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 […]

The sensational world of band riders (and the not so glamorous reality)

Last winter, student journalists at the University of Oklahoma couldn’t have guessed they were breaking a story that media around the world would find absolutely delicious—even though it was a story about guacamole. Specifically, the story was about the detailed (“we want it chunky”) guacamole recipe that Jack White and his crew required backstage for […]

First Avenue at 45

A look at the club’s path to greatness and dedication to history First Avenue is one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis, if not the state. It frequently appears in tourism ads, citywide shots from Target Field, and press coverage of their 1,000-plus shows each year. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, it seems that […]

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Day Block’s Bands that Brew: The Lone Crows

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 […]

10 Music Festivals in the Midwest This Summer

Summer is fleeting in the Midwest. Blink and you could miss out on a whole season of outdoor music. Here are ten music festivals across the region that you shouldn’t pass up. Basilica Block Party || Minneapolis, Minnesota July 10–11 Twenty years ago, the Basilica of Saint Mary threw a block party to raise money to […]

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Jokes that Rock

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

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!

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

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

“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 […]