Foxygen @ First Avenue

Sam France owning the room at First Avenue with his eccentric entertainment leaves it all out on the stage. His performance isn't anything I'd expected; familiar with their music and seeing them for the first time - it all fits. Their raw Stones sounds flow to...

Big Sean @ MYTH Live

Touring his latest release I Decided, Big Sean stopped at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood to a packed room. Opening act MadeinTYO set the stage, got the crowd hyped for the lyrical, trap-backed performance from Sean.   ...

Cory Branan @ The Driftwood Char Bar

If you create a Pandora station based on John Prine, Cory Branan will come up quite a bit. And while that Venn-diagram will have its share of similarities, one thing is for sure. John Prine did not play the Driftwood Char Bar last evening.   The Dri...

UPCOMING: Cory Branan @ Char Bar in Minneapolis – 3/25/17

PHOTO: Joshua Black Wilkins ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival ki...

P.O.S Sells Out First Avenue

Releasing his latest album to vinyl Thursday, Stef stops by First Avenue Friday to a sold out main room, says fuck you with a smile, and rolls out - but not before putting on a killer show. It doesn't get old seeing P.O.S live with his almost sarcastic this-is...

Cold War Kids @ First Avenue

Cold War Kids hit First Ave on 3/15/2017 playing a mix of some old favorites and some new songs like Love is Mystical off their upcoming album L.A. Divine. The band, including lead vocalist/guitarist Nathan Willett, leaves it all on stage. You could hear that ...

PHANTOGRAM Lights Up St. Paul’s Palace Theatre

PHANTOGRAM came to the Twin Cities selling out and wrapping up the opening weekend to Palace Theatre. If the fresh snow on the ground confused you about what season it was, maybe the in your face lyrics delivered by Barthel set you straight. The duo owned t...

Hippo Campus Sells Out First Ave 3/11 + 3/12!!!

Hippo Campus Sells Out First Ave 3/11 + 3/12!!! With words by Julia Kindall and Photographs by Connor Siedow On march 11th and 12th Hippo Campus headlined two sold out shows at First Avenue, making this their third sold out show at the venue in the past two ...

Mikey Avalon @ The Cabooze

Mickey Avalon came to Minneapolis on his ten year tour. He played at the Cabooze and the place was packed. Local rapper, Botzy opened for Mickey. Botzy got the crowd excited and ready for Mickey with his high energy. He was running around the stage and gett...

The Jayhawks at the Newly Opened Palace Theatre

Review by: Michael Loeffler   It was an extremely frigid night in early March, even by typical Minnesota standards, but that didn’t deter the crowd that was eagerly waiting in line to enter the newly remodeled Palace Theatre on Saturday night. The e...

PHTANTOGRAM To Open Historic Palace Theater 3/12/17

Among the other heavy hitters opening the rebirth of historic Palace Theater in Downtown Saint Paul is PHANTOGRAM touring their 2016 debut album THREE. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter hit the stage after opening act The Veldt ...and maybe more? Big Grams anyone?...

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears @ First Avenue

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears from Austin, TX, hit First Avenue Monday night, promoting their new album Backlash. These guys have so much good energy and put on an awesome show. Their soulful, bluesy, funky sound is the kind you can't help but dance to....

PROF Tears the Roof off at First Avenue

PROF throws a party and brings all his friends - a collection of photos the chaos this dude creates. It doesn't stop when he's on stage; the crowd is turned up to 11 the entire time. GAMPO and crew came off a road tour left for broke and let it all out in the ...

Chill Vibez VIII @ Ice House

Chill Vibez is hosted and curated by Ashley Mari. It began May 19th at Moto-i as a free event open to all. Chill Vibez features a collection of many different musicians, poets, dancers, activists, DJs, and visual artists. Chill Vibez has grown into a movement ...

Ben Sims & Mike Gervais

Dj Ben Sims and Mike Gervais joined together for the first time in Minneapolis. Ben Sims is a revered techno artist from the UK and Mike is a hard-working Midwest techno artist. The next time this duo will happen might be in London. It was an amazing show with...

Ron’s Memorial concert

Minneapolis recently lost a very loved man, Ron Upton. Ron was well known in Uptown and loved by many. His memorial concert was last night at the Uptown VFW. The VFW filled up with so many friends and family of Ron and was a beautiful way to say goodbye. Ma...

Alter Bridge @ The Moore Theater

Alter Bridge landed at the historic Moore Theater in Seattle, WA this past Wednesday bringing Nonpoint and Them Evils along. This was AB's last American tour date before heading overseas to NZ (and returning for newly released US stops). For my first time seei...

Melissa @ The Shout! House

A great place to spend a Friday night is The Shout! House. The Shout! House Dueling Pianos is a live music venue in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. It combines music and improvisational comedy with the help of the audience to create unique, fun filled exper...

