Hall. They will perform at Works for Words on Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

Words with Friends

Published June 6, 2012

  What: Works for Words hosted by Chris Koza. Featuring Rogue Valley, Sims of Doomtree, Caroline Smith and Gabriel Douglas of 4ontheFloor When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul Cost:...

Sufjan Stevens covers “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Published May 31, 2012

I was always more of a fairweather Sufjan Stevens fan. While I enjoyed the sprawling epic that was "Illinoise,"  - his 2004 critically-acclaimed indie sensation  - I never understood...

Astronautalis plays at Soundest 2012 in Shakopee, Minn.

Soundset turns 5, ends with a storm

Published May 30, 2012

More often than not, discussions about the state of hip-hop devolve into a debate about the merits of backpack rap versus commercial rap. Is it about making it rain or making you think? Is it style or...

Sounds of Summer

Published May 30, 2012

The cliché that’s been formed about the Twin Cities' outdoor block party/festival circuit is that there are too many of them. There’s some merit to the argument. But for a city...

Eyedea 4 Africa benefit includes Ill Chemistry, Gramma’s Boy, Dosh and more.

Published May 25, 2012

  Its been almost two years since Micheal Larsen – better known by his rap moniker "Eyedea" – passed away, but the pain is still ripe for his family, friends and fans. In honor...

Review: ReGeneration

Published May 3, 2012

  Film: “ReGeneration” Release Date: May 3 Location: OnDemand, iTunes, select theaters When Occupy Wall Street originally emerged last fall, it was met with plenty of ridicule and confusion....

Review – “Blunderbuss” by Jack White

Published April 26, 2012

  Artist: Jack White Album: “Blunderbuss” Label: Third Man Records   Jack White isn’t the type of rock star who stays in one place for too long. If anything, it’s a bit...

Dial-Ups Aila O’Loughlin, left,  Andrew Jansen, center,  and XXXXX will be preforming at their CD release shows this weekend at the Kitty Cat Klub and the Loring Pasta Bar.

Left of the Dial

Published April 19, 2012

  What: Dial-Up CD release with Buffalo Moon, Phantom Tails and Slapping Purses Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 313 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis When: 9 p.m., Saturday Cost: $5, 21+ Andrew Jansen and Aila O’Loughlin...

Richter will be a featured guest alongside Reggie Watts in this fridays installment of Fitzgerald Theaters Wits series.

Interview: Andy Richter

Published April 12, 2012

  What: “Wits” hosted by John Moe featuring Andy Richter and Reggie Watts When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul Cost: $32 It’s hard to forget...

(L to R) Jims Dad (EUGENE LEVY) and Jim (JASON BIGGS) have a heart-to-heart talk in American Reunion.  In the comedy, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion.

Review – “American Reunion”

Published April 5, 2012

Film: “American Reunion” Release Date: April 6 Location: Area Theaters For the last 15-odd years, Hollywood has thoroughly hammered the teen flick into the American cultural-conscious one coming-of-age...

Kasher in the Rye was released on March 28th by Grand Central Publishing.

Review – “Kasher in the Rye” Moshe Kasher

Published March 29, 2012

Book: “Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient and Then Turned 16” Author: Moshe Kasher Publisher: Grand Central Publishing On...

Interview: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Published March 22, 2012

  As a prominent scholar of African-American history, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is one of modern academia’s most laborious and thought-provoking minds and in his 40-year career, he doesn’t...

Little Miss Prissy

Little Miss Prissy

Published March 8, 2012

Two years ago Clara Salyer was at the top of her game. Her band Total Babe had become local music-scene darlings almost overnight. They’d landed a couple gigs during the CMJ music festival in New...

Chad Daniels wants you to stop being stupid – yeah, you.

Chad Daniels Birthday Bash

Published March 1, 2012

  On the surface, Chad Daniels looks like your typical, Midwestern working man: the timid, clean-cut father of two with an unwavering aversion to all things controversial. But as a comic, Daniels,...

