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The Perfect Song for a Dreary Day

Most of the events that make winter endurable–Christmas, New Years, Vikings playoff games–have come and gone, and now the annual drudge of a gray, cold Minnesota January is beginning to […]

2015 Music Review

Last year I lamented about what a lousy year for music 2014 was. I said it then, and I still stand by it, that there were no truly great albums […]

Your New Favorite Band: All Dogs

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a soft spot in your heart for 90’s alternative music and its derivatives. It just evokes this wave of nostalgia that brings me […]

Eaux Claires: 25 Thoughts

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival was the brainchild of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) […]

You Can’t Escape It (But I Just Did)

If you’re anything like me, you’re geeking out about the new album,¬†And the Wave Has Two Sides, from Minneapolis band On an On that’s coming out on July 24 via […]

Album Review: Ruckers Hill

In the late summer of 2012, my wife and I took an anniversary trip to the Oregon coast. I had a feeling it would be beautiful, but nothing prepared me […]

Album Review: Everybody Down

A few years ago, I was listening to The Current while driving around Minneapolis. It was near the end of 2007, and so the conversation amongst the DJ’s unsurprisingly revolved […]

Album Review: Carrie & Lowell

I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to write a review of this album. What, after all, is there left to say about a record that has been called: […]

Album Review: Kintsugi

This past fall, I played a game of pickup soccer with a bunch of my friends while we were at a church retreat. Some of you may question the wisdom […]

The New Jon Stewart: Trevor Noah

Welp. I didn’t see this one coming. A couple of months ago, I blogged my surprise and dismay that Jon Stewart planned to end his 17 year tenure as the […]

Prodigal Sufjan

Fans have been watching the horizon expectantly for years, mourning but still hopeful. After the groundbreaking triumph that was Illinois, he became the patron saint of indie rock, the favored […]

Be Careful, Little Fingers, What You Tweet

Yesterday my wife alerted me to this fascinating–and somewhat horrifying–article that was posted on the New York Times website by Jon Ronson. The article is long, but it is well […]

Destination: Happiness

There are so many reasons to love Nickel Creek. For me, the foremost of these reasons is the mythology. Three kids who came from musical families decide to start a […]

Dear God, Help the Chvrches

I’m not the first person to say it: Lauren Mayberry of the band Chvrches is endearing and adorable. Her quiet manner, understated personality, and the fact that she looks to […]

Prairie Home’s New Companion

Alright, Minneapolis friends. I don’t know how many of you were paying attention, but something truly awesome happened over this past weekend: Prairie Home Companion didn’t suck. This is shocking […]

Album Review – Warpaint: Warpaint

Last year I was late to the party on the band Haim, much to my chagrin. I commented at the time that, “nothing disconcerts a hipster more than discovering a […]