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]

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 … [ Read more]

Metallica to play first rock concert at U.S. Bank Stadium

Metallica has a message for U.S. Bank Stadium: “The bell tolls for thee.” The long-running metal band will help break in the Vikings’ new home on Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of the public unveiling of the stadium that begins with a performance from Luke Bryan on Aug. 19. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open the show. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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, … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Feb. 26 – March 1

Somehow, March is already just around the corner. Before you know it, we’ll be into local summer festival announcement time. As a preview of sorts, it looks like March is coming in like a lion musically. Drone Not Drones | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, February 26, 6pm The phrase and idea for “Drone Not … [ Read more]

New Belgium hosting Micro Shows with Frank Turner & Jack Garratt

To celebrate the release of their new Citradelic Tangerine IPA, New Belgium Brewing is partnering with 89.3 The Current to throw a series of “micro shows” in the Twin Cities that feature big names in small venues, and The Growler has your tickets to get in. We’re giving away five pairs of tickets Frank Turner at the Turf Club … [ Read more]

A celebration of voices and culture at Orchestra Hall

What happens when the internationally-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club partners with nationally acclaimed choral ensemble VocalEssence to celebrate the male voice? Find out at the VocalEssence WITNESS: Morehouse College Glee Club concert Sunday, February 21 at Orchestra Hall. The performance will feature Morehouse College Glee Club conductor David E. Morrow and new VocalEssence associate conductor … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: 3 concerts not to miss this week

After a relatively quiet period, this week offers a handful of great show options around town. We’re nearing the tail end of the dead of winter, and with that comes the annual promise of an amazing spring full of shows. Parquet Courts | Triple Rock Social Club | Thursday, February 18, 7pm Since their formation … [ Read more]

It is officially the Year of Music in St. Paul

“Music is more than a series of notes—music is a pathway to a stronger, more vital community.” -St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman This morning, Mayor Coleman announced 2016 as the Year of Music in St. Paul. Tune into @TheCurrent this morning at 9 A.M. – I’ll be on talking about the Year of Music in … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Feb. 4–10

Hopefully you all survived Tuesday’s “blizzard.” Fortunately, the weather looks a little more show-friendly this weekend and into next week, and that’s a good thing since there are plenty of reasons to get out to a gig. Guster with Vetiver | First Avenue | Thursday, February 4, 7pm More than 20 years into their career, … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must see concerts Jan. 15–16

A pair of release shows, First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase, and the third round of the MN Beer Brunch series are your best bets for live music in the Twin Cities this weekend. Best New Bands of 2015 | First Avenue | Friday, January 15, 7pm First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: Stacked lineup at Turf Club this weekend

Hopefully you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. Let’s ring in 2016 with some great music. We’re right in the middle of the hibernating months for Minnesota concerts, so to speak. But the Turf Club is always one of the most exciting venues in the dead of winter, and this week showcases why. Bloodnstuff + Tyte … [ Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Dec. 11–14

Looking for something to lift the pall on this murky December we’ve been having? Then get ready to groove to an incredible extended weekend of live music. Mixed Blood Majority (Album Release) + P.O.S. + GRRRL PRTY | First Avenue | Friday, December 11, 8pm Mixed Blood Majority, the local rap supergroup featuring Crescent Moon … [ Read more]