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Local Songwriter Ian George’s “Kingdom of My Youth” is No Ordinary Album 

Following the disillusion of his Portland-based band Patchy Sanders, Ian George went backpacking in Europe (as one often does). A chance encounter with popular French rock songwriter Mathieu Chedid, known...

Yam Haus Trade Synths for Acoustic Guitars with Surprising Results

There’s a lot of well-deserved hype surrounding Hudson’s Yam Haus.   Their melodic, dreamy pop has been streamed nearly a million times on Spotify, they impressed at the 2018 Best New Bands...

Palmer T. Lee Brings Passion and Poetry to Debut “Winebringer”

Be sure to catch the CD release show for Palmer T. Lee’s Winebringer on Wednesday, January 29 at the Hook and Ladder.    Palmer T. Lee likes...

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

You either get Trans-Siberian Orchestra or you don’t.   If you do, you understand that they’re an entertaining rock n’ roll Christmas spectacle. If you don’t,...

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

Justin Bailey (Managing Editor) Prof – Pookie Baby My favorite album to come out from any Minnesota-based artist all year, and my favorite album from any...