I'm ostensibly here to talk to you about electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin's new album, Syro. First, I need to admit to some Pavlovian conditioning. Over the years I've grown unreasonably excitable by the first few bars of "Xtal," the first track on his debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. E ... More >>
Sylvan Esso are zipping down the interstate toward New York City in a Prius. There, vocalist Amelia Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with the Roots' bandleader ?uestlove adding live drums. They opt for "Coffee," a glitchy, bells-strewn track with a co ... More >>
There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
Popular culture these days is like a black hole, sucking up all elements of the underground and spitting them back out in a more easy-to-swallow format. It's getting harder and harder to retain true underground status with Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic trying to make a buck off it. Here in Minnea ... More >>
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Fifteen years ago on Saturday, Radiohead released a follow-up to The Bends -- which two years earlier had essentially cemented them as the new leaders of Brit Pop. Called OK Computer, the album almost single-handedly destroyed the Brit styling as we knew it. (The Spice Girls helped too.) The Bends w ... More >>
We've written a lot about multi-instrumentalist Jon Davis this year. While he may remain somewhat an obscurity we admire his worker-bee attitude and path to music making, scene building and the all around positive nature of his creative ethic and ability to rise to the challenge of having a hype ... More >>
Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>
Our first guess? A song by HEALTH, naturally.
Big Trouble's favorites could teach all of us a few things about behaving musically.
It only took a few months for the lo-fi noiser to go from good bad to just bad.
Local electro bands Estate and Nobot join forces to present an evening of multimedia mayhem
Eyedea & Abilities first show in their home city of St. Paul in a number of years ... More >>
The songs we can't escape
Hot Chip trick out the white-boy blues
Surf rock, metal, and shoulder-length hair: First Avenue's class of 2003
How three Midwestern boys reached jazz nirvana
Tiki Obmar compose the IDM soundtrack to your high school experience
This is the sound of Brit hip hop. Or is it hip Britpop? Sometimes with Hood, it's hard to tell
With Treader, Spring Heel Jack make an etude out of electronica
With his most eclectic electronica to date, Mike Paradinas bids adieu to uneasy listening
A musical boy and his laptop give new meaning to the term Mac Daddy
Squarepusher and Autechre make techno with teeth
Owning Up: Local art rockers Severens, Anfinson, and Lewis make a progressive punk for the '90s.
Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.
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