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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,...

Dan Tedesco Pays Tribute to Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, the Best Album of the ‘90s 

Yes, you read that title right: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers is the best album of the ‘90s.    Taste and subjectivity might be a factor, but as far as...

Really Quite Paradise: Acoustic David Bowie Tribute at the Hook and Ladder 

January 8th is an important day in rock history: it’s the birth date of both Elvis Presley and David Bowie.   The king of rock n’ roll...

Love and Respect for the Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers began as a bit on Saturday Night Live, but they were always more than that.   Dan Aykroyd loved the blues and been an...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Christmas Spectacle to the X

Last updated on January 4th, 2019 at 06:11 pmYou either get Trans-Siberian Orchestra or you don’t.   If you do, you understand that they’re an entertaining...

Thank You, Heiruspecs

Heiruspecs is a gateway drug.  Before I heard them, I was the sort of snob who looked down on rap. A friend brought me to one...

The Best Albums of 2018

Last updated on December 17th, 2021 at 03:08 amJustin Bailey (Managing Editor) Prof – Pookie Baby My favorite album to come out from any Minnesota-based artist...

The Jayhawks Celebrate Their Entire Career at First Avenue

The Jayhawks are Minnesota’s most storied Americana band.   They’re ending a busy 2018, which saw the release of Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, with a couple stops...

Beautiful Loser: Previewing the Bob Seger Show at the X with a 10-Song Mixtape

The Making of a Mixtape  There’s magic to a good mixtape. You can’t just throw a bunch of songs together on an…ugh…playlist. A good flow is necessary....

Love, Loss, and Auto-tune: Swamp Dogg at the Turf Club

Last updated on November 21st, 2018 at 11:57 amAuto-tune this, auto-tune that Swamp Dogg is one of that last living blues legends. But what does everyone...