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Review and photos: The Local Show’s Artists to Watch

The Twin Cities enjoyed a bounty of concerts on Saturday night. Metallica rocked U.S. Bank Stadium; Wilco played Hall’s Island; Har Mar Superstar, Flume, Square Lake Music & Film Festival, and a half dozen other shows went down all over the metro. The Cedar, though, had an edge (plus written support from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison; read his letter […]

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Keith Ellison writes letter supporting Minnesota music

On Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, ten up-and-coming local artists played The Local Show’s Artists to Watch showcase. In honor of the occasion, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison — whose congressional district includes the City of Minneapolis — penned a letter supporting the artists, and local music generally. The letter was read onstage at […]

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Review and photos: Soundset 2016 showcases hip-hop’s great range

On stage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Soundset 2016, Sway Calloway shared some words on hip-hop culture: “It’s multifaceted and multidimensional.” The Sway in the Morning host was introducing legendary hip-hop crew (and Jimmy Fallon house band) the Roots, who proved his point in one neo-soul-to-swing-to-beatboxing set. But all day long, Soundset brought together disparate artists […]

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A guide to First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2015

Tonight is First Avenue’s “Best New Bands of 2015” show. The annual event brings together some of the best local artists on the rise, and is sure to be a landmark performance in each of their brimming careers. Leave last year’s “best of” list at the door, and come in with an open mind. Here’s the […]

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