MUSIC PHOTOS | Mayda at New Century Sessions

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

The New Century Sessions on October 29 opened with Mu Daiko, an innovative Japanese-style taiko drumming ensemble based in the Twin Cities. The ensemble plays new compositions, and infuses traditional melodies into its ever-expanding repertoire. Different members of the ensemble performed with Mayda for a few songs throughout the evening.

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Dylan, Spider John, and the Purple Onion

I got to know Saint Paul and I got to know Bob Dylan because I got to know Bill Danielson. Bill owned the Pink Pizza Shack at Hiawatha and Lake in Minneapolis. In 1957 it was a hangout for me and my friends. Bill and his wife, MaryAnn, did pretty well there, but he wanted to be in Saint Paul, his hometown. He sold the Pizza Shack to brothers Duane and Lonnie Anderson, who changed the name to Dulono’s.

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REVIEW | "Panacea" with The Poor Nobodys at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The music of The Poor Nobodys gives context to the modern silent film Panacea in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

When they described the film Panacea in the publicity materials for the Twin Cities Horror Festival as being in the style of David Lynch, it was a very apt way to sum it up. I recall being in the middle of watching Lynch’s Inland Empire and feeling like I was dreaming, even though I knew I was still awake and aware of being seated in someone’s living room watching something on a television screen. The combination of visuals and the soundtrack were so hypnotic that I began to lose track of the boundary between the thing on screen and in my ears, and the context of me and my place in reality. The work the musical group The Poor Nobodys do with Panacea elicits the same response.

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THEATER REVIEW | BareBones serves up Metamorphosoup at Hidden Falls

Photos by Ann Treacy

BareBones has been producing Halloween extravaganzas for 21 years. The themes embrace the time and space between two worlds brought on by the intersection of those worlds around Halloween. There’s always a look at the worst of humanity and glimmer of the best. The program outlines this year’s theme in greater detail:

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MUSIC REVIEW | Fast and faster with Blind Shake, Oozing Wound, Running and Weakwick at the Eagles Club 34

Photos by Adam Bubolz

Punk rock at the Eagles Club 34 on October 25 is as close to the Minneapolis punk scene of the 1980s that I have seen well since the 1980s when shows used to happen in church basements, Chuck E Cheese restaurants and Oddfellow halls. And like the punk shows of the 1980s, there was a little bit of something for everyone who likes loud – punk, metal, kinda-noisy, garage, thrash…

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Black Keys at Target Center

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

On Friday, October 24 The Black Keys played at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz pack the 7th Street Entry

Photos By: 
Todd Wardrope

One thing was very clear by the end of the Ex Hex/Speedy Ortiz show October 24 at the 7th St Entry, Ex Hex is a big enough draw for the show to have been at a larger venue like the recently re-opened Turf Club. The two bands appear to be switching off headlining duties, but more people had definitely packed into the Entry to see indie rock mainstay Mary Timony and her new trio with bassist Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris. The venue probably wasn’t nearing capacity, but there were enough in attendance to make it a little uncomfortable. Despite that, the crowd danced feverishly through out Ex Hex’s brief middle set as they put on an professional, energetic performance of pop-rock punk.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Richard Marx at Mill City Nights

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The usually open floor at Mill City Nights was filled with seats October 23rd creating a listening party atmosphere that nicely suited the RIchard Marx concert. There were of course some ladies who were especially excited to see him perform up close, while most seemed to be appreciators of his extensive catalog of hits. It was nice to see Marx’s personality shine through as he reminisced and joked about the stories behind some of the music that most in the audience grew up around. Out in support of his new album Beautiful Goodbye, he sprinkled in some new material amidst all of his well known hits and also performed big tunes he wrote and produced for other artists including Luther Vandross, 'NSYNC and Keith Urban. The venue had a great feel and had the mix dialed in to a comfortable listening level, which enhanced the dynamic difference between sweet ballads such as “Hold on to the Night” in contrast to his up tempo infectious pop tunes including “Should Have Known Better.” It was a first-class performance and memorable show greatly appreciated by his loyal fans here in the Twin Cities. 

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Minnesota Opera's Tap Into Tempo caters to young operaphiles

Photo courtesy Minnesota Opera

Some fifty young professionals filled the tables at Fulton Brewery on Tuesday, October 21 for Tap Into Tempo, an event previewing the rest of Minnesota Opera’s 2014-2015 season and specially designed for opera lovers of a certain lack of age. The evening was hosted by MN Opera’s Bergen Baker and featured musical previews by the company’s Resident Artists. It also contained a general introduction to opera for newcomers–the “opera virgins,” as one person put it. The mood was offbeat and ribald, much to patrons’ enjoyment.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America Grand Opening with Morris Day

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The Hard Rock Cafe threw quite a party October 22nd to celebrate its return to the Twin Cities at Mall of America.

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