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Review: Kacey Musgraves does it all at the Palace Theatre

“I feel like everyone here has been cooped up inside,” Kacey Musgraves told the crowd at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre on Saturday night. After a week of polar vortex-induced blistering temperatures, the St. Paul audience seemed eager to be out of their homes and shoulder-to-sholder with thousands of strangers for the sold-out show. Georgia-based singer-songwriter […]

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The Suburbs, Bad Bad Hats, Rayland Baxter, and Scrunchies light the candles on night one of the Current’s 14th Birthday Party

The Current enters adolescence this year, and part one of the celebration kicked off Friday night with a sold-out First Avenue show. “I got really strong when I was 14 carrying those heavy books,” quipped Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats in a sweet deadpan, “and emotionally strong for other reasons.” The first night of The […]

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Review: Best New Bands of 2018 spotlights noisy women

I have a certain admiration for angry people. As a citizen and scholar of the United States, I’ve read about the provocative suffragettes; the can’t-be-tamed flag-wavers; the defiant revolutionaries. I’ve imagined myself joining their fights. But when I think about the issues threaded through present-day America, I feel numb and/or scared more often than roused. […]

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26 BATS! debut glorious ‘Onyx’ at Icehouse

“I like to celebrate [the 26th] every month, because I like to celebrate things,” Bailey “26” Cogan said from under a red cowboy hat at Icehouse last night. Yet this fifth-from-last day of Dec. 2018 was no ordinary 26th. Last night, 26 BATS! performed the final show of the Kremblems’ collective residency and dropped their […]

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Photos: Mitski gets moody at First Avenue

For every bit of buzz Mitski has earned this year, she’s no new artist. Her 2018 release Be the Cowboy is her fifth album, following up her 2016 breakout Puberty 2. That said, it’s no small feat for any artist to sell out a whole tour, and that’s exactly what Mitski has done on her current […]

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Photos: The Hold Steady finally make their 7th St Entry debut

I’m not entirely sure where the confetti came from, but it was well-deserved. In the second of two sold-out sets at the 7th St Entry, beloved rock band the Hold Steady — along with their enthusiastic, beer-loving fans — shouted, strutted, and sweated through a powerhouse 85-minute set. (The previous day, the band played the […]

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Review and photos: Four Fists unleash ‘6666’ at Icehouse

P.O.S and Astronautalis have released a handful of singles as Four Fists, but if you’re still unfamiliar with their music, I’d actually steer you toward “Fjortis.” It’s not a “spotlight track,” sitting two-thirds through their album 6666. It’s calmer than any of its neighbors. But it links personal narrative, pyro-punk, and a glinty beat in […]

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