Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: First Avenue

When Prince died this past April, fans from around the world flocked to First Avenue to pay their respects. His star, which someone quietly painted gold, became a memorial as flowers piled up on the sidewalk beneath it. For some visitors, this was their first time seeing the club that Prince made world-famous in his … [ Read more]

Booked: How your favorite bands choose the venues they play

The process by which bands are booked into venues is, for the casual music fan, opaque. It may even be mystifying—especially if you just can’t understand why your favorite band is playing your least favorite venue. Booking, say local pros, is both a science and an art—and like the rest of the music industry, it’s … [ Read more]

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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]

The Current is throwing a birthday bash, and you’re invited

The Current is celebrating turning the corner of a new decade with a weekend filled with some of Minnesota’s hottest music on January 22 and 23 at First Avenue. Friday night’s lineup includes: Bones & Beeker Bad Bad Hats Mixed Blood Majority John Mark Nelson Low Saturday night’s lineup: Bruise Violet Gospel Machine Cactus Blossoms Gramma’s … [ Read more]

First Avenue at 45

A look at the club’s path to greatness and dedication to history First Avenue is one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis, if not the state. It frequently appears in tourism ads, citywide shots from Target Field, and press coverage of their 1,000-plus shows each year. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, it seems that … [ Read more]

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Indeed Update: Tallboys, Sours and More

The good folks at Indeed Brewing have been busy as of late. A few news items from the Northeast brewers: Sweet Yamma Jamma – The sweet potato ale is back, and headed for the Thanksgiving table. Four restaurants in the Kim Bartmann empire: Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, and Red Stag Supper Club will … [ Read more]