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August 20, 2014

The Magnolias have been confirmed as support act for the Buzzcocks at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on Sept 11th.

http://varsitytheater.org/events/buzzcocks/






MARCH 13, 2014

After some time off, The Magnolias are playing their first show of the year at Lee's in Minneapolis on Saturday June 7th. Hope to see you all there !

 
MAY 3, 2013
 
"At A Disadvantage" video from the Gas Lamp in Des Moines from April 26, 2013. To see the whole show, click on each song title from set list below. Some our 2 song links. Thanks to Fester Rage for the video and upload.

 
MARCH 20, 2013
 
Apologies to everyone who were expecting the Mags in Des Moines this past Saturday (3/16). A family emergency, that morning, left no choice but to cancel. There is a tentatively scheduled make up show on Friday April 26th at The Gas Lamp. Stay tuned.

 
FEBRUARY 16, 2013
 
The Magnolias will be playing in Des Moines, IA. @ The Gas Lamps 2nd annual St. Patrick's (Day) two day weekend outdoor festival (3/16 & 3/17) The Mags are the headliners for Saturday (3/16) and are scheduled to hit the stage at 11 pm. Gates open at 3 pm. Click on poster for more details.
 
 

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NOVEMBER 7, 2012
ALERT: For those of you planning on attending The MAGNOLIAS scheduled show at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park NJ on Friday November 16th, it has been cancelled due to circumstances of Hurrican Sandy. Greg Macolino, the owner of the BRIGHTON BAR in LONG BRANCH NJ, was kind enough to add us to an existing bill. Due to last second billing, The Magnolias will be playing first, 8pm or so. 
THE MAGNOLIAS - BRIGHTON BAR - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16th 
121 Brighton Avenue Long Branch NJ

 
OCTOBER 9. 2012
 
The Dogmatics have been added to the bill at Johnny D's in Boston on Sarturday November 17th. Tickets are now on sale.
 

 
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
 
The Mags are heading East, for two shows only, in November !!!

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
 
By strange coincidence, three different albums by The Magnolias were released on this day. 1986, 1992, 1996
 
 

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Released Sept. 24, 1986

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Released Sept. 24, 1992

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Released Sept. 24, 1996

 
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
 
The Magnolias have confirmed two upcoming shows out East. The Asbury Lanes show is night number one of the 2nd annual and two day Powerpopalicious Festival. The Mags are scheduled headliners for night number one Click on link beklow for tickets for the Powerpopalicious festival night #1. If it doesn't work, copy and paste link.
 
 
Friday Nov. 16th - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ
Saturday Nov. 17th - Johnny D's - Boston, MA

 
AUGUST 1, 2012
 
Just confirmed, The Mags will be opening for the Suburbs at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater on Thursday August 30. Tickets are available at the Electric Fetus and at Ticketmaster.

 
JULY 5, 2012
 
Plug for Saturdays 7/7/12 show at the 7th Street Entry from l'etoile Magazine:
 

SATURDAY, JULY 7TH

The Magnolias

@ 7th Street Entry
701 1st Avenue N
Minneapolis

8 pm doors / 18+ / $7

The Magnolias – John Freeman and whoever he wants to have with him at any given time – have been a Minneapolis staple since 1984, pretty much helping to define the “Minneapolis sound” along the way: tight, buzzy, punk-inflected shit with power-pop overtones and tons of hooks. Think the Buzzcocks, early Jam before all the soul kicked in, the Replacements, and a touch of Peter Perrett. They’ve been on-again, off-again for years, but now they’re definitely back, sporting a tight lineup drawn from different era's of the band and new material (the totally-unchanged-in-the-best-way Pop the Lock LP). They’ve never received their fair dues, really – they’ve always been more stalwarts than legends, but they deserve accolades for some terrific songs and killer live shows. -Jon Hunt

 
 

 
JUNE 29, 2012
 
The Magnolias new album, Pop The Lock" made music journalist, Chris Riemenschneider (Minneapolis Star & Tribune), mid year list top ten local albums of the year !!!! click here for article
 

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June 19, 2012
 
Here's a review of the sold out Kill Kancer beneifit for Karl (Mueller) fund this past Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Cneter.http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/06/kill-kancer-reunites-ojeez-golden-smog-chan-poling-and-more

 
JUNE 11, 2012
 
The June 17th show at the Ceder Cultural Center in Minneapolis is SOLD OUT !! Big thanks to all who purchased tickets !!

 
JUNE 6, 2012
 
Information on the KILL KANCER Benefit.
 
Sunday June 17, 2012
Ceder Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S  Minneapolis, MN 55454
 
I've been informed that this show will sell out in advance. See ticket info below if you're planning on attending ! Also, Being this is a benefit in Karl's Muellers name, there is NO GUEST LIST.
  • Proceeds benefit Karl's Fund at the Minnesota Medical Foundation. 
     
    SET TIMES:

    6:00 PM - DOORS OPEN
    7:00 PM - FANCY RAY
    7:15 PM - CURTISS A's DARK CLICK
    8:00 PM - JORDAN GATESMITH
    8:30 PM - THE MAGNOLIAS
    9:45 PM - LOUD, FAST, RULES
    10:45 PM GOLDEN SMOG W/ CHAN POLING

    TO PURCHASE TICKETS
    Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 2 ($2 fee per ticket)
    In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during our events (no fee), Depth of Field (no fee), or Electric Fetus (small fee),
    Online: Ticketweb (fees apply)

    http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4609195
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    MAY 21, 2012
     
    Here's the info for the Ceder Cultural Center show. Click on poster below for full details.

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    APRIL 31, 2012
     
    Here's a recent interview from KAXE FM. On the Centerstage Minnesota program. The program runs for about an hour, with the Mags portion running in the intro and then picking back up again from the 13:30 minute mark to the 39:00 minute mark. Interview and music. click here.

     
    APRIL 17, 2012
     
    Here's a review of "Pop The Lock" from a blog from Spain. I was unable to get the google English translation link to work. Click here.

     
    APRIL 14, 2012
     
    The album "Off The Hook" was released on this date 20 years ago !

     
    JANUARY 20, 2012
     
    Have secured a Spanish booking agent ...and in initial planning stages for European tour in September. If you are a club owner, promoter or have suggestions of venues/clubs please pass the info along with name of club and contact information. See "Contact" tab at top of this page and you can send an email.

     
    JANUARY 13, 2012
     
    Nice fearture story on the Mags on the front page of todays Variety section in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

     
    January 10, 2012
     
    Here's a very nice review from Blurt Magazine of "Pop The Lock". Written by Michael Toland. http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3563/

     
    January 3, 2012
     
    Advance tickets for the upcoming Minneapolis record release party at the Ritz Theater for the new album "Pop The Lock" can be found here. Tickets are $8.00 in advance an $10.00 at the door. Doors are 8pm. Sleeping in the Aviary will go on about 9 pm. The Mags will hit the stage about 10:30 pm. This is an all ages show, but beer and wine is served to those 21 +.

     
    DECEMBER 28, 2011
     
    Good news for our fans in Austria....the new CD "Pop The Lock" has been picked up for distribution in Austria through In and Out Records. You can order it now !!

     
    DECEMBER 22, 2011
     
    Good news for our Japanese fans....the new CD "Pop The Lock" has been picked up for distribution in Japan through Hyper Enough Records. You can order it now !!

     
    DECEMBER 12, 2011
     
    The new Magnolias album, "Pop The Lock"  is now or soon will be available from the following websites, including CD Baby, which also carries the packaged CD.

     

    Apple iTunes

     
    Emusic  
    Nokia  
    GreatIndieMusic  
    Amazon MP3  
    Zune  
    Last.fm  
    MySpace Music  
    iHeart Radio  
    Napster  
    Rhapsody  
    Tradebit  

    MediaNet

     

     

     
    DECEMBER 8, 2011
     
    The Mags in the news. Minneapolis/St. Paul Channel 9 did a story on Kickstarter with the Mags new album, Pop The Lock, featured around the 2:10 minute mark of this video interview with John.
     
     

    Get Biz Off the Ground w/ 'Kickstarter': MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

     
    DECEMBER 6, 2011
     
    The new album "Pop The Lock" is now out. You can buy it here or at CD Baby, both disc and download. http://cdbaby.com/cd/themagnolias. You can also download the album. Scroll down.

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    November 1, 2011
     
    The release date for the new Magnolias album "Pop The Lock" is set for Tuesday December 6th.

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    OCTOBER 20, 2011
     
    The new album, Pop The Lock,  is finished. We completed mixing last night/early this morning. All that needs to be done is mastering and editng and then sequencng the songs. That will be finished next week. Everthing is on schedule for a late November release. It turned out GREAT !!

     
    OCTOBER 10. 2011
     
    The Magnolias have finished tracking in studio and have completed mixes of two songs with nine more to go. It's sounding great !! It is was recorded and produced by Mike Wisti. Plan is to release the album in late November or early December. Album will be tittle "Pop The Lock". 11 songs total.

     
    SEPTEMEMBER 22, 2011
     
    Want to pre-order the new Magnolias album ?? For a pledge of $10.00 or more to our drive to cover the costs of recording and pressing of the CD's, you'll be in line for either the CD or a download of the album. Click on link above. Currently we are at 82% of our goal at the moment. You card will not be charged until we reach our goal. Click on image below.
     

     
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
     
    The band has been in the studio and finished basic tracking last night. All went well and sounds great !! Hope to release it no later than December. Eleven songs songs in all. Tentative tittle for the new album is "Pop The Lock".
     

