MUSIC REVIEW | Pearl Jam worth the wait at the Xcel Energy Center

Photos By: 
Chad Rieder

White stage lights streamed horizontally over a sea of heads, silhouettes stealthily moved and found their places, 18,000 voices exploded in greeting, and Eddie Vedder seemingly floated to the front and raised a bottle of wine to return that greeting. Without a word, the “Pendulum” started to swing with the tapping of a hi-hat and a soft haunting resonating from piano keys. Vedder’s voice, deep and melancholy, slowly pushed forth the words “Can't know what's high, 'Til you've been down so low” and space was taken up by the entrancing tone produced by his vocal chords.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Rural Alberta Advantage at First Ave

Photos by Tom Baker

It's fun going into a show with no expectations. That's what happened Friday, October 17 when I went to go photograph The Rural Alberta Advantage. I had only listened to a couple of their songs, as I was only recently introduced to them by a girl that I like and she was going to the show. So, my nautral reaction was to go with her and I figured at the very least I would come out of it with a few good photos, and perhaps impress her with my camera skills and awkward dancing in a very crowded room at the same time in the hopes she'd want to see me again. I was blown away. They elated the room and created a fan in me. Without research, I couldn't name a single song or album title to save my life. Thank God for Spotify, where I will begin to do diligent listening in anticipation to the next time they come around as I will be sure not to miss them. And yes, I will be seeing the girl again as she is all the more cooler for introducing me to a such a stellar band.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Love over Gold, The Icicles, Erik Koskinen and the Real Phonic Radio Band at the Hill Library

Mayor Chris Coleman welcomed the crowd to Real Phonic Radio at the James J Hill Reference Library Thursday, October 16. And I have to say, our Mayor is a good sport, reading in the usual iireverant appraoch of regular spokesman, Thom MIddlebrook. He astutely observed that while we had enough entertainment for three shows in Minneapolis, it was all hitting one stage in St Paul—as it does every third Thursday.

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MUSIC REVIEW | The Glitch Mob crush it at Myth

Photos By: 
Emmerlee Sherman

When I arrived at Myth in Maplewood on October 16, I was completely worn out. I was dead tired from a long day, feeling the first symptoms of a cold coming on, and finding myself more or less in a state of mind that was probably completely the opposite of what I should have had heading into The Glitch Mob show. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, slightly grumpy, and more than a little ready to be annoyed.

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Mayda to play New Century Theatre

(Photo courtesy of Team Mayda)

Home grown phenom, funk rocking vocalist-songsmith par excellence Mayda (www.imaydasong.com) has star power stamped all over her in block letters. She has, in fact, ever since her debut Stereotype was released in 2008, continuing to consistently impress with The Interrogation, Tusks 'N' Fur and, now, Busy Signals. Her upcoming performance at the New Century Sessions series, smack dab in the middle of downtown Minneapolis, should go a respectable way toward sustaining momentum and establishing just the sort of next-step, high-profile traction she deserves around these parts.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Gaslight Anthem at First Avenue

Photos by Alexa Jones

On Wednesday, October 15 The Gaslight Anthem played at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

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Mississippi Valley Orchestra commemorative concert Oct. 19

The Mississippi Valley Orchestra is beginning its 39th season with a wonderful concert featuring Artistic Director Henry Charles Smith and MN Orchestra associate principal oboist, John Snow, on Sun

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Hopewell Music Cooperative North offers "music to all"

Hopewell Music Cooperative North will present the 3rd annual “Bach and Chocolate” fundraising concert and gala on Saturday, October 25th.

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PHOTOS | 2014 Zombie Pub Crawl

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

On Saturday, October 11, the Zombie Pub Crawl took over downtown Minneapolis.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Revitalized Pixies return to Minneapolis at the State Theatre with new material in tow

Photos By: 
Chad Rieder

If you listen closely enough, you can still hear Pixies fans referring to performances by the Boston four-piece as, “reunion shows,” or describing the band as, “reunited.” And, technically, these fans are correct. After a string of weird and wildly dynamic, near-perfect albums in the late-80s and early-90s, Pixies famously broke up via fax in 1993 before being able to truly benefit commercially from the alt-rock revolution their music had helped inspire.

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