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    Dodie Inspires A Thankful Varsity Crowd

    There was a moment, standing in the photo pit as Dodie walked on stage at the Varsity theater, that my ears experienced something new. The audience of mostly young women was screaming with joy. The sheer volume was quite the rattle and an instant validation of just how impactful Dodie’s music has been to young […] More

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    K.Flay Slays at First Ave’s Mainroom

    Kristine Flaherty, more commonly known by her stage name K.Flay, bares her soul through cheeky lyrics and genre-jumping sounds to captivate a packed mainroom at First Ave.  Local Minneapolis band DENNY kicked off the night. Comprised of Alexander Rollins, Randon Nelson, and Sully, it was clear from the moment the lights turned to them that […] More

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    Song-Telling Tuesday: Haley and the Poetry of a Patriot

    “Anyone can do ambient sounds, but it’s all about the feelings. Anybody can throw paint on a huge canvas and call it Jackson Pollock, but there’s a reason why things like that happen.” ~Haley Songwriting Since her first full album release in 2003, Haley McCallum has continued to evolve as a prominent songwriter in Minnesota. […] More

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    Thomas Rhett Keeps The Summer Heat For The Xcel Energy Center

    Waiting for Thomas Rhett to hit the stage didn’t feel like a country concert! Welcome to today’s new country. The night featured a DJ who played between sets with a setlist that was anything but “country.” Thomas Rhett literally jumped into the show, bringing his crossover country, pop, and R&B hits to the Xcel Energy […] More

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    Lionel Richie Live At The Great Minnesota Get-Together

    Lionel Richie worked his magic effortlessly for the Minnesota State Fair crowd. He played all the hits spanning his solo career and his time with The Commodores. Lionel made everyone in the stands feel at home, whether the attendees were young or old, or it was their first time seeing him or the twentieth. He […] More

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    Melbourne Artists Alex Lahey & Kingsbury Rock the Turf

    Disclaimer: I may have an obsession with Australian female songwriters. There have been some major women artists who have come from down under. Sia, Iggy Azalea, Kylie Minogue, Lenka, and Natalie Imbruglia have all garnered attention over the years. Today there is a new generation of songwriters who have set a different tone in music. […] More

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    Phantogram “STARS” in Return to the Twin Cities

    The Palace Theatre hosted a sold-out crowd for the newly ‘First Avenue starred’ Phantogram last night. The duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, oftentimes describing their music as “street beat, psych pop,” brought a polished and artsy design to the tour. The set was filled with an even distribution of songs from their last […] More

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    Rod Stewart Hits Treasure Island With a Return of the Roses

    Rod Stewart returned on his Blood Red Roses Tour, this time taking his act outdoors at Treasure Island’s Amphitheater! Starting out the evening was veteran classic rock Little River Band, even though Wayne Nelson is the longest-tenured in the band, joining LRB in 1980. They played just over an hour of classic hits, featuring songs […] More

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