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Album Review: Savage Moods, “Dark Matter” (If Music in Minnesota Was as Pretentious as Pitchfork, I’d Give it an 8.3) 

Savage Moods combine hard rock, alternative rock, funk, and more in their unique sound. Their new album, Dark Matter, was released this year.   Be sure...

Christian Comedian John Crist is Actually Really, Really Funny

“If you still aren’t convinced that Crist is for you, don’t just take my word for it. Aside from the one billion views he’s had...

From Now On, Mason Jennings Will Always Remind Me of Llamas

Something Tells Me it’s All Happening at the Zoo   Did you know that there are llamas currently at the Minnesota Zoo? If you’ve gone to a concert...

Friends with R.E.M., Collaborators with Wilco, the Minus 5 Transcend Their Connections 

Down with the Minus 5  The Minus 5 is known for playing with Wilco, members of R.E.M., and legendary Americana songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. The songwriting skill...

Is Prince Overrated?

Okay, calm down. I’m not necessarily saying that Prince is overrated. I’m just asking.  On its face, this might just seem like a troll-y, click bait-y premise...

Midwest Songwriter Dan Tedesco Talks “American Darkness” [Interview]

This past January and February, Midwest songwriter Dan Tedesco went on a unique tour. He played two complete albums in two sets: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and his own Starin’ at...

Minnesota-Friendly Americana Legends Son Volt Visit First Avenue 

Son Volt has important ties to Minnesota. Their first album, 1995’s classic Trace, was recorded here. Two original members, Jim and Dave Boquist, are Minnesotans. They still...

VIDEO PREMIERE! Karate Chop, Silence Get in the Holiday Spirit

What’s that smell? Funky alternative rockers Karate Chop, Silence have the answer. Music in Minnesota is proud to present the video premiere of their new...

The Mathematically Composed Chaos of Falcon Arrow [Interview]

It’s hard to pin down the music of Falcon Arrow. Composed of only bassist Matt Reints and drummer Dav Kemp, the two create inventive, multi-layered...

Little Falls’ Michael Shynes Talks His New Album, Minnesota Bands He Loves, and More [Interview] 

Local big-voiced songwriter Michael Shynes has a lot to celebrate. He’s toured nationally, played to crowds of 70,000+, and has released three successful albums. He’ll be celebrating...