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The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, and The Golden Animals at First Avenue – February 3rd, 2014

7 Feb

Words and Photos by Kyle Matteson   Golden Animals often get compared to The Brian Jonestown Massacre, which is a fair and worthy comparison, but after seeing them live, they actually reminded me of The Doors a bit more than I would have cared for. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy their short 30 […]

Communion: Rosco Bandana at the Varsity Theater – December 17, 2014

20 Dec

By: Kara Laudon Communion Minneapolis returned Tuesday night to the Varsity Theater – an event that started in October and will continue the third Tuesday of each month. Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den, and producer Ian Grimble founded Communion Minneapolis in 2006 to spotlight emerging artists. The lineup for […]

KDWB Jingle Ball at the Xcel Energy Center – December 10, 2013

12 Dec

Review by Kyle Matteson with photos by Susan Woehrle I’ll be up front here. Attending KDWB’s Jingle Ball wasn’t exactly something I thought I would ever have the desire to do – but I also wouldn’t have guessed I’d fall so hard for a Miley Cyrus album either. Yeah, you read that right, I’m a massive […]

The Besnard Lakes and Elephant Stone at Triple Rock Social Club – November 8th, 2013

10 Nov

  Openers Elephant Stone combined elements of psychedelic rock with traditional Indian musical instruments making for a very unique and interesting sound that is nearly unclassifiable. Lead singer Rishi Dhir effortlessly switched between playing bass guitar and sitting down to play sitar, all the while the rest of the band held down tight and nimble grooves. […]

Jason Isbell at the Varsity Theater – October 25, 2013

30 Oct

Review and Photography By: Alexa Jones Sometimes, I feel guilty for essentially “giving up” on artists who, at one time, were the soundtrack to a good chunk of my life. Sirens of the Ditch, and even further back Jason’s Isbell‘s tunes for Drive-By Truckers, were the songs that I played over and over again during […]

CakeIn15 Presents: Communist Daughter at The Cake Shop (UPDATE: SOLD OUT)

28 Oct

THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT! We here at The Cake Shop are excited to announce our next house show! We’re very happy to welcome back Johnny Solomon and Molly Moore of Communist Daughter. Last time their shows sold out, so make sure you get your tickets sooner rather than later. This is their last […]

Tonight! Radical Face at the Varsity Theater

16 Oct

So there’s this guy Radical Face that CAS and Staciaann have been raving about since around 2007.The story starts like this… Staciaann had an old school MySpace account and actually used it to find new music. A photo of a dude with a lightbulb in front of his face popped up in a sidebar, and […]

Obits at Triple Rock Social Club – 10-7-2013

14 Oct

Brooklyn’s Obits brought their brand of gritty rock to the Triple Rock on a dreary Monday evening, their first Twin Cities show in almost 4 years. While the crowd was sadly fairly thin (I would wager to guess 50 at it’s fullest), they didn’t seem to let it effect their performance one bit. Drawing mostly […]

I ROCK FOR SHAINA

9 Oct

Shaina Briscoe, Current volunteer, cyclist extraordinaire and all-round enthsiastic supporter of all things local was sent to the ICU this summer after her bike was hit by a car (yes, she was wearing a helmet.) There has been a huge outpouring of community support, and you may have seen the “I Bike For Shaina” rides […]

Sam Amidon at The Cedar 10-1-2013

3 Oct

By: Kyle Matteson Vermont folk artist, Sam Amidon‘s latest record ‘Bright Sunny South‘ is not only one of the best folk albums of 2013, it’s also one of the best albums in general of the year. His music has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake, Richard Buckner, and Jose Gonzalez, which is pretty fantastic company. His […]