Landmark by Hippo Campus Out Today!

Album art by David Kramer Hippo Campus's first studio album was released today! Their long awaited debut album, Landmark finally arrives today. Produced by BJ Burton (Bon Iver's 22, A Million), this album lives up to the hype. Hippo Campus will be pl...

Hurricane Joe @ The Cabooze

The Duluth band had their first show in Minneapolis last night. Hurricane Joe is a metal band with a deep bond between the band members. They are releasing a new album and starting to play more in Minneapolis. The Cabooze was dead at 5:30 when they started ...

Artist Spotlight : Hurricane Joe

Britleigh got to hang out and photograph  the metal band Hurricane Joe. Hurricane Joe is a Duluth band who has moved to the Twin Cities. They are having their first local show at The Cabooze tomorrow night. They are a fresh but old school metal band. Th...

Artist Spotlight: Botzy

Britleigh sat down with rapper Botzy for an interview at the Nicollet dinner in Minneapolis.  Botzy a constant collaborative who's been involved multiple projects such Culture cry wolf, and VAYNS has been an influence in the scene for 9 years.  Here what h...

Dawes @ The State Theater

Following the release of their latest album We’re all Gonna Die, Dawes hit the road for a 50 stop tour across America. With no opener, The band played two sets that lasted nearly three hours with hardly a break in the setlist, perfectly fitting in new songs of...

AFI @ First Avenue

AFI, on ‘The Blood Tour”, hit the stage at First Avenue last night, along with opening acts, Chain Gang of 1974, and Souvenirs. California based band, Souvenirs, featuring bandmates Nolan, Riley, Tim and Vince also opened with their mellow sounds. Openin...

Live! The Lumineers at Target Center

Rising from their origins in one of my favorite cities in the country, Denver, CO, is a band that captures and captivates a crowd of young, old, and in between.  The Lumineers put out their second full length album 'Cleopatra' in April of 2016. Currently tour...

LIVE: SIMS @ First Avenue Mainroom

SIMS - making a long overdue, hometown solo performance with WebsterX, AIR CREDITS (The Hood Internet x ShowYouSuck) and NAZEEM & SPENCER JOLES - lit First Ave's mainroom on fire. Not literally. That would be bad. SIMS and the whole Doomtree crew bri...

TSLN AND FRIENDS BEST OF 2016!!!

One of The Show Last Night's longest running "traditions" is to create a list of the best content we've created throughout the year, at the end of each year! This year is no different in that manner. We've asked our photographers and friends that have stuck wi...

Sitting down with Sonny Knight @ The Dakota Jazz Club

  “Im 68 years old. And the way things are happening right now, I mean its very cool.” Sonny Knight smiled. “To have the recognition I do now” he continued “I mean, I owe it all to the cats that I play with. They motivate me to do what i do. I watc...

LIVE COVERAGE: Murder By Death @ Fine Line Music Cafe

Murder by Death took the stage at the Fine Line Music Cafe following opener Laura Stevenson this past Friday. If you've listened to Murder by Death's music and wondered how you get more from this band - you go see them live. Anything you've thought you wanted ...

PREVIEW: Murder By Death @ Fine Line Music Cafe

Murder By Death with guests Twin Limb & Laura Stevenson are making an appearance at the Fine Line Music Cafe this Friday, November 11th, 2016. Don't let their name fool you; this is not a metal show, rather, a can-be-upbeat-but-still-dark type of ba...

LANY @ The Fine Line, MPLS, MN

On November 5th, the band LANY arrived in Minneapolis on their 40th stop on tour at the Fine Line Music Café. Before the band even came on, there were chants of their name and fans in the front row throwing rose pedals on the stage. As soon as Jake, Les an...

Oh Wonder & Lany @ First Avenue

Lany’s Paul Jason, Leslie Priest and Jake Goss recently arrived on First Avenue’s stage to a cheering crowd; eager to hear their fresh r&b infused pop songs live. Great friends, good times, and a love of music created Lany (they span NY to LA). Thei...

UPCOMING: LANY @ Fine Line

As you may know, LA-based band LANY is performing the Kinda Tour, coming to Minneapolis on Saturday, November 5th, at the Fine Line Music Cafe! LANY will be on tour to support their latest EP kinda and just completed a number of summer festivals such as Bon...

Conquering Self Doubt, and Becoming the Bigger Fish

Being in an environment surrounded by so many amazing photographers is greatly influential but also feeds deeply into my own self-doubt. We live in a society of artists that are constantly working to better them and move forward in their trade. This has be...

Denver Sings along to Caroline Smith

If you haven't seen Minneapolis sweetheart Caroline Smith in a while, it's because she's been spending the last year in Los Angeles, working on new music. This October, she's taking a break from writing to go out on what she's calling the Big Baby Tour. Th...

