Photographs by Alexander Just Written by Casey Carlson   Lydia Liza was standing at the back of the audience she had just performed in front of, fans who noticed her stopped, hugged, and thanked her for her music, before wandering back into the crowd as Jake Bugg began his set. “It’s not really that exhausting” […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 steadily growing crowd. Courtney, along with a few band […]

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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 of hometown pride and the feeling that you had a […]

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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 intricate enough on it’s own, combine that with his […]

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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 punk band, Joyce Manor opened for Desaparecidos. This was my first time seeing them. I was blown […]

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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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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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  With 2014 behind us the staff at The Show Last Night have been looking at some great images from our files. This is our ‘Best 14 from 2014’.   This was our first year of publication, it goes with out saying that we had some emotional beginnings, and tearful goodbyes.  Picking our best was challenging. […]

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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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On Saturday September 27th Minneapolis natives Caroline Smith and Lizzo took to the First Avenue main room to play a sold out show.  Playing their second day in a row at one of Minneapolis’s most iconic venues was a great way to accommodate the interest in the duo.  Starting off the night was a DJ […]

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