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    First Avenue was Positively Frothing for Sofi Tukker

    Part circus, part rave, part birthday party at the roller rink, part fitness class – the live Sofi Tukker experience is all this and more.  Mary Droppinz, a DJ/producer from Nebraska, began the evening. Despite her midwest background, she sounded like she belonged in Chicago or New York clubs in the early 90s, which is […] More

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    Wet Leg Rip Through Debut Performance at First Avenue

    Back in March 2020, just when the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to ravage the globe and force us into lockdown, many people had all these grandiose ideas about how we could really benefit from a few weeks indoors. Well, with all this newfound free time, we could certainly learn a new language, finish a few […] More

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    Beach Bunny: Blame Game at First Avenue

    It is a Sunday night in Minneapolis and indie-pop fans gather for a sold-out show at First Ave. The big act this evening? Illinois-based band Beach Bunny in support of their most recent EP, Blame Game. Starting off Locally! Local Band – Why Not Warming up the venue this evening is 3-piece local band, Why […] More

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    Walk The Moon Lands at First Avenue

    Building up to the release of their next studio album, entitled Heights, alternative hit makers Walk The Moon performed to a packed house at First Avenue. No stranger to performing in the iconic mainroom, it can be argued that the group may soon be reaching for their name on a star. With a simplistic stage […] More

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    Andrew McMahon at First Avenue: A Story in Three Pianos

    Andrew McMahon, Three Piano Tours. Photography and review by Dylan Novacek. Andrew McMahon brought a brilliant evening of storytelling and live music to First Avenue’s mainroom. Supporting his upcoming memoir entitled Three Pianos, the stage was set for an intimate performance which celebrated each stage of his career.  “We’re safe between the speakers,” Andrew reflected […] More

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    Japanese Breakfast Graduates to the Mainroom

    So I know it sounds like a lot, but I really cannot recommend a better way to close out your weekend than a Sunday evening concert. Sure, it’ll leave you in a STATE on Monday, but the satisfaction that comes with milking everything you can out of the weekend is simply euphoric. That being said, […] More

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    Waxahatchee Dazzles a Packed Mainroom

    I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing “*insert any activity* is back!! ” by now… but boy oh boy does it feel good to type First Ave is back, baby!! A lot has changed since the last time I had the pleasure of attending a show in the Mainroom, but damn did that familiar purple-red […] More

  • Phoebe Bridgers at Surly Brewing for Music In Minnesota

    Phoebe Bridgers Bewitches Surly Festival Field

    I fucking love Phoebe Bridgers.  I know that writers should probably try to come up with a much more elegant, funny, or otherwise charming anecdote to begin articles such as this, but sometimes it’s really just not necessary. Plus, I don’t even consider myself much of a writer anyway, so the rules don’t apply to […] More

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    Your Weekend Starts Here: Gogol Bordello at the Palace

    The last 18 months couldn’t have been easy for Eugene Hütz, frontman at the heart of the storm that is Gogol Bordello. In many ways, I see Eugene like a shark that has to keep swimming to stay alive, and it was a little concerning that he couldn’t tour or move as he had been. […] More

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    Bully & Tweens Hit Up Fine Line

    Fine Line welcomed back Bully and their Minnesota-native front woman, Alicia Bognanno, with open arms Tuesday night. Despite a lengthy list of COVID-19 protocols for fans – mask-mandate, proof of vaccination and/or negative test results – Bully’s highly-anticipated tour stop in Minneapolis had no problem selling out. On tour for their 4th album release, SUGAREGG, […] More

  • Patti Smith at Surly Festival Field

    Patti Smith Gives Us The Power at Surly

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Surly’s festival field was one of my favorite spots to see live music here in the Twin Cities. With the guidance of First Avenue & JAM Productions, a few times a year Surly would take an otherwise unappealing patch of grass running adjacent to a rail yard behind their production […] More

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