     
    AUGUST 22, 2011
     

    Hello Everyone,

     

    The Magnolias are finally going to record a new album. But we need your help!! We have set up a pledge drive for the expenses to cover the costs through Kickstarter.com, a cool on-line fundraising tool. Kickstarter is easy, safe and we have different pledge levels that offer rewards for your pledge.

     

    We have a goal of $3800.00 to cover costs of studio, recording  tape and a small initial pressing of CD’s. We have 45 days to reach our goal. If we don’t get to that goal, we don’t get a penny and the money is returned to those who pledged.

     

    So please have a look at our Kickstarter page, every dollar counts. For this to work it needs to be networked out. We would appreciate it if you could pass it onto anybody you think would be interested in this project.

     

    Thank you all, we’re excited to be going into the studio again !!! 

     

    John and The Magnolias

     
    AUGUST 16, 2011
     
    Band is going into the studio to finally record a new album. Will fill in all the details soon. Recording starts in September.

     
    July 14, 2011
     
    The Magnolias play this Friday (7/15) at the Duluth Music and Maritime Festival on the Duluth waterfront. Set time is for 6:15 PM. Opening for Cracker. Click on image below for festival details.

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    Click on image for link and full details

     
    July 13, 2011

     
    Information on tonights show and Fridays show in Duluth. Click on images for full details.

    Tonights set time: 12:00 AM
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    Friday July 15th
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    Click on logo for official festival website. The Magnolias are scheduled for Friday July 15, set time 6:30 PM. Opening for Cracker.

     
    July 7, 2011
     
    The Green Bay Gazette plug for the show at the Crunchy Frog in Green Bay this Saturday night (7/9).

    GREEN BAY GAZETTE:

    "If you can't remember the last time The Magnolias played Green Bay, it might be because it was way back in 1990 when Kutska's Hall was still a player on the local punk scene. And if your memory is really good, you'll recall they opened for The Dead Kennedys at the Riverside Ballroom in '85.

    Born out of the same Minneapolis underground rock scene that produced Husker Du, The Replacements and Soul Asylum, The Magnolias are finally circling back this way on Saturday at the Crunchy Frog, with their frequent touring mates of late, local band Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers. Oshkosh's Haunted Heads open at 10 p.m. Cover is $5."

    To be precise, the last time was actually March 16, 1991 at Kudska's Hall.

     
    June 7
     
    The Mags are primed and rock steady, and will be hitting the road this weekend. First up, Friday June 10 at The Gas Lamp in Des Moines IA and the next night Saturday June 11 The Magnolias return to the Chesterfield in Sioux City IA.  Des Moines rockin' best, North of Grand, will open both nights. Hope to see ya there !!
     
     
     
     

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    JANUARY 7, 2011
     
    Here's a link to an article and interview from Sioux City's daily paper, the Sioux City Journal, for tomorrow nights show at the Chesterfield in Sioux City. Photo is outdated, Pat Mckenna is not in the picture.

     
    DECEMBER 21, 2010
     
    Recently brought to attention is the fact that the itunes download of the Magnolias 1988 album "For Rent", contains the song "When I'm Not". This song was not on the original release of "For Rent". It was recorded for and appeared on Twin Tone Records 1986 "Big Hits Of Mid-America Vol. 4" compilation. Twin Tone owns these recordings and the inclusion of this song on itunes "For Rent" was the labels decision not the bands. It is a totally diferent version than the one that was recorded for 1992 "Off The Hook". The feeling at the time in 1992, was the song was lost on a compilation that, for the most part, nobody owned or had ever heard and that The Mags had recently left the Twin Tone roster, in favor of Alias Records out of Los Angeles and were free to re-record the song.

     
    DECEMBER 16, 2O1O
     
    The show in Sioux City Iowa has been confirmed for Saturday January 8th at The Chesterfield. It's been awhile Sioux City, it ought to be a great night !!

     
    DECEMBER 8, 2010
     

    The show in Sioux City at the Patio is not going to happen on January 8th. In process of booking a show for sometime in February at The Chesterfield instead. Three shows at the end of January are all now confirmed. Thursday Jan. 27th in Madison WI at The Frequency Friday Jan. 28th in Chicago at Reggies Music Joint and Saturday Jan. 29 in Milwaukee at the Mad Planet. Click on links for all details. Hope to see ya there !!

     
    OCTOBER 18, 2010
     
    Here's the show info for this Saturdays show at the 7th Street Entry.
     

    The Magnolias

    Whole Lotta Loves

    Double Bird

    Saturday October 23, 2010

    7th Street Entry

    Minneapolis, MN

    $8.00

    Doors 9 PM

    18+

     
    AUGUST 4, 2010
     
    The Magnolias are confirmed to play the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Saturday October 23rd. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and at the door. Opening acts to be announced.

     
    June 29, 2010
     
    The set times and lineup have been set for the Barbette Bastille Day Festival on Sunday July 18th from 2 pm until 10pm. The free street festival takes place at Barbette on Lake Street and Irving Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis. The Magnolias are scheduled to go on at 2:55 PM.
     
    2:00-2:40 Romantica
    2:55-3:30 The Magnolias
    3:45-4:20 Black Blondie
    * Street: B Girls
    4:35-5:10 Chooglin
    5:25-6:10 Eyedea & Abilities
    * Street: B Girls
    6:25-7:00 Red Pens
    *Street: B Girls
    7:15-8:00 Mayda
    8:15-8:50 Brass Messengers (Non-amplified)
    9:15-9:45 Infiammati Fire Circus (Non-amplified)

     
    April 26, 2010
     
    The Mags have been confirmed to play Barbettes Bastille Day Festival, Sunday July 18th. Barbettes and the street festival is located in Uptown Minneapolis, on Lake Street and Irving Avenue S. Check back for details as the date approaches.

     
    April 22, 2010
     
    The "History" link above has been updated by writer Steve Sharp. It includes a chat about the 25th anniversary shows this weekend at the 7th Street Entry. (Friday April 23rd and 24th), as well the European Tours and future plans for the band. A big thanks goes out Steve.

     
    April 6, 2010
     
    The Magnolias will be interviewed on the Current (89.3 FM) this Sunday April 11th at 6pm. They will be spinning some records and chatting about having been on the scene for 25 years. The band will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with two shows at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24th. 
     
    The Magnolias
    25th Anniversary Shows
    7th Street Entry
    Minneapolis, MN
     
    Friday April 23, 2010
     
    The Magnolias
    Ten Ton Bridge
    North Of Grand (Des Moines IA)
     
    Saturday April 24, 2010
     
    The Magnolias
    North Of Grand (Des Moines IA)
    Whole Lotta Loves
     
     
    Tickets $8 advance $10 door
    Doors at 9 PM

     
    April 2, 2010
     
    The Magnolias played their first show in 1985, 25 years ago today, at the Uptown Bar in Minneapolis. The Uptown was recently closed and bulldozed.

     
    March 10, 2010
     
    Please note that nobody will be tending the store "For Sale" from March 15th until March 31st 2010. All orders placed during this period will be shipped out on April 1st. 
     
     

     
    FEBRUARY 2, 2010
     
    The Magnolias will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with two shows at the 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis on Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24. The first ever Mags show was played at the Uptown Bar in Minneapolis on April 2, 1985.  It should be a couple of fun and festive nights. Mags fav's and pals Ten Ton Bridge along with North Of Grand from Des Moines Iowa, and the return of Minneapolis' own Whole Lotta Loves will also rock the Entry.
     
    The Magnolias
    25th Anniversary Shows
    7th Street Entry
    Minneapolis, MN
     
    Friday April 23, 2010
     
    The Magnolias
    Ten Ton Bridge
    North Of Grand (Des Moines IA)
     
    Saturday April 24, 2010
     
    The Magnolias
    North Of Grand (Des Moines IA)
    Whole Lotta Loves
     
     
    Tickets $8 advance $10 door
    Doors at 9 PM
     
     
     

     
     
    December 18, 2009
     
    Nice plug for tomorrow nights show from the Onion. Writer not credited.
     
    THE ONION

    Venerable Twin Cities punks The Magnolias have been around since the days when The Replacements and Hüsker Dü walked the earth, and their Buzzcocksian pop-punk made them locally prominent, even though they never found fame. The lineup has changed frequently over the years, but songwriter and vocalist John Freeman has fronted them since the Mags' 1984 founding; he's currently backed by guitarist Mike Leonard, bassist Kyle Killorin, and drummer Pat McKenna. Nearly a decade of inactivity was broken in 2006 with a visit to SXSW, and since then the Mags have been back at it, clearing out the vaults with 2007’s aptly titled hits-and-rarities compilation Better Late Than Never, and touring both the Midwest and Europe. A new album is in the works as well. They perform here with former Ol' Yeller frontman Rich Mattson's new project, The Tisdales. Also playing: North Of Grand

     
    • Sat Dec 19 9 PM
    • 7th Street Entry 
    • 701 1st Ave. N
    • Twin Cities MN 55403
    • 612-338-8388
    • Twin Cities, MN
    • $8/$10
    • 18+

    Link: http://origin.avclub.com/twincities/events/magnolias-the-tisdales-and-north-of-grand,145110/

     

     
    December 15, 2009
     
    The Mags are geared up and ready to play this Saturday (Dec. 19th) in the 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis.
     
    The Magnolias 11:45 PM
    The Tisdales 10:45 PM
    North Of Grand (Des Moines, IA) 9:45 PM
     
    7th Street Entry
    701 N. 1st Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN
     
    Doors 8 PM
    Tickets $8.00 Advance / $10.00 at door
    18+

     
    OCTOBER 23, 2009
     
    The Mags have been confirmed to play First Avenue in Minneapolis on Wednesday November 25th. This will be as support for The Ike Reilly Assassination. Big thanks go out to Nate at First Avenue and to Ike.  This will now be Pat Mckenna's debut on drums with The Magnolias.
     
