Concert Reviews

Two Cow Garage & Grand Champeen | 05.19.07

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Written by Brad Proctor Thursday, 24 May 2007 03:22

live_2cowWhile still ear-splittingly loud, and while sharing a similar punk-rock ethos, Two Cow Garage's set had more space in it than Grand Champeen's, both between songs, as they frequently paused to drink or relight their cigarettes, and within them, as they backed off just enough to let daylight into the lyrics.






Morrissey | 05.22.07

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 24 May 2007 03:11

moz5aMoz uttered one line ("I've come to wish me an unhappy birthday"), causing the crowd to fall silent and giving the band—high contrast in bleach-white shirts and pants and black bow ties—the chance to explode out of the gate with a savage take on the Smiths' classic "The Queen Is Dead."




Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | 5.20.07

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Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 23 May 2007 01:20

live_brmcMaybe it was the frequent backlighting, silhouetting the band and shifting attention toward the audience, but everyone in the building seemed to know the answer when Hayes sang "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song)"—it's here for the taking.






Minus the Bear | 5.14.07

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Monday, 21 May 2007 10:28

live_minusbearI guess it's been awhile since I've been to a "scene" show. But, really, since when is Minus the Bear "scene?"






The Rapture | 05.10.07

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Written by Joe O'Fallon Monday, 21 May 2007 10:16

live_rapture_smWith a car and a bridge, crossing the river was simple. We played Twenty Questions on the way there and The Name Game coming back home.






Andrew Benon | 05.11.2007

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Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 14 May 2007 08:02

live_benonThe introduction of this musical personage was a coalition of suave arrogance and glam Hollywood, as though he had stepped out of a limousine and onto the red carpet.






Copeland | 05.09.07

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Written by Todd Sarvies Monday, 14 May 2007 07:24

live_copelandThe band returned like the commanding force I remembered. The energy. The confidence. The band that had stole the show.





The Ponys | 04.21.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Monday, 14 May 2007 03:41

live_ponysThe best fun of Deerhunter's set came when frontman Bradford Cox announced that they would play a song they wrote about the Ponys (which they described as a "gay dance song").







Peter, Björn and John | 04.30.07

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Written by Leslie Wilson Tuesday, 08 May 2007 12:58

live_pbjThe hard-won sensitivity of a romantic and creative adolescence seems to definitely have its benefits—either that, or Sweden is kinder to its young.






Norah Jones | 05.02.07

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Written by Jim Campbell Tuesday, 08 May 2007 11:26


I completely forgot that sometimes shows are the best way for musicians to highlight their new music. I was intrigued.



John Vanderslice | 5.02-03.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger & Mandy Jordan Tuesday, 08 May 2007 09:19

If performers are good, everyone should leave feeling good. Personally, I believe that if performers are great, everyone should leave feeling changed, feeling like they're a part of something bigger.



Rescue | 4.28.07

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Written by Geoff Koch Saturday, 05 May 2007 04:03

rescue2If you were there, you saw a relentless, uncompromising band at the height of its craft.



Gore Gore Girls | 5.01.07

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Written by Amy Burger Thursday, 03 May 2007 15:07

The crowd at Atomic Cowboy was immediately drawn into the Girls' sexy-sleazy stage presence and explosive sound.



Martin Sexton | 4.28.07

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Written by Amy Burger Thursday, 03 May 2007 15:02

In person, the Irish-Catholic Sexton—short, stocky, curly haired and slightly disheveled—hardly looks capable of producing the incredible, powerful vocal range that he does.



Spouse | 04.25.07

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Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 30 April 2007 14:18

Cautious at first of the native frostbite, they penetrated the modest Minneapolis venue with an almost aggravated introduction to their album.



B&E | 04.27.07

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 28 April 2007 08:21

They're just five guys who feel the music that they're driven to create and perform.



The Decemberists | 04.15.07

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:10

I've been waiting to hear "The Tain" live, and it's just as perfect as I could have imagined. The five different parts are effortlessly seamed together, creating a harmonious piece of music.



Sean Lennon | 04.19.07

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:04

Although Lennon's legacy hung thickly in the air, and at least one conversation took place in the audience speculating that most in the sold-out crowd were there to see Beatle royalty rather than to enjoy the music of Sean Lennon, this "Beautiful Boy" didn't so much as acknowledge his past, or mention his famous parents.



Yo La Tengo | 04.12.07

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Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:23

The band ended the set by tearing through an almost punk rendition of "Watch Out for Me Ronnie" and a stunning performance of their epic "The Story of Yo La Tengo" (which featured a guitar freak-out that gave me goose bumps).



Andrew Bird | 4.17.07

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:52

After Martin Dosh took the stage to craft a percussive medley, the gentle-natured Bird joined in a tan suit, looking parts Ichabod Crane and boy-next-door.



Parenthetical Girls, .e | 04.10.07

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 16 April 2007 15:09

A local band's third show might be deserving of this café-size crowd, but Portland's four-piece, Parenthetical Girls, is worthy of a packed house.



Limbeck | 4.08.07

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Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:28

The only "Big Drag" about the Easter show at the Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis was waiting for Limbeck to take the stage with their powerful presence.



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