Local Current Blog

July 16, 2014

Strange Names sign with Frenchkiss Records

First, Strange Names booked a hometown show at First Avenue. Then they announced that their debut album would be released in 2015. Now, to complete a rock ‘n’ roll hat trick, they’ve signed with Frenchkiss Records—home of bands including the Antlers, the Dodos, and the Hold Steady. The funky electropop duo have been steadily gaining steam […]

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The Pitchfork/Lollapalooza effect: Twin Cities benefit by being in the region, but outside the bubble

With the summer music festival season in full swing, Minnesota is fortunate to be a regular tour stop after big festivals in Chicago—notably Pitchfork Music Festival and Lollapalooza. This year’s Pitchfork festival is this weekend in Union Park; Lollapalooza runs August 1-3 in Grant Park. Last summer, large venues around the Twin Cities were graced by the likes of […]

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Today’s Music News: Jenny Lewis makes famous friends, and more

Tuesday’s always a big release day, and yesterday saw eye-catching new videos from Jenny Lewis—who premiered a video for her new solo track “One of the Guys,” featuring Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson—and from “Weird Al” Yankovic, who continued his week of video premieres by remaking Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as “Word Crimes.” […]

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