Review – “Reign of Terror” Sleigh Bells

Published February 23, 2012

  The old rock ‘n’ roll adage tells us “if it’s too loud, you’re too old.” And while that snarky nugget of wisdom has become a bit of a cliché since...

Punks on Broadway

Published February 16, 2012

From early success stories like The Who’s “Tommy” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” to more recent efforts that include The Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love”...

Local musician Brian DeRemer is debuting his solo record entitled Dusty Songs for Children of the Modern Age. The CD release show will be Friday at the Turf Club.

Building from Scratch for the Modern Age

Published February 9, 2012

Brian DeRemer didnâÄôt know much about the robbery that Christmas morning when the news first broke. In a fit of rage, his production partner and friend, Alarmist frontman Eric Lovold, had posted...

Q&A: Todd Glass

Q&A: Todd Glass

Published February 2, 2012

What: Todd Glass When: 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Where: Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. First St. Cost: $15 There are only a handful of comedic veterans as...

Clear Heart Full Eyes was released on Vagrant records on January 24.

Review – Craig Finn “Clear Heart Full Eyes”

Published January 26, 2012

Artist: Craig Finn   Album: âÄúClear Heart Full EyesâÄù Label: Vagrant Records Release Date: Tuesday, Jan 24  After the Hold SteadyâÄôs fifth LP, the forgettable...

Comedy veteran Isaac Witty will be headlining three nights at The Joke Joint this weekend.

The Wittiest Isaac

Published January 19, 2012

What: Isaac Witty Where: Joke Joint Comedy Club, 2300 E American Blvd When: Thursday âÄì Saturday, 8 pm Cost: $10 Most people arenâÄôt sure of what they want to do with their lives till...

A Year in Review: Raghav’s top music of 2011

Published December 16, 2011

Best Albums of 2011 (National only) 1. "Past Life Martyred Saints" by EMA There wasn't a single album this year that moved me the way EMA's (short for Erika M. Anderson) "Past Life Martyred Saints" did....

Winter Concert Preview

Published December 8, 2011

  There are two ways for any brooding city-dweller to deal with a Minneapolis winter: You can either embrace it, or you can hole up inside your apartment for the next five months surviving off a seasonâÄôs...

Big Zach and the History of Twin Cities Hip-Hop

Published December 1, 2011

Hip-hop in the Twin Cities isn't merely just another music genre. It's practically an institution. But what is now a thriving artistic community was once nothing more than just a few high school kids trying...

Local Minneapolis group Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo will be releasing their new album Fables of the Cloth this Friday at the Nomad World Pub.

Where the Buffalo Roam

Published December 1, 2011

  What: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo CD release show with Wizards are Real, Grant Cutler and Your Friends and Family Where: The Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis When: 9 p.m., Friday Cost:...

The Muppets opens everywhere on November 23rd.

Review: “The Muppets”

Published November 23, 2011

âÄúThe MuppetsâÄù DIRECTED BY: James Bobin STARRING: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, lots of cameos RATINGS: PG SHOWING: Area Theaters In this day and age, a new Muppets...

Doomtrees Big Blowout

Doomtree’s Big Blowout

Published November 17, 2011

  Album: DoomtreeâÄôs âÄúNo KingsâÄù Release date: Nov. 22 Label: Doomtree Records Doomtree Blowout VII Dec. 4 to  Dec. 10 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry. See

Jeffrey Skemp, left, Scott Vesch, middle left, Kevin Brixius, middle right, and Lynn Gray, right, talk about their experiences with live poetry readings Sunday afternoon at Dunn Bros. Theres something about the bar room setting... its a riot Brixius said. The four men will be reading with many others at the Bosso poetry event Thursday evening at Dustys Bar.

Bosso Poetry Turns Three

Published November 10, 2011

ThereâÄôs an old cliché about poetry: ItâÄôs dead. But out there, in the far corners of our bustling, consumer-driven society, this ancient literary art is still very much...

