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All Smiles All Night with Justin Martin at the Hideout

Justin Martin took over the Hideout last Friday night with the commanding presence of a true veteran of the electronic music scene. The energy he...

Conversations with a Rock and Roll Legend and Vampire: Nick Cave at Pantages

A night of conversation with Nick Cave went exactly like you’d expect with a 62 year-old self-proclaimed rock and roll legend. But it also went...

Vive la France: Polo & Pan Live at First Avenue

If you were at First Avenue last night for Polo & Pan and you closed your eyes and concentrated just so, you could have convinced...

Hot Chip Brought Danceteria Back To First Ave

If there was a British version of the movie “Nerds,” the movie band would probably look a lot like Hot Chip. It’s certainly plausible they’d...

jackLNDN is No Lionel Richie, But He’s Still Pretty Good – Live at the Entry

“Hi, my name is Jack and I’m from London.” jackLNDN’s show at 7th Street Entry started exactly like previous sets I’ve seen (as recently as...

Dennis Lloyd and Morgan Saint’s Quasi Battle of the Bands at Amsterdam Hall

I originally signed up to cover Dennis Lloyd to see how his laid back, laissez-faire style transferred into a live setting. I expected that, upon...

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

If you ever want a shot of humanity, be it a shot in the arm or served in a glass, get thee to a Gogol...

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...