Tune-Yards at First Avenue, 7/17/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo By Tony Nelson
with Dosh
First Avenue, Minneapolis
July 17, 2014

In April of 2010, an artist going by the name Tune-Yards presented an exuberant, frenzied set of loops and vaguely tribal-sounding percussive elements for those either informed enough or bored enough to wander into The Cave that particular evening. This "student-run nightclub," as described by the Carleton College website, hid in the shadows of a coffee shop on its Northfield, MN campus. Merrill Garbus stood upon its tiny stage, layering seemingly incidental scraps of beats and melodies into songs. She whispered to us comfortingly, then unleashed a torrent of shrill wails.

Piling five-deep into a ride back to Minneapolis, our Garbus-fueled state of sonic inebriation refused to lessen its grip. We were her hostages still.

Last night, Tune-Yards sold out First Avenue. A tepid sea of admirers stirred before Garbus. "Lord, Jesus, where did y'all come from?," she asked from the stage, in disbelief at its mass. Her question met an approving roar. "There's sold out," she continued, "and then there's sold out."

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Weezer's "Burning Sun" finally leaked after 14 years

Categories: Technology
Monica McGivern

Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which they went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 they demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds like. At some point every word in the Blue Album and Pinkerton liner notes was used in an angst-ridden away message.

Even Rivers Cuomo spent an inordinate amount of time chatting with people on AIM -- which is exactly how a long-lost Weezer song fans have been waiting for for 14 years leaked a little more than a week ago.

See also: The really, really early interview with Rivers Cuomo

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Tropical Depression: I recorded a bunch of songs because I was on a yacht

Cover photo via artist
When you hear the name Tropical Depression, it may not sound like something joyful to let loose on your ears, but in all honesty, the Minneapolis band's self-titled debut is a wonderful treat. Their sound is sunny, blissed-out guitar synth-pop that has plenty of neat, slo-mo hooks. The album and band don't seem to take themselves too seriously either, which is such a rarity nowadays. 

The new project is something hatched from Vicious Vicious' Erik Appelwick with the help of Martin Dosh, James Buckley, and Adam Krinsky and tells of Applewick's adventures recording on a yacht. Via his Facebook page he shares, "The album is mostly an autobiographical account of the travels and tribulations, wanderings and meanderings, islands and beaches, party people, and paparazzi I encountered along the way from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Cape of Good Hope, Straits of Magellan to Micronesia."

Before the band's album release at Icehouse on Saturday, we caught up with Erik to chat about his adventures on the water and what influenced the sound on this album.

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Warped Tour 2014's five most interesting bands

Categories: Concert Preview

Photo by Christopher Morgan
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop, and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Minnesota lineup is particularly impressive. It comes to Canterbury Park in Shakopee on Sunday, but the tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest punk party.

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P.O.S. announces first solo show since his kidney transplant

Photo By Erik Hess

As P.O.S. continues to get his strength back while recovering from his recent kidney transplant, the dynamic MC has been making occasional live appearances, both with the Marijuana Deathsquads and his Doomtree crew. But it's been nearly two years since his last live solo show in town, as Stef is working hard to get fit enough to rock a crowd on his own once again.

Well, that moment has finally arrived and then some, as P.O.S. is headlining The Fucking Best Show Ever, an outdoor festival held at First Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Minneapolis, on Saturday, September 13, with a lineup curated by none other than P.O.S. himself.

See Also: P.O.S. feels like "new dude" after kidney transplant

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Sharon Van Etten at First Avenue, 7/16/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo By Tahiel Jimenez

Sharon Van Etten
with Jana Hunter
First Avenue, Minneapolis
July 16, 2014

Sharon Van Etten set the tone for her First Avenue show long before she took the stage on Wednesday night. With the release of her exquisite album Are We There, Van Etten had collectively broken all of our hearts with her anguished, deeply revealing new songs, and we came to the club in search of some musical therapy in order to heal our lingering emotional scars.

And that is precisely what we got from the Brooklyn-based songwriter and her talented backing band during their captivating 85-minute set, which included a guest appearance in the encore from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, as if the night wasn't already special enough.

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Now That's What I Call Music! has 50 (!) installments

Categories: Pop Culture, Radio

Now! That's What I Call Music!
The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happening in popular music. But with the music industry having so many well documented issues, why is it that Now has managed to not only stay afloat, but flourish?

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Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

Categories: Local Frames

Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

We start things off this week with Trampled By Turtles performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. We're also featuring a great collection of new music videos from Tiny Deaths, Alpha Consumer, Dem Atlas, the Parlour Suite, Paul Spring, Jack Campbell, John Kargol, Patch, and a spirited in studio performance by ACTN. Enjoy!

See Also: Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (Father You See Queen, Allan Kingdom, Hollow Boys, Bora York, and more)

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Remembering Garth Brooks' alter-ego Chris Gaines

Categories: Classic Rock

Alter-ego Chris Gaines on the left, original persona Garth Brooks on the right.

Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines.

Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfortable otherwise. When we see an artist as just a ballad singer or just a rapper or just a pretty pop star, the artist often feels the need to rebel in the form of an alter-ego.

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Bachelor Farmer's Kräftskiva 2014 music lineup

Categories: Just Announced

Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
The third annual Kräftskiva festivities return to the Bachelor Farmer this August. Last year's mix of yellow hats, sumptuous cuisine, and the live acumen of the Shouting Matches won the event City Pages' Best Outdoor Show honors. It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect on the cobblestones that day.

This year, the event returns for more late-summer revelry on August 2 with music entertainment led by Haley Bonar, who released the fitful Last War earlier this year.

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Best Outdoor Show: Kräftskiva at the Bachelor Farmer

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