Sonny Knight & The Lakers @ First Avenue

Sonny Knight & The Lakers have become a hometown favorite to Minneapolis. They're leading a revival of soul music not only in the twin cities, but arguably the upper Midwest. It's not going unnoticed either. The First Avenue Mainroom was packed this pa...

BEARTOOTH @ MILL CITY NIGHTS

Beartooth stopped by Mill City Nights on Tuesday with Every Time I Die, Fit For a King and Old Wounds. Unfortunately we were unable to catch Old Wounds set. Here is photos from the rest of the night!   BEARTOOTH   EVERY TIME I DIE ...

The Band Of Heathens @ Dakota Jazz Club

It isn't very often that bands out of Austin, Texas make the journey up Interstate 35 to Minneapolis. Austin has been churning out incredible musical acts for a long time, but recently people's eyes (and more importantly, their ears) have turned to Austin for ...

Whitney Sells Out The Triple Rock

Chicago natives Whitney sold out The Triple Rock Social Club last night. And for damn good reason. This was Whitney's first show after coming home to the US from a European tour. Jet-lagged and all, they sounded absolutely perfect. Frontman and drummer, Julien...

A Colorado road trip: Trampled By Turtles @ Red Rocks

I recently got the opportunity to travel down to Colorado to work with Trampled By Turtles as their photographer at Red Rocks Amphitheater (Bucket list experience: checked).  On 08/11/2016 TBT  played their sold out show. I packed up and made my journey from t...

BILLY TALENT REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN FIRST WEEK

BILLY TALENT REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN FIRST WEEK Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent have cemented themselves as a generation-defining rock band.  Boasting nearly one million albums sold in Canada alone and nearly 3 million album...

Trampling through Colorado

Here's a bunch of photos from Trampled by Turtles' two days in Colorado. Wednesday at the Ogden was a great warm up for an amazing Thursday evening at Red Rocks. Got to meet one of the best beat writers in the NHL (and laugh about Roy leaving the Aves) both ev...

The Perfect Rejects & Warren G @ The Cabooze

Photos by Alexander Just Written by Maya Clark Tuesday, July 19th, hip hop lovers rendezvoused at Cabooze in Downtown Minneapolis for the likes of Warren G and openers The Perfect Rejects. I could smell the cannabis in the air about a block away, so ...

Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley Music Theater

Alpine Valley was written on the back windows of buses and station wagons, telling us where they were headed, and the license plates telling us where they were from. People descended here from as far away as New York, Florida, and California just to see them.

Trampled By Turtles + Hippo Campus in DULUTH!!!

This past Saturday (7/9/2016) Trampled By Turtles headlined a hometown jam at Bayfront Festival Park. They brought Minnesota favorites Hippo Campus on the bill to join them. Hippo Campus started a little before 8pm and played though the sunset: Trample...

Electric Forest 2016!!!

Electric Forest 2016 On the morning of June 23rd, you could hear the quiet purr of EDM in the distance. Cars lined up miles long to reach the gates of the famous Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. The party started even before they entered; bee...

Parts of the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival

A long but fun weekend photographing and camping in Telluride, CO. Which is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Parking is an absolute disaster, but that's what happens when 10k cars ascend on a town the size and shape of Telluride. T...

Pvris, Lydia & Polyenso @ Mill City Nights

Photographed by Alexander Just Written by Ron Janzen   Polyenso, one of the opening acts, has been named one of the top 16 bands to watch in 2016, by Alternative Press. We did. We agree. Coming out of post-hardcore band Oceana, band mates Denn...

Subaquatic Records pre-release show @ The Triple Rock

Written and Photographed by Casey Carlson For a label that isn't even a year old yet, Subaquatic records was able to draw a large crowd to the Triple Rock Social Club this past Thursday. There was a line outside the door an hour before showtime, obviously...

Elephant Revival @ The Cedar

Elephant Revival touring their latest debut Petals stopped by The Cedar Cultural Center with special guests Dead Horses. The intimacy The Cedar provides is perfect for a band of their nature. Elephant Revival's sound filled the room perfectly, you felt surroun...

Courtney Barnett @ First Avenue

Written and Photographed by Casey Carlson If you were one of the first few concert goers to escape the rain and enter First Avenue this past Wednesday, it wouldn't have been hard for you to spot Courtney Barnett playing Ms Pacman off to the side of the stea...

MOD SUN 4/20 SHOW

Mod Sun headlined a sold out show at First Avenue for his favorite holiday with help from Rocky Diamonds and POS!      ...

Outcry Tour – 2016 – St. Paul!

LAST NIGHT the OUTCRY Tour came to St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center for an exciting night! The OUTCRY Story: "OUTCRY is the lights and sounds of a movement in progress. We believe that the “the next big thing” is here. It’s always been here. The loc...

