Masters of Arena Rock: Why sound engineers are to thank for the ultimate concert experience

There are few experiences as memorable as attending your first concert in an arena. You enter the doors of a cavernous dome and squint to find the section and row of your seat on your ticket. You take your seat, the lights dim, and the rumble of bass being pumped through a dozen loud speakers … [ Read more]

Oregon Garden BrewCamp

Outdoors within a stunning 80-acre botanical garden, BrewCamp celebrates the best of Oregon’s summer with camping, incredible music, and top breweries from around the state. The three-day festival features eclectic, nonstop music on two stages, on-site festival camping, both tent and RV, beer tasting with 40+ craft breweries pouring 80+ beers, ciders and meads, new … [ Read more]

Superior Sounds: Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake

Summer in the Upper Midwest—so much to do, so little time! Like any other Minnesotan, I enjoy hopping a plane to somewhere warmer for a week or so in the winter, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy local offerings out on the open road. Some vacation for leisure; others for adventure. I always … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

26 shows for the 26 remaining days in ‘Rocktober’

October 2016 is upon us, and like in previous years, this year’s crop of shows around the Twin Cities has clearly earned the title of “Roctktober” once again. Here are 26 recommended shows over the 26 remaining days in the month, with the “must see” shows in bold. Get out there and rock. Friday, October 7th … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

The creative confluence at Eaux Claires

We pull up to an open field a few miles southwest of downtown Eau Claire. There’s nothing immediately noteworthy about the place—just an empty lot overgrown with tall grass and golden rod. Without a GPS we surely would have passed it. And yet it was here, on this plateau overlooking the Chippewa River Valley, that … [ Read more]

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 | … [ Read more]

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 & … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]