When he traded a Johnson 9.9 outboard motor for a beat up Gibson 12 string back in 1979, Charlie Parr unknowingly and unofficially began a career as a world-class practitioner of traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues - though you'll never get him to admit it.
Chris Koza has collaborated with fellow Twin Cities musicians Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, and Linnea Mohn to create the new four-piece Rogue Valley.
How do you follow up writing a rock opera for your first album? And not just a rock opera that existed solely as a recording, but one that you spent countless hours over three years in taking from just an idea to an album and then finally to a fully realized stage show incorporating puppetry, film, dance and a cast of 15.
"Dark Night of the Soul," the title of first and presumably last collaboration between David Lynch, Sparklehorse primary Mark Linkous and Danger Mouse, really says it all.
Having received their namesake from either a Tina Turner song or a boat that sank, Private Dancer is a party rock barge in their own right.
Before Prince, Soul Asylum, Hukser Du and even Bob Dylan, Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover were making their legendary blend of folk and blues. True folk icons, Spider John and Tony Glover, along with Dave "Snaker" Ray, started playing around the beat coffeehouses of Dinkytown in the 1960's.
BNLX is the new project from Ed Ackerson and wife Ashley. Ed and Ashley are taking a break from their full bands Polara and The Mood Swings to hit the stage as a duo.
After a seven year run, Spaghetti Western String Co. is releasing their third and final full-length. The local quartet is parting under amicable conditions and likens the split to time and financial restrictions.
Brett Bullion and Adam Wozniak abandon tradition in their experimental electro act Tarlton. On the same wavelength as Dosh, Tarlton is lead by Brett the drumming circuit bending pro.
Having spent many days touring and playing abroad, this band has been dialing in on their dark and dreamy Eastern-European sound.
Trampled By Turtles have long been the beloved string-shredding sons of Duluth. Be it the northern climate or the band's punk and rock roots Trampled By Turtles play with a fury and vigor most "plugged-in" bands could only dream of.
Dosh is a master at creating lush soundscapes with little more than a piano, drums and a few choice electronics. Enlisting help from friends such as Andrew Bird, Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker and more, Dosh has created his fifth album, "Tommy."
Proclaiming to be better than both birthday cake and birthday parties, the local duo Birthday Suits blow out the candles with their heavy hitting noise-rock.
Named after a Neutral Milk Hotel song, Communist Daughter is the newest project from the former front-man of Friends Like These, Johnny Solomon.
Local indie rockers One For The Team have done it again. Their third full length release "Ghosts" is a collection of heavy hitting pop anthems.