Downtown West and East

MUSIC REVIEW | Gentler Noise: Balung Getih, Pelzwick, Growth Spert at Maruso

Last week I wrote about my introduction to Noise in Minneapolis. The fun thing about an underground genre is the nuances and subgenres that surround the scene. Saturday night I went to a show where the music might be a close cousin to Noise. While noise, I’ve seen in the past has been more industrial and even when not aggressive, it’s harsh. Saturday night the music was lighter, more personal and quirkier.


The Loft Presents LoveFest 2014

02/13/2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Gird your loins for Valentine's Day with an evening exploring love, lust, libations, and romantic lunacy.

THEATER REVIEW | Transatlantic Love Affair's "Ash Land" finds life in the Dust Bowl at Illusion Theater

John Stone (Derek Lee Miller) and Ellie Stone (Adelin Phelps). Photo credit Aaron Fenster.

Ash Land, the third gorgeous production by local group Transatlantic Love Affair, has blown onto the stage of the Illusion Theater and it’s absolutely in your best interest to go see it before it drifts drifts away on February 22nd. The production is based loosely on the story of Cinderella set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Unlike most stories about the Dust Bowl, though, this does not center on the atmospheric disaster. It’s a love story, several times over—love of work, love of the land, of people, and the grief when those things are ripped from you.


Love & Light

02/28/2014 - 9:00pm


SlamMN!'s Erotica Poetry Tournament

02/13/2014 - 7:00pm - 02/15/2014 - 7:00pm

What: Poetry SlamMN’s Erotica Tournament at Kieran’s Irish Pub

When: Preliminary Bout #1 Thursday, February 13th 8:00 pm

"We Will Rock You" at the Orpheum Theatre: We Will Blind You, Deafen You, and Bore You

I had not been looking forward to seeing “We Will Rock You.” Believe me, I love Queen, but I read the summary and listened to the soundtrack, and I hadn’t really cared for either of them that much.


MUSIC PHOTOS | John Mayer reinvented at the Target Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Fans celebrated the long overdue return of John Mayer to the Twin Cities as the “Born and Raised World Tour 2013” made a stop at the Target Center on Saturday, November 23rd. Obviously Mayer is not content with sticking to any one specific style as this performance again had a different look and feel from what we’ve seen from him in the past. After disappearing from the scene for a while to recover from throat surgery, the now Montana resident had a new sense of calm about him. The stage set reflected his proclaimed new appreciation of the outdoors with a giant video backdrop creating the illusion of the band performing in various scenic settings. Mayer’s vocal sounded good as ever and he has no problem serving up some wow factor on a Stratocaster.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Elton John plays a legendary show at the Xcel Energy Center

Legendary musician Elton John showed a capacity crowd at the Xcel Energy Center Friday, November 22nd how some things really do im

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