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Andy Witchger

Water Is Life Festival Photo Essay

Photo Essay: Artists and Indigenous Leaders Band Together to Stop Line 3

Water Is Life Festival 2021: A Photo Essay by Andy Witchger

Barely Civil

Interview: Barely Civil Navigates a Disorienting Year

Andy Witchger Interviews Wisconsin Band Barely Civil

Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens ‘The Ascension’

“At its heart, ‘The Ascension’ examines disillusionment and loss of faith – not in God, but in America.”

Brave New World Peacock

On ‘Brave New World’ and An Accidental Catalyst for Revolution

“This adaptation of ‘Brave New World’ has little new to say, largely because its source material did the job so effectively years ago.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Minneapolis' State Theatre - Photo Essay

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Rodrigo y Gabriela at Minneapolis’ State Theatre

“During Rodrigo y Gabriela’s recent show at Minneapolis’ State Theatre, “Echoes” fell smack in the middle of their set, creating a sense of space that heightened the immediacy of the surrounding original tracks.”

Kindness Photo Essay - Adam Bainbridge at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Kindness at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry

“Bainbridge navigated the stage gracefully, curating what felt like an intimate house party with an impeccable playlist.”

Sleater-Kinney Photo Essay - Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Sleater-Kinney at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre

“Watching Sleater-Kinney perform 25 years into their existence, it’s clear we need them now more than ever. Amid social upheaval and a resurgence of overt prejudice and bigotry, artists willing to carry the flag of resistance are essential.”

Rock the Garden Photo Essay - Courtney Barnett at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Rock the Garden at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center

Photo Essay: Andy Witchger on Rock the Garden 2019 feat. The National, Courtney Barnett, Adia Victoria, X, Dem Atlas, Heart Bones, The Beths and Bad Bad Hats

Jim James at First Avenue in Minneapolis - Photo Essay

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Jim James at Minneapolis’ First Avenue

“Jim James’s third solo album, ‘Uniform Distortion,’ is a return to his musical roots. After two releases of pulsating psychedelia channeling the darker realities of modern existence, James recaptures the restless exuberance of early My Morning Jacket. That’s not to say James has turned a blind eye to the world around him.”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Kacey Musgraves at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre

Just days before winning Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Kacey Musgraves performed ‘Golden Hour’ songs at a sold-out Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Check out Andy Witchger’s photo essay.

David Huckfelt of The Pines on ‘Stranger Angels,’ Isle Royale and Thin Places

Andy Witchger Interviews Minnesota Musician David Huckfelt

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Maggie Rogers at Minneapolis’ First Avenue

“Her music remains permeated by the natural world, both lyrically and sonically. Field recordings form the backbone of multi-layered samples, and loops of falling trees and rattlesnakes complement subtle drum machines. The effect is a distinct sense of place.”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Superorganism at Minneapolis’ First Avenue

“While Superorganism’s sound channels psych-pop reminiscent of mid-era Flaming Lips and the youthful glee of Architecture in Helsinki, Noguchi delivers casual observations with an adolescent malaise akin to Stephen Malkmus. The results are beautiful, buoyant and occasionally baffling.”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer Tour at Minneapolis’ State Theatre

“Monáe paused throughout the night, using her platform to voice increasingly confident calls to political action. ‘We fight for women’s rights. We fight for minority rights. We fight for poor folks’ rights. We fight for immigrants’ rights. Most of all, we fight for love.’”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Haim at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre

“Haim’s May 14 set, the penultimate stop on the U.S. leg of their ‘Sister, Sister, Sister’ tour, was the perfect showcase for the group’s achievements.”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Phoebe Bridgers at St. Paul’s Turf Club

“Phoebe Bridgers’ songs are intimate and conversational, perfectly crafted for small, dimly-lit venues like St. Paul’s Turf Club.”

Photo Essay by Andy Witchger: Dessa at Minneapolis’ First Avenue

Dessa, Minneapolis’ multi-hyphenate MC, took the stage at a sold out First Avenue on Friday night, April 6, 2018.