MUSIC REVIEW | Dreaming with the Cactus Blossoms at the Electric Fetus

You know how you keep local music supported for generations? Have venues that are open for intergenerational audiences. Tuesday night my favorite 10 year old and I hopped over to the Electric Fetus to see the Cactus Blossoms. She was thrilled because as she pointed out – she never gets to see them!


MUSIC REVIEW | World beats with Corey Harris, Paul Metzger and Erik Koskinen on Real Phonic at James J Hill

My favorite regular gig went worldly this month as Real Phonic at the James J Hill Reference Library hosted a group of eclectic artists. Headlining was Corey Harris who seems to have toes in places around the globe. He was born in Denver, busked in New Orleans, lived in West Africa and soaked up sounds wherever he went.


Women in MN Music

The Local Current blog has covered some of the most notable women in Minnesota music history MORE »

MUSIC PHOTOS | Clint Black at the Ames Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

As New Country music continues to grow in popularity, many of the more traditional sounding artists are enjoying a renewed interest in their established catalogs of music as well. A perfect example is Clint Black who had a good amount of success in the '90s with a George Strait style sound and major influences from legendary artists such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Some younger fans joined a mostly seasoned crowd of appreciators at the Ames Center in Burnsville on March 11th for a 90-minute set that covered a variety of material.


MUSIC REVIEW | Mary Bue: A new freedom in Holy Bones

Photo by Jason Kokal

I was thinking about how to describe Mary Bue and her music on my walk today. She's cute and the music is light. Some songs are introspective and she seems to have a sense of humor. Then I visited her website and there were the words I needed: Pop Rock Candy. It's perfect for someone with a sweet voice and rainbow Clydesdale-like boots.


Zoo Animal’s Return

Zoo Animal may have taken the last year and a half away from the spotlight, but Holly Hansen’s minimalist, poetic style has remained among my most-


Interview with Kevin Newbury of the Minnesota Opera's "The Manchurian Candidate": Paranoia, spying and politics

Leonardo Capalbo as Captain Ben Marco and Company in the Minnesota Opera production of The Manchurian Candidate, directed by Kevin Newbury. Photo by Michal Daniel.

The world premiere performance of the opera The Manchurian Candidate takes place this Saturday at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Music Theater. This new opera by Mark Campbell and Kevin Puts was commissioned by Minnesota Opera as part of the company’s New Works Initiative, and adapts the bestselling 1959 thriller novel by Richard Condon. The Daily Planet sat down with The Manchurian Candidate’s stage director Kevin Newbury to discuss the opera.


Beautiful, aurally sumptuous Concert Hall opens at the Ordway

Patrons streaming into the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' new Concert Hall space, pre-concert

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts formally inaugurated its new concert hall on Saturday with an elaborate gala celebration. The evening began with a cocktail hour and a formal dinner in the Music Theater, followed by a sumptuous concert in the new space and an afterparty that continued into the wee hours.


Great Northern Radio Show heads to the City: See radio being made live!

As a kid, my family used to go to see Garrison Keillor and a Prairie Home Companion at the old World Theater (now called the Fitzgerald). I loved it. I loved the idea of being there and seeing the action behind the curtain while some people just listened on the radio. It was like being in on a secret. It’s part of what I love about going to see Real Phonic Radio every month. Now I’m delighted to see one of my favorite non-metro radio programs is bringing their show to town and I get another peek into what radio looks like.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Pert Near Sandstone warms up the Cedar Cultural Center

Photos by Tom Baker

Performing for two nights at The Cedar Cultural Center, Pert Near Sandstone brought their talent and energy to whip fans into a foot stomping, butt shaking, arm throwing, and even waltzing, frenzy Friday night. With two cloggers to keep the rhythm going and the fans dancing (Andy Lambert and Matt Cartier), Pert Near (Nate Sipe, mandolin, fiddle, vocals; Kevin Kniebel, banjo, vocals; J. Lenz, acoustic guitar, vocals; and Adam Kiesling, upright bass, vocals) is such an energizing performance to experience that they could probably turn any white-collar worker into an overall and straw-hat wearing hillbilly. Smiles and dreadlocks touting fans abound, these boys are some fine musicians and it’s no surprise they’ve been successfully twanging, fiddling, banjoing, and harmonizing their way across the country for over ten years. They’ll play again tonight at The Cedar, then head out West to tour through the Rockies and to the coast before returning to the Midwest in June to play the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI, June 11. Well worth seeing, get your clogging shoes on and go support these good ol’ Minnesota boys. 

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