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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...

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

Auto-tune this, auto-tune that Swamp Dogg is one of that last living blues legends. But what does everyone talk about when he comes up? Auto-tune. Auto-tune...

The Bottle Rockets Keep it Real at the Turf Club

Okay, I have a confession. I kinda wish I was Brian Henneman. The leader of the Bottle Rockets got his start as a guitar tech...