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Infographic: 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul music by the numbers

Graphic by Nate Ryan/MPR

We know our local music scene is huge—but just how huge? We asked Dave Loomer of MN Live to help us get a quantitative handle on haps in the Twin Cities music scene last year: how many shows, how many releases, how many new bands. The Current’s Nate Ryan has presented these data in the form of an infographic; scroll down to take a look, and click here to download a PDF.

Some fine print: though these numbers represent a wide swath of local music activity last year and provide an indication of how active our music scene is, they’re not exhaustive. The numbers represent show venues and release platforms indexed in full by MN Live, a free service Loomer runs as a labor of love to help local music fans keep their fingers on the pulse of the scene. So, think of these numbers as minimum tallies—and at that, they’re pretty impressive.

Minnesota music 2014