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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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Review: Chromeo show why First Avenue is their home address

“MINNEAPOLIS PURPLE RAIN FUNKYTOWN MINNEAPOLIS!” That wouldn’t be particularly impressive stage banter from most artists, but at their sold-out First Avenue show on Tuesday night, Chromeo made clear that they have more than random access memories—to cite another retrocentric pop duo—of the Twin Cities. Lead vocalist Dave 1 (née David Macklovitch) proudly noted that Chromeo […]

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