Last weekend, 98.5 KTIS held their 9th annual Joyful Noise festival at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Joyful Noise is a 2 day Christian Rock event that boasts nearly 18,000 people every year. Switchfoot, Tenth Avenue North, For King & Country, and Big Daddy Weave. Union Gospel Mission, Tree House, and MN Teen Challenge were […]

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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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The Perfect Rejects Ep Release Party has been a long time coming and on Saturday they delivered.   The Twincites hip hop band preformed their Ep Pryhme Ordeal in its entirely to a pack house in the heart of NE Minneapolis at Club Underground.  Frontman of the Rejects Aaron King Stoneburg aka “Stoney” introducing the band in […]

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Hippo Campus and Remo Drive in Des Moines! Indie pop band Hippo Campus headlined Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA this past Friday. Up-and-coming emo band Remo Drive opened for them. I was lucky enough to hitch a ride down to Des Moines from the Twin Cities with the Remo dudes to check out this set. […]

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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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Eric Gordon NOBODY SAID THAT IT WAS EASY Debut R&B/Pop Album Release Concert It’s not every day that an artist puts aside a career in Contemporary-Christian music to enter the world of mainstream R&B music.  It was a difficult decision for the artist, but the title track off Eric Gordon’s highly-anticipated album sums it up well: NOBODY SAID THAT IT WAS […]

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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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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 years. The significance of dates, numbers, and […]

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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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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? This will be the duo’s second time in the Twin Cities with […]

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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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