Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview






Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | […]

VocalEssence’s ReMix mentorship program gives young songwriters a chance to shine






“Some people see classical music as a dying art,” says G. Phillip Shoultz III, associate conductor of VocalEssence, a Minneapolis-based choral non-profit founded in 1969. That, however, is a misstatement. “It’s an ever-evolving art,” he explains. “What’s classical music now is different. It’s changing and shifting from what we’ve known it to be before.” And […]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts June 9–11






With 100 degrees on the horizon for some parts of Minnesota on Friday, there’s no question summer has arrived. So what better way to beat the summer heat than a show in a dark, air-conditioned concert venue? Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop | Varsity Theater | Thursday, June 9th, 7pm Earlier this year, Iron & […]

Unlock your kid’s inner musician with summer music camps in the Twin Cities






When I was a teenager, I wanted to learn the drums. I would tap along to music on any surface available, read drumming blogs, and replay the breakdown of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” more times than I can remember. But my family couldn’t afford a kit and my grandparents wouldn’t pay for lessons the […]

Weekly Set List: Summer festival season is officially here






We see you… arriving to work on Monday morning with your dark sunglasses on, nursing an Art-A-Whirl hangover. Hopefully you made it to Northeast Minneapolis to experience one of the best local events of the year this past weekend, but if you didn’t, feat not, as Queen Bey and the summer outdoor music festival season […]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts May 2–8






After a fairly up and down April, spring has finally without a doubt arrived in Minnesota. The amount of trees and flowers blooming in the last week is incredible, so why not get out and see a show! Wild Nothing + Whitney | Triple Rock Social Club | Monday, May 2, 7:30pm Wild Nothing recently […]

The art of the mixtape






Even in the digital age, music fans cling to the retro joy of handmade mixtapes “It’s the exclusivity, the physical object, the artwork,” says Simon Brooks of Minneapolis record store Dead Media. “You can hold it. It degrades. It’s not like an MP3 that will last forever.” The rise of cassette tapes in the 1970s […]

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Weekly Set List: 4 underrated rock bands play the Twin Cities this week






This week is full of some of the best and most exciting shows of spring. Here are four super rocking bands that will get your heart pumping and your feet moving. Beach Slang | Triple Rock Social Club | Monday, April 25, 6pm Philly’s Beach Slang seem like a relatively new band, but lead singer/guitarist […]

Weekly Set List: Dance parties galore with return of Get Cryphy, Hood Internet, & more






Spring has finally arrived, and seemingly for good this time. And in the meantime, April continues its onslaught of great shows this week. Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit) | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm Delta Spirit front man Matt Vasquez struck out on his own with an EP entitled “Austin” last […]

The P.O.S Position






Rapper P.O.S talks about existing in multiple realities at once, recovering from a major illness, and what it takes to write a nine-minute song that sums up three years’ worth of emotions without overdoing it What happens when your health issues take center stage, forcing you to reschedule tours, delay plans, rearrange your artistic desires? […]

Weekly Set List: Canadian rockers, Texas folk duo, & two up-and-comers






This week’s top shows feature one of Canada’s finest bands, two buzzworthy up-and-coming acts, and a gorgeous folk duo from Texas. Sunflower Bean | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm Sunflower Bean’s full-length debut album, “Human Ceremony,” runs the gamut of textures and sounds from the last 30-40 years of rock, almost sounding […]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts March 29 – April 2






March is coming to a close, which means that the next closest thing to “Rocktober” is upon us. April is easily the second busiest month for concerts in the Twin Cities, and this year is proving no different. Operators | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, March 29, 7pm While Operators’ Dan Boeckner is set to […]

Weekly Set List: Solo rocker, folk duo, hip-hop trio, & more






Don’t let this week’s threat of a late winter/early spring snowstorm stop your plans for checking out some live music. There’s a handful of great shows well worth breaking out the snow brush for one last time. Shearwater | Turf Club | Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm Shearwater has managed to release eight albums in the […]

Weekly Set List: Ike Reilly, Farewell Milwaukee, a very D4 St. Patrick’s Day, & more






Welcome to this week’s edition of the Set List. We’ll now be previewing the upcoming music a little earlier in the week, giving you more time to plan your weekend! The Ike Reilly Assassination | Turf Club | Tuesday, March 15, 7pm It’s not quite Ike Reilly on St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m guessing the […]

Weekly Set List: The best live music this weekend, March 11-13






Welcome to a special weekend edition of the Weekly Set List, our rundown of the best live music the Twin Cities has to offer. Let’s dispense with the chit chat and get right to it. Are You Local? | First Avenue | Friday, March 11, 7pm Fresh off the release of his recent mix tape, […]