• Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Garth Brooks at Target Center, 11/6/14

    Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood Target Center, Minneapolis Thursday, November 6, 2014 You might say Garth Brooks is a crowd-pleaser. You might also say Michael Jackson was a good dancer and Beatles songs are catchy. Garth -- to call him "Brooks" is as fussy and mannered as referring to "Presley" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Aerosmith's Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir

    While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be, given the relationship they've had for more than 45 years. It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively in his new autobiography, written with David Ritz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Six Reasons Bands Break Up

    While Aerosmith still flail around in a body without bones, propped up by the hot air of their backward-cap-wearing fanbase, most sensible bands know when to call it quits. Sure, reunion tours are still a thing, but those tend to happen on the stinking fumes of nostalgia, and they serve to fuel the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Weird Al's 10 best underrated parodies

    It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Minneapolis Armory could return as concert venue by 2016

    The Minneapolis Armory's crescent moon roof is impossible to miss in the eastern portion of the city's downtown. Aside from customers using the 110,000 square foot building as a parking facility, the eye-catching appeal of the nearly 80-year-old structure has gone largely underutilized over the past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/7-4/13

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2014
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    March 24, 2014

    My favorite band played my garage!

    If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Twin Cities music fans of the week: Screamales edition

    [Editor's Note: In the Twin Cities Fan of the Week series, Gimme Noise will showcase fellow concertgoers in their natural habitat.] Event:Screaming Females with Waxahatchee, Tenement, and Frozen TeensLocation: Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Date of Discovery: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Hanson's Zac Hanson: I always look forward to fried food

    Although their 1997 heyday was a long time ago, Hanson have managed to avoid the boy band curse and they still make music that actually means something. The brothers are set to play the MN State Fair on Monday and Tuesday at the Leinie Lodge, and "Mmmbop" will most likely be in the mix, but the men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    An oral history of the CC Club jukebox

    When David Prass bought the CC Tap in 1974, it was a 3.2 beer joint that had live music and a stage. Prass re-named the bar the CC Club, and transferred the liquor license over from his father's old bar. Along with the booze came new restrictions on the kind of entertainment the CC could offer, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2012

    Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12

    See Also:M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBest of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreBlack SabbathLollapalooza at Grant Park, ChicagoFriday, August 3, 2012In 2012, being a purist fan of rock (of varying hardness) is getting tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Lit head to Duluth for Summerland Tour amidst a cavalcade of nineties nostalgia

    See Also:Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, and Trampled By TurtlesIf anyone in Minnesota needed further proof that their expanse of '90s memories are being appropriately distilled to microcosmic parameters of Americana bedrock, all lingering uncertainties can be resolved Saturday at Duluth's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Target Center, 6/16/12

    AerosmithWith Cheap TrickTarget Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 16, 2012View a slideshow here.It was fitting that Aerosmith and opener Cheap Trick would spark off their Global Warming tour in Minneapolis. Considering the two bands jammed together across the street in 1998 at First Avenue -- for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: Rock the Garden, Jimmy Cliff, Aerosmith, The Weeknd

    Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Marijuana Deathsquads' Boston Massacre at Turf Club, 4/20/12

    Wade Boggs' Wicked Boston Baked Bash with Marijuana Deathsquads, Weird Boggs, Plain Ole Bill, Baby Boys Turf Club, St. Paul Friday, April 20, 2012 When the details were posted no one could've been fully prepared for this gig. The bizarre promo video didn't exactly clarify things either. The lineup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Aerosmith's Global Warming tour launches in Minneapolis

    ​Aerosmith will begin its 18-date summer tour this June at Target Center. Dubbed the Global Warming tour, the seminal Boston band will bring Cheap Trick along for the North American dates that carry between mid-June and early August."The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    EMP Pop Conference 2012 hosting Gimme Noise -- not Stephen Colbert

    ​Stephen Colbert's sardonic commentary on Tuesday night's episode of The Colbert Report provides an excuse to promote an upcoming weekend music event that will be lower on dry rub barbecue and performances by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and higher on idiosyncratic music criticism. Yes, the 2012 EMP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Chiefs of the North release Remember When at the Fine Line

    ​Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting.  Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Will Hermes in Minneapolis to read from 'Love Goes To Buildings On Fire'

    Photo By Adam Weiss​Will Hermes is currently a senior critic for Rolling Stone, as well as being a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," but he has a distinguished history with the Twin Cities music scene as well. Mr. Hermes began writing for the City Pages in the early '90s, and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Cinderella at the Medina Entertainment Center, 4/16/11

    Photos by Nikki Miller​Cinderella April 16, 2011 Medina Entertainment Center I have zero nostalgia for this band. Not an ounce. The exposure I had to Cinderella's era of music - hair metal I guess they call it? - was by way of my cousin Shawn. I think she drove an Olds Toronado and had a copy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Black Eyed Puhleeze: A tweecap of the Super Bowl halftime show

    Will and Hammer get ready to dazzle America​Twitter shines brightest at those moments of all-encompassing togetherness -- blizzards, uprisings, tablet computer magazine launches, bare penises, and duh, the Super Bowl. This year was -- wow -- an explosion of diamond wit at what we'll now call ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 15, 2010
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    October 14, 2010

    American Idol auditions destined to make Idol franchise, judges seem even longer in the tooth

    ​Somewhere, right now, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez are listening to some Glee-adoring teenage outcast absolutely slaughter a Lady Gaga standard and wondering - maybe not so much Jackson, but definitely the other two - "what am I doing here, and what the hell happened to my bril ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2010
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    March 17, 2010
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    December 9, 2009

    Daughtry signals our failure to rock in the '00s

    Why is the voice of our generation

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    September 30, 2009
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    June 10, 2009
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    June 10, 2009
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    February 27, 2009

    The Wet Spot: Solving the economic crisis

    Because the recession needed to be ended...erotically.

  • Calendar

    January 16, 2008
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    July 18, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    12/07 Morning Communiqué

    An emergency airplane landing due to flatulence, the Polish deputy prime minister caught in a sex scandal, bad balls in the NBA, the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2005

    Hark! The Herald Angels U-Sing-It!

    Press release of the day: "Just released this week, 'U-Sing-It' -- an innovative CD release that lets buyers create their own versions of holiday songs to share with friends and family, powered by UmixIt's remixing technology -- is already a hit, an impressive feat given the 51 shopping days stil ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 6, 2005

    The Autograph Man

    What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?

  • Music

    April 6, 2005

    Communication Breakdown

    Josh Homme axes bass player, enters cocoon, makes great rock record

  • Music

    May 19, 2004
  • Music

    December 24, 2003

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head

  • Music

    June 26, 2002

    White America

    A lonelier Eminem explains himself for the benefit of his homies in the suburbs

  • Music

    March 6, 2002
  • Music

    October 3, 2001

    Zombie Jamboree

    Neo-retroists Clinic and the Strokes raid the graves of punkers past

  • Music

    May 30, 2001

    Song Sung Blue

    My Morning Jacket's At Dawn sounds like a country of sadness

  • Music

    February 9, 2000
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    May 12, 1999
  • Arts

    August 5, 1998

    Into the Mix

    Rock as dance music. Dance music as rock.

  • Movies

    July 1, 1998
  • Arts

    March 12, 1997

    Talkin' Bout Our Degeneration

    Director Richard Linklater drives through Eric Bogosian's bleak subUrbia.

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