Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Feb. 4–10

Hopefully you all survived Tuesday’s “blizzard.” Fortunately, the weather looks a little more show-friendly this weekend and into next week, and that’s a good thing since there are plenty of reasons to get out to a gig. Guster with Vetiver | First Avenue | Thursday, February 4, 7pm More than 20 years into their career, […]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with […]

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Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Jan. 21-23

Hopefully everyone survived the recent cold spell and braved the chill to get out to see a show. If you didn’t, this weekend has plenty of hot shows to entice you. The Current’s 11th Anniversary Party | First Avenue | Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 7pm both nights The Current is nearly a […]

Weekly Set List: Stacked lineup at Turf Club this weekend

Hopefully you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. Let’s ring in 2016 with some great music. We’re right in the middle of the hibernating months for Minnesota concerts, so to speak. But the Turf Club is always one of the most exciting venues in the dead of winter, and this week showcases why. Bloodnstuff + Tyte […]

89.3 The Current’s Andrea Swensson on being a gatekeeper

It’s taken me a long time to get here, so I’ll do my best to keep my voice from shaking as I say this: My name is Andrea, and I’m a gatekeeper. That’s right. I keep the gates. I make the tastes. Sometimes I lord over people, shoving my opinions down their unsuspecting gullets. Sometimes […]

Weekly Set List: 6 concerts to help you ring in 2016

Still haven’t nailed down your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us help you narrow down your options to six of the best ways to ring in 2016. Whether it’s experimental rap, whiskey-soaked Americana, sexy R&B, cover bands in wigs, an 80’s prom, or a local all-star hip hop collective, there is something for everyone this […]

We Are The Willows’ “Picture (Portrait)” & the love that endured a war

It’s a tale as old as time: Two adolescents meet, fall in love, get married, and, eventually, their grandson makes an album based on letters they exchanged during WWII. Okay, okay, so maybe this story isn’t quite that common. In the year that’s passed since Minneapolis’ We Are The Willows released the first half of […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Dec. 11–14

Looking for something to lift the pall on this murky December we’ve been having? Then get ready to groove to an incredible extended weekend of live music. Mixed Blood Majority (Album Release) + P.O.S. + GRRRL PRTY | First Avenue | Friday, December 11, 8pm Mixed Blood Majority, the local rap supergroup featuring Crescent Moon […]

The Vexing World of Music Awards and Best-Of Lists

Receiving his Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs, Kanye West gave one of the most deeply ambiguous (and confusing) acceptance speeches of any awards show in recent memory. Among the many topics Kanye touched on—including his supposedly planned presidential run—was the contrived injustice of awards shows generally. “I still don’t understand awards shows,” […]

2015 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Winners

What do we mean by Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal? We mean the innovators. The tastemakers. The chefs and restaurants driving a food revolution in Minnesota. The beers we’ll camp out overnight to get our hands on. The paths we wake up early to bike and the parks we take off work to explore. The albums that make us […]

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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 […]