Music In Mears kicks off stacked summer concert season June 8

Live music returns to Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park June 8, when Music in Mears kicks off its 14th season. Music in Mears is a free, live concert series founded by Brian Horst in 2004.“We are thrilled to bring another summer of great local music, arts and entertainment to Mears Park and beyond,” says Horst. The … [ Read more]

Dining in Stereo: Uncanned Music is designing the ideal musical experience for restaurants

Scott McNiece is trying to keep the art of conversation alive, one meal at a time. Working out of an art gallery in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, McNiece runs Uncanned Music. The goal of his “ambiance music and sound design company” is to enhance the experiences had by diners and drinkers at restaurants. McNiece and his … [ Read more]

Great (music) outdoors: Making the most of your summer festival season

“Get a lay of the land. Stay hydrated.” “Best way to beat the heat: cold compress laced with an essential oil blend of peppermint and eucalyptus.” “Bring at least one outfit that pushes your limits. A little too sexy. A little too neon. A little too Lycra.” Those are just a few of the responses … [ Read more]

Before and after in St. Paul’s newly renovated Palace Theatre [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Davidson The Palace Theater will re-open in downtown St. Paul on Friday night to host local hip hop artist Atmosphere for its first official concert. Just over 100 years will have passed since the venue originally opened as a 3,000 seat vaudeville house, which has sat vacant since 1984 when it was … [ Read more]

Soundset announces lineup for 2017 festival

Rhymesayers Entertainment’s Soundset Festival is now the largest one-day hip-hop festival in the world. Today, festival organizers announced the lineup for the festival’s 10th year, which is returning to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 28th, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the 10 hours of diverse hip-hop music, the event will have a lineup of over … [ Read more]

Ballad of the opening band

Today, P.O.S can sell out a show at First Avenue’s Mainroom. In 2004, though, when he’d just signed to Rhymesayers, he toured as an opener for St. Paul hip-hop group Heiruspecs. “We were playing a really poorly attended show in Cleveland on the first night of the tour,” remembers Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson. “Stef [P.O.S] … [ Read more]

Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?

When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when … [ 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]

New record shop to open in South Minneapolis

Minneapolis and music goes hand-in-hand. And adding to this notion is a new vinyl record store to the neighborhood. Located just off of Hiawatha Avenue at 4022 East 46th Street in Minneapolis (the former home of The Pink Closet consignment store), Solid State is set to open on Saturday, December 17. Owned by Phil and Hannah Borreson, the shop … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Danielle Cusack

Rock ‘n’ roll has always been about youthful energy, but right now the Twin Cities music scene is having an especially youthful moment, with artists like Lexii Alijai blowing up on SoundCloud and an all-ages scene burgeoning at venues like the Garage. At the nexus of what’s next is 20-year-old Danielle Cusack: drummer, bassist, singer-songwriter, … [ Read more]

Communist Daughter finds a way forward on sophomore album

Four years since their last release, Communist Daughter has returned to the music scene to forge a new path with their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” There’s a forward momentum can be felt all over the new album, which the band self-released on October 21 and are supporting during their final tourstop … [ 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]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark

It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver Vikings flat brim hat. Before sitting down, he orders a black iced coffee and waits patiently by the counter. “No cream,” he equably reiterates to … [ Read more]

Oldchella: Have the classic rock gods outlived their relevance?

Star-studded festival lineups are routine these days, but the lineup for this month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, is in a league of its own. The festival is only hosting six acts, and they’re doozies: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters (the golden-era leader of Pink Floyd), and Neil … [ 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]