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From the coolest venues to the latest album release of any current artist, Southern Minn Scene keeps a finger on the pulse of all things related to your favorite music.

Album Review: Goldfinger – The Knife

September 15, 2017

I love Goldfinger. I have since the first time I played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and heard their single “Superman” on the soundtrack. I would always restart the game over and over until their song came on again because it was the best one on the game. I immediately started buying all the music they…Read More

Imagine Dragons-Evolve Album Review

August 31, 2017

Imagine Dragons grow up to arrive as a band with a future legacy on their powerful third album. Album Grade: B- “Believer” is the most important song Imagine Dragons have yet to release.  Let me say that again so the message is 100 percent clear – “Believer” is THE most important song Imagine Dragons have…Read More

Suicide Commandos release “Time Bomb”

July 20, 2017

  In the mid to late ‘70s, The Suicide Commandos were leaders of the Twin Cities punk rock scene. In their brief time together, they released two records: 1978’s “Make A Record” released on Blank/Mercury records and 1979’s “The Suicide Commandos Commit Suicide Dance Concert.” The latter being a live recording which happened to be…Read More

CD Review – Calvin Harris

July 17, 2017

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1   Former Future-Focused EDM Superstar goes back in time with a Summer album that is pleasantly forgettable. Album Grade:   C- For his fifth album, Scottish DJ/Producer Calvin Harris significantly alters his sound on a trip to the late seventies for his new Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1…Read More

Summer Outdoor Music Guide

June 7, 2017

As a local concert aficionado, people love to ask me what my favorite venue is. Every time I say the exact same thing. When the weather is right, my favorite place to see music is the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo. Yes, you heard me correctly, the Zoo has the best concert space…Read More

John Mayer – The Search For Everything

June 1, 2017

John Mayer begins to grow up on his seventh album   On his new album, self-described “Recovered Ego Addict,” John Mayer finally comes to grips with past indiscretions to create an album that is both introspective and impassioned.  “Still Feel Like Your Man” tentatively opens the record before quickly settling into a bright, soulful seventies-styled…Read More

Guillermo del Toro

May 19, 2017

The final article in a series of articles exploring film, creativity, inspiration and process through the work and collections of movie director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro. About 15 years ago, I had a day to myself in Orlando, Florida. Having been a fan of the television series The Twilight Zone from probably far…Read More

A Place of Reflective Silence

May 19, 2017

Going back as far as when I turned 16 and began working at a drug store in rural Illinois, all the way through today, music has in some way or another, been a part of nearly every job I’ve held. At the drug store, it was a rotation of mostly Top 40 hits spanning myriad…Read More

Music For My Daughter

May 19, 2017

As I write this, Mother’s Day is fast approaching. This year is different than any previous year for me because this year, I am a mother. As a mom, or as a parent, you have many hopes and dreams for your child. As a music journalist and a mom, many of my hopes for my…Read More

Townes Van Zandt: A Rapscallion of Sorts

May 18, 2017

Before Steve Earle started proclaiming he would show up in his cowboy boots at Bob Dylan’s place and say, “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world,” from atop Dylan’s coffee table, Townes Van Zandt struggled to find stability during his childhood. Van Zandt, in a pattern that followed throughout his life,…Read More

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