There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. In the spirit of the Gimme Noise Mixtape series that ran on this blog, we now present to you a more focused album round-up, selecting three recently released albums by local rappers that deserve recognitio ... More >>
Well, by now you've probably all heard the news, and hopped on Twitter to express your approval and/or disdain for City Pages. (Or just yawned.) That's right: this week we unveiled the winners of Picked to Click 2012, which hit newsstands yesterday and pretty well changed our lives forever. You know ... More >>
The local band the Cloak Ox had a ripping 2011. After all, they won last year's City Pages "Picked To Click" by a landslide as one of the most promising band's from our fair State. As any reader of Gimme Noise can attest, we've covered them extensively as they maintain their status as one of the ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHBY ALLEGRA OXBOROUGH Six years ago I was barely 18, just old enough to legally attend the first Blowout. I went alone, in my home-stenciled hand-painted Doomtree shirt, and firmly held my position front and center for the whole show.
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
The time has come people. The kids from the Cloak Ox have been making a steady impact on the Twin Cities music scene since we first started losing our shit about them late last year. They've taken shape on the stage and, more recently, in the studio, and the band is getting ready to release t ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzPeter Wolf CrierAs we mentioned last month, the Red Stag Block Party in Northeast booked a particularly strong lineup this year that has a little something for nearly every kind of local music fan. In addition to breakout duo Peter Wolf Crier, who are getting ready to hit ... More >>
Cool news from the Totally Gross National Product camp today: The Minneapolis label is getting ready to release the debut EP from Andrew Broder's newest project the Cloak Ox, and the band has already posted three of the EP's six tracks on the web as a preview.
Photo by B FRESHMike Mictlan performs at next month's Red Stag Block PartyHot on the heels of the Pizza Luce Block Party lineup, we were greeted with a couple more free summer concert lineups this morning: The Bastille Day Block Party, which will be in Uptown on Sunday, July 17, and the Red S ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekWhile it's no secret we are big fans of Andrew Broder here at City Pages we still have a hard time keeping up with the crafty South Minneapolis cat. Since last summer he has played and toured the planet with Oakland's Why?, and also collaborated on a graphic novel with Alan Mo ... More >>
"An ox is a castrated bull, trained to work..."Andrew Broder, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Mark Erickson are now the Cloak Ox, a new band. Where to start? Not with "super group" -- an overused word in general but especially in the Twin Cities over the past year. Certainly not by describing ... More >>
Andrew Broder, who's featured in this week's print edition of City Pages has, along with his partner in Crook and Flail, Adam Drucker, put together a new 45-minute mix highlighting some of the musical influences that inspired the soundtrack they created for the upcoming graphic novel collabor ... More >>
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.