    Wednesday November 25th 2009
    First Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN
     
    The Ike Reilly Assassination
    The Magnolias
    The Crossing Guards
     
    $12:00 advance $15.00 door
    Doors: 7:30 PM
     
     

     
    OCTOBER 21, 2009
     
    Shake up news, drummer Tom Cook is no longer a member of the Magnolias. He has been replaced by close friend Pat McKenna. Pat, although never an official Magnolia until now, has had very close ties to the Magnolias over the years. Pat previously played with John in The Pushbacks and also with Mike in the Bleeding Hearts. He currently is the drummer for The Hard Left.  The band will be hunkering down this fall to work Pat into the fold. He will make his debut with the Magnolias on Saturday December 19th at the 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis. Expect a few Pushbacks and Bleeding Hearts songs to be added to the set.

     
    SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
     
    The Mags have been confirmed to play the 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday Decemeber 19th.
     
    The Magnolias 11:45 PM
    The Tisdales 10:45 PM
    North Of Grand (Des Moines, IA) 9:45 PM
     
    7th Street Entry
    701 N. 1st Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN
     
    Doors 8 PM
    Tickets $8.00 Advance / $10.00 at door
     

     
    AUGUST 10, 2009
     
    The Mags are gearing up for their weekend blitzkrieg to Des Moines and Kansas City next weekend.
     
    Friday August 21  House Of Bricks - Des Moines (IA)
    Saturday August 22 Daveys Uptown - Kansas City (MO)

     
    JULY 2, 2009
     
    The producer for the next album, Monty Lee Wilkes, who co-produced 1988's "For Rent", picked up more work this summer than anticipated, working sound for the B-52's. Plans for the recording are on hold until Monty gets back from the road.
    On another note, The Magnolias will be playing the 1st Annual North by Midwest Festival at the Lowry Theater in St. Paul on Saturday July 25th. See poster below for details. It's the only local show of the summer for the Mags. Hope to see you there.

     
    MAY 5, 2009
     
    The Mags are tentively scheduled to play the 7th annual North vs South Festival (August 20, 21, 22) in Kansas City. Check back for confirmation. All six videos from Paris have been added to the "Live Videos"  page.  And last but not least, The Mags are in the planning stages of recording a new album this summer. Look for it in September.

     
    MAY 1, 2009
     
    2009 European tour photos can be seen by using this link to The Magnolias Myspace page. Then click on "pics" below band photo.
     
     

     
    APRIL 22, 2009
     
    Here another video from the tour. See April 7th below for Paris Videos.
     
    Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid Spain, April 1, 2009
    "Torture Yours"
     
     
     
     
     

     
    APRIL 21, 2009
     
    The Mags have returned home from their tour of Europe. Thanks to all our fans in France, Spain and Portugal. You are truly the best fans the Mags have ever had the pleasure to play for. We will see you all again soon !!! With all shows on the itinerary complete, the band is looking to hook onto some local festivals this summer. Keep checking back here and at the Mags Myspace myspace.com/themagnoliasband for updates. Photos will be added here soon also. John is recovering from a severe chest cold that destroyed his voice this past weekend at the 7th Street Entry. The meds and soup were very good. See you this summer. 

     
    APRIL 7, 2009
     
    Le Picolo Club, Paris France, March 28th, 2009
    "Tear Up This Town" (plus 5 others in link)
     
     
     
    Link to 5 MORE VIDEOS HERE The MAGNOLIAS n°4/6

     
    APRIL 7, 2009
     
    There was a problem with the promoter in Portugal, too many to mention here. Three shows in Portugal were cancelled by him for conflicting reasons given to band and local promoters. The only show to survive was in Coimbra at Twisters. With open dates available our promoter here in Spain, Juancho Lopez, secured us an additional show in Madrid, Burgos, and a festival in Ponferrada. and Leon See Itinerary.  A huge thanks goes out to Juancho . 

     
    APRIL 2, 2009
     
    There has been a added show to the itinerary. Another show in Madrid at The Rock Palace on Monday April 7th.

     
    MARCH 23, 2009
     
    THE MAGNOLIAS ARE ON TOUR

     
    DATE

     
    VENUE

     
    CITY

    March 21
     
    March 27
     
    March 28
     
    March 29
     
    March 31
     
    April  1
     
    April 2
     
    April 3
     
    April 4
     
    April 8
     
    April 9
     
    April 10
     
    April 11
     
    April 18
     
     
    7th Street Entry
     
    L'Assommoir Club
     
    Le Picolo Club
     
    La Majorette
     
    TBA
     
    Wurlitzer Ballroom
     
    El Gran Cafe
     
    Savoy Club
     
    La 2 de Apolo
     
    Caep Club
     
    Music Box
     
    Students Academy Garden
     
    Rino Club
     
    7th Street Entry
     
     

    Minneapolis MN 

    Saint-Etienne (France) 

    Paris (St. Ouen) (France)

    Soulangis (France)

    Bilbao (Spain)

    Madrid (Spain)

    Leon (Spain)

    Gijon (Spain)

    Barcelona (Spain)
     
    Portalegre (Portugal)
     
    Lisbon (Portugal)

    Coimbra (Portugal)

    Porto (Portugal)

    Minneapolis, MN 

     

     
    FEBRUARY 18, 2009
     
    PRESS RELEASE FOR 2009 EUROPEAN TOUR
     
                   
                  THE MAGNOLIAS TO EMBARK ON SECOND EUROPEAN TOUR

    Following a highly successful 2008 European tour, their first ever, Minneapolis’ pop/punk veterans The Magnolias are gearing up for an expanded transatlantic trip in March and April. This time, in addition to France and Spain, Portugal is included.

    The Magnolias, a tried and true name in American hard rock, earned this status via loud, brash shows on expansive tours of the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s. Fronted by singer/guitarist, songwriter and co-founding member John Freeman, the band solidified its reputation as one of Minneapolis' most formidable musical acts by delivering from-the-gut, yet melodic, hook-laden tunes across five albums for the Twin/Tone and Alias record labels.

    The group disbanded, for a time at least, in 1997 and has been performing only on special occasions since 2000. The Magnolias' inaugural European swing coincided with the band's release of a compilation of out-takes, demos, live songs and other gems entitled "Better Late Than Never." This collection, on the SMA label, remains available on The Magnolias' official website, as well as at CD Baby.

    Freeman, the only member to fly The Magnolias flag non-stop since the group's inception in 1984, spearheaded the band's revival. To achieve The Magnolias' current lineup, Freeman recruited drummer Tom Cook, whose thunderous beat as a Magnolia began in 1988. Also talked back into the fold has been lead guitarist Mike Leonard. The band is complete with the rediscovery of bass talent Kyle Killorin, whose service to The Magnolias dates to 1987.

    The Magnolias' high-energy American punk is consistently compared favorably to the band's influences, including The Clash, The Only Ones, The Undertones, The Real Kids and Buzzcocks. A New Year's 2009 show at their local 400 Bar saw an assortment of longtime friends, as well as other plain old, hard-core, rock 'n' roll types, turn out to see what the group still had in store. To no one's surprise, the crowd was treated to a blistering set of The Mags' classic, hard-edged rock, performed at full-throttle with hardly a breath taken between 28 well-crafted songs, many of them new compositions.

    To launch the encore 2009 European tour, The Magnolias have scheduled a send-off gig for Saturday March 21st, at Minneapolis' famed 7th Street Entry. European fans of The Magnolias, new and old, will witness intense performances by these reunited and rejuvenated musicians who, like their hometown friends The Replacements and Suicide Commandos, play stripped-down rock 'n' roll tight, fast, hard and loud, the way it was meant to be.
     
    — Steve Sharp 


    European Tour Itinerary
     
    March 21    7th Street Entry          Minneapolis, MN
     
    March 27    L'Assommoir Club     St. Etienne (France)
     
    March 28    Picolo Club               Paris (France)
     
    March 29    La Majorette             Soulangis (France)
     
    March 31    TBA                           Bilbao (Spain)
     
    April 1        Wurlitzer Ballroom   Madrid (Spain)
     
    April 2        Le Gran Café            Leon (Spain)
     
    April 3        Savoy Club               Gijon (Spain)
     
    April 4        La 2 de Apolo           Barcelona (Spain)
     
    April 8        Caep Club                 Portalegre (Portugal)
     
    April 9        Music Box                 Lisbon (Portugal)
     
    April 10      Students Academy    Coimbra (Portugal)
     
    April 11      Rino Club                  Porto (Portugal)
     
    April 18      7th Street Entry         Minneapolis, MN
     
     
     
     
    Booking and Press:
    frenchduderocker4@gmail.com
    Telephone (Lille France): (33)'0'6.73.78.74.79
     
    The Magnolias Website and Contact:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~johnfre/themagnolias
    http://www.myspace.com/themagnoliasband 
     

    SMA Records
    rotte1@comcast.net

    www.smarecords.com


     

     

     
    JANUARY 30, 2009
     
    The European Tour Send Off Show has been confirmed at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Saturday March 21st. Opening the evening will be 10w40 followed by Ten Ton Bridge. Doors are at 9pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door and $8.00 advance and are available at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 651-989-5151, Ticketmaster outlets, all First Avenue ticket outlets, and at www.first-avenue.com

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    January 20, 2009
     
    More dates for the March/April 2009 European tour have been confirmed for Spain and Portugal. Click HERE for itinerary or see "Upcoming Shows" link above. 

     
    JANUARY 5,  2009
     
    Video of "Hello Or Goodbye" on New Years Eve at the 400 Bar In Minneapolis.
     
