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    Local Songwriter Ian George’s “Kingdom of My Youth” is No Ordinary Album 

    Following the disillusion of his Portland-based band Patchy Sanders, Ian George went backpacking in Europe (as one often does). A chance encounter with popular French rock songwriter Mathieu Chedid, known as M-, led to the creation of Kingdom of my Youth.   Although only recently acquainted, the popular French musician insisted that George record his album at Labo M., a 17th-century manor originally built for King […] More

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    Yam Haus Trade Synths for Acoustic Guitars with Surprising Results

    There’s a lot of well-deserved hype surrounding Hudson’s Yam Haus.   Their melodic, dreamy pop has been streamed nearly a million times on Spotify, they impressed at the 2018 Best New Bands showcase at First Ave, and the fresh synth-pop of their debut album Stargazer legitimized the hype.  Their most recent release, The Stargazer Sessions, takes a completely different approach. The layers of synths and big pop sound of Stargazer is replaced with acoustic guitars and sparse […] More

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    Last Import Releases Self-Titled Debut; Celebrates With a Fiery Performance at The Entry

    From the somber opening notes of “Lunar Rhapsody,” to the closing notes of “Dial Tone,” Last Import’s self-titled debut album transports you into another dimension. Only one thing is perfectly clear; the energetic, melodic, surf-punk trio based out of Minneapolis has officially dropped the gloves and are ready to take the world by storm. Last Import […] More

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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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    iLLism inspires with ‘iLLuminate’

    iLLuminate, released Jan. 31, is the second full-length studio album from iLLism. The group’s August 2017 release, Love and Loyalty, immediately landed on the North American College and Community Radio chart and peaked at the number five position. That album also earned them the honor of performing a Tiny Desk Concert for Minnesota Public Radio. […] 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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    Variety is the spice of Wu

    They were born at St. Olaf College in 1992 as a jam band with a name inspired by a Tom Hanks movie about a volcano. Since then, they’ve been a mainstay on the Minnesota music scene. Listeners might wonder what they’re getting themselves into with adventurous December 2018 release We Are Young, We Are Old. […] More

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    Kazyak defines chill with ‘Reflection’

    The ability to allow a listener to get lost in a moment is one of the most redeeming qualities that music can boast. Twin Cities indie band Kazyak provides an untold number of those moments with their brand new release, “Reflection.” “Reflection” dropped the first week of November and, as thoughts of winter begin their […] More

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