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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...

Kind Country Deliver Cosmic American Music  [Interview]

Kind Country is quickly gaining steam on the local Americana scene. They’ve played the First Avenue Main Room four times and have shared the stage...

Erik Brandt Discusses 20+ Years of Local Americana Mainstays the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Thursday Show at Palmer’s [Interview]

Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet have been one of the most successful Americana bands in Minnesota for nearly 25 years. Their music combines...

Dead Horses Bring Their Organic Folk and Pop to the Turf Club

In an increasingly cluttered world where electronic music and abrasive forms of pop and rap are becoming predominant (not that there’s anything wrong with that),...

An In-Depth Look at Pink Floyd’s Lost Era: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets

At the bottom of this article, you can find a Spotify playlist with all the songs that Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets played, plus two...