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  • Peter Rowan

    Peter Rowan Exudes Greatness at The Dakota

    In the respective histories of bluegrass and Americana music, few figures are as widely influential as Peter Rowan. From his early days in Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and Earth Opera to his significant work with Old & In the Way and varied solo work, Rowan has a long resume in roots music that rivals anyone. […] More

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    Yves Tumor Rumbles at First Avenue

    Yves Tumor made their Twin Cities debut last night at First Avenue, much to the delight of the nearly sold-out crowd. On my way down to the show last night, I saw several high school kids decked out in prom gear, running in hordes through the rain. Given their numbers, it felt like they were […] More

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    Sophie B. Hawkins Is Going to Sue Herself

    Sophie B. Hawkins returned to the Dakota last night to celebrate the release of her 7th album, “Free Myself.” After interviewing Sophie leading up to the evening, it was obvious her stage presence would be charming. Sprinkled between many of her new songs, she shared humorous and heartfelt stories that warmed the crowd. Hawkins immediately […] More

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    Blink-182’s Reunion Tour: 5 Things to Expect

    “Two years ago, I was starting chemotherapy,” reflected Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. “Now, tonight, we’re starting our world tour.” As Blink-182 kicked off their latest reunion tour to a sold-out Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, a feeling of triumph filled the air. Although the band has been back and touring since the latter half of […] More

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    Shinedown and Three Days Grace Take Over Target Center

    Rock radio mainstays Shinedown returned to Minneapolis for an explosive night of hard-hitting sound. Bringing fellow scene members Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New along for the ride made for an unforgettable, cohesive lineup.   Shinedown has created a meaningful bond with their fans by dominating the charts for two decades. They opened […] More

  • Three singers on stage with eyes closed. The singer on the left has her arms raised, the one in the center is dancing, and the one on the right is playing guitar.

    Saint Paul Sells Out Turf Club for Delta Rae

    I was first introduced to the music of Delta Rae about a decade ago by some relatives that live in the band’s hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Straddling somewhere at the intersection of CSNY, the Highwomen, and Sister Hazel, this six-piece outfit brings soaring harmonies and earnest songwriting to the country-slash-Americana scene. On Wednesday night […] More

  • Loudon Wainwright III

    Loudon Wainwright III Shines at The Dakota

    Few singer-songwriter careers compare to that of Loudon Wainwright III. Over 50+ years and many, many albums, he has proven himself to be one of the best songwriters ever. Known for his sharp, wit-infused writing and lively performances, Loudon displayed in his Wednesday night performance at the Dakota why there is no working songwriter like […] More

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    Black Widows Headline a Four-Pack of Local Bands for MWMF

    Mid West Music Fest previewed their May 12th-13th event in Winona with a primer at the Hook and Ladder last night. The eclectic quartet of bands featured a blend of surf, punk, rock, and metal. The Black Widows capped the energized evening with a smooth groove of surf rock, while openers The Reach Outs offered […] More

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