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

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 – 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