The U of M is getting back into concert hall game in about six months. The historic, 85-year-old Northrop Auditorium is set to complete renovations by April of 2014, and wrap up a three-year project that cost nearly $90 million.Much like the proposed return of the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, this ad ... More >>
Unlike our gridlocked national bureaucratic bodies, effecting change on the local airwaves can be as simple as buying pint at Amsterdam Bar & Hall and having the liquid courage to speak up. The second running of 89.3 the Current's Music Meeting happens tonight in St. Paul, and it's an opportunit ... More >>
The media blitz for Polica's second album is in full swing this week. Today, the group dropped a new single from the forthcoming Shulamith, which is due October 22 via Mom Pop.Much like the earlier song, "Tiff" featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, "Chain My Name" is aggressive. The difference, howe ... More >>
Are You Local? With Solid Gold, Sims, Wiping Out Thousands, L'Assassins, Carroll, Bad Bad Hats, Audio PermMill City Nights, MinneapolisFriday, March 1, 2013The Twin Cities takes a lot of pride in their local music scene -- and much of that pride is warranted. Sifted from a group of 223 entries, Bad ... More >>
Following six magical performances at the Dakota Jazz Club, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of an all-Prince blitz. Billboard magazine, the music industry's sales-tracking publication, has him on the cover -- and writer Gail Mitchell is escorted into the world of Paisley Park in Chanhassen just da ... More >>
Former Solid Gold guitarist Paulie Heenan, 30, died early Friday morning in what is being called an altercation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin.In a report in Madison's Isthmus, conflicting stories suggest that this was either a burglary in progress, or just a misunderstanding when Heena ... More >>
Required viewing: 2011 Picked to Click runner up Poliça gets their banner year summed up in a short Pitchfork.tv documentary titled Hold You Just a Little While. Directed by the tireless Dan Huiting, the nine-minute clip is an excellent companion piece to Jeff Gage's cover story about the band from ... More >>
Last week, the 2012 Association of Alternative Newsmedia held its 2012 awards ceremony in Detroit, and City Pages won first-place recognition in the Innovation/Format Buster category.The award-winning nod was for the "Michele Bachmann Quote Generator," which was put together by news blogger Hart van ... More >>
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 >>
Alan Moore, Louis C.K., Bethany Larson, and more
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
The Tweet Cee Lo Green doesn't want you to see.Cee Lo Green has become the latest celebrity to stick his foot in his mouth with an insensitive remark on Twitter, and this time it was directed at City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson, who tweets and blogs as Gimme Noise.It all started this morni ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the criticism of the new Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards reaching a deafening roar on social media networks, it sounds like Edwards finally took note of some of the feedback that's been flung his way.Last night, as hail pelted down on the attendees at Targe ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>
Online British music magazine the Quietus loves Gayngs almost as much as we do, as a quick search will attest. So it comes as no surprise that they would ask the band to visually document their Coachella experience.Also not surprising: the serious jank and wooze depicted therein.
"Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse.""...without newspapers it was impossible not to write my own internal headlines during my sleepless nights. Worry became constant; worry and enforced exile from everything I was accustomed to."If th ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonNiles Hollowell-Dhar and David Benjamin Singer-Vine of the CateracsWhen I bumped into the Cateracs on the red carpet before the MTVu Woodie Awards on Wednesday night, I couldn't resist cornering the up-and-coming hip hop duo about the origins of their mega-hit with Far Eas ... More >>
Influential artists of 2010
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
"Don't set out to raze all shrines--you'll frighten man. Enshrine mediocrity, and your shrines are razed." Ayn RandOn the 20th anniversary of Picked to Click, I would like to offer this local-music icon a worthy gift: early retirement.
Our music section in this week's City Pages is bursting at the seams with content related to this weekend's West Bank Music Festival, which spans several venues up and down Cedar Avenue. Here's a quick rundown of the articles you can find in today's paper:Dessa on DessaOne of the West Bank Fest's ... More >>
TarltonExtra! Extra! We've got a turbo music section in the print edition this week, and it's all because of the big pair of Gayngs "Last Prom on Earth" shows this Friday at First Avenue. Read on for more about our Gayngs interview and two other features on fantastic local musicians, or pick up a ... More >>
Remembering 2009 in slideshows.
Paying homage to those who speak the language of creativity
Watch a couple of clips from last night's sold-out show.
The show will be a rare treat for fans of the former Trip Shakespeare bandmates.
Celebrating the 10 winners of this year's best-new-bands poll
The storm came through in just minutes with no warning, lifting large trees and their roots from the ground and tipping them into yards, houses and streets.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Get ready for a web metrics explosion!
Rings of fire and glitter cannons? Who could compete with that? Brit Brit spent her Target Center performance eclipsed by an embarrassment of riches.
News and notes from the City Pages music blog
Despite a lackluster opener and terrible sound, Beck still wooed a nearly sold-out audience at Roy Wilkins.