Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 27 – Dec. 2

Put down that leftover turkey leg and take in one of this week’s cornucopia of great shows (you know you need a break from your family anyway). Aero Flynn and Halloween Alaska | Turf Club | Saturday, November 28th, 7:30pm Aero Flynn’s long awaited debut album finally saw the light of day earlier this year, […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 19–25

An unseasonably warm November heading into Thanksgiving week is stuffed full with shows to be thankful for. Saturday’s numerous choices alone will have your plate overflowing. EL VY | First Avenue | Saturday, November 21, 8pm EL VY (the plural of Elvis) is a collaboration between Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, and Brent […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 12–18

A fairly light week of live music in the Twin Cities this week, but there are still some diamonds to be found in the rough. Peter Wolf Crier | 7th Street Entry | Friday, November 13, 9pm Peter Wolf Crier’s self-released third album, “Plum Slump,” dropped earlier this fall. Not only does it deliver on […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 6–11

From an underrated singer-songwriter to a hyped teenager, avant-garde improv to one of Minnesota’s all time greats, the first full week of November kicks off the month with a wide selection of fantastic live shows. Martin Sexton | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, November 6, 8pm Combining impressive guitar playing and a vocal range that […]

From Lizzo, With Love

Minneapolis’ rising hip-hop star gets personal on “Big GRRRL Small World” There’s something appropriately righteous about the fact that you have to cross Queen Avenue to get to Lizzo’s house—not to mention that her home is mere blocks from the schools and church basements where Prince played his first gigs with his high school band […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

“Rocktober” is coming to a close, and hopefully you caught at least a couple of the fantastic shows this month had to offer. If not, you’re lucky there are a still a handful left to come. Israel Nash | The Turf Club | Thursday, October 29, 8:30pm Israel Nash’s lush Americana sound certainly owes a lot […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 22–28

Shows by the hottest rap duo in years, Run The Jewels, and retro soul/R&B youngster Leon Bridges easily top the list of this week’s must-see concerts—but they’ve both unfortunately been sold out for months. Not to worry, I’m here to help you find the best of what’s left. Three of this week’s best shows also […]

Eaux Claires Music Festival to return in 2016

Fans didn’t know what to expect when they purchased their tickets to the first-ever Eaux Claires music festival. The music lineups hadn’t even been announced when people the two-day passes went on sale. All fans knew was Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National were curating their own music and arts festival in Vernon’s hometown, […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 15–21

Wedged between big shows by Disclosure and Run The Jewels, this week seems to be a bit of a calm before the storm. But there are still a handful of shows that you should make a point to catch. Peaches | First Avenue Mainroom | Thursday, October 15, 8:30pm Prior to this year, Peaches had […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 8–14

From a supergroup made up of Scottish rockers and a beloved American cult band, to a pair of young shoegaze rock bands, a brewery blowout and one of the hottest dance acts of the last couple years, the fall concert season is showing no signs of slowing down. Here are four shows not to miss […]

Aesop Rock on playing Saturday’s Doomtree Zoo

When Doomtree, the seven-member Twin Cities hip-hop collective, recorded their 2005 “No Homeowners” track, their declaration of going from the “bottom of the bottle to the top of the throne” was more ambition than reality. But over the years the group’s popularity has grown steadily, going from playing punk houses to selling out First Avenue—an […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 1–7

Music lovers haven’t dubbed this month “Rocktober” for nothing. Autumn in the Twin Cities usually means an abundance of national touring acts swinging through town before winter hits, and this year is no exception. With so many concerts to choose from, many even on the same night, here are the shows that you can’t miss […]

Glensheen: Minnesota’s infamous murder mystery comes to life at History Theatre

It sounds like fiction—like a murder mystery in a worn paperback novel. A wealthy woman is murdered in her bed, smothered with a pillow in the landmark lakeside mansion built by her parents. Her nurse is also killed, bludgeoned with a candlestick. Investigators quickly identify two suspects with a classic motive: struggling financially, the suspects […]

The ‘burbs at the Bash: A Q&A with The Suburbs’ Chan Poling

This Saturday, The Suburbs are coming to a backyard near you. Summit Brewing Company’s Backyard Bash, a celebration of the brewery’s 29th anniversary, will feature live music from The Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright & Big Cats (featuring Lydia Liza), Al Church, and Black Market Brass, and will raise funds for the non-profit Minnesota Music […]

Alan Sparhawk’s creative process and Low’s new album, ‘Ones and Sixes’

The line starts to crackle as soon as Alan Sparhawk picks up the phone. As he greets me from his home in Duluth, Minnesota, the Low frontman’s voice booms and sizzles, as if it’s bristling against the wires in the phone line and wrestling to break free. Although I could easily adjust the volume, I […]