Behold the UnderCurrentMPLS Residency at Triple Rock

Categories: Residency
Courtesy of UnderCurrentMPLS
Catbath will be performing on night four of the UnderCurrentMPLS residency

We don't have all the data, but UnderCurrentMPLS has quickly become the only reason that the Twin Cities' punk/indie/DIY community even bothers to go online anymore.

Based around a YouTube page updated nightly with fresh videos of live music, culled from the harder, weirder end of the local spectrum, UnderCurrent is sort of like your Eyewitness Punk News at Nine. Instead of sports, weather updates, and creepy anchors that resemble mannequins, there's just more bands.

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Ashley DuBose Finds Herself on Be You

Categories: Interview
Photo by Corban Lundborg
Ashley DuBose

Ashley DuBose | Bedlam Lowertown | Saturday, March 7

"I think everybody has a purpose," says R&B singer Ashley DuBose. "I think I have a purpose in my music, and it needs to get out to the masses."

In 2013, the masses far beyond the Twin Cities got an introduction to DuBose during her run on the NBC singing competition The Voice. After auditioning on a whim, she performed a dazzling cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds" and earned support from all four celebrity judges. Maroon 5's Adam Levine even said her voice "cuts like a razor through this entire place."

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The Best Twin Cities Taprooms for Live Music

Categories: Beer, Lists
Lift Bridge
Local act Ruben performing at Lift Bridge Tap Room in Stillwater.

While taprooms are often inside a brewhouse that's a workspace by day, they transform into a lively neighborhood gathering spot when the sun sets and the sanitary gloves come off. Beer pairs great with the other arts, and breweries in the Twin Cities region have taken note by adding some live music to their taprooms on select evenings.

Many breweries host special events a few times a year featuring music; those tend to be one-off block party affairs. Here, Gimme Noise has collected a list of metro taprooms that feature live music on a regular basis. Most spaces adopt a more coffeehouse feel with their musical selections -- with the decibels lower than at traditional venues. Acoustic and bluegrass are among the more popular styles, though rock, jazz, and brass show up too. Here are your Twin Cities taproom music destinations.

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Soundset Posts 2015 Lineup

Categories: Just Announced
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Dem Atlas is in the packed lineup for Soundset 2015!

An eclectic lineup of new and classic hip-hop stars will fill out the eighth edition of Soundset, which returns to Canterbury Park in May. The festival's big-name headliners for 2015 include Rhymesayers' own Atmosphere, as well as J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean, and Ludacris. The local contingent of the bill features Brother Ali, Dessa, Dem Atlas, Sean Anonymous, and plenty more.

Check out the full lineup up for Minnesota's biggest day in hip-hop below.

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Why Juliana Hatfield Has Stood the Test of Time

Photo by Johnny Anguish
The Juliana Hatfield Three is celebrating the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are.

Juliana Hatfield still matters. To think otherwise borders on irresponsible and is, at best, willfully ignorant.

In my mind, the Boston alt-rocker will forever be linked with Liz Phair, who made a bigger initial splash, but has failed to remain vital. As for Hatfield, she always stuck to her own path, and achieved a more lasting impression.

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Hey Tall People, Stop Being Jerks At Concerts

Ed Steele
No it's cool, I can see just fine from back here folks

As I angled for a good spot at a concert a couple weeks back, an elbow descended from on high at dizzying speed, only to directly and sharply make contact with my boobs. I hollered, "Hey, asshole!" but whatever the DJ was playing was too loud for my words to make an impact. So I had to make do with kicking the offending tall person in the leg and making a beeline for the smoking patio. And this, sadly, is the story of my concert-going life.

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Rave of Thrones: What Would Hodor Spin? [Video]

Categories: Video

Rave of Thrones: What Would Hodor Spin? from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

At a rave, you're more likely to see women in fuzzy leg warmers with plastic kandi beads weighing down their arms than blonde badasses like Brienne of Tarth or Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen.

But thats just what we found at the Cabooze thanks to multi-talented DJ Kristian Nairn traveling to the North the Twin Cities over the weekend to spin for Westeros-loving music fans.

Nairn's other gig? He's Hodor on Game of Thrones.

See also:
Inside the Traveling Game of Thrones Exhibit

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PRhyme Kept It Raw and Lyrical at Fine Line

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Mike Madison
L-R: DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"

PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier)
with Freez and WIllie Shu, Boldy James, and Your Old Droog
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rap duo PRhyme hit the Fine Line stage Sunday night to perform classically minded boom-bap for a packed crowd of avid fans.

Combining the production work of former GangStarr producer DJ Premier and rapping from Detroit's Royce da 5'9", the battle-tinged lyrical rap performance provided the audience with exactly what they were looking for.

See also:
Slideshow: PRhyme Rock the Fine Line

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Madonna Unveils Rebel Heart 2015 Tour Dates -- St. Paul in October

Categories: Just Announced
Live Nation
After the heartache, she's gonna carry on.

Madonna keeps on keeping on. The pop superstar wasted no time after an onstage tumble at last week's BRIT Awards and announced her plans this week for a tour spanning North America and Europe later this year. The 35-date trek is in support of this month's release of Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album.

Buoyed by new single "Living for Love," which she performed at the Grammys and the BRIT Awards, her Madgesty is still pushing a pop agenda. She'll return to the Twin Cities for the first time since her 2012 show at the Xcel.

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Which Twin Cities Record Stores Have Taylor Swift?

Categories: Vinyl
Big Machine Label Group
How hard is it to find this record in the Twin Cities?

Taylor Swift has been known to do a little record shopping, but can she expect to find copies of her own records -- all of which have been pressed on vinyl -- at independent shops?

Swift's 1989 was the only album released in 2014 to go platinum, but she didn't crack the top 20 in vinyl sales. Does that mean record collectors aren't interested in analog T. Swift? Potentially. When I realized I couldn't live without a copy of 1989, an album serendipitously named for the year vinyl died, I decided to visit several Twin Cities record stores to check inventory.

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