Local cd roundup — Marijuana Deathsquads and Wize Guyz

Local cd roundup — Marijuana Deathsquads and Wize Guyz

Published November 3, 2011

Artist: Marijuana Deathsquads Album: âÄúCrazy MasterâÄù Label: Totally Gross National Product After a month-long residency at Los AngelesâÄô Satellite (formerly known as Spaceland)...

Starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and Michael Rispoli star in “The Rum Diary” which opens in theaters Friday.

Review: “The Rum Diary”

Published October 27, 2011

There are two ways to look at Hunter S. ThompsonâÄôs belatedly published novel âÄúThe Rum Diary.âÄù You can either consider it the unvarnished work of a rage-fueled prodigy discovering...

Review: Tom Waits Bad As Me

Review: Tom Waits “Bad As Me”

Published October 25, 2011

There is Tom Waits, and then there is the rest of the world. He is the songwriter's songwriter. But Waits doesn't operate inside the very rock 'n' roll pantheon he's been ushered into. He's the mad hatter...

Andrew Jansen a member of the band Crimes will be headlining their CD release show at First Avenues 7th Street Entry this Saturday.

Partners in Crimes

Published October 20, 2011

What: Crimes Vinyl Release with Teenage Moods and Leisure Birds When: 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday Where: 7th St. Entry, 701 First Ave Cost: $5 Andrew Jansen isnâÄôt some decorated vanguard of the Minneapolis...

Interview: Henry Rollins

Interview: Henry Rollins

Published October 18, 2011

Henry Rollins is the iron giant of punk rock. But over the past decade, the former Black Flag front man has become so much more than that, releasing more than two dozen books through his own publishing...

Review: Odd Future @ First Avenue

Review: Odd Future @ First Avenue

Published October 13, 2011

  Tyler, the Creator canâÄôt stop saying b**tch. Of course, this is nothing new. Over the past year, the ever-profane Odd Future ringleader and his rap cohorts have built a name for themselves...

Holy Metal

Published October 13, 2011

  Conventional rock âÄònâÄô roll wisdom tells us thereâÄôs no plausible reason Anthrax could still be a band. The street punk thrashers have endured enough lineup changes and...

Review: Ryan Adams’ Ashes & Fire

Review: Ryan Adams’ ‘Ashes & Fire’

Published October 11, 2011

Ryan AdamâÄôs post-speedball junkie career arc has been nothing if not steady. In fact, itâÄôs been painfully steady. His material has become so tempered and polished over the years that...

Getting Better With Age

Getting Better With Age

Published October 6, 2011

What: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. Cost: $25 When: 8, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, In the ever-widening sphere of indie rock, Stephen Malkmus is treated like a sacred...

My Night At The Library Bar

Published September 29, 2011

The bar had turned into some sort of raving circus. Katy PerryâÄôs âÄúTeenage DreamâÄù emanated from every speaker, sending patrons into a drunken frenzy. Dishes clashed and clanged....

The Whole Love was released on Tuesday, September 27

Review: Wilco’s “The Whole Love”

Published September 27, 2011

  Album: âÄúThe Whole LoveâÄù Band: Wilco Record Label: dBpm Year: 2011 Forget everything you thought you knew about Wilco. After the release of their last record âÄî the self-referential,...

Anthony Jeselnik will be performing at the Acme Comedy Club through Saturday.

Interview: Anthony Jeselnik

Published September 22, 2011

What: Anthony Jeselnik Where: Acme Comedy Club, 708 N. First St. When: Thursday through Saturday 8 pm and 10:30 pm (except for Thursday) Cost: $15 For Anthony Jeselnik, there is no line. And if there was...

In the new travel-doc “Welcome to America: 50 States, 50 Days” Rodney and Roger Johson trek across America before landing in Hawaii.

Twin Cities’ Cinema Paradiso

Published September 20, 2011

What: Twin Cities Film Festival When: Today through Sunday (See for a full schedule.) Where: The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park Cost: Gold Pass (10 Films):...