     

     
    JANUARY 2, 2009
     
    Happy New Year !!!  
     

     
    DECEMBER 29, 2008
     
    Here's a new photo of the current lineup. Click on photo to enlarge.

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    DECEMBER 22, 2008
     
    Here are a couple of links to media plugs for the upcoming New Years Eve show at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis.
     
    The Decider (The Onion):
     
    The Vitamin (Star Tribune weekly):
     
     

     
    NOVEMBER 24, 2008
     
    The All Music Guide (The Big Take Over)
    review 
    Better Late Than Never (SMA 2008)
     
    Other reunions receive more ink, but the irregular-but-constant existence of this historic Minneapolis Buzzcocks/Undertones-loving, Real Kids/Replacements-sounding, punky garage-rock act was equally welcome. This prime vehicle for underrated, resurgent singer/songwriter John Freeman even hit South by Southwest in 2006, and they must have been thrilled to be alighting for Europe for the first time in 2008, 23 years after their first concert. And while old fans awaited threatened new material 12 years after the fifth LP Street Date Tuesday, SMA reissued and revamped this 1990-1997 overview/rarities collection originally on Satellite Six in 2005. Better Late Than Never has all the spirit and garage chops of their trio of older, ‘80s Twin/Tone records (their debut was produced by Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart, after all), with two cuts of especially valuable live work, which is where they've always triumphed most. Newcomers could start here, or anywhere, as this is a premier, honest to goodness, thick-guitar and big drums, melodic, and exciting club-rockin' band. ~
     
    Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, All Music Guide

     
    NOVEMBER 6, 2008
     
    Good news and bad news front. The bad news first. Both Eric Kassel (guitar) and Johnny O'Halloran (bass) have had to step aside for their own personal reasons, and will be missed. The good news is that Mike Leonard (lead guitar) and Kyle Killorin (bass) will be returning to the band. Mike played in the Magnolias from 1993-1995. Kyle played in the band from 1987-1991 and appeared on two albums, 1988's "For Rent" and 1989's "Dimestore Dream".  Both also appear on 2007's "Better Late Than Never".
     
    On another note, the revamped lineup will be playing New Years Eve at the 400 Bar in Minneapolis. The March/April tour of Europe is currently being set up also.

     
    OCTOBER 27, 2008
     
    This past Saturday night (October 25th), six current or ex-Magnolias happened to find themselves together at Stasui's Club in Northeast Minneapolis. The lineup for the evening was Red Flags (led by current Magnolia Mike Leonard). Next up were High On Stress, then The Hard Left (w/ ex-Mag Tom Lischmann).  The headliner was Tim Casey and the Martyrs (w/ ex -Mag Kent Militzer). Current Mags  John Freeman, Tom Cook and ex-Mag Kyle Killorin were in attendance. Tim Casey was kind enough to invite the Magnolias to come up on stage to play a number.  John Freeman, Tom Cook, Kent Militzer and Kyle Killorin ripped up a rail bender version of "Tear Up This Town". Although one Ex-Mag was visibly upset at not being invited up, and stormed out soon after, there were no fisticuffs.

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    Gruta '77 Magazine - June 2008 Issue - Madrid Spain

     
    July 24, 2008
     
    Here is the full Gruta '77 Magazine article (June issue) from Madrid Spain. It includes an interview with John Freeman. Again the translation of the article from Spanish to English is bit off.
     

    The Magnolias
    Power Pop Is Rock'n'Roll

    They say that the time puts the record straight.  If true, The Magnolias should savor today the recognition that was denied them in due course.  Any lover of power pop outline a smile when he recalls a disc as "Off the Hook".  In 1992, and after eight years of experience, the band from Minnesota reached its summit with a personal album enviable.  But honeys of success are only for a few and they do not iban a flavor.  They said goodbye in 1997.  Still, the battle is not over.  John Freeman has brought together his old band and plans its first assault on Europe.  Perhaps some classics in the shadows begin to see the light. Its three Spanish dates include Castellon pass through the June 19, Madrid (Gruta'77) on 20 and Granada on 21. (By Diego RJ)

    The Magnolias were formed in late 1984, in Minneapolis, a city that already had big names in the rock'n'roll such as, the Replacements and Hüsker Dü.  One year after their first gig, the group rose in the ranks of local twin towns and with a recognized seal next to the groups cited above.  Singer, guitarist and composer John Freeman was the main engine of the group and today is the only original member remaining in the band.  From the outset they demonstrated their devotion and influence by groups like the Undertones, Buzzcocks, Kinks and the Real Kids, influences to which was adding a personal nature that would define the group.  But what might be was not.  The history of the band is marked since its inception until the last bolus offered in 1997 by a series of obstacles and glimpses of bad fortune that, despite the perseverance of Freeman, inevitably end up drowning.  Changes continuous training, incompetent recordings, unexpected bankruptcies ...  even when the fate seemed to smile and called them to act before 1,200 people at the famous South by Southwest festival in Austin, meeting point for major labels in the country, they stopped their van pulled amid a storm six hours in the city . There came to the event and added another anecdote to the list.  After their separation and since 1999 the group has acted sporadically.  But recently, and after another unsuccessful projects, Freeman wanted to pick up the reins and edited "Better Late Than Never",  a collection of unreleased songs drawn from demos and discards study. The first rung of a new staircase, which continues with the first European tour in the history of the group.

    INTERVIEW w/ John Freeman by Diego R.J.

    If I am not wrong this next tour is the first time The Magnolias visit Spain. How do you front these shows?

    Yeah, Our first ever tour of Europe. Though a mutual friend, the Magnolias hooked up with Kill City Booking in Lille France. Our agent there is Francois Boit. Juancho Lopez contacted me when he got word of our upcoming tour. He wanted to get us into Spain. So he, along with Francois got the ball rolling in Spain.

    You have a new album (first in more than 10 years) that includes 13 unreleased demos and outtakes from the past. Which guidelines have you follow for doing it?

    Well, putting together a compilation of tracks that were recorded over various years, members, studios and producers was a difficult task. We narrowed it down to the years from 1990 to 1996. We have recorded material that goes back as far as 1985, some of the earlier demos, quality and sonically just didn't hold up as well as the later recordings. We wanted the strongest recordings and songs. I quess to put it simply, we wanted to include as many unreleased songs that was strong from first song though to the last. The two live songs, the rocker "Torture Yours" and slower, moodier "Where Do You Go?" were written shortly before the group originally broke up in 1997. We never had a chance to record them in the studio. I wanted them on because I think they are great songs.

    Are you thinking about recording new songs for a next project? Have you got material enough in your inkpot?

    I have enough songs to choose from that we could record a triple album. We would need financial backing to go into the studio. Money is a problem right now. Right right now we are doing all this for fun, and funny thing is that's the reason we all got into music for in the first place, to have fun.

    I have seen the European tour line up includes your old partner Tom Cook (Magnolias’ drummer from 1988 to 1993). Have you been in contact all this time? Would you say this is the best Magnolias line up for you?

    These guys are truly my friends. Tom Cook is the igniter, a real go getter, and drums like a clock. Johnny O'Halloran has been the longest tenured player in the Magnolias, been with me since I uprooted him from Boston in 1992. He truly is the essence of rock'n'roll. A James Dean type of character. He also happens to be one of the best bass players on the planet. Eric Kassel, came into the band in 1995, at that time the band was on the verge of collapse. I'm pretty sure, that without him having joined the band, we wouldn't even be talking about a tour at all. I'd say Eric is the smart one in the band. He takes care of all our graphics and has designed pretty much everything that has the Magnolias name on it. A real quick, ripping lead guitar player too. So yeah, a well rounded line up and great friends.

    I suppose that all the changes the band has had all over the years must have been a big obstacle for your perfect continuity. Why do you think that you have forced so many times to change your partners?

    Because I'm an asshole. No really, there were issues with drugs, commitment, you name it. I only ask that the others carry their share of the load. I'm not going to babysit anybody.

    The band disbanded in 1997 but since 2000 you have been playing sporadically. Why do you think this is happening? What would you say that keeps the band’s spirit alive?

    Well we don't hate each other. We always feel that when we play that we could wipe any band off the stage. Nobody in this band wants to go out and flop on stage. I think it's instilled in us all to be the best every night. As far as the spirit, we would not do it if nobody cared about us.

    In these last years you have been working with other solo projects: The Pushbacks and Action Alert. What can you tell us about these bands? Any future plans for them? Are you working in any other musical projects besides Magnolias?

    I put the Pushbacks together within weeks of the Magnolias breaking up in April of 1997. At that time, I really was worn down from anything and everything to do with the Magnolias, my spirit really smashed. I was drinking way too much too. The Pushbacks breathed some new life and energy into me. I started writing more and more. We released one CD in 1999 called "No Strings Attached". The Pushbacks gigged around the upper midwest of America mostly, played a couple of SXSW's festivals in Austin Texas. The band broke up in 2000 because I wanted to tour more than the rest. They had other things going on in their lives that made them unable to commit to the band. the Action Alert, Hmmm, started out in late 2000, all guys I knew, tight rocking band, it just never got it's footing. Had drummer problems and we kinda faded out. Never really broke up, just faded away around 2003. No other projects right now, The Magnolias are my baby.

    Your first Magnolias’ show was 23 years ago. What do you see when you look to those years with the eyes of today? How was Minneapolis in 1985 for a kids in love with power pop?

