Tag Archives: First Avenue

Are You Local? Showcase Featuring the Suburbs

Founded in 1977, The Suburbs are recognized worldwide as among the original heroes of the “Minneapolis Sound;” a historic music era that saw the emergence of other bands like The Suicide Commandos, Prince, The Replacements and Hüsker Dü. With Gramma’s Boyfriend, Shannon Blowtorch, and the winning band from Are You Local? 2017 Finalist Showcase. Presented by: Star Tribune.

First Avenue Mainroom. Friday, February 17, 2017. 7:00pm. $15.00 advance, $17.00 door. 18+.


If the opening moments of POLIÇA’s latest album, United Crushers (2016), leave you feeling unsettled, then Channy Leaneagh has done her job. With her voice pitch-shifted down into an ominous, nearly unrecognizable register, she sings of a post-industrial urban landscape littered with broken promises, a land of poverty and violence that’s been rigged against us from the start.

With special guest Spank Rock. First Avenue Mainroom. Saturday, February 11, 2017. 8:00pm. $25.00. 18+.

Presented by: 89.3 The Current.

Dead Man Winter

Furnace marks a whole lot of firsts for the accomplished songwriter. It’s his first time putting his long-running, popular string band, Trampled by Turtles, on hiatus to focus all of his efforts on a more personal project. It’s his first time speaking so plainly and literally about something happening in his private life. And it’s his first time dedicating an entire record to a single topic — a topic so significant and intimate that he questioned whether or not he should even release it into the world.

With special guests The Pines and Erik Koskinen. First Avenue Mainroom. Friday, February 10, 2017. 7:00pm. $20.00. 18+.

Presented by: 89.3 The Current and City Pages.


Are You Local? 2017 Finalists Showcase

See the finalists from the Star Tribune’s 2017 Are You Local? competition compete for best-new-band supremacy, and a slot in the upcoming Are You Local? First Avenue Mainroom show on February 17. The winning band will also receive $2,000 in cash and other prizes.

Turf Club. Monday, February 6, 2017. 7:00pm. $5.00 advance, $7.00 door. 21+.

The Current’s 12th Birthday Night 1

Friday night’s (Jan. 27) First Avenue lineup includes Kenyan-born, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Jay Smart Music, local Afrobeat 12-piece band Black Market Brass, folk-rocker Strand of Oaks, Portland-based folk trio Joseph and local indie-pop singer-songwriter jeremy messersmith. Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3354097/the-currents-12th-birthday-party-ftjeremy-messersmithjosephstrand-of-oaksblack-market-brassand-jay-smart-minneapolis-first-avenue?cobrand=first-avenue

Interview – The Awful Truth – Glisten


Kelsey Simpkins

After a year and a half of recording, Minneapolis quartet The Awful Truth has reemerged in the depths of winter with an album of hazy summer tunes to temper the coldest of nights. Out on Jan. 6 on The Homestead Records (We Are The Willows), Glisten invites light and focus on being present, unconditional love, and navigating one’s subconscious desires. Continue reading

Review – So Much To Answer For – Two Harbors

Rebecca Marx

Happy Holidays to you and me! So Much To Answer For, the 3 song EP by Two Harbors on the Minneapolis based Susstones label comes out today, and it is the perfect gift to give. Continue reading

Interview – Ike Reilly – Thankful in Minneapolis


Rebecca Marx, Photo Credit Crackerfarm Photography

For over a decade The Ike Reilly Assassination has been making a pre-Thanksgiving stop right here in the Twin Cities. This year is no different as The Ike Reilly Assassination will be putting on a show like no other in First Avenue’s Mainroom the night before the holiday. I called up Ike Reilly to chat about the show, Bob Dylan, and a host of other timely topics, including a few questions about his wonderfully “rabid” fans and what he may, or may not owe them. Continue reading