Cinematic Titanic features several former Mystery Science Theater cast members.

Mystery Science Riff-Raff

Published September 15, 2011

What: Cinematic Titanic When: 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. Cost: $27.50   When Mystery Science Theater 3000 reached the end of its run in 1999, it seemed unlikely...

Atmosphere to perform at TCF Bank Stadium

Published September 13, 2011

  For those of you who don’t attend class, if you haven’t noticed already, summer’s over. And with the school year in full swing, we all know Homecoming weekend is just around the corner. Today...

Kyle Sobczak, left, and Elliott Kozel, right practice Monday afternoon at uptown for their CD release show. Sleeping in the Aviary is having their CD release show at Triple Rock Social Club Thursday at 8 p.m.

Sleeping in the Aviary’s Retro Rattle

Published September 8, 2011

  While most bands hungry for exposure resort to press releases and promotional flyers, Minneapolis locals Sleeping in the Aviary defied the norm and went where no rock âÄònâÄô roll...

Review – Kevin Seccia’s “Punching Tom Hanks”

Review – Kevin Seccia’s “Punching Tom Hanks”

Published August 17, 2011

  âÄúPunching Tom Hanks Author: Kevin Seccia Publisher: St. MartinâÄôs Press Without giving it much thought, the premise behind âÄúPunching Tom HanksâÄù seems like...

Bombay Sweets will be joined by Birthday Suits and the Blind Shake this Friday.

Candy-coated blues

Published August 10, 2011

  Who: Bombay Sweets, The Blind Shake, Birthday Suits, Brute Heart, DJ John Reis When: Saturday, 9 p.m. Where: Turf Club, 1601 W. University Ave., St. Paul Cost: $7  It was the summer of 2009...

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine will headline the Varsity Theater tonight.

The big Cheese

Published August 10, 2011

Who: Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE When: 8 p.m., Wednesday Cost: $29âÄì$60 Conventional wisdom tells us rock âÄònâÄô roll...

Shane Mauss will be headlining four consecutive nights at Acme Comedy

Professional irreverence

Published August 3, 2011

ItâÄôs hard to imagine Shane Mauss doing anything besides stand-up comedy. His distinct brand of observational humor is the kind of whacky genius that your eager-to-please co-worker tries during...

Aby Wolf talks about her process, musical style, and future plans. She will be performing a free show Wedneday at Northrop Plaza.

Aby Wolf’s musical migration

Published August 3, 2011

  These days, Twin Cities singer-songwriters are about as common as a hipster on a fixie. And much like hipsters, itâÄôs hard to distinguish between the hoards of coffee shop artistes that...

Odd Future @ First Avenue October 12

Published July 29, 2011

Hip-hop’s current favorite controversy-generator Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All – the ever-profane and divisive rap collective led by Tyler, the Creator – will be performing at First Avenue in...

New kid on the block

New kid on the block

Published July 27, 2011

In a hip-hop scene constantly celebrated for its modesty, local emcee Malik Watkins ­âÄî better known by his stage name MaLLy âÄî is somewhat of an anomaly. At 25, Watkins is...

Stagger over to Red Stag

Published July 27, 2011

  Who: Romantica, Zoo Animal, Peter Wolf Crier, the 4onthefloor and others What: Red Stag Block Party Where: Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis. When: Sunday, July 31 3-10 p.m. Cost:...

Chris Evans stars as the Allies red, white and blue war hero.

Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Published July 22, 2011

  Captain America: The First Avenger DIRECTED BY: Joe Johnston STARRING: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area Theaters When Nick Fury showed up at the end of 2008âÄôs...

Festival security spray the crowd with water in order to cool them down during Sundays near 100 degree heat index.

The Indie Empire

Published July 20, 2011

Ryan Schreiber looks nothing like your average CEO. At 35, he is stout, boyish and remarkably candid. He is at once calm and fidgety, constantly tossing his head to and fro as if heâÄôs looking...

