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

Where art meets music for a weekend in Wisconsin 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, … [ Read more]

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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]

Music lineup for 2016 Rock the Garden revealed

The anticipation for fans of Rock the Garden, the annual summer concert presented by 89.3 The Current and Walker Art Center, is over. This year’s music lineup was announced Tuesday morning and it’s as stacked as ever. Due to construction at Walker Art Center, Rock the Garden 2016 will be a one-day affair on June 18 at … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]