Tagged First Avenue

Matt and Kim Aim to Deliver at First Avenue on Monday with Almost Everyday

Fans of fun-loving indie pop-dance outfit Matt and Kim have had to wait a few years for a new headlining tour from the New York City duo. But patience is a virtue, and all the waiting will grind to a halt for Twin Cities concertgoers when a reinvigorated Matt Johnson and a healed Kim Schifino take the stage in First Avenue’s Mainroom on April 16, 2018. Supported by indie rock group Tokyo Police Club, Matt and Kim will introduce a sold-out...

12 Local Ways to Honor Prince in This Thing Called Life

Many people remember where they were when they learned of Prince’s death on April 21st, 2016. It shook the lives of many music fans around the world, especially those in his home state of Minnesota. Tributes to Prince are already beginning to surface, as this month marks two years since his death. For example, Minnesota Public Radio station the Current has created a special livestream called “Purple Current” on their website. It promises a playlist of funk, jazz, hip-hop,...

Music Critic Chris Riemenschneider Unpacks First Avenue’s Legacy

April 3, 1970. That’s the night Joe Cocker and his entourage of over 40 people and a dog formally opened the doors at the Depot, which later morphed into Uncle Sam’s, then Sam’s, and finally First Avenue, the name Minneapolis’s storied live music venue holds to this day. Over five decades, the club has gone through numerous changes beyond its namesake, hosting a bevy of acclaimed artists and bands, including prominent out-of-town acts U2, Nirvana, Ice Cube, and Green...

The Night the Twin Cities Bled Purple

It was a cool and windy Thursday evening at Paisley Park. Normally, the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is a quiet town on a spring weeknight—but nothing was normal about April 21, 2016. That night, I joined hundreds of mourners who flocked to Paisley Park off Highway 5. We trekked across a trail and through patches of mud, walking through dark tunnels under the highway, avoiding blocked-off areas as police tried to find a balance between allowing a memorial and...

Sweet Spirit Wants You to Escape into Their Party

Sabrina Ellis has been involved in the Austin punk-rock music scene for almost a decade now. The band that brought her into the spotlight, A Giant Dog, plays loud, energetic garage punk, and their live shows, as Ellis put it, can get pretty “violent.” Now, she’s taking a different direction. With the help of A Giant Dog cofounder Andrew Cashen, Ellis started Sweet Spirit, a poppier but still energetic-as-hell band that puts a bunch of musical genres into a...

Daniel Corrigan Brings 35 Years of Minneapolis Music to Life with Heyday

The Minneapolis music scene has exploded over the last 35 years, and renowned photographer Daniel Corrigan has had the privilege of capturing some of the city’s most important and iconic music-related moments with his camera. Now, with the help of his friend and journalist Danny Sigelman, Corrigan’s story unfolds in Heyday, a 10×10, 224-page coffee-table compilation that anyone interested in music or photography should pick up. Featuring nearly 500 photographs that span from 1981 to 2016, the book pulls...

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...

Seven Spine-Tingling Events to Make Your MN Halloween Perfectly Frightening

The Twin Cities are a hotbed for exciting, spooky events around Halloween. Just last weekend, thousands of zombies lumbered through downtown Minneapolis for the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. This event is so popular that it even holds a Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies, illustrating the love that Minnesotans have for creepy, macabre events. If you missed ZPC this year, don’t get your tattered zombie pants in a bundle quite yet—there are still plenty of Halloween and...
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