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Archives: The Pines

Marijuana Deathsquads and People to soundtrack Dada films at the Walker

Anti-art. Unorthodox. Avant-garde. These words apply to not one but two parties in today’s headline: Dada films and Marijuana Deathsquads, the Twin Cities noise supergroup helmed by Isaac Gale and Ryan Olson. Given their commonalities, Dada and Deathsquads make perfect bedfellows in tonight’s Walker Art Center event, “Sound for Silents: Film & Music on the […]

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Mason Jennings and the Pines’ Benson Ramsey turn from music to art

Having released 13 albums and touring the world, Mason Jennings is trying his hand at a new medium. Jennings’s paintings will debut this weekend at Hang It Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, alongside photography by longtime friend Benson Ramsey of the Pines. The opening reception for “Bears and Stuff” starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hawaiian-turned-Minnesotan has been “a […]

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Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, and others play surprise sets at the Clown Lounge

Last night, a caravan of special guests — including Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst — performed surprise sets at the Clown Lounge (in the basement of St. Paul’s Turf Club). Frankie Lee & Friends headlined the literally underground show; the bill’s “& Friends” turned out to include Lewis, the Watson Twins, Oberst, Har Mar Superstar, the Cactus Blossoms, the Pines, and more. Last […]

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The Pines, Ellis, and more of this week’s Minnesota music releases

The Pines: Above the Prairie The Pines describe themselves as “transcendental folk.” The group — who hail from Moonrise, Iowa, but have strong local ties due in part to their longstanding relationship with St. Paul’s Red House Records — have never sounded more transcendental than on Above the Prairie, the new album they’re releasing on Friday. The title, […]

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The Pines perform in the Current studios

An expanded seven-piece arrangement of the Pines stopped by the Current studios for an interview and live performance in support of their new album, Dark So Gold. Band co-founders and chief songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey brought along banjo player Michael Rossetto, drummer J.T. Bates, bassist James Buckley, guitarist Jacob Hanson, and keyboard player […]

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