Day Block’s Bands that Brew: The Lone Crows

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Day Block Brewing takes the relationship between music and beer one step further by making the musicians the brewers It’s no secret that we at The Growler believe wholeheartedly that beer and music go hand in hand. So when we heard about the Bands That Brew series at Day Block Brewing Company, we wanted to […]

Jokes that Rock

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Local comedy music gets its moment in the spotlight It takes an exceptional level of talent, dedication, and practice to be a great comedian. The same can be said for musicians. While thousands of people will try and fail at one or the other, a select few somehow manage to be great at both—and seamlessly […]

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Sacred Sounds: How One Restoration Expert is Preserving the World’s Pipe Organs

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Photos by Aaron Davidson Pipe organs are the most complex instruments in the world. Born of wood, metal, fabric, wire, glue, and finish, they contain many moving parts, some as sensitive and fragile as eggshells. They can include massive pipes three stories tall that weigh more than a ton, all the way down to small […]

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Jazz & Funk & Soul, Oh My!

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After years of simmering on the backburner of the Twin Cities music scene, jazz-inspired funk bands are back—and they’re bigger, louder, and groovier than ever On a snowy day in late 1978, just a week before Thanksgiving, jazz saxophonist Morris Wilson staged a rally for working musicians on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Fed up with […]

Craft Culture: Tim Reede’s Custom Guitars and Basses

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Photos by Kristine Erickson Tim Reede sits on the edge of a green loveseat with a handmade Sitka spruce acoustic guitar in his lap. He’s in the attic above his custom guitar workshop, which looks from the outside like any other garage next to any other home in the Corcoran neighborhood of Minneapolis. Rock gods Jimi, […]

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Beer Wrote This Song: A Brief History of a Match Made in Heaven

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“Whiskey’s too rough, champagne costs too much, and vodka puts my mouth in gear.” – Tom T. Hall, “I Like Beer” Like old friends who met young, beer and music are inextricably linked. At the dawn of civilization, those proto-hipster Sumerians honored their goddess of brewing with a hymn that doubled as a recipe (sample […]

How Local Artists Create Craft Beer’s Identity One Label at a Time

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Craft beer is typically lauded mostly for what’s inside the can. But for many drinkers—especially those new to craft—love at first glance starts with the label. That’s where label artists come into play. Creative, artful labels are key to getting beer into buyers’ hands and making one brewery stand out over another on store shelves. […]

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612Brew Summer Concert Series to Feature Eclectic Mix of Local Musicians

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Minneapolis’ 612Brew announced its Summer Concert Series today, which will take place on five Saturdays throughout the summer at the brewery’s outdoor amphitheater. Kicking things off on June 13 will be hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics, singer/songwriter Dustin Hatzenbuhler, electronic artist CSL, self-explanatory Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, and blues/soul singer Justin Halverson. On July 18, the concert […]

Remembering Jeff Hanson

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An Interview with the late-musician’s brother, Ryan Hanson This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s non-commercial, member-supported radio station playing the best authentic, new music alongside the music that inspired it. Find this article and more great music content at thecurrent.org. “Jeff is the single […]

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Craft Culture: Handmade Canoe Paddles by Sanborn

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Photos by Barbara O’Brien Photography County Road 7 bisects Pickwick, Minnesota, before reaching a “T” at Little Trout Valley Road and Lake La Belle. Pickwick, named for an early Charles Dickens novel, feels quaint, lingering in the past. Holsteins graze on a front lawn. A father and his sons mend a barbed-wire fence running out […]

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The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

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Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would […]

Minnesota Moms of Comedy

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The journey of a standup comedian is anything but glamorous. Late nights, empty open mics, and a lot of time spent alone trying to perfect a few brief minutes of material. In many cases, comedy isn’t just their top priority; it’s their only priority. But for some of the Twin Cities’ most talented comedians, they’re […]

VIDEO: The Growler Cover Artist Featured at Posters & Pints

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St. Paul-based illustrator David Witt‘s art has graced the cover of The Growler since day one, in addition to local gig posters, comic book pages, Zombie Pub Crawl maps and more. Witt will be one of many artists at Posters & Pints, 6–10pm, Saturday, May 30, at Uppercut Boxing Gym. Posters & Pints will pair a showcase of […]

May Arts and Culture Events

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A look at our favorite arts and culture events in Minnesota during May 2015, presented by 89.3 The Current. Featured Event The Dinner Party Download May 9 Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St. Paul • 8pm •  $25–$35 Ever wonder what to say at a dinner party? What jokes to tell? Cocktails to make? Head […]

Craft Culture: Wood from the Hood

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Photos Aaron Davidson Outside Wood from the Hood’s main office on Minnehaha Avenue and 26th Street in Minneapolis sits a small red dumpster with “free” spray-painted in blaze orange on the side. Instead of meeting the woodchipper, the wood scraps inside provide local woodworkers and hobbyists with an otherwise costly bounty. One neighbor uses the […]