Concert Review: Ryan Adams at Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN – October 13, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 10/16/2014. Photos courtesy Joe Stadele.   “Sorry we got lost trying to find the stage,” Ryan Adams apologized as he and his band, The Shining, took stage. “For real, we couldn’t find the fucking stage! This

Concert review: Sharon Van Etten / Tiny Ruins at Gabes – Iowa City, IA – October 13, 2014

Published by JB on October 15, 2014 A budding superstar like Sharon Van Etten, even in her most humble moments, has to scratch her head at the hills and valleys of worldwide touring.   Moving from venues such as Minneapolis’s

Concert review: of Montreal / Pillar Point at Woolys – Des Moines, IA – October 7, 2014

Published by JB on October 16, 2014 The most prolific man in indie pop shows that it’s not all studio gimmicks At the age of 40 Kevin Barnes seemed to hit a crossroads in the past 12 months.  An endless

Album Review: Prince – Art Official Age

Published by JB on October 6, 2014 6.5/10 Where have you gone Dorothy Parker? Release date: September 30, 2014 In 1990, at the remarkable young age of 31, Prince received a Lifetime Achievement Award (yes, lifetime, age 31) at the American

Concert Review: Phantogram at The Myth Live in Minneapolis, MN – October 1, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 10/03/2014.  Photography courtesy Joe Stadele Photography.   “Thank you Twin Cities.  Thank you so much for being with us tonight,” exclaimed Phantogram vocalist Sarah Barthel.  “Minneapolis/St. Paul is my favorite place to play in America.  I

Concert Review: St. Vincent / Sondre Lerche at the House of Blues in Cleveland , OH. – September 30, 2014

Published by JB on October 3, 2014 I haven’t decided if St. Vincent is simply Annie Clark’s brilliant alter-ego, or if Annie Clark is just a sublime member of St. Vincent, the band.  What’s known for certain is that St. Vincent is

Concert review: Lykke Li at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN – September 28, 2014

Published by Joe Stadele, 09/30/2014. Photos courtesy Joe Stadele Photography. If sitting around watching reruns of The Voice is your forte, Sunday night would have been a perfect opportunity to turn off the television and experience one of the most

Concert review: Ty Segall at Turf Club in 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 |