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

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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)

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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

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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

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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 […]

10 Music Festivals in the Midwest This Summer

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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

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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 […]

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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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 […]

Rock ‘N’ Roll: Meeting Joan Jett, and the Harsh Reality of Life Backstage

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Editor’s note: 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. The snow was falling hard and fast in fat, sloppy flakes […]

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10 Questions for The Current at 10 Years

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Photos by Aaron Davidson When 89.3 The Current hit the airwaves at 9:01am on Jan. 24, 2005 to the beat of Atmosphere’s “Say Shh,” nothing was a sure thing. Alternative stations come and go, and will continue to, but with the backing of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current is not just another station. It has […]

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