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    Jamila Woods and Nitty Scott Take on the Turf Club

    Nitty Scott was a dream of an opener, setting the stage for Jamila Woods with a graceful confidence and palpable energy that invigorated her audience. She spoke and sang frequently about her proud Afro-Latina roots, instilling a complexity to each song that signaled to something outside of the Turf Club walls. Rapping pieces from her […] More

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    Julia Jacklin Plays 7th Street Entry

    Julia Jacklin’s guitar preceded her. The instrument, which waited for her on the 7th Street Entry stage, had two pieces of duct tape across it. On the tape, someone with a sharpie had written the words, “Julia’s Guitar” and “You got this!” in capital letters. The endearing act of keeping the messages taped to her […] More

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    Neko Case Dazzles at the Fitzgerald Theater

    Neko Case’s highly appraised Palace Theater performance last year was such a hit, she booked two nights this time around. Her 5/2 show at the Fitzgerald Theater was one of two incredible nights in St. Paul. It’s been almost a year since Case’s latest album hit the airwaves. The Last Lion of Albion is Case’s […] More

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    The Aces Rock a Sold Out 7th Street Entry

    The Aces sold out 7th Street Entry quickly. The all female group from Provo, Utah has earned a steadily growing fanbase across the country—and Minneapolis is no exception. The 18+ show was packed with fans of all ages, but the front rows were undeniably dominated by teens, black X’s marked the back of their hands […] More

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    HALEY Celebrates Record Release at Cedar Cultural Center

    The temperatures were cold but the melodies were warm on Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center. That’s where Haley, a hometown hero to many, played the CD release show for her new instrumental release Pleasureland. The album is complex, vibrant, and reflective. While Haley has experimented with instrumental tracks on previous albums, this is her first […] More

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    Liz Phair Returns to Sold Out First Avenue

    Liz Phair is busy. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of her critically acclaimed Exile in Guyville, an album that Pitchfork considers one of the greatest of all time. The album set the tone for much of the 90’s, all thanks to Phair’s signature sound and candid, brazen lyrics.  After performing with Soccer Mommy to an […] More

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    Sleigh Bells Plays Fine Line Music Cafe

    Mackenzie Scott of the Nashville band TORRES started off her set by burning sage. The crowd had only just begun to fill in, but the front row got a good whiff of the woodsy aroma, watching with intrigue as Mackenzie gently waved it over them and smiled. “I brought rose quartz with me on stage […] More

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    Clairo Casts A Spell In Sold Out Show At 7th Street Entry

    Millenial diety Clairo sold out 7th Street Entry in a matter of days. Whoever booked that show likely underestimated the fervor of teen adoration. The teenage girls that lined up by 3pm for the 6pm show were excited to get polaroid photos with the bedroom pop singer, forking over birthday money for their brief meet-and-greet […] More

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    Deafheaven Rocks the Cedar

    There’s no way around it- Minneapolis’ beloved Cedar Cultural Center looks a tad like a high school gymnasium. It’s part of its charm. It can also be a drawback, which is why it’s up to the performers to outshine the quaint—and at times awkward—setting, packing a serious punch, even on such a low stage. Brooklyn […] More