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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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‘Land Speed Record’: Grant Hart and Chris Larson bring Hüsker Dü memories to Walker Art Center

Several members of Minnesota’s punk royalty came out on Thursday night to celebrate the opening of Chris Larson’s installation Land Speed Record — including Frances Gumm’s Paul D. Dickinson, who I encountered standing on the Walker Art Center’s rooftop terrace, drinking a beer. “I’ve always liked the Entry,” he said, looking out at the downtown Minneapolis […]

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Review: Devendra Banhart and friends bring ‘Wind Grove Mind Alone’ to the Walker Art Center

Beneath the McGuire Theater’s ornate black balconies, Venezuelan-American singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart and a handful of other artists (selected by Banhart himself) played “Wind Grove Mind Alone,” a two-night, sold-out concert series at the Walker Art Center. Genres ranged from Spanish folk to avant-garde, electronica to spoken word, making the shows perfect candidates for the Liquid Music series. Friday: Devendra […]

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Devendra Banhart talks plans for Walker Art Center concert series

On the evenings of Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, Venezuelan-American musician and painter Devendra Banhart will play a two-part concert series at the Walker Art Center as part of the Liquid Music series. The shows will feature additional performances by Lucky Dragons, Jessica Pratt, Helado Negro, William Basinki, Rodrigo Amarante, Hecuba, Harold Budd, and […]

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Brian Laidlaw to release unique album/book combination with Nov. 20 show at the Walker Art Center

Local singer-songwriter Brian Laidlaw will release his new album on Nov. 20 at the Walker Art Center in a unique package of music that will also include a poetry book. For the verse and music celebration, Laidlaw will perform pieces from his new multimedia project Amoritorium. Released by Paper Darts Press, the vinyl LP of songs has a corresponding set of […]

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Walker Art Center announces Summer Music and Movies 2014 lineup

There are few Minnesota summer traditions as cherished as the Walker Art Center’s annual Music and Movies series, pairing live musical performances with movie screenings—all open to the public and free of charge. The Walker’s just announced this year’s lineup, under the theme Playing With Time. Each of the first three weeks (August 4, 11, […]

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Origin/Outcome: Dirty Projectors’ Olga Bell to create a new Russian soundscape at the Walker Art Center

In an age of infinite connectivity, the realms of art, music, and technology grow more indistinguishable with every new and interesting project. Musicians have become more innovative in their use of visual and technological media: think of Beyoncé with her recent “visual album,” and Arcade Fire’s interactive online videos. Olga Bell—who has worked under her […]

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