Concert review: Ty Segall at Turf Club – St. Paul, MN – September 24, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 09/26/2014 To understand The Manipulator Band is to accept about their history.  Their manager, Jimmy Longhorn, is a fast talkin’, horse lovin’, space cowboy who owns a saloon on the fourth moon of Jupiter.  The Manipulator Band are

Album Review: U2 – Songs of Innocence

Published by JB on Sept 21, 2014 7/10 Is it worth the 5-year wait, and the dilemma of the middle-aged rock star If you close your eyes during your first listen to Songs of Innocence and imagine that this is the

Album Preview: Pink Floyd – The Endless River

Published by Joe Stadele for TheWayThatHeSings.com; Sept. 22, 2014 “The grass was greener, The light was brighter, The taste was sweeter, The nights of wonder, With friends surrounded, The dawn mist glowing, The water flowing, The endless river…forever and ever”

Concert review: Spoon / EMA at the State Theater – Minneapolis, MN – September 19, 2014

Published by JB on September 20, 2014 Why can’t I wake up and just be Britt Daniel? One look into the eye of Britt Daniel as he stumbles through a few muffled, spoken words between songs during Friday night’s rock

Album Review: The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Published on Sept 18, 2014 by JB. 8/10 It's almost as good as Neko's Twitter account   A.C. Newman, Neko Case (the most recognizable faces of the New Pornographers) and bandmates could not have imagined back in 1999 that 15

Concert Review: Washed Out / Small Black – Blue Moose Tap – Iowa City, IA – September 2, 2014

Published by JB. Despite playing in one of the worst venues in the history of bad venues, Ernest Greene’s Washed Out touring lineup sparkled during a brisk 75-minute pop-filled set – pulling equally from Washed Out’s three major releases.  

Concert Review: Grouplove / Portugal. The Man / Starfucker (STRFKR) at Simon Estes Amphitheater – Des Moines, IA – August 27, 2014

Published by JB. For a show that showcased quality bands playing completely out of proper order, a perfectly steamy night ended with Grouplove closing out the triple-threat gig that included an outstanding supporting cast of STRFKR and Portugal. The Man. I sneeze and cough when

Concert Review: Dressy Bessy / The Wheelers at Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA – August 20, 2014

Published by JB, August 23, 2014. An 11-hour drive to play a quaint downtown club in the capitol city of Iowa for the hell of it isn't exactly what the movie Field of Dreams depicted, but long-time (1996) indie poppers Dressy Bessy pulled

Album Review: The Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (Super Deluxe Edition)

Published by Joe Stadele and Jeff Becker, August 20, 2014   The Smashing Pumpkins Adore (Super Deluxe Edition)   Score: 9/10   Release Date: September 23, 2014 Adore…a door.  The post-Mellon Collie era was clearly a transitional period for Billy

Concert review: 311 at Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN – August 10, 2014

Photos and review Joe Stadele for TWTHS. It’s no secret among fans that the live stage is where 311 thrive. Winding down their annual summer tour with a handful of intimate gigs, well, let’s just say Mill City Night in

Album Review: Alvvays – Alvvays

Published by Jeff Becker on August 12, 2014 8/10 "When lightning strikes I'll be on my bird I'll be stuck inside I will be taken for" — from 'Ones Who Love You' — Alvvays, 2014. Burrowing back to the days of Belle and Sebastian's

News: RISE – The Story of Augustines (Kickstarter project)

Published by JB on August 11, 2014 The story of a band that overcame massive adversity & personal tragedy to become the most critically acclaimed indie band in the world. Back this Project – must have $55,000 by September 6, 2014. From director

Album Review: Spoon – They Want My Soul

Published by JB on August 11, 2014 8/10 "Well, you say that you need me Like an ocean needs sand But the way you mistreat me I just don't understand"  — Spoon, 2014. How ironic is it that one of Spoon's

Concert review: Arcade Fire / Spoon at Sleep Train Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA – August 5, 2014

Review by Jorge Valcárcel.  Photography by Sylvia Borgo photography.  Published by JB on August 8, 2014 It was the line-up that couldn’t disappoint, and it didn’t. Spoon hurried from their free pool party show at the Lafayette Hotel to (unexpectedly) open

Concert review: Foster the People at The Myth – Maplewood, MN – August 4, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele for The Way That He Sings; August 8th, 2014   "Minneapolis…St. Paul, I’ve always enjoyed playing here. You are a true music city," exclaimed Mark Foster to the applause of Foster The People's rabid Twin Cities fanbase.  Foster clearly preferred

Concert review: Jenny Lewis / Apache Relay at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN – August 3, 2014

Published by JB on August 4th, 2014 Jenny Lewis provided a dazzling, wonderful, 90-minute display of sun-dripped pop and rock from her fantastic new album Voyager, along with select tracks from her stellar Rilo Kiley catalog.   The only difficulty

TWTHS Concert Preview | August 3 – 10, 2014

Minneapolis music lovers are in for a treat this coming week! While many great acts are performing in the Twin Cities, here is TheWayThatHeSings.com list of the five most exciting, must-see shows.    Sunday August 3rd, 2014 Jenny Lewis @ First Avenue |

Album Review: Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Published by JB on July 29, 2014 9/10 “The Voyagers in every boy and girl.If you wanna get to heaven get out of this world.“ from the title track, “The Voyagers” by Jenny Lewis, 2014 As 2014 becomes one of

Concert review: Camera Obscura / Laura Cantrell at First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – July 26, 2014

Published by JB on July 28, 2014 “All I ever wanted was someone to rely onAll I ever wanted was somewhere to call home”  from ‘New Year’s Resolution’ by Camera Obscura. In the long-lasting and ever-increasing list of perfect indie

Album Review: Craft Spells – Nausea

Published by Jeff Becker on July 23, 2014 7.5/10 Nausea is a buoyant dream pop deluxe for the band’s 3rd release “I lay around, never come around, but suddenly there’s you” from ‘Changing Faces’ off Nausea. A rather poignant bio on

Concert review: The Flaming Lips at First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – July 15, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele on 07/18/2014. Hosting the 2014 MLB All Star game, just blocks away, The Flaming Lips capped off a huge night for Minneapolis.  Returning to First Avenue for the first time since 2000, the Flaming Lips was a

Concert review: Sharon Van Etten / Jana Hunter / & guest Justin Vernon at First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – July 16, 2014

Published by JB on July 17, 2014 What happened at the end of the night:  A stellar (and remarkably jovial) Sarah Van Etten concert was taking place, and then unbeknownst to everyone a Justin Vernon sighting broke out for the encore.  

Concert review: Trampled by Turtles at The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN – July 10, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele | 7/14/2014 In advance of a massive world tour, Trampled By Turtles’ friends, family and 350 lucky fans packed the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis to witness the Duluth boys perform their new 11-track album, Wild Animals

Concert review: Veruca Salt at Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN – July 9, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele | 7/11/2014 “Hi, I’m Nina,” “…and I’m Louise,” “and we are VERUCA SALT,” exclaimed Nina Gordon and Louise Post in Minneapolis for the first time since April 28, 1997. When it comes to Veruca Salt, Nina