Andrea Swensson Feature Archive

Before we put 2013 to bed once and for all, we wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the biggest music stories of the year. And there were quite a few stories that resounded deeply with readers and listeners, both in terms of how many comments and discussions they generated and how much you shared them with your own network of friends. (12/30/2013)
Listen to the seventh annual New Standards Holiday Show in its entirety (and watch St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman play the bagpipes). (12/24/2013)
Few people expected Miguel's song "Adorn" would be such a sleeper hit. But in 2012, it surpassed the one million mark in sales, as well as receiving a Grammy. That unexpected rise to the spotlight allowed Miguel to snag loads of year-end honors, including one of the best reviewed records of last year. (12/16/2013)
For his 10th studio album, Mason Jennings enlisted the help of producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey to record a lush and nuanced roots record. The fuller sound is proof that Jennings' songwriting talents only continue to grow. Few would argue that this is his most mature-sounding record to date. (12/09/2013)
Blogger Andrea Swensson shares her top songs and albums of 2013. (12/05/2013)
Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. (11/19/2013)
Dessa has spent much of this year on the road in support of her new album, Parts of Speech. And along the way, she's also picked up some dramatic stories, some of which sound more like the lyrics in her songs than things that typically happen to touring indie artists. (10/16/2013)
Polica's slinky, otherworldly style of electro-pop mixes Channy Leaneagh's angelic voice with distorted, occasionally disturbing sound manipulations and harrowing dual drums. The band's second album pushes its sound forward in exciting, provocative ways. (10/13/2013)
Prince proved once again Saturday night that the best purple parties are the last-minute purple parties. He united his power trio 3rdEyeGirl and his sprawling NPG for a punchy, potent set that kept Paisley Park packed until 2:00 in the morning. (10/07/2013)
Fun, freeing and a little strange, Ginkgo's debut 'Manopause' is seriously good. Listen to the new project from Tapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier in its entirety before its release September 3, 2013. (08/26/2013)
News broke this morning that the Fine Line Music Cafe has been sold to the newly branded Minneapolis Event Centers arm of entertainment company Entourage Events Group. (07/30/2013)
Between their much-buzzed-about set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and their sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club last night, excitement over Savages is at an all time high. (07/22/2013)
With a train rolling behind the stage every 15 minutes and the pungent smell of oil and hot gravel clinging to the air, it was easy to see why Bob Dylan chose to return to St. Paul's Midway Stadium for his AmericanaramA tour. (07/11/2013)
When they officially broke up in 1987, no one could have guessed that the Suburbs would be back together and making music almost three decades later. The band's members have been through a lot in that time; founding guitarist Bruce C. Allen passed away in 2009, and just two years later frontman Chan Poling lost his wife, Eleanor Mondale, to cancer. (06/26/2013)
At this point in her career, Dessa has little left to prove. In Minnesota, she's achieved total media saturation. Nationally, her profile has steadily risen with vocal support from flagship critics like Robert Christgau and media outlets like <em>Elle Magazine</em> and <em>MTV</em>. And all signs point to <em>Parts of Speech</em> serving as her biggest push toward a mainstream audience yet. (06/24/2013)