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2010 Stories by Ian Traas

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  • Henry Rollins

    published May 12, 2010

    To Henry Rollins, the term "spoken word" is pretentious; he just gets up on stage and talks. If that seems uneventful, consider that Rollins... More >>

  • Kaki King

    published May 5, 2010

    Those long acrylic fingernails Kaki King is sporting on her right hand? Strictly utilitarian—she uses them to pick stunningly intricate... More >>

  • Kate Nash

    published May 5, 2010

    Armed with an impressive voice, undeniable cuteness, and just the right amount of snark, Kate Nash unsurprisingly emerged as an indie "it" girl... More >>

  • The Business

    published April 28, 2010

    The guys in the Business don't care about your haircut. They don't care about posing, the scene, or being hip—that stuff just takes time... More >>

  • Sia cheerfully dazzles a packed Fine Line

    Sia cheerfully dazzles a packed Fine Line

    published Apr 26, 2010

    ​Australian singer Sia Furler has followed a familiar career arc to a couple of interesting outcomes.  After making a name for herself and establishing some indie credibility as the primary voc... More >>

  • Surfer Blood

    published April 7, 2010

    This could be your little brother's band: youthful and almost embarrassingly honest, stitching together an album in an off-campus apartment with... More >>

  • Passion Pit make a joyful noise at a sold-out First Ave

    Passion Pit make a joyful noise at a sold-out First Ave

    published Apr 05, 2010

    ​The recent influx of popular indie bands touring through Minneapolis has given First Ave an impressive string of sold-out shows over the past few weeks (just in time for the venue's 40th birthday),... More >>

  • Titus Andronicus

    published March 31, 2010

    It's nothing new for a rock band out of New Jersey to ride a bit on Springsteen's coattails (especially now that the Boss is fashionable among... More >>

  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    published March 24, 2010

    Fifteen years ago, you had to watch MTV for all of about 10 seconds before seeing the video for "The Crossroads," with its... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man drops acid rock on the Varsity Theater

    published Feb 26, 2010

    ​Last night, Dinkytown's Varsity Theater was about 10 guests away from being sold out, filled to capacity by the Twin Cities' indie faithful who had been lured out of their warm apartments with the ... More >>

  • Song of Zarathustra

    published February 24, 2010

    After the hell he's put them through, it's a wonder that Travis Bos's vocal cords haven't exploded through his neck. Minneapolis hardcore lovers... More >>

  • Portugal. the Man

    published February 24, 2010

    Instead of trekking out into the tundra to go to the record store and buy hot new pop music, it feels like the members of Portugal. The Man spent... More >>

  • Killswitch Engage

    published February 17, 2010

    There's so much middle ground in metal right now that you can mix and match styles, arrange your favorite mixture of heavy sounds, and be pretty... More >>

  • Bassgasm

    published February 17, 2010

    Leave it to local techno stalwart Woody McBride to coordinate something like Bassgasm—a big, gushing love letter to dance music and First... More >>

  • Dre Day

    published February 17, 2010

    Though your place of employment may not recognize it (yet), February 18 is a holiday way more important than President's Day, more raucous than... More >>

  • Q&A: Motion City Soundtrack's Josh Cain

    published Jan 22, 2010

    ​It's a big week for Minneapolis-based pop-rockers Motion City Soundtrack. Tuesday, the band released their fourth studio album (and first for major label Columbia), My Dinosaur Life, an impressi... More >>

  • Motion City Soundtrack

    published January 20, 2010

    It can feel like immaculate pop records come from another state, or maybe an airless planet where microscopic production details can be fussed... More >>

  • Anti-Flag

    published January 13, 2010

    Most punk bands seem to fall into one of two camps: jokester nihilists gulping down beer as if more will never be brewed, or politically inclined... More >>

  • Low

    published January 13, 2010

    Looking at "Quiet, Please," a collaborative effort between City Pages and the Varsity Theater designed to deliver a series of concerts... More >>

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