    I was 21 then. I'm 44 now. Minneapolis in 1985 was really great. There were less places to play than there is now, but there were so many great bands around, alot of garage rock, alot that you probably never heard of. We signed with Twin Tone Records in early 1986. To be able to get signed by them, with the amount of great bands that were around was a blessing. It enabled us to be a real band, record, tour, and for me to get better as a songwriter. The crowds in Minneapolis has always loved us. We have a very loyal following even today. We are playing a show in Minneapolis a few days before we depart for the European tour.

    Before forming the band, what records and artists were you listening and what shows did you see that marked the way you were going to choose?

    Oh, even though I was only about 14, in 1977 and 1978 I would go to most every concert I could. I'd spend my paper route money every weekend down at the local record store, Oarfolkjokepus. The Jam, Clash, Sex Pistols, Generation X, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers I just loved and still can't get enough of. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first two albums are fantastic. Cheap Trick. I'd buy all the records and hunt for the newest singles. Two of the best shows I ever saw were in the summer of 1978, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and another show that summer, Cheap Trick on the Heaven Tonight tour, simply blew me away.

    Everywhere about The Magnolias someone said you were replacement, Huskewr Du and Soul Asylum little brothers. Weren’t or aren’t you tired of this?

    I saw in the local newspaper paper about a month ago that had a birthday list, It said Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum 44. I had already turned 44 in February, so he's actually my little brother. We all came from the same scene, at the same time. I played in a band called the Outpatience in 1981-1983. We used to open for the Replacements alot. I think the fact that we never hit the big time like those bands is the reason we are sometimes called "little brothers" although we are very close in age. It doesn't really bother me.

    Talking about those Minneapolis bands: I think your sound was not so near to their. Your guitars were sharper and your melodies were stronger. In those new wave sounds I think you were more near to melodic punk rock than the others. What do you think?

    I wasn't a fan of Husker Du, so they were not an influence at all. I was on the Replacements side of the fence. Soul Asylum I loved live, but I didn't listen to there records much. I was a big fan of the Buzzcocks and I think alot of people can pick up on that. But I also loved what Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers did. Kinda of a 70's version of Chuck Berry. Great,great songs, but mostly rhythm and blues based. That's what I was mostly trying to do when we first started out, mixing those two together. Though the years I developed my own style of writing, and when you here a Mags song, I think you'll know it's us.

    I think that your first years (the mid and late eighties) were not a good time for power pop bands. The biggest names have had their time between 5 and 10 years ago but I suppose that after that radios and press, as always happens, lost interest in these sounds. Did you ever feel you were living five years behind of your time?

    No, I never really considered us anything but a Rock'n'Roll band. It's the media that puts on the tags. I felt perfectly at ease with what we were doing then just as I do now. I try to stay away from trends. If you can do that, your music becomes timeless. But I do love Power Pop, and if someone calls us that, I'm ok with it.

    You toured all the USA. Which were the best moments in those years? Which bands you liked did you meet in your tours? How were your first visits to the East Coast?

    Oh man, any day on the road was a good day for me, I absolutely lived for the road. We did better on the East Coast because it was closer and easier for us to tour. Alot of cities in a small area. Three bands that really stick out to me that I saw and met on the road were, The Voodoo Dolls from Boston, Titanic Love Affair from Champagne Illinois and the Wannabes from Austin Texas. The first time we played New York, we were so paranoid that our van was gonna get stolen, that every time we parked it on the street, we pulled out the coil wire from the engine, so it wouldn't start if someone tried to steal it. We were wide eyed midwest kids who had never been to the big bad cities of the East Coast. But after awhile, we figured it all out. Still the coil wire idea, in hind site, was pretty smart.

    After two good records as "Concrete pillbox" and, specially, "For rent", in 1989 you left Twin Tone label after recording "Dime store dream", an album that in your own words was not recorded in the best conditions. It seems your label didn’t want to bet for The Magnolias, did it?

    No actually, they pretty much begged us to stay on. I think that they liked what they heard on the demos that we had recently recorded and were impressed with the songs that would be on the next album. The main American distributor, Rough Trade, had filed bankruptcy, and we felt it was time to move on because of that.

    But after this record, the incident that impeded you playing Austin SXSW and Kyle Killorin and your old friend Tom Lischmann leaving the band, The Magnolias recorded the best album in its trajectory, the amazing "Off the hook". How could you get it???

    Going into the studio to record it, we knew that this was gonna our best yet. It was a great bunch of well developed songs. And we had worked them to the bone before going in. We just needed a good producer who cared. We went with Tom Herbers, a guy who co-produced "For Rent"and he also had worked on many demos that we had done over the years. He knew us and our sound very well. We took our time on it. We were all very pleased with the results, we felt we had made the perfect album.

    How did things change after this record?

    We embarked on some really lengthy tours, covering all of America. The first 6 weeks of the tour, we only had Sundays off. We toured everywhere we could, playing every city and college town you can name. We had a new Manager, a new Booking Agent, a new label in Alias Records. We thought this was gong to be the one that got us over the edge so to speak. But our bass player, Caleb Palmiter, left after the first half of the tour and we replaced our guitar player, Kent Militzer as well, bringing Tom Lischmann back. I drove out to Boston and recruited Johnny O'Halloran to play bass. After all the touring was over, we set about making a demo of our new songs. I'm guessing Alias must not have liked the songs, but they never told us why they dropped us.We promoted the album by touring ten times that of any other band on their roster. They told me they were not picking up the option on the contract by phone on Christmas eve 1992.

    Same year, 1992, you recorded the "Hung up on" EP. Why did you stop recording till 1996?

    No record label interest, nobody would touch us. EMI called once, when I called back I left a message, then I never heard from them again. Funny. We were like the plague or something.

    "Street date Tuesday" (1996) was another fantastic record. Next year The Magnolias disbanded. It seems your trajectory was marked by a dark rock’n’roll curse.

    Actually, It's lucky the album ever got made at all. I was ready to hang it up, but my band talked me into giving it one more go. I said I would, but if the tour to support it did not go well, then I was going to leave. We never did do a proper tour for that album. We played our last show then in April of 1997, which marked our 12 anniversary of our first ever show. We had a good run, not everybody can be famous.

    Thanks for your time John. I’m really waiting to see your band at Gruta’77, Madrid.

    THANK YOU !!! SEE YOU SOON !!!

    Diego R.J.

    G’77 Magazine

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    July 22, 2008
     
    Here's a review from the Castellon show in Spain last month. The translation is a little off I suspect. If you can read Spanish, here is the original link.
     

    It was Thursday and the majority Friday curraba. But he was fiestón tremendous. The Magnolias dispatched with conciertazo in the 15 anniversary of nonTomorrow Record, last night in the Room Four Seasons de Castellón, and Javi, the Rubber, Tommy and Paco Rock songs put the rest remembering of which they make make kneel touching imaginary guitars to us.

    The truth is that it did not seem Thursday. Still I am recovering. It deserved it to the reason: fifteen years of life of an independent seal, small but soldier, necessary. After the hugs of courtesy to the perpetrador of everything, Javi Ordo'6nez, raised to that small genie punk who is John Freeman to the scene of the Four Seasons and the joke finished.

    The concert of The Magnolias came to him like a glove to which it has been the trajectory of the record seal of Castellon de la Plana, touching almost all the woods that have always characterized to him: punk, to power MGP and surf. Energetic in spite of the speedometers and, unlike the last disc - recopilatorio `Better barks than never'- with a sound quite loose fruit of up to five different recordings, the band of Minneapolis sounded powerful, with a tension that does not have the album.

    They reviewed the best songs of `Better barks they than never', as the surfera “Duel” (secondly video of above), but also reviewed classic of `For rent', `Off the hook' or `Concrete Pillbox', finally to dismiss the concert by all the stop with temazo, “Hello or goodbye” (first video of above). It goes, that almost 25 years removing discs and kicking scenes give for much.

    By the way, The Magnolias tonight acts in Grotto 77 of Madrid (20.00) - whose Web contains an interesting interview with the group and tomorrow Saturday Rows in It from Granada to the same hour.

     

     
    July 15, 2008
     
    THE MAGNOLIAS - MAKING ANOTHER RECORD !!

    The Magnolias are going to go back into the studio this Fall to record a new album. We are putting the feelers out now to see if there are any European labels who may be interested in this recording project. If so, contact us or send them our way. Thanks !!!

     
    July 7, 2008
     
    June cover story in Madrid's Gruta '77 monthly magazine. Interview with John Freeman inside. See May 13 below for English translated interview. Or click here for full Spanish article and interview. http://www.gruta77.com/revista.php

     
    July 3, 2008
     
    The remaining European tour posters (18"x24") and T-shirts (with tour dates on back) have been listed in the "FOR SALE" link above.

     
    July 2, 2008
     
    All new live videos from the European tour, the 7th Street Entry and all promotional videos have now been embedded. The links are at top of this page. "LIVE VIDEOS" and "PROMO VIDEOS"
     

     
    July 1, 2008
     
    Here's a teaser video of what will be a two plus hour documentry on the Magnolias European tour. The documentry will include footage from rehearsals, interviews, the send off show in Minneapolis, the tour itself and the homecoming show in Minneapolis. The documentry will be for sale on DVD sometime later this year.
     
    Note: If video does not play, system is busy. Try again later.

     
    June 27, 2008
     
    The Magnolias play their homecoming show tonight at the 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis.
     
    The MAGNOLIAS
    w/ guests
    Tim Casey and the Martyers
    Ten Ton Bridge
     
    Friday June 27, 2008
    7th Street Entry
    Minneapolis, MN
    doors 8pm
    tickets $8:00 adv. $10.00 door
    21+
     

     
    June 25, 2008
     
    The Magnolias have finished their European tour, are back in the States and getting ready for the Friday June 27th homecoming show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. In the upcoming days there will be alot of photos and videos added to these pages, so keep a look out. Here is a few videos from the June 17th show at the La Mecanique Ondulatoire Club in Paris.

