Music

Reviews of concerts, musical performances, and both new release and older albums.

Music Is Coming in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

I’ve got to make a confession: I was never particularly wowed by the Game of Thrones score. And since I’m already about to get sent down the streets of King’s Landing to a chorus of “Shame! Shame!” for that fact, another confession: I was never particularly wowed by Game of Thrones in general. See, A Game of Thrones has been a prominent element of my life for a long time now, not via fandom, but via business. I am connected...

Music and Magic Come Together Again for Harry Potter in Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra

Fifteen years ago, Pottermania was still on the rise; the first Harry Potter movie had just been released, and we were in the interminable wait in between the fourth and fifth books. When the fifth, sixth, and seventh books came out, bookstores held midnight release parties, where people stood in line, waiting with bated breath for the countdown to end, so they could race home and start reading. But before the explosion of boxes and paper, there was the...

Punk Rock Explodes with FIDLAR for One Night in Dinkytown

FIDLAR, a garage-punk group notoriously known for putting on amazing live shows, headlined Varsity Theater this past Saturday with support from punk rockers the Frights and from SWMRS, a band impossible to lump into a single genre. The sold-out “Too Much” tour stop in Dinkytown presented the perfect opportunity for punk fans of all ages to unplug from recent events and embrace live music in an environment that was both safe and stimulating. While the Frights and SWMRS were...

Soundtrack Sunday: Before the Flood

Recently, I bragged on my personal Facebook account that I had a good day. That I only cried once, and since it was about the fact that supergroups never work out, it didn’t really count. Many supergroups, too pure and precious to ever grace this cruel, broken world (looking at you, Tapeworm), dissolve into nothing but broken dreams. So when I hear the siren call of “Alt-rock icons, assemble!” I instinctively brace for failure and disappointment. The climate-change film Before...

Grouplove Returns to First Avenue with the Big Mess Tour

It had been four years in the making, but Grouplove lived up to the hype, making a splash when they returned to First Avenue last Saturday. With a new tour to support the release of their most recent album, Big Mess, the Los Angeles–based band took the stage with their patented exuberant energy, passion, and—naturally—love. Featuring a colorful backdrop, endless jumping around, a dynamic stage presence, and even a groupie Care Bear running across the stage in a blue...

Rachael Yamagata Brings Grace and Elegance to the Triple Rock

Rachael Yamagata is one of those musicians nearly everyone has heard but who often won’t be spotted in a crowd. An accomplished independent singer and songwriter who doesn’t have all the fame or notoriety attached to her name, Yamagata’s performed for President Obama and the First Lady and had her music featured in many of the television shows and films we all watch. However, her trip to Minneapolis on Friday, October 7, began like usual: under the radar. She...

Soundtrack Sunday: Fire Up the Doof Wagon for the Music of Fury Road

Let’s start out by clearing something up: I’m not a Mad Max: Fury Road fangirl. In fact, I was super late to the proverbial party and didn’t see the movie until well after its home release. Action movies just aren’t my thing—I only like movies where everyone dies of sadness or boredom. My point is, I went into it thinking that it was going to be stupid garbage and I went out thinking it had an absolutely fantastic soundtrack....

Soundtrack Sunday: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Oh boy oh boy, let me nerd out here for a moment and state quickly that Dragon Age: Inquisition is my favorite game to come out since 2002. I have dumped a shameful amount of hours (weeks? . . . months? wait . . . shit, what year is it?) into this game. I love, LOVE Inquisition. That bit of obnoxious personal gushing is relevant to the fact that, as much as I love the game, I do not love...

The MN Hip-Hop Scene is Full of Geeks Making Really Cool Music

After I wrote about a certain Star Wars boom-bap joint on some other blog, I got to talking with an editor here at Twin Cities Geek about writing it up here as well. Then I got the notion that we could go further, and look not just at this lone song but at the greater sphere of geek culture within the Twin Cities’ hip-hop community. My editor asked something along the lines of, “How many hip-hop artists are geeks?”...

Soundtrack Sunday: MediEvil

After a night of insane partying with his buddy Danny Elfman, Tim Burton had a fever dream, woke up, said “That was weird,” and promptly forgot about it, moving on to make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That dream was somehow projected into the brains of Chris Sorrel and Jason Wilson of SCE Cambridge Studio, which resulted in the creation of a game for the original PlayStation called MediEvil. Okay, that’s probably not what actually happened, but it’s a pretty...
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