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Kaivama CD Release Party featuring Arto Järvelä at the Cedar Cultural Center

Kaivama CD Release Party featuring Arto Järvelä at the Cedar Cultural Center

Seeing Finland’s Arto Järvelä and Minnesota’s Kaivama perform together at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis Friday night made me feel downright happy. For a musical performance to be a success, happiness need not be either the intention or the result, but regardless, it’s a great bonus. Arto Järvelä is a founding member of...
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Dawes at First Avenue

Dawes at First Avenue

There is something about the sincerity of a Dawes performance that hits you like a punch to the gut and leaves you a little shell-shocked. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith spits out lyrics like he’s been bottling them up for years—and maybe he has, and maybe that’s why they’re so good. And if it’s not the...
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Black Prairie and Canasta at the 400 Bar

Black Prairie and Canasta at the 400 Bar

Wednesday’s bill at the 400 Bar featuring Portland, Oregon’s Black Prairie (members of the Decemberists and friends) and Chicago’s Canasta was more than enough to bring me out of music writer retirement. And I wasn’t disappointed. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable weeknights of music I’ve seen anywhere in some...
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Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

“Oh, Minneapolis, I am so happy to be here right now! I have to say, I thought it would be like three or four people,” said an enchanting of Marina and the Diamonds on Friday night at the packed Triple Rock Social Club. Admittedly not a common name on the airwaves this side of...
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Photo of the Week: The Swell Season at First Avenue

Photo of the Week: The Swell Season at First Avenue

The Swell Season (Glen Hansard of The Frames and and Czech pianist and vocalist Marketa Irglova) put on a memorable show at First Avenue in Minneapolis Sunday night July 25th. Photographer Pamela Diedrich was there and contributed this shot. First Avenue, Diedrich says, was a more intimate venue than the Orpheum Theater where the...
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