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  • Better Than Ezra



    Better Than Ezra’s Tom Drummond on Hard Work, His Band’s Music, and Taylor Swift Covers

    Better than Ezra are one of the hardest-working bands around.   Now in their 31st year (!), Better Than Ezra released seven albums and toured endlessly since their inception. Their first two albums, Deluxe (1993) and Friction, Baby (1996) featured three popular hits: “Good,” “Desperately Wanting,” and “King of New Orleans” (a big rocker that is a personal favorite).   […] More

  • John Crist (from his website)

    Christian Comedian John Crist is Actually Really, Really Funny

    “If you still aren’t convinced that Crist is for you, don’t just take my word for it. Aside from the one billion views he’s had on YouTube, he’s shared the stage with Dave Chapelle, Jeff Foxworthy, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, Larry the Cable Guy, Adam Carolla, Dana Carvey, and more.” I understand why people love and […] More

  • Mason Jennings. Photo by Chris Schorn, Christine Photography.

    From Now On, Mason Jennings Will Always Remind Me of Llamas

    Something Tells Me it’s All Happening at the Zoo   Did you know that there are llamas currently at the Minnesota Zoo? If you’ve gone to a concert at the Music in the Zoo series, you certainly do. There are pictures of the cute little guys everywhere. Check them out sometime. If the ads above the urinals are correct, […] More

  • The Minus 5. Photo by Jason Koffman. From the Minus 5 Facebook page.

    Friends with R.E.M., Collaborators with Wilco, the Minus 5 Transcend Their Connections 

    Down with the Minus 5  The Minus 5 is known for playing with Wilco, members of R.E.M., and legendary Americana songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. The songwriting skill of Minus 5 leader Scott McCaughey transcends those connections, though.   He wrote the band’s new album, Stroke Manor, while recovering from a stroke in 2018. It’s personal and sometimes weighty, but McCaughey’s gifts for melody […] More

  • Prince in the rain
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    Is Prince Overrated?

    Okay, calm down. I’m not necessarily saying that Prince is overrated. I’m just asking.  On its face, this might just seem like a troll-y, click bait-y premise for an article. But it’s a legitimate question. As Minnesotans, it’s almost impossible for us to objectively evaluate whether Prince is overrated. More than perhaps any other place in the […] More

  • Dan Tedesco

    Midwest Songwriter Dan Tedesco Talks “American Darkness” [Interview]

    This past January and February, Midwest songwriter Dan Tedesco went on a unique tour. He played two complete albums in two sets: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and his own Starin’ at a Green Light (his first release). The show proved how ambitious Tedesco is, not to mention his good taste.  His latest album, American Darkness, explores the heart, mind, and soul of contemporary America with […] More

  • Son Volt

    Minnesota-Friendly Americana Legends Son Volt Visit First Avenue 

    Son Volt has important ties to Minnesota. Their first album, 1995’s classic Trace, was recorded here. Two original members, Jim and Dave Boquist, are Minnesotans. They still play music around here occasionally, although not with Son Volt.  Needless to say, the band knows this area pretty well. They play a show here nearly every year. Although they […] More

  • Karate Chop, Silence
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    VIDEO PREMIERE! Karate Chop, Silence Get in the Holiday Spirit

    What’s that smell? Funky alternative rockers Karate Chop, Silence have the answer. Music in Minnesota is proud to present the video premiere of their new track, “Smoking Marijuana”! The band explains the simple influence behind it: We had a song written about being confronted by your boss about being high, so we thought it would […] More

  • Falcon Arrow

    The Mathematically Composed Chaos of Falcon Arrow [Interview]

    It’s hard to pin down the music of Falcon Arrow. Composed of only bassist Matt Reints and drummer Dav Kemp, the two create inventive, multi-layered instrumental rock that is as engaging as it is musically complex.  The band recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary. Their new album, Occurrens, is the first release on the new SolSta label. They’ll be playing the […] More

  • Michael Shynes (Rubinski Visual)

    Little Falls’ Michael Shynes Talks His New Album, Minnesota Bands He Loves, and More [Interview] 

    Local big-voiced songwriter Michael Shynes has a lot to celebrate. He’s toured nationally, played to crowds of 70,000+, and has released three successful albums. He’ll be celebrating his latest, The Current, the River, and the Undertow, at the Varsity Theater on Friday.   Michael sat down with Music in Minnesota to discuss how he writes, his biggest accomplishments, what […] More

  • Kind Country (Tim McG Photo)

    Kind Country Deliver Cosmic American Music  [Interview]

    Kind Country is quickly gaining steam on the local Americana scene. They’ve played the First Avenue Main Room four times and have shared the stage with Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, and more. They are celebrating the release of their third album, Hard Times, on Friday at the Main Room. Max Graham, mandolin player for […] More

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