Soundset announces lineup for 2017 festival

Rhymesayers Entertainment’s Soundset Festival is now the largest one-day hip-hop festival in the world. Today, festival organizers announced the lineup for the festival’s 10th year, which is returning to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 28th, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the 10 hours of diverse hip-hop music, the event will have a lineup of over […]

Ballad of the opening band

Today, P.O.S can sell out a show at First Avenue’s Mainroom. In 2004, though, when he’d just signed to Rhymesayers, he toured as an opener for St. Paul hip-hop group Heiruspecs. “We were playing a really poorly attended show in Cleveland on the first night of the tour,” remembers Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson. “Stef [P.O.S] […]

Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?

When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when […]

4 holiday shows for musicheads

We all have our holiday traditions that don’t change much from year to year. If you live in the Twin Cities, maybe it’s taking in the light shows along Nicollet Mall or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. But regardless of your traditions, no holiday season is complete without a little music. The best part of […]

New record shop to open in South Minneapolis

Minneapolis and music goes hand-in-hand. And adding to this notion is a new vinyl record store to the neighborhood. Located just off of Hiawatha Avenue at 4022 East 46th Street in Minneapolis (the former home of The Pink Closet consignment store), Solid State is set to open on Saturday, December 17. Owned by Phil and Hannah Borreson, the shop […]

Trailblazers 2016: Danielle Cusack

Rock ‘n’ roll has always been about youthful energy, but right now the Twin Cities music scene is having an especially youthful moment, with artists like Lexii Alijai blowing up on SoundCloud and an all-ages scene burgeoning at venues like the Garage. At the nexus of what’s next is 20-year-old Danielle Cusack: drummer, bassist, singer-songwriter, […]

Communist Daughter finds a way forward on sophomore album

Four years since their last release, Communist Daughter has returned to the music scene to forge a new path with their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” There’s a forward momentum can be felt all over the new album, which the band self-released on October 21 and are supporting during their final tourstop […]

Remix Revolution: Talking reinvention & attention spans with Fraea and Paper Tiger

Remixes are everywhere these days. The attention a well-made remix might bring an artist is hard to overstate. Just ask Lilly Wood & The Prick, who saw their “Prayer In C” hit number one on dozens of 2014 charts after Robin Schulz remixed it, or Tove Lo, whose career arguably took off thanks to Hippie […]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark

It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver Vikings flat brim hat. Before sitting down, he orders a black iced coffee and waits patiently by the counter. “No cream,” he equably reiterates to […]

Oldchella: Have the classic rock gods outlived their relevance?

Star-studded festival lineups are routine these days, but the lineup for this month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, is in a league of its own. The festival is only hosting six acts, and they’re doozies: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters (the golden-era leader of Pink Floyd), and Neil […]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music

In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city […]

Festival Palomino 2016 moves to Hall’s Island in Minneapolis

Festival Palomino announced Tuesday morning that it will move this year’s concert to Hall’s Island in Minneapolis from Canterbury Park, due to construction delays at the racetrack caused by severe weather and flooding. While the move to Minneapolis wasn’t welcomed news to ticket holders with non-refundable hotel stays near Canterbury Park, the alternative was canceling the festival […]

Weekly Set List: 5 must-see concerts happening this week

Summer is nearing the half-way point, which depending on your point of view is either exciting and terrifying. On the exciting side of things, the summer concert lineup only gets better from here on out. Here are a few shows to check out this week. Holy White Hounds | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, July […]

Weekly Set List: Saturday night special

For this week’s edition of the Weekly Set List, we decided to focus on three very awesome and distinct shows for you to choose from tomorrow night. Nick Blood: A Tribute to Nick Patrick Thompson | First Avenue | Saturday, July 9th, 7pm Nick Thompson (aka: Nick Blood) may not be a household name to […]

Food opera is a thing, and it’s coming to St. Paul

The relationship between sound and taste is the inspiration behind the upcoming St. Paul Food Opera, a series that will be taking place in October and mixes food, music, and art, reports the Pioneer Press. St. Paul restaurants Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Golden’s Lowertown, Brake Bread, and Izzy’s Ice Cream will create dishes for […]