    The MAGNOLIAS Torture Yours

    The MAGNOLIAS Halfway Down The Road

    The MAGNOLIAS Hello Belinda


    June 9, 2008

    The Magnolias show in Montpellier France has been cancelled and tentatively replaced on the itinerary with Le Kix Kill Club in Bayonne France. Will post when confirmed. 

     
    June 2, 2008
     
    Here's three video YouTube links to three songs recorded at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis this past Saturday (5/31/08). The gig was the Magnolias send off show for the upcoming European tour. The band flys to Europe tomorrow morning. A big thanks goes out to lutefiskmn26 for recording it and posting it.
     
    Tear Up This Town (partial)
     
    Goodbye For Now (partial)
     
    Hello Or Goodbye

     
    June 1, 2008
     
    Last nights show in the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis was a huge success. The band was firing on all cylinders and wishes to thank everyone who attended the show once again for welcoming the band back to the stage.  The Magnolias depart for Europe on Tuesday June 3rd and open the European tour in Nancy France on Thursday June 5th.  Last but not least, The Magnolias are pleased to announce that there will be a homecoming show on Friday June 27 at the 7th Street Entry. Thank you Minneapolis, see you then.

     
    May 31, 2008
     
    TONIGHT !!!        7th Street Entry        Minneapolis, MN
     
    w/ The Hard Left
    and Tim Casey and the Martyrs
     
     

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    May 29, 2008
     
    Here's a link to The Magnolias European Tour Rehearsals.

     
    May 27, 2008
     
    Todays Minneapolis Star & Tribune did a front page cover story on Minneapolis bands touring Europe this summer. The Magnolias are included in the story and John Freeman interviewed amongst others. The actual paper had a large photo of the Magnolias European Tour Poster included in the story but not on the website version. Here's the link, the story is 3 pages long. 

     
    May 20, 2008
     
     
     
     

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    Gruta 77 Magazine Ad For Show In Madrid (6/20/08)

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    18x24 European Tour Poster (For Sale At Clubs)

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    Saint-Etienne Flyer (June 6, 2008)

     
    May 13, 2008
     
    Here's an interview by Diego R. J. with John freeman for the June 20th show in Madrid Spain at the Gruta 77 Club.  Part of the upcoming June European tour.

    THE MAGNOLIAS – G77 INTERVIEW

    If I am not wrong this next tour is the first time The Magnolias visit Spain. How do you front these shows?

    Yeah, Our first ever tour of Europe. Though a mutual friend, the Magnolias hooked up with Kill City Booking in Lille France. Our agent there is Francois Boit. Juancho Lopez contacted me when he got word of our upcoming tour. He wanted to get us into Spain. So he, along with Francois got the ball rolling in Spain.

    You have a new album (first in more than 10 years) that includes 13 unreleased demos and outtakes from the past. Which guidelines have you follow for doing it?

    Well, putting together a compilation of tracks that were recorded over various years, members, studios and producers was a difficult task. We narrowed it down to the years from 1990 to 1996. We have recorded material that goes back as far as 1985, some of the earlier demos, quality and sonically just didn't hold up as well as the later recordings. We wanted the strongest recordings and songs. I quess to put it simply, we wanted to include as many unreleased songs that was strong from first song though to the last. The two live songs, the rocker "Torture Yours" and slower, moodier "Where Do You Go?" were written shortly before the group originally broke up in 1997. We never had a chance to record them in the studio. I wanted them on because I think they are great songs.

    Are you thinking about recording new songs for a next project? Have you got material enough in your inkpot?

    I have enough songs to choose from that we could record a triple album. We would need financial backing to go into the studio. Money is a problem right now. Right right now we are doing all this for fun, and funny thing is that's the reason we all got into music for in the first place, to have fun.

    I have seen the European tour line up includes your old partner Tom Cook (Magnolias’ drummer from 1988 to 1993). Have you been in contact all this time? Would you say this is the best Magnolias line up for you?

    These guys are truly my friends. Tom Cook is the igniter, a real go getter, and drums like a clock. Johnny O'Halloran has been the longest tenured player in the Magnolias, been with me since I uprooted him from Boston in 1992. He truly is the essence of rock'n'roll. A James Dean type of character. He also happens to be one of the best bass players on the planet. Eric Kassel, came into the band in 1995, at that time the band was on the verge of collapse. I'm pretty sure, that without him having joined the band, we wouldn't even be talking about a tour at all. I'd say Eric is the smart one in the band. He takes care of all our graphics and has designed pretty much everything that has the Magnolias name on it. A real quick, ripping lead guitar player too. So yeah, a well rounded line up and great friends.

    I suppose that all the changes the band has had all over the years must have been a big obstacle for your perfect continuity. Why do you think that you have forced so many times to change your partners?

    Because I'm an asshole. No really, there were issues with drugs, commitment, you name it. I only ask that the others carry their share of the load. I'm not going to babysit anybody.

    The band disbanded in 1997 but since 2000 you have been playing sporadically. Why do you think this is happening? What would you say that keeps the band’s spirit alive?

    Well we don't hate each other. We always feel that when we play that we could wipe any band off the stage. Nobody in this band wants to go out and flop on stage. I think it's instilled in us all to be the best every night. As far as the spirit, we would not do it if nobody cared about us.

    In these last years you have been working with other solo projects: The Pushbacks and Action Alert. What can you tell us about these bands? Any future plans for them? Are you working in any other musical projects besides Magnolias?

    I put the Pushbacks together within weeks of the Magnolias breaking up in April of 1997. At that time, I really was worn down from anything and everything to do with the Magnolias, my spirit really smashed. I was drinking way too much too. The Pushbacks breathed some new life and energy into me. I started writing more and more. We released one CD in 1999 called "No Strings Attached". The Pushbacks gigged around the upper midwest of America mostly, played a couple of SXSW's festivals in Austin Texas. The band broke up in 2000 because I wanted to tour more than the rest. They had other things going on in their lives that made them unable to commit to the band. the Action Alert, Hmmm, started out in late 2000, all guys I knew, tight rocking band, it just never got it's footing. Had drummer problems and we kinda faded out. Never really broke up, just faded away around 2003. No other projects right now, The Magnolias are my baby.

    Your first Magnolias’ show was 23 years ago. What do you see when you look to those years with the eyes of today? How was Minneapolis in 1985 for a kids in love with power pop?

    I was 21 then. I'm 44 now. Minneapolis in 1985 was really great. There were less places to play than there is now, but there were so many great bands around, alot of garage rock, alot that you probably never heard of. We signed with Twin Tone Records in early 1986. To be able to get signed by them, with the amount of great bands that were around was a blessing. It enabled us to be a real band, record, tour, and for me to get better as a songwriter. The crowds in Minneapolis has always loved us. We have a very loyal following even today. We are playing a show in Minneapolis a few days before we depart for the European tour.

    Before forming the band, what records and artists were you listening and what shows did you see that marked the way you were going to choose?

    Oh, even though I was only about 14, in 1977 and 1978 I would go to most every concert I could. I'd spend my paper route money every weekend down at the local record store, Oarfolkjokepus. The Jam, Clash, Sex Pistols, Generation X, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers I just loved and still can't get enough of. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first two albums are fantastic. Cheap Trick. I'd buy all the records and hunt for the newest singles. Two of the best shows I ever saw were in the summer of 1978, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and another show that summer, Cheap Trick on the Heaven Tonight tour, simply blew me away.

    Everywhere about The Magnolias someone said you were replacement, Huskewr Du and Soul Asylum little brothers. Weren’t or aren’t you tired of this?

    I saw in the local newspaper paper about a month ago that had a birthday list, It said Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum 44. I had already turned 44 in February, so he's actually my little brother. We all came from the same scene, at the same time. I played in a band called the Outpatience in 1981-1983. We used to open for the Replacements alot. I think the fact that we never hit the big time like those bands is the reason we are sometimes called "little brothers" although we are very close in age. It doesn't really bother me.

    Talking about those Minneapolis bands: I think your sound was not so near to their. Your guitars were sharper and your melodies were stronger. In those new wave sounds I think you were more near to melodic punk rock than the others. What do you think?

    I wasn't a fan of Husker Du, so they were not an influence at all. I was on the Replacements side of the fence. Soul Asylum I loved live, but I didn't listen to there records much. I was a big fan of the Buzzcocks and I think alot of people can pick up on that. But I also loved what Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers did. Kinda of a 70's version of Chuck Berry. Great,great songs, but mostly rhythm and blues based. That's what I was mostly trying to do when we first started out, mixing those two together. Though the years I developed my own style of writing, and when you here a Mags song, I think you'll know it's us.

    I think that your first years (the mid and late eighties) were not a good time for power pop bands. The biggest names have had their time between 5 and 10 years ago but I suppose that after that radios and press, as always happens, lost interest in these sounds. Did you ever feel you were living five years behind of your time?

    No, I never really considered us anything but a Rock'n'Roll band. It's the media that puts on the tags. I felt perfectly at ease with what we were doing then just as I do now. I try to stay away from trends. If you can do that, your music becomes timeless. But I do love Power Pop, and if someone calls us that, I'm ok with it.

    You toured all the USA. Which were the best moments in those years? Which bands you liked did you meet in your tours? How were your first visits to the East Coast?

