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At Riot Fest Chicago, Motion City Soundtrack say goodbye

“I’m addicted to words and they are useless, in this department.” Those lyrics plucked from a Motion City Soundtrack song, circa 2005, are apt to describe my emotional state of being. Saying goodbye is hard. For me, Motion City Soundtrack were invented to help cope with loss. So, what happens when I have to say goodbye […]

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Review and photos: Dessa charms fans at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

Before seeing Dessa at St. Catherine’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, I worried my review would come off completely subjective. Okay, I don’t believe any piece of writing can be truly objective, and I’m usually not concerned about getting personal. But this is different. According to play-logging website Last.fm, Dessa is my most-played artist of all time (Doomtree also makes […]

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The Revolution say goodbye (for now) to First Avenue, with third epic show

I was eight years old when Purple Rain came out, and it didn’t seem strange to me that Prince was from Minnesota. Everyone important, it seemed, was from Minnesota. Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Future president (or so we thought) Walter Mondale. Herb Brooks. Why wouldn’t Prince’s purple house be in Chanhassen? Of course, I later learned, it was highly unusual for […]

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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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