Tales From The Tour: Three Minnesota musicians recount travels around the world






Travel can be enough of an adventure on personal vacations. But when you need to tour for a living, there’s even more at stake. Laughing while they remember language barriers and culture shock, three Minnesotan musicians share the ups and downs of life on the road. Sims In 2014, I played 10 shows in the […]

4 holiday shows for musicheads






We all have our holiday traditions that don’t change much from year to year. If you live in the Twin Cities, maybe it’s taking in the light shows along Nicollet Mall or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. But regardless of your traditions, no holiday season is complete without a little music. The best part of […]

Communist Daughter finds a way forward on sophomore album






Four years since their last release, Communist Daughter has returned to the music scene to forge a new path with their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” There’s a forward momentum can be felt all over the new album, which the band self-released on October 21 and are supporting during their final tourstop […]

Remix Revolution: Talking reinvention & attention spans with Fraea and Paper Tiger






Remixes are everywhere these days. The attention a well-made remix might bring an artist is hard to overstate. Just ask Lilly Wood & The Prick, who saw their “Prayer In C” hit number one on dozens of 2014 charts after Robin Schulz remixed it, or Tove Lo, whose career arguably took off thanks to Hippie […]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark






It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver Vikings flat brim hat. Before sitting down, he orders a black iced coffee and waits patiently by the counter. “No cream,” he equably reiterates to […]

26 shows for the 26 remaining days in ‘Rocktober’






October 2016 is upon us, and like in previous years, this year’s crop of shows around the Twin Cities has clearly earned the title of “Roctktober” once again. Here are 26 recommended shows over the 26 remaining days in the month, with the “must see” shows in bold. Get out there and rock. Friday, October 7th […]

Oldchella: Have the classic rock gods outlived their relevance?






Star-studded festival lineups are routine these days, but the lineup for this month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, is in a league of its own. The festival is only hosting six acts, and they’re doozies: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters (the golden-era leader of Pink Floyd), and Neil […]

How to choose the record player that’s right for you






Everyone used to know a stereo expert, someone with the full console setup and a 7.1 sound system that made the bass purr, rumble, or pound depending on the song. That was back in the pre-digital era when CDs still reigned supreme and cassettes and turntables played second fiddle. While iPods and Bluetooth define the […]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music






In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city […]

PHOTOS: Relive Eaux Claires 2016






The second Eaux Claries Music and Arts Festival took place last weekend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival included performances from Bon Iver, James Blake, Bruce Hornsby, Erykah Badu, Mavis Staples, and many more, and saw an increased focus on art installations throughout the festival grounds. The Growler Staff Photographer Kevin Kramer was at the […]

The Secret of Square Lake






The tiny festival taking music and film off the off the trail and into the woods Life can be tough for fans of low-key music festivals. Around the world, fests pair performances with raging stage shows and, all too often, the spectacle absorbs the art. However, anyone who is able to make it to Stillwater, […]

Weekly Set List: 5 must-see concerts happening this week






Summer is nearing the half-way point, which depending on your point of view is either exciting and terrifying. On the exciting side of things, the summer concert lineup only gets better from here on out. Here are a few shows to check out this week. Holy White Hounds | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, July […]

Weekly Set List: Saturday night special






For this week’s edition of the Weekly Set List, we decided to focus on three very awesome and distinct shows for you to choose from tomorrow night. Nick Blood: A Tribute to Nick Patrick Thompson | First Avenue | Saturday, July 9th, 7pm Nick Thompson (aka: Nick Blood) may not be a household name to […]

Booked: How your favorite bands choose the venues they play






The process by which bands are booked into venues is, for the casual music fan, opaque. It may even be mystifying—especially if you just can’t understand why your favorite band is playing your least favorite venue. Booking, say local pros, is both a science and an art—and like the rest of the music industry, it’s […]

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The creative confluence at Eaux Claires






Where art meets music for a weekend in Wisconsin We pull up to an open field a few miles southwest of downtown Eau Claire. There’s nothing immediately noteworthy about the place—just an empty lot overgrown with tall grass and golden rod. Without a GPS we surely would have passed it. And yet it was here, […]

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