If you like music, it was a difficult weekend to decide which Midwest festival to attend. With lollapalooza taking place in Chicago and WEfest taking place in Detroit lakes, along with countless concerts from both large scale pop artists and trustworthy local acts, it was one of those weekends where you wished you could be […]

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        Rock the Garden 2017 returned to its home at the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens this past weekend, with over 11,000 fans in attendance to welcome the event back to the Walker.One of the biggest critiques of the event has always been its lineup. Some years it hasn’t been local enough, and some […]

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This past Saturday was night two of the Nooky Jones Album Release Party, with PHO as the opener. Nooky Jones has been making their rounds around the area playing festivals and shows, gaining quite a bit of momentum before releasing their first self titled album this past Friday. That being said, If a album release […]

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Written by Ron Janzen FOXTRAX swung thru Minneapolis Wednesday. Fine Line Music Café was the home for their unique flavor of rock. Pleasing the enthusiastic crowd were Vocalist, guitar and key player Ben Schneid, drummer Jon Stenz, with Jared Stenz on base. TSLN sat down with the band to see what’s up. Hailing from Long […]

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          The Cedar Cultural Center is built like a cross between a living room and a high school auditorium. Large enough to accommodate a few hundred people on its wooden floor, and small enough to be as intimate as watching a performer sing on the couch across from you. Its stage […]

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Know Name Records recently celebrated 40 years in business, and that celebration happened to fall just a few days before the 10th annual Record Store Day. A timely coincidence to say the least. I spoke with Danny Beck who has been a staple at the store since 1993, and in his words; “There has been […]

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It’s been over 5 years since Brt Rynlds and Charles Bronson, better known as Sex Burger, made their presence known performing and djing disco boogie funk around town. Their unique sound and show took dance floors by storm before their hiatus. Now Sex Burger is back at it again with Dan Staddon sitting behind the […]

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We Dream Dawn is a three-piece band that includes Sage Cook (formerly of Nederland’s own Elephant Revival), Aera Fox (a Nederland native, herself), and a new member—Colorado drummer Mark Levy (Phil Lesh and Friends, Circles Around the Sun, Bonfire Dub). One of my favorite things about seeing We Dream Dawn perform is the sense of […]

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“Whatever happened to John Mayer?” Is a question many people have asked themselves sitting in the car in traffic as Waiting On The World To Change fades out into another song on the lite FM station, Or as Free Falling begins on a daily mix playlist on Spotify. The question does not prompt as much […]

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LANY was the opening act for John Mayer this past saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Describing themselves as a product of Mayers music, LANY has a unique sound that Incorporates heavy synths with 80’s and 90’s R&B music. Although the audience is nowhere near LA, LANY’s music could make us feel ourselves winding […]

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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 together quite nicely for a show worth your ticket. Costume […]

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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.  

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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 Driftwood Char Bar sits on the quieter side of […]

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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-amazing-I-can’t-believe-I-get-to-do-this style on stage. Stef brings you […]

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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 Willett was losing his voice – but that didn’t stop him from giving it […]

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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 the stage and entire venue bringing in their own […]

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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 getting the crowed involved. He at one point pulled out […]

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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 excitement was palpable, and the reason was twofold: not only were they going […]

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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. After a demand for an encore, they showered the crowd with a […]

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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 Mainroom. […]

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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 that pushes to support creative people and help them grow out of a […]

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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 so much talent and energy.

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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. Many of Ron’s favorite bands played. […]

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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 seeing Alter Bridge live I was impressed; their studio vs. stage sound […]

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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 experience. It is the perfect spot to celebrate a birthday, divorce, or bachelorette […]

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