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

Concert review: Sarah McLachlan at the State Theater – Minneapolis, MN – July 8, 2014

Published by Jeff Becker. Displaying more than two decades of performance savvy Sarah McLachlan reiterated to the sold-out State Theater audience more than once her love of performing live music – and that she has the best job in the

Concert Review: The Antlers / Yellow Ostrich at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, MN. – July 1, 2014

Published by JB. It happens a couple times a year for me personally.   You see a transcendent band in the tiniest of sold out clubs and you’re amazed at the very casual ability to show up 10 minutes before the show

Concert Review: Tickle Torture – Geographer – Painted Palms at the 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, MN. – June 28, 2014

Published by JB. All of this for $10.  Fucking wow.  In what will go down as the 5000th amazingly strange, eclectic and outrageous evening of music at First Avenue, the 7th St. Entry hosted three very different 45 minute sets

News: Welcoming Sylvia Borgo to the team at The Way That He Sings

While we weren’t able to furnish her with her own private airplane or a pet chimpanzee, we’re hoping she’ll settle for a used backpack and an XP laptop. We couldn’t be happier to have Sylvia Borgo join us.   Her

Concert Review: Courtney Barnett and Benjamin Booker at The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN – June 24, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele. Courtney Barnett is a character; she’s nonchalant, witty, resembles an adult Arya Stark (Game of Thrones) mixed with the hunched over Kurt Cobain, and has even named her musical compatriots “the Courtney Barnetts.” And nothing felt more

Concert review: Spoon and Guided by Voices at Rock The Garden Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN June 22, 2014

Published by JB. Seven tracks from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga delights the Twin Cities crowd On a surprisingly perfect, breezy spring evening on the busy outskirts of downtown Minneapolis, the sublime band formerly and presently known as Spoon reminded

Concert Review: The Old 97′s at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN 06/20/2014

The Old 97’s haven’t lost any steam over their 20 years.  With ten albums and four EP’s (not to mention Rhett Miller’s five solo albums), The Old 97’s may just be the most productive band among their alt-country contemporaries.  Perpetually on

Album Review: Michael Jackson – Xscape

5.5/10 Published by JB. Go with the Deluxe edition. Graced with the most exciting voice in the history of pop and rock (joining Elvis in that regard) any tidbit of unheard verses from Michael’s past are certain to send tiny

Album Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

7.5/10 Published by JB. “And if you were to ask me After all that we’ve been through. Still believe in magic?” With their Achthung Baby opportunity long behind them now (yeah, it never happened), it’s time for Coldplay to find

Album Review: The Antlers – Familiars

9/10 Published by JB. Recalling the beauty of the trumpet It’s masterpiece theater time for Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner of the Antlers.   Dropping this new gem into their stellar catalog is another firm stake in the

Concert Review: Ben Ottewell and Buddy at the House of Blues Delta Room in San Diego, CA. – May 30, 2014

Photos and review by Garcia Borgo Photography Ben Ottewell, lead singer of British band Gomez, kicked off his tour in San Diego on May 30th to promote his second solo album, Rattlebag. He showcased songs of of his new album,

Album Review: Death Cab for Cutie featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012

7/10 Released April 19, 2014. Published by JB. All the old songs means somebody got the memo. Whether it be coincidence or simply a desire to look back, the Live 2012 Record Store Day-only vinyl set from Death Cab For

News: Video preview – new Rosebuds album Sand + Silence to be released August 5th

Published by JB. North Carolina-based smooth indie pop stalwarts The Rosebuds have prepped the release of their 6th album Sand + Silence for August 5th on Western Vinyl. Enjoy the the video preview here shot by Erik Ljung Photography.   The

News: Washed Out releases new, extended video for ‘Weightless’

Published by JB. Ernest Greene (Washed Out) who will go down in history as the guy who solidified (if not created) the chillwave genre has just released an outstanding, extended video for ‘Weightless‘ off his 2013, outstanding album Paracosm (SubPop).  

Concert Review: First Aid Kit at The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN. – June 3, 2014

Published by JB. Mixing the perfect blend of charisma, looks, songwriting, musicianship along with youthful energy; Sweden’s First Aid Kit breezed through a beautiful 75-minute set from their three albums – punctuated with brand new material from their upcoming release Stay Gold. With

Album Review: The Black Keys – Turn Blue

9/10 Published by JB. Psychedelic Floydian and Santana-style jamming replace the straight up non-stop rollicking grooves of 2011. And you can nail down their inevitable inclusion 10 years from now into the Rock and Roll HoF while you’re listening to it. No

Concert Review: Nathaniel Ratecliff at The Soda Bar in San Diego, CA – May 23, 2014

Published by JB.  Review and photos by Garcia Borgo Photography. Nathaniel Ratecliff treated the Soda Bar crowd to a very intimate concert with a set of soulful and moving songs off of his most recent album Falling Faster Than You Can

Concert Review: John Grant at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN – May 20, 2014

Photos and Published by Joe Stadele on May 28, 2014 “Congratulations on the end of your horrible winter, I’m John Grant….we’re going to play a few songs and then get the fuck out of your hair.”  With a wink and a smile

Album Review: Haunted Hearts – Initiation

Score: 9/10 Haunted Hearts gives us the 2014 album we’ve been waiting for Published by JB on May 26, 2014 Release date: May 27, 2014 With all due respect to the very fine catalog built by Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles and