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  • Various Artists: The Goodfellas Present: Lightning and Thunder Vol 2

    published December 23, 2009

    Listen to the 30 years of pop since "Rapper's Delight" in a certain way, and you hear music being pulled slowly, irrevocably southward, in both... More >>

  • Trailer Trash's Trashy Little X-Mas Show

    published December 23, 2009

    Trailer Trash's first collection of Christmas covers, 1996's Hell, It's X-mas, remains one of the best hip holiday albums of the '90s,... More >>

  • Lightning & Thunder Vol. 2 CD Release Party

    published December 16, 2009

    The first Lightning and Thunder compilation was novel proof of a Caribbean and Latin American presence in our snowbound burg's hip-hop... More >>

  • Jack Brass Band (CD-Release)

    published December 16, 2009

    "We will not forget about New Orleans," Obama told the city recently, though he could have fooled anyone hoping for a full-scale reversal of the... More >>

  • Mason Jennings

    published December 16, 2009

    Mason Jennings has "gone electric" with his latest album, Blood of Man (on Jack Johnson's Brushfire label), though you'd hardly notice... More >>

  • Nancy Harms: In the Indigo

    published December 9, 2009

    In the Indigo is 3 a.m. driving music, Clint Eastwood-movie jazz, and so sensual you'd be going for broke if you put it on as... More >>

  • !Viva Christmas!

    published December 9, 2009

    Equal parts Elvis '68 comeback and Paris '68 riots, Prince motorcycle ride and Che motorcycle diary, Univision and unionism, El Vez is "the... More >>

  • Unknown Prophets make heartfelt rock-rap

    published December 2, 2009

    Nine years ago, two guys from northeast Minneapolis released a rap song called "Never," with a guest appearance by Slug of Atmosphere, one of... More >>

  • the xx

    published November 25, 2009

    The pizzicato guitar, nearly whispered vocals, and barely audible synthesizer hum of the xx's "Islands" wouldn't be so sexy and mysterious if it... More >>

  • The King Khan & BBQ Show, Those Darlins

    published November 25, 2009

    This roving surf-punk-soul-country-garage-rock blowout features two great live bands with a penchant for raw, unpretentious intensity. King Khan &... More >>

  • Bomp!

    published November 25, 2009

    Subject of more than one City Pages online slideshow, this hot-and-bothered monthly dance party at Bedlam Theatre is a happy collision of... More >>

  • Desdamona: Inkling

    published November 18, 2009

    Except for some looped whispers and singing on "Rhythm's Heart," Desdamona's third album is almost entirely without music—an a capella... More >>

  • Brother Ali

    published November 18, 2009

    Striking though his categorical attributes might be, what makes Minnesota's best-known white albino Muslim rapper great is the swinging,... More >>

  • Wolfmother, Heartless Bastards

    published November 11, 2009

    Led Zeppelin comparisons don't do either of these buzz bands good or justice. With Australia's Wolfmother (pictured), there's the small fact that... More >>

  • Girls

    published November 11, 2009

    The clamor for San Francisco's Girls is almost early-Nirvana-sized, so it's not surprising to hear familiar-but-better in their recent debut on... More >>

  • Dirty Projectors

    published November 11, 2009

    Dirty Projectors' last album, 2007's Rise Above, was a chamber-rock rewrite-from-memory of Black Flag's 1981 hardcore punk classic... More >>

  • Free First Saturday: Rock Out!

    published November 4, 2009

    This daytime family event would be fun even if it didn't feature a rare reunion performance by American punk pioneers the Suicide Commandos, or a... More >>

  • Art Brut

    published November 4, 2009

    Because they sound a little like The Daily Show's John Oliver fronting the Pixies in the spoken-punk-rap style of Flipper or Talking... More >>

  • Impaler

    published October 28, 2009

    Like Dracula, they've been around a while, wear makeup, and enjoy a splash of gore. Their forthcoming Cryptozoology: Creatures of God? is... More >>

  • Trail of Terror

    published October 28, 2009

    There's a reason the line for the Haunted Hayride is so long: It's one of the more genuinely romantic and startling Minnesota Halloween... More >>

  • KRS-One

    published October 21, 2009

    KRS-One might be an eloquent nut, but give the Bronx rap legend his due: Rather than ride on the fumes of a greatness documented across 2000's... More >>

  • The Raveonettes

    published October 21, 2009

    Like Minnesota's own Low, the Raveonettes seem to have spun a career out of the sensibility expressed during the "In Dreams" sequence in Blue... More >>

  • P.O.S.

    published October 21, 2009

    Autobiography aside (the Lil Wayne-sampling "Out of Category"), P.O.S.'s wall of lyrics is best taken in from afar, where you can see, amid... More >>

  • ValleySCARE!

    published October 21, 2009

    Is it us, or are haunted houses getting scarier? Keeping pace with the desensitization spiral of Saw movies and the nightly news,... More >>

  • Rain Machine

    published October 14, 2009

    Though not the only singer or guitarist in TV on the Radio, robustly bearded Kyp Malone is the Brooklyn band's most iconic member, and his... More >>

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