A closer look at Numero Group's landmark 50th release
Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.The pioneering artist was one of the earliest breakout stars of the scene, and has become a successf ... More >>
Adam Ant & the Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse With Prima Donna Mill City Nights, Minneapolis September 1, 2013 Adam Ant, the pirate punk hussar of British pop music, made his grand return to Minneapolis on Sunday night, delighting a roomful of his dedicated fans with a nearly two-hour set ... More >>
It's raining rare funk and soul compilations for the Twin Cities. After the huge roll-out of last year's Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul, 1964-1979 via local label Secret Stash -- which City Pages named Best Local Music Compilation -- Chicago's Numero Grou ... More >>
A lot of things have changed in the past 30 years, but several of the controversial aspects of Prince were already fully established. For his first Rolling Stone cover story, which hit stands three decades ago this week, his twisted relationship with the press is as much of the story as the music it ... More >>
Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate LifeWith Princess, ?uestlove, Dez Dickerson, Andre Cymone, Dr. Fink, and Alexander O'NealFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, March 9, 2013The draws for Saturday's second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue were many, but Princess was the most unique, by far. ... More >>
With Spring approaching, forget the snow for a second, Minneapolis is selling out shows left and right. Wednesday night, sisters Tegan and Sara are welcomed to Minneapolis by a sold-out First Ave mainroom. Muse hits the Target Center Thursday and Imagine Dragons sells out the Varsity on Friday. Satu ... More >>
Last February, drummer and radio personality Bobby Z reunited the Revolution, Prince's old group, for their first full-scale show together in quite some time. And now he's got another Prince-inspired party planned with the second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on Saturday, March 9 at First Avenue. The lin ... More >>
For a good cause, DEMO brings back videos of the '80s
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
The untold story of local hip hop: 1981 to 1996
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
Terrance Jackson's wife put three bullets in him. He almost died. She got 30 days in the workhouse.