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Review and photos: The Local Show’s Artists to Watch

The Twin Cities enjoyed a bounty of concerts on Saturday night. Metallica rocked U.S. Bank Stadium; Wilco played Hall’s Island; Har Mar Superstar, Flume, Square Lake Music & Film Festival, and a half dozen other shows went down all over the metro. The Cedar, though, had an edge (plus written support from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison; read his letter […]

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Review and photos: Metallica rocks U.S. Bank Stadium

The first time Metallica performed in the Twin Cities was Feb. 6, 1985. They performed at First Ave (or, according to a t-shirt listing every Twin Cities show they’ve done, “The First Avenue”) in support of the Ride the Lightning album. Thirty-one years later, the metal monsters rolled into town for a show just down the road from […]

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Recap and photos: Variety wins the first day of Eaux Claires

It’s been a smooth first day at Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, the sequel to last year’s premier Eaux Claires (a.k.a. the renaissance of Bon Iver). The lines have been short, the water has been plentiful, and the music has been incredible. All day long, I sampled songs around the festival, picking up pieces of sets here and there before moving along. […]

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Positivity permeates at HazelFest 2016

The Hazelden campus is, by design, set in a place apart. Its idyllic location, nestled amidst rolling hills and crystal lakes in the Minnesota countryside, provides a peaceful environment for those seeking treatment for addiction to alcohol and other drugs. And for those attending HazelFest — Hazelden’s day-long, chemical-free community festival — that sense of […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2016: But what if we’re wrong?

  Year after year, Pitchfork Music Festival proves to be one of the most celebrated music festivals in the country. Its small size gives it a leisurely feel (the three-day festival in Chicago’s Union Park draws an estimated 50,000 attendees compared Lollapalooza’s 300,000 in Grant Park). Vendors help support the local economy, and the lineup is […]

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