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Celebrating 40 Years of Music with The Specials at First Ave

It’s always a treat to see a band like The Specials, who have their own star on First Avenue’s famed outside wall, grace the stage....

Gogol Bordello Made a Riot of a Minnesotan Crowd at the Palace

Last updated on June 4th, 2019 at 09:15 pmIf you ever want a shot of humanity, be it a shot in the arm or served...

FKJ Scorched the Skyway Theatre Last Night

It could easily take a ten-person crew to accomplish what FKJ does in a single show, and it would provide enough work to keep everyone...

Manila Killa Lit Up the Entry on a Thursday

When I arrived at the Entry for Manila Killa‘s show on Thursday night, opener, AObeats, was still onstage, and he looked about as comfortable with...

Jai Wolf Brings Beautiful Production to the Skyway

There was a slow build to the entire show. Music built in tempo and intensity throughout the show until he'd worked the crowd into a...

Leikeli47: Rapper, Motivational Speaker, Hero of the People Live at Amsterdam Hall

Last updated on September 9th, 2019 at 11:19 amLast night’s Leikeli47 show at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall was more than a Thursday night hip-hop...

MarchFourth Really Funked Up the Cedar

Last updated on September 9th, 2019 at 11:20 amMarchFourth, a 20-person marching band that mixes vaudeville and a touch of circus, filled the Cedar last...

Spring Awakening Drops a Batch of Headliners and New Location Details

Last updated on September 9th, 2019 at 11:21 amChicago area readers rejoice, the Spring Awakening 2019 lineup is finally here. Well, the headliners anyway, as...

Lords of Acid Bring all of the Sex to the Cabooze

I arrived at the Lords of Acid’s Pretty in Kink Minneapolis stop just in time to hear opener Orgy’s cover of “Blue Monday.” It turns...