Local Current Blog

Artist of the Month: Soul Asylum

It’s one of my strongest musical memories: driving through St. Paul in January 1993 in our family’s red-and-white Dodge Ram van, wearing my St. Agnes High School letter jacket. The sun was shining brightly and it was an unusually warm day, warm enough that I actually had the windows rolled down, and the radio was […]

Read More

10 new Twin Cities bands to watch

Like little spring chicks set to hatch, the Twin Cities music scene tends to burst forth with dozens upon dozens of new bands around this time of year. And one of the easiest ways to sort through all of these new hatchlings is the annual Are You Local? best-new-band contest hosted by Vita.mn, which asks […]

Read More

Le Méridien Chambers rocks Wu-Tang-themed cocktails

Marin’s Library Bar, located in the Le Méridien Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis, recently debuted Negroni cocktail variations with names inspired by the Wu-Tang Clan. Lead barman Chad Larson’s “36 Chambers of Negroni” menu features six house Negronis: Ol’ Dirty, Method Man, Raekwon the Chef, RZA, Ghostface, and C.R.E.A.M. The cocktails range in price, up […]

Read More

Listen: Peter Wolf Crier return with new track, ‘Don’t Leave’

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Peter Wolf Crier—the duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen, who caused Minnesota to swoon with their intimate 2010 debut album Inter-Be and built on its success with 2011’s Garden of Arms. Now, Pisano and Moen are back with new music: “Don’t Leave” will appear on a new album, Plum Slump, […]

Read More

‘Big Decisions': Listen to new My Morning Jacket song co-written with Dan Wilson on Monday, March 2

On Wednesday morning, a studio version of My Morning Jacket‘s new single “Big Decisions” appeared on YouTube; according to YouTube credits, the song was co-written by Jim James with Minnesotan songwriter Dan Wilson. The song appears on My Morning Jacket’s forthcoming studio album. Set for official release next week, the track was posted yesterday to the […]

Read More

Today’s Music News: A first look at John Cusack as Brian Wilson

Love & Mercy, the new Brian Wilson biopic, is scheduled to be released on June 5. The first trailer—featuring actors Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson at two different points in his life—has now been released. Also in the cast is Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, who plays Wilson’s infamous psychologist Eugene Landy. (Billboard) Paul McCartney‘s childhood home in Liverpool […]

Read More