Pitchfork Music Festival Day 3 Recap

Published July 18, 2011

With afternoon temperatures just shy of hitting the triple-digit mark and a busy lineup that included everyone from the ever-profane hip-hop collective Odd Future to ambient punksters Deerhunter, Sunday...

The Fuck Knights kick off their tour this Thursday with a CD release show at the Hexagon Bar

Ditching derivatives

Published July 13, 2011

  Fuck Knights CD release show Where: Hexagon Bar, 2600 S. 27th Ave.. When: 9 p.m., Thursday, July 14 Cost: Free Unless youâÄôre one of those moral purists who get offended by words or youâÄôre...

Enter Wugazi

Enter Wugazi

Published July 12, 2011

Despite rock âÄònâÄô rollâÄôs long history of creative odd couples, a Fugazi and Wu-Tang Clan pairing just sounded too good to be true. The groups âÄî both legends in their...

Pink Mink will be hosting their CD release show on a boat this Friday.

Review: Pink Mink — “Pink Mink”

Published July 6, 2011

  What: Pink Mink CD release party Where: Padelford Landing, Harriet Island, St. Paul When: July 8, 7 p.m. Cost: $25 I remember the exact moment when Pink Mink won me over. It was a torrid summer...

Andy Kindler will be headlining Acme Comedy for four consecutive nights starting this Tuesday.

Interview: Andy Kindler

Published July 6, 2011

Who: Andy Kindler Where: Acme Comedy Club When: July 12 through July 16. 8 p.m./10:30 p.m. Cost: $15 Most people will recognize Andy Kindler for his roles on shows like âÄúEverybody Loves RaymondâÄù...

Segway to Minneapolis history

Segway to Minneapolis history

Published June 29, 2011

  It was 1999 when Bill Neuenschwander first learned about the Segway while watching âÄúGood Morning America.âÄù Little was known about the two-wheeled vehicle, but Neuenschwander...

Mayfield Blues

Published June 29, 2011

  What: Jessica Lea Mayfield When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis. Cost: $12 Jessica Lea Mayfield was first discovered when she was 15, but at 21 sheâÄôs...

 Poetic variations

Poetic variations

Published June 22, 2011

  What: Jeffrey Skemp CD release party Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. When: 7 p.m., Saturday Cost: $6 advance; $8 door Jeffrey Skemp doesnâÄôt really look like a poet. Just a month...

Rock addicts

Rock addicts

Published June 22, 2011

  Daniel Leary and Jeff Hall canâÄôt stop arguing.  The two have been playing in garage bands for as long as they can remember, but canâÄôt seem to see eye-to-eye on anything...

Cee Lo Green calls City Pages Andrea Swensson gay via Twitter

Published June 17, 2011

So news broke on the twittersphere earlier today – Cee Lo Green is either: 1) An unabashed homophobe or 2) The most immature 37-year old on the internet Of course, the two aren't necessarily mutually...

Bon Iver Cover

Review – “Bon Iver, Bon Iver”

Published June 15, 2011

  "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" Artist: Bon Iver Label: Jagjaguwar Records Bon IverâÄôs hugely successful 2007 debut âÄúFor Emma, Forever AgoâÄù did two things. First, it reminded everyone...

Demetri Martin will be performing at the Pantages Theatre this Friday.

Interview: Demetri Martin

Published June 15, 2011

  What: Demetri Martin When: Friday, June 17, 8 p.m. Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. Tickets: $35      Demetri Martin isnâÄôt just a comedian. HeâÄôs...

Low playing free show for DFL tomorrow

Published June 10, 2011

This just in: Everyone’s favorite indie rock mormons are pinko nutjobs. Just kidding! But seriously, political vitriol aside, Low just announced they’re playing a FREE show for the DFL at Painter Park...

