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A tribute to beloved songwriter John Prine

One of the great artists of our time, songwriter John Prine, was unfairly taken from us on April 7th. He died from the COVID-19 virus....

Sun Ra and the cosmic spaceways of the Heliocentrics’ Infinity of Now

The Heliocentrics – Infinity of Now I’ve been listening to a lot of Sun Ra lately. The jazz legend isn’t necessarily a household name, but...

Ageless blues legend Buddy Guy brings juke joint energy to the Fillmore

Buddy Guy is the last living blues legend from the classic ‘50s era, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by his live show. The...

New Music Friday: TWAIN (Central Standard Time), James Rone (Quiet as Fists)

Featured Release TWAIN – Central Standard Time (Rap) TWAIN, a hip-hop recording artist from Chicago by way of Minneapolis, has finally released his latest full-length album,...

Rock critics and music snobs are wrong about Kiss

If you allow yourself to, it’s easy to love Kiss. Their first seven albums contain some of the best, purest rock n’ roll of the...

New Music Friday: Bambara (Stray), Habibi (Anywhere but Here), Ben Noble (When the Light Comes In)

Featured Release Bambara – Stray (Western Gothic/Indie Rock) If darkness is your thing, check out Bambara. Every band says that they’re unique, but their combination of...

Sincere, melodic pop/rock: Kevin Gullickson’s Radio Drive [Interview and Album Review]

Be sure to catch Radio Drive’s special matinee show at the Minnesota Music Café this Sunday, January 26. at 4 pm. Their last album, In the Light,...

Minnesota songwriting at its finest: Willie Wisely, Turn! Turn! Turn!, and Dylan Hicks at the Turf Club

There are plenty of different types of shows. Some are about spectacle. Some are about the visceral energy of the artists. Some are about simply...

Renowned Minnesota folk bluesman Charlie Parr begins Turf Club residency

Charlie Parr is a Minnesota treasure. He has evolved from a more straightforward folk/blues guitar player into a singular songwriter that contains multitudes. Parr began...

Local legends Soul Asylum take a sold-out First Avenue on a holy journey

Soul Asylum has an important place in the history of Minnesota music. The legendary pop/rock band were perhaps the only local act to conquer mainstream...