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    Yves Tumor Rumbles at First Avenue

    Yves Tumor made their Twin Cities debut last night at First Avenue, much to the delight of the nearly sold-out crowd. On my way down to the show last night, I saw several high school kids decked out in prom gear, running in hordes through the rain. Given their numbers, it felt like they were […] More

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    Sophie B. Hawkins Is Going to Sue Herself

    Sophie B. Hawkins returned to the Dakota last night to celebrate the release of her 7th album, “Free Myself.” After interviewing Sophie leading up to the evening, it was obvious her stage presence would be charming. Sprinkled between many of her new songs, she shared humorous and heartfelt stories that warmed the crowd. Hawkins immediately […] More

  • Three singers on stage with eyes closed. The singer on the left has her arms raised, the one in the center is dancing, and the one on the right is playing guitar.

    Saint Paul Sells Out Turf Club for Delta Rae

    I was first introduced to the music of Delta Rae about a decade ago by some relatives that live in the band’s hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Straddling somewhere at the intersection of CSNY, the Highwomen, and Sister Hazel, this six-piece outfit brings soaring harmonies and earnest songwriting to the country-slash-Americana scene. On Wednesday night […] More

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    The 15 Best Music Venues in America To Add to Your Bucketlist

    Everyone knows that a concert venue can make or break a performance, and a bad venue can ruin a concert, even if it’s a concert put on by your favorite band. Whether you want the best acoustics or are just looking for some amazing music venues to add to your bucket list, we’ve scoped out […] More

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    Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters Talks Bluegrass Roots, Improvisation, and More Ahead of Hook and Ladder Show

    In music, few traits are as important as creativity. Instrumental proficiency, vocal talent, and myriad other tools can certainly help an artist, but what separates the wheat from the chaff is the ability to draw on those tools and make something new, original, and moving. This is true in almost every genre, but for progressive […] More

  • Stage lights illuminate Alaina Moore, who is singing with her eyes closed. Husband and musical partner Patrick Riley is bent over his keyboards to the left.

    Tennis Serves up Dream Pop at First Avenue

    Band name trends can be purely coincidental, but Colorado’s Tennis might be able to take the credit for kicking off a slew of sports-themed band names over the past decade. Forming in 2008, Tennis preceded Australia’s Hockey Dad (2013), Nashville’s Soccer Mommy (2015), and British alt-rockers Sports Team (2016). But like their colleagues, there’s much […] More

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    A Night of Hair Metal with Lita Ford and Warrant

    It was Day 2 of live music at the Treasure Island Event Center. Friday night kicked off the retro weekend with 90’s country, and rock fans got their chance Saturday with 80’s hitmakers Lita Ford and Warrant, in town after playing up north the previous evening. While Warrant was the headliner, I always look forward […] More

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