Mock the Garden fest could save Minneapolis from aliens and subpar sound

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Drew Ailes

Regular City Pages contributor Drew Ailes wants to save Minneapolis, and you can help him do it by attending Mock the Garden: A Celebration of Shit Culture. "It's probably the most important festival that will ever happen," he says.

On August 25, Mock the Garden will occupy the Hexagon and Memory Lanes. Benefits from the festival will be used to purchase a PA system to be used during DIY shows. And according to Ailes, known in some circles as the Henry Rollins of Minneapolis, the PA system will do more than just satiate the local punk scene's need for better sound.

The PA is going to save Minneapolis.

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Downtown Music Festival announces 2014 lineup

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Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring is bringing back his winning intensity.
The esteemed folks at Downtown Records are bringing an excellent music festival to Minneapolis in September. Headlined by one of the breakout bands of the year, Future Islands, this grouping of acts represents a jolt to kick off the fall.

Hosted by the Skyway Theatre, events will be spread over the weekend of September 26-27 in the venue's Mainroom, Studio B, and Loft.

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

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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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Bachelor Farmer's Kräftskiva 2014 music lineup

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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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Totally Gross National Party unveils 2014 lineup

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Allan Kingdom
Totally Gross National Product can throw one hell of a get-together. For the past five years, they have thrown an annual celebration of their roster of musicians, while teaming with other imaginative musical talents throughout the Twin Cities. We had such a fun time there we voted it our best local concert of the past 12 months.

For their 5th Annual Totally Gross National Party, the groundbreaking record label has gone all out with plans for a grand soiree. At Icehouse on August 23, a whole host of genre-bending musicians who are pushing the local scene forward will be taking the indoor and outdoor stages.


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Red Stag In Cahoots Block Party 2014 lineup

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Alpha Consumer will play at the Red Stag and the Growler's In Cahoots event.
The 8th annual Red Stag Block Party comes with a twist. The event has been rebranded with a new partner in local beer mag The Growler, and is now called In Cahoots!

What remains is another excuse to ignore the day-to-day responsibilities and drink on a Sunday afternoon in August while enjoying Minneapolis's summer weather and a ton of local bands, including Alpha Consumer, Sonny Knight & the Lakers, Frankie Lee, and more.


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Skyline Music Festival 2014 adds Indie Night lineup

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Andrew Bird is one of the acts taking part in Indie Night at the Skyline Music Festival

The first two iterations of the Skyline Music Festival have catered to a more mature musical audience with lineups featuring veteran classic-rock leaning acts. But the Minnesota Twins and K-TWIN just announced an Indie Night format for the 2014 Skyline Music Festival that focuses on more modern bands.

Indie Night of the fest is set for Friday, August 8, at Target Field, making this year's Skyline Music Festival a two-day event similar to this past weekend's Rock the Garden. Andrew Bird and the New Pornographers will serve as co-headliners for night one of the festival.

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Skyline Music Festival reveals 2014 lineup

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FMLY Fest announces 2014 lineup

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Pony Bwoy performing at Totally Gross National Party 2013

This August, we are invited to celebrate the gift of FMLY. A crowd-funded experimental music festival that has had previous incarnations in Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Brooklyn, and Boston is hoping to take root in Minneapolis.

FMLY Fest 2014 is a week's worth of house shows, instrument building workshops, cookouts, and backyard plays. It culminates on August 8-9 at the In the Heart of the Beast -- home of many fine puppet and mask theater productions -- in the Powderhorn-Midtown area of South Minneapolis with a two-day festival. Among the approximately 40 local and touring groups taking part are Pony Bwoy, Kitten Forever, France Camp, Frankie Teardrop, Fort Wilson Riot, Some Pulp, and Animal Lover.


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Lizzo's next gig is on a Toronto streetcar

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Lizzo photo by Cameron Wittig; streetcar courtesy of MiO

After Lizzo led her GRRRL PRTY crew through a hot live set at Northern Spark on the same weekend that the Green Line opened between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the talented breakout MC has public transportation on her mind again.

On Wednesday, as part of Toronto's NXNE Music Festival, Lizzo will perform aboard a redesigned streetcar, and as far as we know, she won't be passing a hat around when she's finished.


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Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere to play at TCF Bank Stadium

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Update: The tickets are sold out, and already selling for as much as $240!?

Imagine Dragons are officially the drum-banging boys of summer. During the 2014 MLB All-Star Game weekend, they'll be in town for a show at TCF Bank Stadium.

Joining them for the 2014 Target All-Star Concert are Minneapolis rap's crowning figures, Atmosphere. After ID collaborated with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys, who knows what this pairing might have in store?

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I honestly tried to like Imagine Dragons

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