MUTEMATH @ FIRST AVE! (PHOTO COVERAGE)

Talented photographer, Ari Woeste went out and photographed indie rock band, MuteMath on Sunday at First Avenue in Minneapolis. MuteMath just released "Vitals", their newest full length album, harboring extremely positive reviews. Here are some shots from thei...

Photos: Dopapod live in Denver @ the Bluebird Theater

The first night of my three week trip to Colorado was spent enjoying Dopapod live at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. It was a night full of great vibes and awesome music. The people I met inside and outside the venue were all extremely nice and fun to be aroun...

21 Photos: Big Gigantic live in Minneapolis

Big Gigantic is an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz influenced duo based out of Boulder, Colorado. Their combination of electronic beats with live saxophone and live drums is an interesting twist on what you hear at a typical EDM show. TSLN photogra...

So What?! Music Festival – Day 1

A week ago, So What?! Music Festival was held at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. It was nothing short of astounding. From legendary acts like New Found Glory headlining, to everyone's favorites like State Champs and Neck Deep just before. We recently...

Secret Stash Soul Revue at Fitzgerald Theater

Written and Photographed by Casey Carlson You don't hear the term "revue" used much for shows these days. In its heyday, a revue typically consisted of song, dance, and a theatrical performance, All of which were present for the Secret Stash Soul Revue at the...

Melanie Martinez @ The Myth

On Wednesday night, adolescence and adults of all ages flooded the doors of Myth Live in Maplewood, Minnesota for the likes of Melanie Martinez and opening band, Alvarez Kings. Walking in, you can see the difference from the typical concertgoer; brightly color...

Daughter @ First Ave!

"I'd love to welcome our newest contributor, Pierre Ware! He's an extremely talented photographer and a wonderful young dude. Here he is, shining on his first post." -Connor Siedow On Saturday night, DAUGHTER graced the stage of their sold out show at F...

REVIEW: MEGADETH @ Myth

Megadeth is a name to know if you’ve listened to Metal since the 80's - three generations of fans packed the Myth nightclub to max capacity for the 93x Brotherhood Ball Saturday. Openers included Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havok delivering perf...

SLAYER @ The Myth

On Friday, thrash metal kings Slayer, Testament and Carcass played to a sold out crowd at The Myth in St. Paul, Minnesota. These legendary bands have been known to play some of the most aggressive metal for the last twenty years. With one of the most wild c...

Coheed and Cambria @ The Myth

Coheed and Cambria came through Minnesota last night as the headliner of the The Color Before The Sun Tour. The tour was supporting Coheed and Cambria's newest record of the same name. Along with them, the package included Silver Snakes, I The Mighty, and G...

Meet Falling!

Meet Falling! (From left to right) JJ Monroe, Jackson Catton, Lars Oslund are the members of a newly reformed band, Falling. The band formed in 2012 under a different name, eventually changing their name to Falling in 2015 to coincide with a shifting...

Dropkick Murphys @ The Myth

Boston natives and legendary celtic punk band, Dropkick Murphys, stopped in Minnesota Saturday evening during their 20th Anniversary Tour. The sold out show at The Myth in Maplewood drew crowds of people wearing either shamrock green or the Bruin's black and y...

G-Eazy + A$AP Ferg: When It’s Dark Out Tour

G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg stopped down to Mesa, Arizona on one of the last stops of G-Eazy's When It's Dark Out tour. An electrifying sold out show at the Mesa Amphitheater last night, Friday, February 6th. Photos of the event by Connor Siedow below: A$AP Fer...

City of Sound releases ‘Rebirth’ on Vinyl

City of Sound is a name that will ring a bell if you've been around the Twin Cities music scene for a while. They're an experimental progressive rock group hailing from Minneapolis. Danny Morrison, Levi Merry, Jeremy Kindvall, and Braden Dickie. Recently th...

DROPKICK MURPHYS 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR

DROPKICK MURPHYS 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 18 IN CLEVELAND, WITH TWO NIGHTS AT NEW YORK CITY'S WEBSTER HALL AND BAND'S ANNUAL HOMETOWN RUN OF BOSTON SHOWS ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEK, HIGHLIGHTED BY 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT AGGANIS AREN...

Hype Watch: Rally Cap

Rally Cap is quickly making a name for themselves as of late. These pop-punkers have been making the rounds, and having a gigantic party while doing it. Rally Cap released their debut EP "Down For The Count" on August 6th of 2015, and it's a perfect blend ...

Moshing Around The X-Mas Tree! @ The Garage

The annual "Mosh Around The X-Mas Tree" event was held at The Garage yesterday. The bill featured mostly local bands, but came with two touring acts; Oklahoma Caddy Shack and Main State. This year was a smaller show, but it still was a great one nonetheless. T...

Hippo Campus Sells Out First Avenue!

There's nothing quite so special as watching a favorite local act make it big. Even better, though, is when that same local band returns after time spent touring to finally play another hometown show. There's a special sort of energy at these shows, a mixture ...

