Trailblazers 2017: James Buckley of Icehouse

Go to Icehouse on any given night, and you won’t be disappointed. There, you will find established artists like Lissie, jeremy messersmith, and Dave Simonett, and up-and-comers getting their first shot at filling the space with music that spans a wide range of genres. A key reason that room is constantly abuzz with thrilling talent … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Chadwick Phillips

For many artists, making a name for themselves can be a challenge. Chadwick “Niles” Phillips, founder and CEO of The Avant Garde, is working to change that by putting a spotlight on up-and-coming artists in the Twin Cities. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Phillips grew up in a musical family and was inspired to go into … [ Read more]

Christmas Sing-Along

Join the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and Chorus Polaris for an enjoyable Christmas concert filled with many of your seasonal favorites. Experience holiday cheer as conductors Ho-Yin Kwok and William Mathis (and a guest conductor) will lead the groups in an entertaining, fun, affordable evening that can be enjoyed by the family. Featured works include selections … [ Read more]

A Dad, a Record Label, a Musical Mission: Scott Herold on 10 years at Rock the Cause

Scott Herold’s nonprofit Rock the Cause is changing lives through music. Many Minnesotans are familiar with Zach Sobiech’s story. Although the 18-year-old tragically died of cancer in 2013, his legacy still lives on through his song, “Clouds.” Sobiech never expected the song to go viral, but thanks to the help of Rock the Cause Records, the … [ Read more]

The Mill: After 19 years, Triple Rock Social Club to close in November

On Monday, Triple Rock Social Club announced they plan to close after November 22. The bar and restaurant has had a 19-year run, 15 of which have included a high-energy music venue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Owners Erik and Gretchen Funk opened the club in 1998 when they were in their mid-20s, had barely any cash, … [ Read more]

Drinking Songs of Yore: The stories behind the music of Beer Choir

Centuries before karaoke bars, drinking beer and singing went hand in hand. In fact, the first drinking songs date back to as far as the 13th or 14th century in the “Carmina Burana,” a collection of love poems and light-hearted, irreverent verses. Since then, drinking songs have become embedded in different cultures around Europe, and … [ Read more]

Getting Played: Hidden tracks, alter egos, and other games musicians play with fans

It’s all about the music… except when it isn’t. There’s nothing like a good gimmick to lend a little pizzazz to an album release or a tour, and sometimes musical artists just toy with us because they can. Here are some of the most notorious games musical artists have played with their fans over the … [ Read more]

The Beat Scientist: Local music producer Nick Phillips explains what goes into your favorite tracks

When most people think about their favorite song, they often think about their favorite artistic qualities—the rhythm, the lyrics, the melody. But how are these elements pieced together? How do they come to coexist alongside one another? And who makes all that happen? For Nick Phillips, the producer and multi-instrumentalist known as Beatnick, one half … [ Read more]

Birds and The B-Sides: After 25 years of Music in the Zoo, Sue McLean’s legacy lives on

With relentless rain, the BoDeans figured all hope was gone the night of their sold-out, outdoor show at the Minnesota Zoo. But when clouds subsided with time left for just a few songs, the Wisconsin-based rock-and-rollers were pleasantly surprised. “It turned out, everyone stuck around,” lead singer Kurt Neumann says. “Everybody had brought garbage bags … [ Read more]

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]