Closed September 2010.
St. Paul has a noticeable shortage of two very important teenage rites of music-geek passage: a cool independent music store, and a true all-ages venue. Thankfully, Eclipse covers both bases, selling used and new vinyl, DVDs and CDs at the front of the store and hosting early-evening punk and indie shows at the back. Factor in their cool retro arcade featuring classic video games and pinball machines, and you've got everything an after-school hangout would need.
"Someday," think the teenage music fans riding down University Avenue, "I'll hit 21 and finally get to find out what goes on behind those doors at the Turf Club." Then they stop a few blocks later and walk into a place of their own--a high schooler's music Mecca, one of those great classic record stores that happens to also contain the best after-school live-show venue they could want. Eclipse has rebounded spectacularly since its star-crossed, ordinance-stifled existence on St. Paul's... More »
After a multiyear hiatus and a long-awaited relocation from the Macalester campus to the final feet of University Avenue before St. Paul becomes Minneapolis, it's a grand pleasure just to write the name Eclipse Records once again. As it was a decade ago, Eclipse Records is a musical incubator, welcoming rock enthusiasts from both sides of the age of consent. Its pedigree is peerless--musical creatures great and small have breezed through to dazzle the underage set. Increasing its appeal... More »
This year saw a resurgence of all-age clubs in the Twin Cities: The Whole at the U of M's Coffman Union reopened; the Babylon in Minneapolis has evolved from the Bombshelter's pepper-sprayed ashes; the Dinkytowner continues to host its "In the Garage" Sundays; First Avenue and the 7th St. Entry also have their frequent all-ages events; the Speedboat Gallery, a '90s favorite, is back in business in the Midway area; and the Fireball Espresso CafÈ also hosts several all-ages shows a... More »