Jaedyn James & The Hunger @ Memory Lanes

On the eve of Halloween Jaedyn James & The Hunger put on a full fledged Circus @ Memory Lanes. Complete with Ring Master, Bearded Lady, Mime, Penguin, & the bastard child of an Ewok and Hans Solo. A Crazy Cat lady blew trumpet. Hunter S. Parker sax...

New Out Came The Wolves!

Out Came The Wolves just released a new single, "96", along with a corresponding music video on their website and YouTube. You can view it below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiHdWw0FAKM...

KTIS Presents: TobyMac @ The Target Center

Christian music superstar, Toby McKeehan, also known as TobyMac, performed at the Target Center this past Friday for his This Is Not A Test tour. Named after his 7th studio album, This Is Not A Test; this stop on his tour boasted a near sold out Target Center,...

Photos: Shakey Graves live at First Avenue!

Shakey Graves played a killer set at First Avenue the other night (11/04/2015). After seeing and photographing him live at Festival Palomino just over a month ago I knew this was a show I couldn't miss. This dude is very talented. If his guitar playing wasn't ...

Circa Survive live at Mill City Nights

    Circa Survive played a killer show at Mill City Nights the other night (10/02/2015). They're out on the road in celebration of their first album Juturna turning 10 years old! They rocked the house along with support from opening acts Rx...

Photos: The Front Bottoms live at Varsity Theater

The Front Bottoms played a sold out show at Varsity Theater last night (11/01/2015). The crowd was awesome! They screamed lyrics to their favorite songs and there was plenty of crowd surfing, which TSLN supports fully. I'm scrambling to finish this post up bef...

Photos: Twenty One Pilots live at The Myth!

Check out these photos! Twenty One Pilots, Echosmith and Finish Ticket played a SOLD OUT show to a very energetic crowd last night (10/29/2015) at The Myth in Maplewood, MN.   The duo from Columbus, Ohio is on tour celebrating the recent release of thei...

Desaparecidos Forced To Cancel Remainder Of US Tour

Desaparecidos has been forced to cancel the remainder of their US tour dates. Conor Oberst fell ill while on tour in Jacksonville, Florida and was briefly hospitalized due to laryngitis, anxiety, and exhaustion. In consultation with his doctors, the band h...

FOR TODAY, FIT FOR A KING, GIDEON + MORE @ SKYWAY THEATRE

To get right into it, this show was nothing short of amazing. Every band was spectacular, from soundcheck to performance. The show started off with Minnesota locals, At Mourning's End, who know how to put on a show. The group killed the stage and left it in sh...

BEHIND TSLN: ALEXANDER JUST

Alexander Just is an active contributing photographer for The Show Last Night. But if you ask him what he photographs, he would call himself a portrait photographer. For this segment of Behind TSLN, I sat down with Alex to ask him a few questions about his ven...

Behind TSLN: Tanner Morris

In Behind TSLN, I'll delve into some of the people who help make this website work. I'll ask them questions about their time in The Show Last Night, along with questions about their own endeavors. Because hey, we're all entrepreneurs here. I decided to ...

Remo Drive Announce New Release!

  Minneapolis post hardcore/ emo trio, Remo Drive, have just announced a two song single which is due for release on November 10th. The first of the two songs to be released, 'Breathe In', is explosive and hardcore influenced instrumentally- but mi...

FRANZ FERDINAND + SPARKS = FFS AT FIRST AVENUE!

Collaborations DO work! And it's glam rock at it's finest. Legendary bands Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have joined forces to form FFS. They played at the First Avenue main room in Minneapolis last night, October 9th. Playing Franz Ferdinand hits, Sparks ...

Ezra Furman at the Turf Club

Ezra Furman performed with his touring band The Boy-Friends last night at The Turf Club in St. Paul. As the night grew older, the show slowly erupted into an electrifying dance party. Ezra spoke heavily and passionately about struggling with himself bei...

Hype Watch: Sibir

Post-Rock is alive and well in the Minneapolis music scene. Being no strangers to the scene, Sibir is ready to come out guns blazing. Consisting of old In Favor members and current members of Atrocities, Sibir is bringing post-rock back from the 80's and 90...

FESTIVAL PALOMINO! Weekend Photo Highlights!

This past Saturday, Trampled By Turtles hosted their annual Festival Palomino! Headlined by Trampled themselves, Dr. Dog, Father John Misty, Benjamin Booker, Shakey Graves, Laura Marling, Calexico, Lydia Loveless, and The Lowest Pair stacked a wonderful li...

Hype Watch: Evacuate The City (+Photo Gallery)

Sound the alarms and hide all your valuables. The Catastrophe is coming. Evacuate The City is a metalcore band based out of Orlando, Florida. With their crushing riffs, beauteous melodies, and incorporation of technical electronic sounds, Evacuate The City ...

