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Doomtree lead cavalcade of Minnesota artists heading to SXSW

Coming off their explosive First Avenue show last Wednesday, local hip-hop group Doomtree have a lot to look forward to. Starting March 5, the crew (minus Lazerbeak) play 11 shows around the western U.S.; then, Dessa criss-crosses the other side of the country with Welcome to Night Vale. The band will be in Denmark for the […]

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Prince channels James Brown at marathon SXSW show

Is it possible for the best guitarist in the world to put on a mind-blowingly awesome show… without touching a guitar? Yes, as Saturday night Prince led his 20-piece band through three hours of music (including quite a few covers and a couple hits), yet the Purple One left all the guitar duties to 3rd […]

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Why I’m Not Going to SXSW This Year

See also: MN at SXSW: An overview of the local presence at this year’s festival As a music journalist from the North Country, I’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity to head down Austin, Texas, each March for the South by Southwest Music Conference. It provides those of us on the ice-whipped prairie a […]

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SXSW 2012: Photos of the big local and national acts

Minnesotan artists like Doomtree, Brother Ali, Trampled by Turtles, Polica, and Howler played countless gigs in Austin, Texas this past week amid thousands of other acts at the annual SXSW music festival. We were on the ground the whole week covering the event from a local angle, and compiled some of the best sets into […]

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Polica reflect on their big year at SXSW

By the time I caught up with Poliça they were just wrapping up their 10th show in five days, many of which were in front of capacity crowds eager to see what the much-hyped Minneapolis quartet are all about. As the band unwound, did laundry, and prepared to head back out on the road for […]

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P.O.S. on SXSW and his forthcoming solo record

Friday was a busy day for Minnesota showcases at SXSW, with both First Avenue and IPR throwing all-local parties down in Austin. First Avenue’s party was especially bustling all afternoon as Brother Ali performed songs off his forthcoming Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color backed by a live band, Doomtree performed a nonstop full-crew set, […]

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