    Oh man, any day on the road was a good day for me, I absolutely lived for the road. We did better on the East Coast because it was closer and easier for us to tour. Alot of cities in a small area. Three bands that really stick out to me that I saw and met on the road were, The Voodoo Dolls from Boston, Titanic Love Affair from Champagne Illinois and the Wannabes from Austin Texas. The first time we played New York, we were so paranoid that our van was gonna get stolen, that every time we parked it on the street, we pulled out the coil wire from the engine, so it wouldn't start if someone tried to steal it. We were wide eyed midwest kids who had never been to the big bad cities of the East Coast. But after awhile, we figured it all out. Still the coil wire idea, in hind site, was pretty smart.

    After two good records as "Concrete pillbox" and, specially, "For rent", in 1989 you left Twin Tone label after recording "Dime store dream", an album that in your own words was not recorded in the best conditions. It seems your label didn’t want to bet for The Magnolias, did it?

    No actually, they pretty much begged us to stay on. I think that they liked what they heard on the demos that we had recently recorded and were impressed with the songs that would be on the next album. The main American distributor, Rough Trade, had filed bankruptcy, and we felt it was time to move on because of that.

    But after this record, the incident that impeded you playing Austin SXSW and Kyle Killorin and your old friend Tom Lischmann leaving the band, The Magnolias recorded the best album in its trajectory, the amazing "Off the hook". How could you get it???

    Going into the studio to record it, we knew that this was gonna our best yet. It was a great bunch of well developed songs. And we had worked them to the bone before going in. We just needed a good producer who cared. We went with Tom Herbers, a guy who co-produced "For Rent"and he also had worked on many demos that we had done over the years. He knew us and our sound very well. We took our time on it. We were all very pleased with the results, we felt we had made the perfect album.

    How did things change after this record?

    We embarked on some really lengthy tours, covering all of America. The first 6 weeks of the tour, we only had Sundays off. We toured everywhere we could, playing every city and college town you can name. We had a new Manager, a new Booking Agent, a new label in Alias Records. We thought this was gong to be the one that got us over the edge so to speak. But our bass player, Caleb Palmiter, left after the first half of the tour and we replaced our guitar player, Kent Militzer as well, bringing Tom Lischmann back. I drove out to Boston and recruited Johnny O'Halloran to play bass. After all the touring was over, we set about making a demo of our new songs. I'm guessing Alias must not have liked the songs, but they never told us why they dropped us.We promoted the album by touring ten times that of any other band on their roster. They told me they were not picking up the option on the contract by phone on Christmas eve 1992.

    Same year, 1992, you recorded the "Hung up on" EP. Why did you stop recording till 1996?

    No record label interest, nobody would touch us. EMI called once, when I called back I left a message, then I never heard from them again. Funny. We were like the plague or something.

    "Street date Tuesday" (1996) was another fantastic record. Next year The Magnolias disbanded. It seems your trajectory was marked by a dark rock’n’roll curse.

    Actually, It's lucky the album ever got made at all. I was ready to hang it up, but my band talked me into giving it one more go. I said I would, but if the tour to support it did not go well, then I was going to leave. We never did do a proper tour for that album. We played our last show then in April of 1997, which marked our 12 anniversary of our first ever show. We had a good run, not everybody can be famous.

    Thanks for your time John. I’m really waiting to see your band at Gruta’77, Madrid.

    THANK YOU !!! SEE YOU SOON !!!

    Diego R.J.

    G’77 Magazine

     

     
     

     
    May 6, 2008
     
    The Magnolias June European tour t-shirt design is at the printers.
    Here's a mock up of the front and backs. Shirts come in white with yellow and black with yellow.  It reads "Minneapolis MN" x5 around circles edge. Click here to order. "For Sale"

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    May 4, 2008
     
    Another show has been added to the June European tour. This one at La Majorette in Soulangis France. Click here for  "Upcoming Shows" and complete itinerary.

     
    April 25, 2008
     
    A correction on the second Paris show date. It will be June 10th, not the 11th. Click to view "Upcoming Shows".

     
    April 24, 2008
     
    Another show has been confirmed for the June European tour. A second show in Paris. This one at the L'Etreinte Bar on June 11th. Click here for Itinerary. "Upcoming Shows".

     
    April 18, 2008
     
    Awating word on some possible shows in Italy for the June European tour. Check back.

     
    April 8, 2008
     
    Get your buttons !!
    Click on image to enlarge.

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    April 7, 2008
     
    T-shirt pre-orders for the June 2008 European tour are now being taken. Shirts come in black with yellow ink and in white with yellow ink.  Tour dates will be listed on the back. They are 100% cotton and come in sizes, medium, large and extra large.

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    April 4, 2008
     
    Here is the promotional poster for the June 2008 European tour.

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    April 3, 2008
     
    The new CD Better Late Than Never is #3 on the charts on CJAM radio in Windsor Ontario Canada and #4 on CKXU in Lethbridge Alberta Canada. We Thank those Canucks !!

     
    April 2, 2008
     
    Yesterdays news about a tour of Japan and Australia was an April Fools joke !!!

     
    April 1, 2008
     
    First Europe, and now a tour of Japan and Australia is in the works for November. Stay tuned.

     
    March 27, 2008
     
    There is a possibility that there may be a show in London added to the June European tour. Check back for confirmation on date and venue. Also of note, Granada Spain has been confirmed. Click here for all confirmed dates so far. "Upcoming Shows"

     
    MARCH 12, 2008
     
    A show in Paris has been confirmed as well as a show in Castellon Spain.  Awaiting confirmation for Granada Spain. Also the opening night of the tour has been moved up a day, it is now June 5th in Nancy France. To view June European tour itinerary, click on "Upcoming Shows" above. More shows to be confirmed in Berlin & Stuttgart (Germany), Amsterdam (Holland), Basel (Switzerland) and Lille (France). Check back soon for updates.
     

     
    FEBRUARY 27, 2008
     
    More shows have been confirmed for the June European tour, including Madrid Spain. Click on "Upcoming Shows" above for all confirmed shows thus far.

     
    FEBRUARY 4, 2008
     
    The two opening acts for the Saturday May 31, 2008 show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis have been confirmed.  The Service Industry, from Austin Texas, featuring members of Cher UK and The Wannabes, will start things off, followed by fellow local rockers, the Hard Left. 
     
    Tickets are $8.00 advance and $10.00 at the door.
    You can buy tickets on-line now or from other outlets and First Avenue's box office. See First Avenue's website for more info.

     
    JANUARY 28, 2008
     
    The June European tour itinerary has been tweaked a little bit. Click on "Upcoming Shows" above to see changes. Also the opening date of the tour just happens to be June 6th. That was D-day in 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy France.

     
    JANUARY 24, 2008
     
    The Magnolias new CD "Better Late Than Never" charted in at #5 on the Top 50 this week on CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary Canada. Also of note, another date for the European tour in June has been confirmed......June 12th at L'Atabal Club in Biarritz France, near the border of Spain. Click on "Upcoming Shows" above for all confirmed shows so far.

     
    JANUARY 16, 2008
     
    Dates for the upcoming June European tour are starting to trickle in. Click on "Upcoming Shows" above to see.

     
    DECEMBER 17, 2007
     
    The new CD Better Late Than Never is now available from CD Baby.
    You can either purchase the cd from CD Baby or you can download it too. The CD Is also available here. Click on For Sale tab above.

    http://cdbaby.com/cd/magnolias

    The promotion listed just below here is still in on.

     
    DECEMBER 12, 2007
     
    GET NEW CD BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FREE
    (plus The Pushbacks CD No Strings Attached as a bonus)

    The first 25 people who get 5 of their friends to purchase The Magnolias new CD Better Late Than Never (SMA Records) will receive a free CD (plus the Pushbacks CD as a bonus) for themselves. Your friends will have to order the CD through this website (click "FOR SALE" tab above). Simply have them fill in your email address in the “referred By EMAIL” box in the order placement. If your email address appears five times I will email you to get your mailing address. Shipping of orders will be by USPS First Class.

    http://cdbaby.com/   (available through CD Baby within the next week)

     
    DECEMBER 11, 2007
     
    Today is the release date for the new CD, Better Late Than Never (SMA Records). It will be distributed in the Upper Midwest (USA) by Electric Fetus Onestop Distribution. Worldwide it will be distributed through CD Baby. You can order a CD directly from CD Baby, or if you choose you can download it from them too. CD Baby also distributes through Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music and more. If your located in the Upper Midwest (USA), ask your local record store to order it though Electric Fetus Onestop in advance. You can also purchase it here on this website, click on "FOR SALE" link above.
     
    http://cdbaby.com/   (available through CD Baby within the next week)
     
     

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    NOVEMBER 21, 2007
     
    GET NEW CD BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FREE
    (plus The Pushbacks CD No Strings Attached as a bonus)

    The first 25 people who get 5 of their friends to purchase The Magnolias new CD Better Late Than Never  will receive a free CD (plus the Pushbacks CD as a bonus) for themselves. Your friends will have to order the CD through this website (click "FOR SALE tab above). Simply have them fill in your email address in the “referred By EMAIL” box in the order placement. If your email address appears five times I will email you to get your mailing address. The release date for the CD is December 11, 2007. You can start placing orders now.  Shipping of orders will start on December 7. USPS First Class.

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    NOVEMBER 19, 2007
     
    The release date for the new CD, Better Late Than Never (SMA Records),
    is December 11, 2007. It will be distributed in the Upper Midwest (USA) by Electric Fetus Onestop Distribution. Worldwide it will be distributed through CD Baby. You can order a CD directly from CD Baby, or if you choose you can download it from them too. CD Baby also distributes through Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music and more. If your located in the Upper Midwest (USA), ask your local record store to order it though Electric Fetus Onestop in advance.
     

