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    Six Mile Grove Celebrate 20 Years with “Million Birds”

    Minnesota Americana band Six Mile Grove are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with the release of their eighth album, Million Birds. The release show is this Saturday, January 26th, at the Hook and Ladder.  If you don’t know them, Million Birds is a great place to start, as it may be their best album. Their sound channels the Jayhawks, […] More

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    Dan Tedesco Pays Tribute to Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, the Best Album of the ‘90s 

    Yes, you read that title right: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers is the best album of the ‘90s.    Taste and subjectivity might be a factor, but as far as pure songwriting goes, nothing comes close to Petty’s late-era masterpiece.  Too often, Petty is lumped in with other classic rock songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. There’s nothing wrong […] More

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    Love and Respect for the Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers began as a bit on Saturday Night Live, but they were always more than that.   Dan Aykroyd loved the blues and been an amateur musician. His partner, John Belushi, immediately fell in love when he was introduced to it. To him, it was an antidote to the boring arena rock and lame disco of the […] More

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    Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Christmas Spectacle to the X

    You either get Trans-Siberian Orchestra or you don’t.   If you do, you understand that they’re an entertaining rock n’ roll Christmas spectacle. If you don’t, you probably think the whole thing is lame, and you’re wrong. A friend of mine and I were once discussing TSO. We’re both, by our peer groups at least, “too […] More

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    Thank You, Heiruspecs

    Heiruspecs is a gateway drug.  Before I heard them, I was the sort of snob who looked down on rap. A friend brought me to one of their shows at the State Fair around 2003 and I was immediately hooked. The tightness of the band, the wit and style of the MCs, the overall energy, everything about […] More

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    The Best Albums of 2018

    Justin Bailey (Managing Editor) Prof – Pookie Baby My favorite album to come out from any Minnesota-based artist all year, and my favorite album from any Anywhere-based artist all year. Absolutely incredible from start to finish. Boygenius – Boygenius EP Album, EP, who really cares, this is incredible. I had the opportunity to see Phoebe Bridgers and […] More

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    The Jayhawks Celebrate Their Entire Career at First Avenue

    The Jayhawks are Minnesota’s most storied Americana band.   They’re ending a busy 2018, which saw the release of Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, with a couple stops at First Avenue. Their first set on Friday night was a diverse, 2.5+ hour marathon of their best material.  When your discography as expansive as the Jayhawks’ – ten albums […] More

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    Beautiful Loser: Previewing the Bob Seger Show at the X with a 10-Song Mixtape

    The Making of a Mixtape  There’s magic to a good mixtape. You can’t just throw a bunch of songs together on an…ugh…playlist. A good flow is necessary. The opener sets the tone and draws you in, the rest of the songs weave effortlessly between shades of light and dark, and the final song ties it all together. There might not necessarily be […] More

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    Love, Loss, and Auto-tune: Swamp Dogg at the Turf Club

    Auto-tune this, auto-tune that Swamp Dogg is one of that last living blues legends. But what does everyone talk about when he comes up? Auto-tune. Auto-tune this, auto-tune that. I’m sick and tired of hearing about auto-tune.  On his latest album, Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune, Swamp Dogg worked with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and it shows. […] More

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    The Bottle Rockets Keep it Real at the Turf Club

    Okay, I have a confession. I kinda wish I was Brian Henneman. The leader of the Bottle Rockets got his start as a guitar tech for the founders of alt.country, Uncle Tupelo. If you don’t know who they are, you might know the bands their two songwriters formed after: Wilco (Jeff Tweedy) and Son Volt […] More

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    Americana, Plus Clogging: Pert Near Sandstone at First Avenue

    A Memory and a History Lesson Long before Pert Near Sandstone were so big that they had their own dang music festival, they opened for some country band the Cabooze that I can’t remember for the life of me. I remember the show itself well, partially because I was one of the only people there, […] More

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