Bowie tribute comes to First Ave

Published June 8, 2011

  What:âÄúRebel, Rebel --âÄî Rock for Pussy VIIIâÄù: A musical tribute to David Bowie When:Friday, 8 p.m. Where:First Avenue mainroom, 701 First Ave. Cost:$8 adv./ $10 door  Moxie...

“Building on Building,” featuring art by New York based street artist Erik Burke, runs through June 18.

Street Painting Man

Published June 8, 2011

  Buildings on Buildings Where: XYandZ, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S. When: Now through June 18 Cost: Free  A totaled police car. Wooden boards. A chipped window frame. These are just a few things youâÄôll...

His name Is Hannibal

His name Is Hannibal

Published June 1, 2011

Who: Hannibal Buress When: June 1st âÄì June 4 8 pm/10:30 pm (times vary) Where: Acme Comedy Club, 708 N 1st St #G31 Hannibal Buress has had more comedic success over the last few years than most...

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali entertained an excited crowd on Sunday.

Soundset thrived in its fourth year

Published May 31, 2011

Midway through Mac MillerâÄôs set, the Pittsburgh-bred emcee took a moment to marvel at the throng of concertgoers stretched before him at SundayâÄôs Soundset festival. âÄúI donâÄôt...

Twin Cities Block Parties 101

Twin Cities Block Parties 101

Published May 25, 2011

  Twin Cities block parties comprise all the best things about summer: booze, live outdoor music and, well, more booze. And after an unusually long winter, the warmest of the temperate seasons seems...

CD Roundup — Black Lips and My Morning Jacket

CD Roundup — Black Lips and My Morning Jacket

Published May 25, 2011

  âÄúArabia MountainâÄù Artist: Black Lips Label: Vice If the Black Lips' last album, âÄú200 Million Thousand,âÄù was a sign of artistic depth, consider their latest...

Welcome to the working week

Welcome to the working week

Published May 5, 2011

In a music scene as thriving and dense as the Twin CitiesâÄô, getting noticed has never been easy. But even local fame doesnâÄôt necessarily promise fortune. ThereâÄôs nothing...

Review: “Helplessness Blues” Fleet Foxes

Review: “Helplessness Blues” Fleet Foxes

Published April 28, 2011

  âÄúHelplessness BluesâÄù Artist: Fleet Foxes Label: Sup Pop Records 2008 was a dull time for indie rock. It was a year fraught with lackluster follow-ups and flavor-of-the-week throwaways....

No Bird Sing will perform at the Cedar Cultural Center with local cohorts Kristoff Krane and Kill the Vultures

I know why no bird sings

Published April 28, 2011

  Who: No Bird Sing with Kristoff Krane Where: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. When: 7 p.m., Friday, April 29 Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door Rock âÄònâÄô roll has seen...

Interview: David Lovering of the Pixies

Published April 21, 2011

Who: Pixies When: 7:30 p.m.,Sunday Where: Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul Cost: $40 ThereâÄôs not much that hasnâÄôt been said about the Pixies. Despite only produced...

Culture compass — Grant Hart, Black Lips and 4onthefloor

Published April 21, 2011

Friday Music âÄì Grant Hart Turf Club 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul $8 7 p.m. If youâÄôre not already seeing Hollow Boys at the Kitty Cat Klub, Friday seems to be lacking in the must-see...

All hollowed out

Published April 21, 2011

Who: Hollow Boys with Br'er When: 8:30 p.m., tomorrow Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis ItâÄôs a brisk Thursday night, and Ali Jaafar just wrapped up a set at the Hexagon bar...

Thoughts on the Current’s Local Music Stream

Published April 14, 2011

Honestly, I didn’t really know much about the Current’s Local stream program until today. But as someone who considers himself an ardent supporter of local music and frequents shows weekly, I couldn’t...

Q&A with Chuck Klosterman

Q&A with Chuck Klosterman

Published April 14, 2011

What: âÄúWitsâÄù with Chuck Klosterman and Craig Finn. When: 8 p.m., Friday, April 15 Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul Cost: $32 Love him or hate him, Chuck Klosterman...

