Kiana Marie

It’s always exciting to discover a new, young talent.

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MUSIC REVIEW | The Current showcases mostly local music: Cold War Kids, Dead Man Winter, Hippo Campus and Allan Kingdom

Photos by Ann Treacy

The Current celebrates their birthday in style but more importantly with great variety. The penultimate birthday event on Jan. 23 night at First Avenue included four bands with four different sounds: rap, pop, Americana and indie rock. And if you dig deeper at all, there were really more sounds within each performance.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Current's 10th Anniversary featuring Billy Idol and Steve Stevens at the Turf Club

Photos by Patrick Dunn

It was great to see people packing into the sold out Turf Club in St. Paul January 19th to support and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of 89.3 The Current. It’s establishments like this that keep the Twin Cities known for being rich in the arts. The event titled Mary Lucia’s Rock and Roll Radio show created a little extra buzz as they were able to arrange for 80s rocker Billy Idol who is out on tour to swing by and squeeze in a 6 song acoustic set. Idol was packed full of charisma and his strong vocal only needed his longtime guitar master Steve Steven’s to do the music justice. The rockabilly style “To Be A Lover” was a standout and of course “Rebel Yell” was the big closer.

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THEATER PREVIEW | Minnesota Opera adds a potent kick in "The Elixir of Love"

Alchemists distilling potions and trying to transmute lead to gold. Engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-1569).

There’s something tasty brewing in Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood. No, it’s not another microbrewery or microdistillery to push the Twin Cities another rung up in the nationwide city-versus-city ranking du jour. This beverage is a love potion with a potent kick, a quack doctor, and those old bedfellows of alcohol: liquid courage and unrequited love. Throw in some questionable life decisions and a few of the most beautiful pieces of classical vocal music ever written and the stage is set for a grand comedic romp in The Elixir of Love, Minnesota Opera’s first mainstage work in 2015.

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MUSIC REVIEW | "Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!" gets warm and fuzzy at the State Theatre

Photo credit TM/©Sesame Workshop

State Theatre in Minneapolis brought the childhood favorite neighborhood, 123 Sesame Street, to their venue last weekend for seven shows.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Keeping kids rocking with Bunny Clogs and Guitar Party at the Cedar

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday the morning the Cedar Cultural Center was hopping and toddling with Bunny Clogs and Guitar Party – two bands for kids with members who are well known to a Twin Cities audience.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Generations of Punk celebrate The Current: Suicide Commandos, Craig Finn and L’Assassins

Photos by Ann Treacy

Generations of Minnesota garage punk were on stage and in the audience Friday night for The Current’s ten-year birthday party. Craig Finn put a frame on that fact when he talked taking guitar lessons as a kid from Chris Osgood of the Suicide Commandos. “I learned how to be cool,” he explained, by watching Osgood turn up the stereo before he answered the phone instructing Finn “you want people to think you’re having a party.”

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MUSIC REVIEW | Fleetwood Mac packs the Xcel Center

Photos By: 
Emmerlee Sherman

There is no arguing that Fleetwood Mac’s performance at Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 16 was stellar. The crowd was completely into it, the band was playing well within their limitations incredibly well, Lindsey Buckingham was shredding all night, Stevie Nicks was as haunting as ever … it was a display of fantastic musicians playing very well to a crowd that was eating it up.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Martha Scanlan, Michael Rossetto and Real Phonic Band friends play Classical to Americana at the Hill Library

Every third Thursday, the James J Hill Library leaves their shush at the door and welcomes Real Phonic Radio. In January, the door opened to sweet sounds of Martha Scanlan balanced nicely with a lot of much lower voices throughout the night.

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