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    Slayer Rocks Minnesota, One Last Time

    It’s already been a good summer for metal fans in the midwest. After the Northern Invasion hit Somerset, Wisconsin, earlier this month, one might think the fanbase would have been satisfied. Not so. And with good reason. Slayer, one of the reigning kings of the genre, and also one of its defining forces, has decided […] More

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    Leave Prince’s Legacy Alone

    This week marks the two year anniversary of the death of Prince, Minnesota’s home-grown rock legend. While those in the music community are paying tribute to and honoring the memory of the late maestro, there are some who would seek to poke his corpse in a selfish effort to keep the show going. It’s no […] More

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    Phoebe Bridgers’ Farewell Tour Quietly Slaughters

    Phoebe Bridgers reaches into herself and finds that melancholy, she beats it into submission with wit and sarcasm and humor and talent, then she opens her mouth and lets it all escape. Try to get close enough to hear her voice before it enters the microphone, before it gets electrocuted on its way to the […] More

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    Hot Snakes Bring an Old, Sure Message to The Turf Club

    Sometimes it feels like the true spirit of rock and roll has been dead for quite some time, and the ritual of the ‘club rock show’ amounts to little more than an attempt to perform CPR on a corpse. Sure, the effort is inherently noble, but should we instead be putting our energy into new […] More

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    They Might Be Giants “Hate Children”?!

    “I’m sure some internet troll will quote me out of context,” John Linnell said, sporting a knowing smile, speaking into the center-stage microphone at First Avenue. “Then we’ll really be in trouble.” For the record, yes, the quote is out of context. Linnell was telling an amusing anecdote about suddenly being woken up in his […] More

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    An Acoustic Evening with Dispatch has its Ups and Downs

    As the smooth, dynamically solid music washed over me, and my senses absorbed the moment, I looked up to the high ceilings of the elegant theater and my mind drifted away, into an imagined conversation. Longhair: “Look, if I’m going to tour with you guys, playing the skins and whatnot, I need to be front […] More

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    Dude, You Guys, ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ Totally Rocks

    “It’s just us tonight,” Josh Homme says, seducing the crowd at the sold-out Palace Theater. He is the driving force, guitarist, singer, and songwriter for his flagship group, Queens of the Stone Age, and he gives us a little smile as he takes a drag from his cigarette. “Forget about everything else. It’s Saturday night.” It is […] More

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    Silverstein Bring Experience and Chaos to Triple Rock [Review]

    There is a line of people running along the sidewalk on Ceder Avenue. The forming crowd varies from young girls, hair dyed bright primary colors, bodies wrapped in black hoodies and their flip-haired boyfriends’ protective embraces, to older fans who check their watches, wondering when the doors will open and they can find a spot […] More