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    Ama Lou and Jorja Smith Slay at a Sold Out Fine Line

    Rushing to the Fine Line Tuesday night I was surprised by a young, gregarious crowd lining the block, anxiously waiting to be let in. For those of you that are not aware, Minnesota has skipped spring altogether. Summer is officially here and you know what that means… tons of live music and hot & sweaty […] More

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    4onthefloor Shreds at Turf Club

    “This is Rock n’ Roll in the 21st Century.” That’s how this four-part, foot-stompin,’ high-velocity band describes their brand of modern-day rock n’ roll. Minnesota-born and bred, 4onthefloor is probably best-known for one thing: their pounding bass drums. Each member has a kick drum–alongside their respective instrument–and every song is written in 4/4 time. Now, […] More

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    Kiss the Tiger’s Bitchin’ Performance at 331 Club

    Saturday evening I was off to a slow start. I happened to be up early that morning for the march–low on sleep from Friday’s unforeseen shenanigans–and admittedly a little groggy as I made my way to Northeast’s 331 Club. But damn, little did I know that I was in for a night of hip-hop, uplifting […] More

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    Newly-Renovated NorShor Theatre Celebrates with Local Music Showcase

    It was an exciting night last weekend at newly-renovated NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth. The marquee was up, the curtains drawn, and a buzz of “oooo’s” and “ahhhh’s” filled the revitalized, art-deco space. “My grandmother used to go to dime movies here on Saturdays,” said one woman to her group of friends huddled around a […] More

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    A Tiny Concert That Led to Big Things

    “We pulled the weeds out til the dawn Nearly too tired to carry on Someday we’ll linger in the sun” Gaelynn Lea is a classically trained violinist and singer-songwriter from Duluth. She is known for her experimental, ambient take on fiddle music steeped in Celtic tradition, which incorporates a looping pedal. She was born with […] More

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    Judah & The Lion Take On Palace

    Judah & The Lion returned to the Twin Cities in full force this weekend for the tail end of their “Going to Mars” tour. Last time they passed through, this jaunty folk-rock band was in First Ave’s main room, but this time they found themselves at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre. Varsity, First Ave, now Palace… […] More

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    Emancipator & Ensemble’s Stellar Performance at Fine Line

    It was an interesting start to the night, walking into Fine Line Music Café. Shedding my winter gear and checking out opening act Flamingosis‘ Pepto-bysmal-pink merch table, I was immediately and very warmly greeted by a girl who appeared to be hopped up on something. I wouldn’t say I was flattered by the not-so-subtle affections […] More

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    Kimbra ‘On Top of the World’ at the Cedar

    Many of us know the sheek, Milla Jovovich-esque Kimbra from Gotye’s mega-hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” You know the one–nude, forlorn Gotye who slowly transforms into an abstract, geometric-painted figure as Kimbra sing-screams into his face. The song achieved critical success–making its rounds in alternative and indie music circles–and put Kimbra on the […] More

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    Lissie’s Return to Icehouse: From I’ve Had Better Days to Best Days

    Lissie isn’t your typical singer-songwriter pop sugar–such as Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson, or Sara Bareilles. You know what I’m talking about, the kind of comfort-food acoustic pop you might hear in the background of a random episode of Grey’s Anatomy. This folksy, Stevie Nicks-esque troubadour is in a league of her own–sass, freckles and pipes […] More

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