Tales From The Tour: Three Minnesota musicians recount travels around the world

Travel can be enough of an adventure on personal vacations. But when you need to tour for a living, there’s even more at stake. Laughing while they remember language barriers and culture shock, three Minnesotan musicians share the ups and downs of life on the road. Sims In 2014, I played 10 shows in the … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: DJ Shannon Blowtorch

If you ask a music fan what makes a good DJ, you’re likely to get a few solid answers off the bat. Great taste. The dexterity to weave sets through various genres. The ability to read a crowd. When it comes to filling a dance floor, all three go a long way. But an underrated … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

The Secret of Square Lake

The tiny festival taking music and film off the off the trail and into the woods Life can be tough for fans of low-key music festivals. Around the world, fests pair performances with raging stage shows and, all too often, the spectacle absorbs the art. However, anyone who is able to make it to Stillwater, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]