MUSIC REVIEW | The Hold Steady take hold of the Weesner Amphitheater

Photos by Chad Rieder

At the very end of the show, with the sold-out crowd loose and warm and happy, singer Craig Finn still fidgeted around as if he had ants in his pants. The band was rocking “Killer Parties,” the final track from their 2004 debut Almost Killed Me, and Finn who earlier in the set thanked the band’s family, friends, and even former teachers who were in attendance; finally thanked the capacity crowd who were grooving along. After smiling and hugging his hands across his chest, the singer bellowed out with his heart, “We are all The Hold Steady!”


MUSIC PHOTOS | Bela Fleck with Brooklyn Rider Quartet at the Weesner Family Amphitheater

Thursday, July 3rd proved to be a beautiful evening to enjoy outdoor entertainment at another great installment of the Music in the Zoo series.


SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Sarah McLachlan, Jackson Browne coming to State Theater in July

Sarah McLachlan (Photo courtesy of Hennepin Theatre Trust)

Sarah McLachlan and her poignant mezzo-soprano return to the Twin Cities at the State Theater on July 8. She's on the road promoting her spanking brand new release Shine On, which came out in early May and her first full-length CD of new material in nearly five years.


SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Casual Wednesdays

Premiere power trio Casual Confusion may finally have gained the kind of traction that inexplicably has eluded them these past years. While there's no such thing as a literal overnight success, if anybody ever qualified it was this outfit.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Bobby Z & Friendz Benefit 2 Celebrate Life returns to First Avenue

Longtime fans of the Minneapolis sound returned to First Avenue Saturday, June 28 for the 3rd Annual Bobby Z & Friendz Benefit 2 Celebrate Life. There was much anticipation to see special VIP host Apollonia for her first appearance back at First Avenue since the filming of Purple Rain in the early 80s. In addition to her accepting an Oscar from Bobby Z for her role in the movie, the crowd was thrilled with her performance of “Take Me With You.” The show's lineup was rich with Minneapolis talent including Brian Setzer who stepped in to perform hits like “Stray Cat Strut,” Atmosphere’s Slug belted out an enthusiastic version of “Let’s Go Crazy,” a stirring version of “When Dove’s Cry” roared out from the Sounds of Blackness, and a playful version of “Baby I’m a Star” featured American Idol contestant Paris Bennet. After the star packed concert, the audience was invited to stay and mingle while the full length version of the movie Purple Rain streamed on the big screen.


Sound System: An in depth interview with KMOJ music director Chris Styles

Urban radio remains one of the strongest forces to spread style, music, culture and ideas throughout the world.


TC Weekend | Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Twin Cities Pride Fest, Beer Dabbler, MN Food Truck Fair and more!

Updated: 6/27/2014 2:19 pm


Can you believe we're almost at the end of June? Time flies, so spend it wisely -- get out and enjoy some of the outdoor happenings around the cities. This weekend offers two big festivals -- the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Fest in Saint Paul, along with other fun happenings around town. Just like the last couple of weekends, this weekend might be a bit wet so plan accordingly.


MUSIC REVIEW | Rufus Wainwright charms the Minnesota Zoo

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

Rufus Wainwright occupies a very rare and important space in modern music. He makes pop music, he is popular, and yet he is decidedly not populist. What’s more is he appears to know this. It is with this confidence that he approached the stage at the Minnesota Zoo Ampitheater on a beautiful Tuesday night on June 24. After a brief delay, Rufus finally walked on wearing a shiny, silver suit—something he would refer to numerous times as the night went on—to cap a pleasant, playful opening set from his sister and tourmate Lucy.


SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | Gary Anderson will put a smile on your face

Gary Anderson is a gifted artist and a likable individual. He's a fine musician, talented singer-songwriter and, God bless his heart, believes in a commitment to community. But, he sure ain't much as an interview.

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