Review: The Family Sign Atmosphere

Review: “The Family Sign” Atmosphere

Published April 13, 2011

"The Family Sign" Artist: Atmosphere Label: Rhymesayers   When it comes to Twin Cities hip-hop, Atmosphere sits at the very center of it all. As local staples like Dessa and P.O.S. continue to grow...

Paul Simon @ First Ave…?

Published April 11, 2011

STOP THE PRESSES: Paul "Graceland" Simon will be performing at First Avenue's mainroom. Yep, you heard it right. Following his sold-out show at the Convention Center, Simon will be taking the stage at...

CD Roundup — Hunx and His Punx and Low

CD Roundup — Hunx and His Punx and Low

Published April 7, 2011

âÄúToo Young to Be in LoveâÄù Band: Hunx and His Punx Label: Hardly Art All who thought indieâÄôs surf-pop wave had reached an apex in 2009 with the arrival of GirlsâÄô...

Show Review: Jeff Tweedy @ Mayo Civic Center

Published March 31, 2011

For a musician who spent a healthy chunk of his career grappling with drug addiction and band-member drama, Jeff Tweedy’s ever-goofy demeanor is admirable and, well, thoroughly entertaining. Anyone who’s...

Off! will be performing at the Triple Rock Social Club April 3

Getting Off!

Published March 31, 2011

  Who: OFF! When: Sunday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis If I didnâÄôt know any better, IâÄôd bet AmericaâÄôs dwindling oil supply that the aptly...

CD Roundup — Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Mountain Goats

CD Roundup — Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Mountain Goats

Published March 31, 2011

  âÄúBelongâÄù Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Label: Slumberland Records  Pains of Being Pure at HeartâÄôs 2009 debut made them a runaway favorite among hipsterdomâÄôs...

Radio K announces release of Stuck on AM 7

Published March 24, 2011

  The music heads at Radio K will be upping the proverbial ante with their newest installment in their long-running series of in-studio performances. Today, the station announced the upcoming release...

Big man on campus

Big man on campus

Published March 24, 2011

Who: Big Zach and Big Jess dual album release with special guests When: 8:30 p.m., today Where: Cabooze, 17 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis Cost: $7 When Zach Combs first started jotting down raps, the Twin...

Comedy geek Patton Oswalt will be the featured guest for this seasons first installment of the Wits series

Wits at the fitz

Published March 24, 2011

WHAT: Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater (with Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins) WHEN: Friday, 8:00 p.m. WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater (10 E Exchange Street) COST: $32 Describing Minnesota Public RadioâÄôs...

Show Review: Jay Leno @ Mystic Lake Casino

Published March 14, 2011

  I walked out of Mystic Lake Casino Saturday night gnawing on new feelings of confused rage. I wasn’t entirely sure what I just witnessed. If it weren’t for the showroom’s no-smoking policy...

Local rapper Dylan Smith aka Mod Sun is one of the candidates of the cover of Rolling Stone this summer. The editors at the Rolling Stone picked 16 unsigned bands to compete for the most coveted prize in music – the cover of Rolling Stone.

Nothin’ but Sunshine

Published March 10, 2011

Dylan Smith hasnâÄôt slept in two days. HeâÄôs been busy producing music at his recording studio in Minneapolis. The place is riddled with pipes, blunt wraps and old copies of XXL. ThereâÄôs...

Paul Simon to play at the Convention Center on May 2

Published March 3, 2011

Despite being almost seven decades old, New Jersey's finest Paul Simon is still strumming after all these years. Simon will be performing at the Minneapolis Auditorium at the Convention Center and, hopefully,...

After witnessing the departure of multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf, Menomena makes some adjustments.

Out of the mine field

Published March 3, 2011

Who: Menomena When: March 4, 8 p.m. Where: Whole Music Club in Coffman UnionâÄôs basement, 360 Washington Ave. SE. Cost: $10-$15 Some albums just end up taking more out of a band than others. For...