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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Mae Simpson Music

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. It’s impossible to stand still during a Mae Simpson Music set. Simpson’s […]

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Have encores outlived their purpose? Discuss.

You’re at a show by one of your favorite bands. They play an epic version of a song from their latest album, they introduce all the musicians, and they close the number with a flash of pyrotechnics. “Thank you very much!” cries the singer as they head offstage and the lights go down. That leaves […]

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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: FruitPunchLoverBoy

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts. FruitPunchLoverBoy have been quietly rising in the Twin Cities music scene. The band have only released a handful of singles online, but they had the […]

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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Loki’s Folly

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. Sisters Annie and Nissa are still in their teens, but have already […]

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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Under Violet

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. Under Violet pull influences from country to indie rock to folk, creating […]

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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Green/Blue

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. Green/Blue didn’t bother to introduce themselves onstage at First Avenue’s Best New […]

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Andrew Broder announces stacked First Ave benefit show featuring Hippo Campus and many more

This Saturday, noise artist and musical curator Andrew Broder is presenting a huge benefit called “Better Not F_ck This Up: A Benefit Show For the Helpers.” The concert is being hosted by First Avenue and proceeds will go to a plethora of nonprofits, including Voices for Racial Justice, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minnesota Indian Women’s […]

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