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    NOVEMBER 1, 2007
     
    The re-release of the CD "Better Late Than Never" has been delayed yet again. It will be worth the wait. Better sources for some of the tracks have been found and the artwork, with the exception of the front cover, is being completely redone by Eric Kassel. I've seen some of the concept ideas for it and it's gonna look great. There's plenty of eye candy on the pages. The CD should be in stores and available online sometime in late November.  Check back for updates.

     
    OCTOBER 1, 2007
     
    The re-release of the CD "Better Late Than Never" which was scheduled for a September release, has been delayed. Plans are now for it to be released in late October. Check back for a specific date sometime soon. But hey, it's better late than never !

     
    AUGUST 29, 2007
     
    Here's booking and press contact information for the June 2008 European Tour.
     
    Kill City Booking and Managemant
    Francois Boit
    Telephone (Lille France): (33) '0'6.73.78.74.79

     
    JULY 19, 2007
     
    The Magnolias CD "Better Late Than Never" is sold out and will be re-released on SMA Records in September of 2007.

     
    JULY 13, 2008
     
    The Magnolias are very pleased to announce they have a deal in place with Kill City Booking and Management in Lille France.
    Plans are for the band to be touring Europe in June of 2008.
    For Magnolias fans in Europe, a big thanks should go out to Francois Boit. Francois has been a longtime fan and is very excited, as is the band,  to have The Magnolias as the newest addition to the Kill City roster. Stay tuned for more developments as they come in. 
     
     

     
    JUNE 26, 2007
     
    Tonight........see below....!!!!!
     

    JUNE 25, 2007
     
    Tuesday June 26th, The Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre presents it's weekly DEMO.
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
     
    Music Videos from the 80s and 90s,
    Live Music by Stook!,
    Q&A with John Freeman of the Magnolias. $8-10 (Pay what you can)
     
    The video portion will include three Magnolias videos:
     
    1) Pardon Me (1989 Dime Store Dream)
    2) Hello Or Goodbye ( 1992 Off The Hook)
    3) When I'm Not ( 1992 Off The Hook)
     
    Bryant Lake Bowl
    810 West Lake Street
    Minneapolis, MN
    (612) 825-3737
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    OCTOBER 17, 2006
     
    No news really. Sorry. With the baseball playoffs in full swing, I got to thinking about the Twins winning the World Series in both 1987 and 1991, and what was going on with the band during those times. One game that really stuck out was on this date 19 years ago. It was game 1 of the 1987 World Series, between the Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Magnolias were on the road in Iowa City playing Gabes Oasis. After soundcheck we went to watch the game on the TV in the lower bar of Gabes Oasis. Unbeknownst to us, the lower bar was filled with lots of old men, wairing red, and rooting for the Cardinals. (Iowa City is Cardinal country). The Magnolias came down and raised the roof rooting for the Twins. It was great, (they hated us) the Twins killed the Cardinals that night 10-1.  We were having a real hoot at the expense of the aged Cardinals fans. I added this night to the "Past Shows" list.  I believe we were on the road for a week or two during this period, but I have no documentation of those gigs. I do remember Kyle and I having another game interrupted on the radio couple of nights later in Chicago. We were pulled over for an illegal left turn, and we had to sort it out with Chicago's finest.

     
    MAY 18, 2006
     
    I need to point out to people that are placing orders for CD's. Make sure that you have keyed in your email address correctly. A few orders have come in recently and I cannot send out an reply because of non existant emails. Thanks.

     
    APRIL 25, 2006
     
    The Magnolias are booked to play Lee's in downtown Minneapolis on Friday June 9th, 2006. We were asked by our good friend, Dave Wilson, to play his 40th Birthday party. He suggested Lee's and that's where it will be held.  10 years ago we played his 30th in an empty store front on 15th street and the cops busted it up just as we finished our set. So this time it will be held in a club, so as not to be bothered by Minneapolis' finest. Hope to see you all there.  http://www.leesliquorlounge.com/

    MARCH 22, 2006
     
    The Show at SXSW in Austin TX was great !! Although Eric and I both caught the flu bug on the plane down, we managed to survive. David Russ, drummer for Dan Israel's band, filled in on drums when Dave Wiegardt was unable to make it.  David, who had about three weeks notice and only two rehearsals with us, was up to the task and absolutley kicked ass on the drums. He was great !! He also shaved and cut his hair. I didn't even recognize him when I walked into the club. David said to me, "You didn't think I was gonna play punk rock looking like a hippy biker did ya?". Below is a review of the show from a British writer named Patrick Wilkins, who writes for AmericanaUK. The Magnolias were his second favorite show next to Sleater Kinney, who had played Tuesday night, the night before SXSW began.  For his full wrap and reviews of SXSW, see "Link & Reviews"  tab above.
     
    AmericanUK review by Patrick Wilkins
     
    The Magnolias
    Karma Lounge on W8th St

    This had been a really good night, and this was the crowning glory, one of the best shows of the festival, the sad thing was that, for once, relatively few people were there to see it, I think a start time of 1am on the last night meant that some didn't have the staying power and had flagged from the strains of the previous three days. I am so glad I managed to make it to this one. Band leader John Freeman pointed out that the band don't really exist anymore, apart from playing one off shows like this one, you'd never know it though, they were staggeringly tight. A late 80s/early 90s four piece post-punk-pop outfit from Minneapolis, as you might expect you could hear the Replacements and Soul Asylum in there, but also big chunks of the Buzzcocks and the Undertones. The band were not phased by the small crowd and played as if their lives depended on it. Breakneck speed riffing guitars interspersed with pop hooks and 90 mph short sharp solos, just gobsmackingly jawdroppingly great. Songs were drawn from all their albums, 'Tear Up This Town' was even more souped up than on the record, in fact everything was up a few notches on the studio versions 'Hello or Goodbye', 'Asking The Time', everything was just scorching hot! John announced a song written before the band broke up in 97, saying it never got recorded, but it sounded just as good, if not better than anything that did. Do yourself a favour, if you don't know this band at all but like the Replacements/Soul Asylum from over there, or the Buzzcocks/Undertones from over here, track down a copy of 'Off The Hook', you cant go wrong, you'll want the others once you've heard that. One song played was 'Don't Pack It In', and I was thinking exactly that! It would be criminal for such a great band to fade away into nothing, they were brilliant, ***** brilliant.

    Jackpot winners - Sleater-Kinney, The Magnolias, The Plimsouls, The Novaks, GitoGito Hustler, The Lovetones, Billy Bragg.

    MARCH 10, 2006
     
    The Magnolias SXSW set time has been changed to 12:45 AM.

     
    MARCH 8, 2006
     
    Pop Culture Press is the sponsor for The Magnolias  "showcase" gig at SXSW. Click link for info on the nights band lineups and times. The Magnolias play last at 1 AM and are at the bottom of the page.
     

    http://www.popculturepress.com/sxsw06_showcase.html

     
    FEBRUARY 20, 2006
     
     A better quality Video of "When I'm Not" has been added to the "Videos" page, along with "Hello Or Goodbye" and "Pardon Me".

     
    FEBRUARY 16, 2006
     
    The Magnolias are confirmed to play this years SXSW Music Festival (March 15-19). The scheduled showcase is Saturday March 18 at 1 AM at the Karma Lounge. The club address is 119 West 8th Street. Between Colorado and Congress Streets in downtown Austin Texas
    The videos for "Hello Or Goodbye" and "Pardon Me" were added and can be seen on the "Videos" page.

     
    JANUARY 4, 2006
     
     
    Happy New Year !!! Great news to start the new year....The Magnolias have been confirmed to play this years SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Exact date and venue to be determined. The festival runs from March 15-19 2006. Here's a link to SXSW's Website.

     
    DECEMBER 22, 2005
     
    The Magnolias are tentatively scheduled to play the SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX. The festival runs from March 15-18 2006. I believe it would be the bands 7th appearance at SXSW. Check back soon.

     
    NOVEMBER 29, 2005
     
    An Iowa State Daily review from the opening night of the Concrete Pillbox Tour (Jan. 23, 1987) at the Iowa State University Maintenance Shop in Ames IA, sent here by Dave Wilson, was an added to "Links & Reviews" page.

     
    NOVEMBER 23, 2005
     
    Photos of The Pushbacks and The Action Alert have been added to the "Promotional Photos" page.

     
    NOVEMBER 22, 2005
     
    A video page has been added. On that page is a link to "When I'm Not". In the near future all of the Magnolias videos will be able to be veiwed on this website. Click on "Videos" tab above.

     
    NOVEMBER 16, 2005
     
    I was watching a movie today on TV called "Batteries Not Included". Set in New York City and released in 1987, it was about a developer attempting to buy out tennants leases in this apartment building so he could tear the building down and redelevope the block. There was a scene outside the building, and low and behold, shot in the exact same empty lot where on July 5th 1985, I took the photo which was used for the cover of The Magnolias first album "Concrete Pillbox". The location, in the East Village, on 8th street between Avenues C and D, north side of the block. See the two photos below.
    Ironically, about five years ago I went to visit Eric Kassel, who at the time was living on 1st Avenue and 10th street.  We walked to that location and it was being redeveloped.  A few of the burnt out buildings had been razed, the shells of others where completely refurbished and they were building on the empty parcel of the block. Fiction and reality.

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    NOVEMBER 7, 2005
     
    Added a "Links" page. Nice one from Ira Robbins in Trouser Press. If you find any other reviews, email them and they will be added to the list.

    November 3, 2005
     
    First glitch that I've fixed. I have received orders for CD's. I assumed when orders came in that it would include the buyers email address. It doesn't. It only gives me my website address. Click on "For Sale" tab above.  Include your email address when ordering CD's. Sorry for the mistake.