At Mourning’s End ‘Decay’ Music Video Premiere!

The title track for At Mourning's End new EP Decay, has just dropped!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzQmfePEqgQ AME teamed up with Armando Terrazas to illustrate the struggle of envy. You can check out the rest of the EP here, and support your loca...

Hippo Campus @ the U of M Homecoming!

Hippo Campus played a show at the University of Minnesota's homecoming Party on the Plaza kickoff tonight at Coffman Memorial Union. The show, being extremely under-advertised, still managed to draw quite a few die hard fans at the university. Hippo Campus kil...

Photo Gallery: Alt-J live @ the Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Last time Alt-J was in the Twin Cities they played two sold out shows at First Avenue. Although First Ave is a phenomenal venue it seemed fair for them to play at a bigger venue in 2015. The Roy Wilkins Auditorium was packed with fans on the night of Thursday,...

Desaparecidos With Joyce Manor @ First Avenue!

Conor Oberst's political brainchild, Desaparecidos, headlined a show at the First Ave Mainroom last night. If I had to describe the Desaparecidos show in one sentence, I would call it; A politically charged, punk rock masterpiece. Stage dive-hating, emo pun...

Illegal Pete’s 20th Anniversary Party @ Red Rocks

  I've covered a handful of Illegal Pete's performances in the past. Though typically, they're in a thousand square foot restaurant in Denver - in front of thirty to a hundred people. The venue was certainly larger and slightly more packed, the onl...

We Dream Dawn @ Walnut Room – Denver, CO

  It's been a number of years for me since visiting any Denver concert venues. I decided to immerse myself this weekend between the Walnut Room and Red Rocks back into the Denver scene. Saturday evening we wandered out to the Walnut Room in Denver ...

Weekend Run with Zealot – TSLN on The Road

Weekend Run with Zealot - TSLN on The Road TSLN photographer Trevor Sweeney went on the road with Willmar metal band Zealot on a two day weekend run going through Chicago and to Matter Fest in Converse, Indiana. They were also accompanied with Milwaukee har...

VIDEO: Interview with Northlane’s Marcus Bridge.

Northlane is out on tour following the release of their newest record Node. Anyone who follows Northlane will know that they have been putting forth some very big changes. While they recently parted ways with former vocalist Adrian and welcomed into the band M...

Out Came The Wolves: In The Works with Cameron Burns

There has been a lot going on with Out Came The Wolves recently, we mean a LOT!  We may not be able to tell you everything, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the upcoming full album and I gotta say, our boys have been putting in work! Without maste...

Volumes Vocalist Releases Rap EP

Volumes vocalist Gus Farias has released an EP titled "The Saiyan Saga" on August 6th under the name Yung Yogi. Gus is currently touring with other rap acts like Yung Simmie, Cashy, Don Krez, Nick Travae and more. You can stream "The Saiyan Saga" below. Let...

Terraform & Grim State Summer Tour

  Terraform & Grim State Summer Tour Terraform from the midwest and Grim State from Dayton, Ohio was a three week long tour in July with TSLN photographer Trevor Sweeney. The tour went all the way down to Florida and up the east coast into Penns...

Molly’s Worst Enemy Announces Break-Up

It's no contest when we say that Molly's Worst Enemy is a local legend when it comes to the Minnesota music scene. The band is easily responsible for countless successful shows, bands, and unifying the scene. The rag-tag group of boys have toured numerously, r...

Juliet Simms: Interview & Gallery

I can't tell you how stoked I was when we got the opportunity to interview Juliet Simms. She has been in the industry a long time now and is so under rated. I sat down with her after her set on Vans Warped Tour and talked Automatic Loveletter, haters, and Juli...

Warped Tour 2015 Photo Gallery: Part 1 of 2

VANS WARPED TOUR in Shakopee, Minnesota on July 26th, 2015 was one hell of an event! This post is part 1 of 2, featuring bands that played BEFORE 4pm. Be sure to check back soon for our coverage of the second half of the day!  Straight out of the gate th...

Local Spotlight: ChugChugWob

ChugChugWob are a metalcore/electronic act straight out of the Twin Cities. They have been around the block, and are definitely a force to be reckoned with. You like to party? Come to a ChugChugWob show. I recently chat up the dudes in Chug, and we talk...

Straight Line Stitch : Interview and gallery

During the Civil Unrest Tour, we got an opportunity to talk with Alexis of Straight Line Stitch to hear about the new EP!     How many tracks are available on your latest EP, Transparency? Alexis: This is a 6 track EP. Who did you guys w...

Household Release New Single – “Wistern”

Minneapolis, Minnesota punkers Household have released a new single today entitled “Wistern” The track draws influences from the likes of The Story So Far, Such Gold and Transit. The new album, produced Defeater’s Jay Maas, is an extreme jump forward fo...

