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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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. Opening for AFI, Kamtin Mohager brought his retro sound to the stage as Chain Gang of 1974. It’s […]

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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 bring a vibe to their shows you don’t get on the road. The […]

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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). Their sound shows in ILYSB (I Love You So Bad), and […]

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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 hits, and new FFS songs from their new album that came out earlier this […]

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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 until the very end of the last song. Playing old favorites, as […]

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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 chatter about both bands’ performances between sets and after the show, as Deerhoof’s unique energy […]

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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 hear from Dillon Cooper, Blackbear, Karizma, and the […]

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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 released last year, Suzie skyrocketed into popularity.   Then there’s Hippo Campus. As […]

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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 been at this for a while, and their passion and hard work […]

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12 Rods – 10 year comeback If you ask friends if they’ve heard of 12 Rods, the usual answer is no. A good reason is their next gig, Friday at First Avenue, has taken 10 years to arrive. It’s fitting as their farewell show was also at First Ave, in 2004. What prompted the show […]

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 If you like hip-hop, you need to get to know K.Flay. The intelligent rapper took a moment to sit with contributor and local artist, Sam Bramble, to talk about tour life and of course, music! Have you played First Avenue before? K: We have! We were here back in February for “The Best Love Is […]

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Photos by: Chris Duke Words by: Mike McCullough   I can’t begin to explain my excitement going down to First Avenue that night! Personally, Against me! is one of my favorite bands and Gaslight Anthem is amazing too. When I got there the first act was starting, Cory Branan. I had no idea who this […]

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  A band’s perspective of the relationship between a promoter and a performer.   Today’s music scene is equal parts majesty and self-destruction. Who will bring the end? The promoter who tantalizes unwitting, youthful bands with promises of glorious side-stage performances, forever dooming young musicians to empty their pockets and take up the lives of […]

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The solo project of 23 year old artist Lorely Rodriguez, Empress Of, opened for Jungle last night, October 9th, at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The soft spoken, soprano voiced, New York native. Lorely really had the crowd warmed up in time for Jungle’s performance later in the night. A mellow electronic feel that really made […]

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What’s not to love about a show at First Avenue on a kick ass day in Minneapolis? Last week American Aquarium set the bar for Justin Townes Earle to leap right the hell over. Those of you not familiar with Justin Townes Earle, well – should be. His father, Steve Earle is also one of […]

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 Caroline Smith is synonymous with ‘Confidence.’ So it’s no surprise that her and Minnesota’s other powerhouse Lizzo, over sold their show this month so much that they had to book another set for their fans! We sat down with Caroline to find out what is important to her in life & music, along with just […]

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  An enthusiastic crowd filled the 7th Street Entry at First Avenue on Thursday night for Minneapolis-based band American Scarecrows CD release show to celebrate their second album Yesteryear. The 90 minute performance heavily favored their new material which features roots in country, rock and folk. The show started with “The Peak” and ended with […]

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