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Photos: MN Music-on-a-Stick 2014

Halfway through Saturday night’s marathon six-band MN Music-on-a-Stick show, just after Cloud Cult’s painters packed up their easels and before Bob Mould bounded out to pummel the crowd with his punk rock, a trivia question popped up on the venue’s screens: What was the longest concert to ever take place in the State Fair Grandstand? […]

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Recap: The Current Does Duluth at the Red Herring Lounge

The Current spent some quality time on the shore of Lake Superior this weekend at several different special events in Duluth, including a live broadcast from the Endion Station Public House in Canal Park, a “The Current Does Duluth” showcase at the Red Herring Lounge in downtown Duluth, and an afternoon at the All Pints […]

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Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL play surprise Paisley Park show on the eve of “Purple Rain” 30th anniversary

“30 years ago today,” acknowledged Prince with a sly smile as the artist who’s previously downplayed the occasion’s significance segued from “Let’s Go Crazy” into “Take Me with U” on Saturday night at Paisley Park. Just a week after making my first-ever visit to Paisley Park, I was again invited out to Chanhassen last night—along with 176,000 […]

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Five highlights from the 2014 Pitchfork Festival

When I departed Minneapolis for Chicago last weekend to attend the three-day Pitchfork Festival, I already knew that I was going to dig seeing Beck headline Friday night’s festivities and have a blast singing along to tUnE-yArDs and St. Vincent, both of whom have played Minneapolis this year. But I was also looking forward to checking out some new […]

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Trampled by Turtles debut new album at private Cedar show

Precision has long been an important part of Trampled by Turtles’ live show. The Duluth quintet have built their reputation on playing lightening-quick, shredding string music that tests the limits of bluegrass and pushes it toward heavy metal, and one of the most fascinating parts of watching them perform has been seeing how responsive they […]

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Review: Mason Jennings alights in London

“Where’s he from again?” I heard amongst the audience. “Minnesota!” another cheerfully replied. This was the first I’d heard mention of my humble home since I arrived in London over a month ago. In the basement of the Borderline on Saturday night, Mason Jennings made a name for our great state across the globe. I […]

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