Rock the Garden: A Weekend in Photos

Rock the Garden, a two day concert festival hosted by 89.3 The Current, returned to the grounds of Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this past weekend. This huge event attracted over 8,000 people to soak up the heat from acts as big as Conor Oberst, Belle and S...

Tattooed Tuesday: Cameron Burns, Round 2.

Name: Cameron Burns Occupation: Vocals for Out Came The Wolves Primary Artist: Elisa Thorson & Adam Chiodo Instagram: @Cameronoctw All photos taken by Chris Duke. A Special thank you to Erica Marie! ...

Spotlight: Sapphire Empire!

Recently I sat down with, and got to know the members of Sapphire Empire, a pop, R&B, jazz experimental band from Canada. Let's start with your name, then what do you play? Gaby, guitar Anatol, keys Lucas, bass Selci, lead vocals Ben, drums ...

FIDLAR live @ 7th Street Entry

FIDLAR rocked a wall to wall 7th Street Entry both Thursday and Friday evening. Dual headlining their tour with METZ, the bands played sold out shows both nights. Local dudes, France Camp, joined the show Thursday evening, and kept the crowd on their toes unti...

Alesana Interview & Gallery

Alesana holds a special place in my heart. They were a band that I didn't know much about when I first started doing interviews, but have since become one of my favorite bands to follow. When you see them live you are allowed into their crazy Story Land full o...

TECH N9NE: Special Effects Tour!

Opening the show and getting everyone hella juiced, was the amazing ZUSE! Shifting gears into a sick heavy set was Michigan based rockers, King 810.   If you haven't seen Murs perform before, you have got to make sure you are there for hi...

Tattoo Tuesday!

This weeks Tattoo Tuesday features local rapper Brandon Bates! Check out his new music video for his song "B Thoughts"        ...

Black Lives Matter March in Support of Freddie Gray

"No justice, no peace, prosecute the police!" was the message said loud and clear in the latest Black Lives Matter protest. Their loud voices were clear in their outrage of the latest death, of Freddie Grey, while in the hands of the Baltimore Police. Many peo...

Tattooed Tuesdays: Riley Jacob Downs

Name: Riley Jacob Downs Occupation: Sales at The Ecig Palace/ Photographer at Riley Downs Photography Primary Artist(s): Jeffery Brummett from The Inkwell Tattoo in Anoka Instagram: @rileydownsphoto  ...

Got a Local Shop – Record Store Day is Saturday the 18th?

Been to a local record store lately – the vinyl kind? Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 18th will showcase over 600 artists nationwide. Twin Cities is home to more than 25 totally independent shops, like Hymie’s Vintage Records. They are hosting an outdoo...

Insomniac, Pets With People Names + More! @ Pease, MN

Insomniac and Pets With People Names recently closed off their weekend tour by hosting a last-minute house show in Pease, MN. Opening for them were supergroup Bitcoin Kids, which featured Varrick Bruno from Insomniac and Alex Wells from In Favor. Followed by B...

Hippo Campus & The Mowgli’s @ The Varsity Theater

On Friday (April 3rd) The Mowgli's came to Minneapolis accompanied by Night Riots and Minnesota natives, Hippo Campus for their Kids In Love Tour. Night Riots opened with a great performance. It was by first time hearing them. They sounded like a mix betwee...

BIG DATA @ THE FINE LINE

It's not often that every act during a concert is amazing, and totally blows you away. As someone who shoots concerts on a weekly basis, I can say that I've only come across this once or twice. This being one of them. Coming into the night only knowing who Big...

Treefort Music Fest: Days Two & Three

While Treefort came to close on it's final weekend days, the festival didn't lose momentum. As bands like Foxygen, and Tv on the Radio rocked the main stage, Vacationer stole the late-night festival goers at El Korah Shrine, and Psychomagic performed a high-en...

Triathalon Interview: Treefort Music Fest

Hailing from the land of peaches, Triathalon are spreading their motown-inspired surf jams across the country, and even though these dudes are on the last leg of their tour, they're still bringing the heat. Before their Treefort performance at Crazy Horse, I c...

Earl Sweatshirt @ Mill City Nights

Friday, March 25th, at Mill City Nights, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, and Remy Banks rolled through for their Not Redy 2 Leave tour. Building up anticipation, or just starting late, New York-based rapper, Remy Banks came out to an eager crowd of ...

Treefort Music Fest Day One

Treefort music fest is a five day music festival in downtown Boise, Idaho. Not only is this festival packed with a wide range of musicians, but it also features plenty of things to do if you're looking for more than just music. Easy to say this is the most adu...

5 Local Bands You’re Missing Out On

You've been to a lot of shows. You've seen a bunch of bands. But have you paid attention to the openers? The locals that kick off the night of sick jams and good friends? If you have, good on you! You might be familiar with some of these guys. If not, get your...
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New Found Glory @ The Varsity Theater

  New Found Glory’s “Sleep When I Die” tour hit Minneapolis last night, with an electric line up, sure to bring a sound for everyone to relate to. Opening the night was Virginia based band, Turnover, whose set opened up the evening with low key but ...

