MUSIC REVIEW | Mary Chapin Carpenter sings her stories at State Theatre

Mary Chapin Carpenter, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter with a 13-album catalog, returned to Minneapolis to play sans mosquitoes (her last Minnesota performance was at the MN Zoo Amphitheatre) at the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State Theatre on May 2. It was an acoustic performance featuring her long-time friends and extraordinary musicians, John Carroll on keyboards and John Doyle on guitars and bouzouki.

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Getting ready for Showtime — MayDay, May 3, 2015

All life is twined together. A Tree of Life.

The celebrants of the MayDay Parade and Ceremony are fixing their ideas and concepts with tape, paper, and paste.

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Fundraiser May 10 at Bedlam Lowertown: Minnesota musicians give voice to "MN girls Are Not for Sale" campaign

In 2003, the FBI identified Minneapolis as one of 13 cities with a large concentration of child prostitution enterprises. That is shocking to me as a Minnesotan. It is frightening to me as a mother of three girls. It begs the question - how can we change that?

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Jourdan Myers: Sweetest torch singer at Bryant Lake Bowl

Photos by Ann Treacy

Jourdan Myers is the sweetest torch singer you’re ever going to hear.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Joe Bonamassa energizes the Orpheum Theatre two nights

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Have you noticed lately that most mainstream music we’re being fed is severely guitar solo deficient? Music fans in Minneapolis had an exceptional opportunity to supplement their listening diet at the Orpheum Theatre April 24 with a heavy dose of Vitamin JB. Fortunately there is no limit to the amount of Joe Bonamassa guitar mastery one can consume, which is why I expect many of the same faces will be back to the Orpheum Theatre again Saturday night April 25 as demand warrented a second performance.

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The Beatles are back!

Four teenage boys of Oslo, Norway - Kim, Gunnar, Ola and Zeb – are friends “just like the Beatles.” It’s Beatlemania era – the four lads hear the Beatles and form a band.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Information Society at The Fine line Music Cafe

Photos By: 
Ben Zvan

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

The crowd for Information Society's April 18 homecoming show at the Fine Line Music Cafe appeared to have been mostly in junior high and high school while InSoc was releasing the albums that made them a hit. DJ Jake Rudh began the evening with music and media designed to take us back to that time, when a handful of weird kids with samples and synthesizers could become a band and an enduring band at that. Stony-faced and ambitiously coiffed young musicians of thirty years ago shared the screen with Star Wars sequels and Daleks to create a 1980s just a bit better than the decade we actually grew up with.

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Record Store Day 2015: 10 stores, 5 hours, 2 cities

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday, April 19 was Record Store Day. My favorite 10 year old and I made our second annual pilgrimage to as many shops as we could visit in St Paul and Minneapolis.

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