Of Montreal at First Avenue

Of Montreal and Deerhoof arrived at Minneapolis' First Avenue last night to a packed venue full of eager concert-goers. There was a certain electricity in the air as the theatrical performance of Of Montreal captivated the crowd. No doubt there was lots of cha...

Local Spotlight: Remo Drive and a new single!

Remo Drive is an alternative/indie rock three piece based out of Bloomington and Waconia Minnesota. Paring mild ambience with emotional punk, the group has found a home in the local house show scene and through regular gigging, energetic performances, and ...

Mod Sun The Look Up Tour: A Night of Firsts

Mod Sun came through Minneapolis last night on the 'Look Up Tour.' This is Mod Sun's first headlining tour and last night was his first sold out show, promoting his first full length album, and where was the show? You guessed it, First Avenue. We got to...

HELMET @ MILL CITY NIGHTS!

After bringing it to Europe, as well as dates select US dates, Helmet’s Betty tour hit Minneapolis last night. The floor of Mill City was tightly packed with a crowd, and you could feel the anticipation amongst them, as they awaited hearing one of the 9...

John Mark Nelson, Communist Daughter @ Varsity Theater

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot my first show for TSLN and it was a blast at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The show opened up with Holly Henry from " The Voice" It was an exciting time for her, as she does not usually preform in front...

FOR TODAY W/ ICE NINE KILLS

For Today, a metal core band from Sioux City, Iowa, came up north and played Skyway Theatre's Studio B, along with special guest Ice Nine Kills. Alongside were a few local sets, Its Confidential, In The Line of Duty, and VIA. ...

DOOMTREE All Hands Tour @ First Avenue!

Doomtree returned home again for their first time since their new album All Hands was released. They had quite the stage presence at the sold out show. With help from Aby Wolf, a local vocalist who is a frequent at Doomtree shows, really made the experience me...

Hippo Campus: Interview

The Hippo Campus interview:  Photo by Taylor Hanson   On Friday night, Taylor Hanson and Connor Siedow sat down at The Bad Waitress with the guys from Hippo Campus to ask them a few questions. From left to right, Turntan, Stitches, Espo and Bean...

Allan Kingdom: Interview

Taylor Hanson and I sat down at the Spyhouse on Broadway in Minneapolis today to talk with Allan Kingdom:   So Allan, you were born in Canada? “Yeah, yeah.” So where else have you lived? What made you come out here? “My mom’s work. I...

Mod Sun Drops New Single; “Howlin’ At the Moon”

With the anticipation of his debut album climbing every day, the innovator of "Hippy Hop" and Minnesota native Derek Smith, aka Mod Sun released his latest single off of Look Up. The trippy single brings a vibe that fans of Mod would love. Produced by Mod h...

NEWS: Hinterland Music Festival Announcement – Des Moines, IA

DES MOINES (February 10, 2015) – Announcing the first annual Hinterland Music Festival, on Friday and Saturday, July 31 – August 1: Two days of music curated for Midwesterners who love both urban settings and the outdoors. True to its name, Hinterland will be ...

Harriet Brewing’s 4th Annual Extravaganza @ The Cedar

  Harriet Brewing's 4th Annual Extravaganza on Saturday was an inevitable success at the Cedar this past Saturday. Starting the night out with The Last Revel, a punky-folk-rock trio had the near capacity crowd dancing while drinking, which can be a...

Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil

Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil brought their World Tour to the Myth recently.  Die-hard fans arrived at Noon, to find others camping out from the previous night, already in line. Special guest Mallory Knox opened this highly anticipated show. A five-...

Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck @ The Triple Rock

Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck took the stage at the Triple Rock Friday night. Sandwiching their set between Major G & BLVCK SPVCE, the duo performed a smooth and energetic set that incorporated songs from a variety of their releases, including their ...

SILVERSTEIN W/ BEARTOOTH, HANDS LIKE HOUSES AND MORE

Silverstein celebrates ten years since the release of Discovering the Waterfront, by playing their whole album, as they headline the tour. Supporting acts include Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, Major League, and My Iron Lung. High energy night! ...

Hippo Campus and Suzie! Live @ First Ave 1/18!

Last night, 89.3 The Current presented First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2014. Suzie is the self proclaimed "EmoGlam" side project of Night Moves' Mark Ritsema. Suzie ranked 7th on Citypages' annual best bands poll, and after his album, Born Single was r...

The Millenium: Interview!

Taylor Hanson, one of the newest members to The Show Last Night team, and an excellent photographer; shot and interviewed the Millenium.   For the Millenium, time hasn’t stopped since the release of their EP in early 2014. In fact, these guys have b...