By Justin BakerThere may not be two bands that have accelerated more rapidly and ridiculously to mass music geek adoration in 2012 than Of Monsters and Men and Japandroids.
These are bands that were barely on the popular radar a little over a year ago that are now in the midst of U.S. victory laps ... More >>
Not only do the good folks at MN Original continue to have revealing profiles of Minnesota artists featured regularly on their programs, but lately they have also broadcast many stirring live performances from local musicians as part of the show as well. Astronautalis, Mason Jennings, the Suburbs, S ... More >>
If you haven't heard Atlas Genius yet, fret not. Chances are, the Aussie indie pop band will be comfortably squished between the likes of MGMT and Arcade Fire in your rotation soon enough.
After the release of their catchy debut EP Through the Glass, the band is on the road with the Silversu ... More >>
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Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>
By Craig HlavatyBruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce."The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If y ... More >>
Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Hoo boy, our Twitter friends are on fire tonight. For those who missed out on the Grammys Sunday night (or, like us, flipped it on for a minute and spent the ensuing several hours glued to the screen, help us god), here's a rundown of some of the best and funniest one-liners from all the music wr ... More >>
Coachella unveiled its 2011 lineup late last night after the now-customary month-long swirling of rumors;.headliners for this year's fest are Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and a reunion set by the Strokes. Coachella will take place April 15-17. Three-day weekend passes are $269 and go o ... More >>
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
Photo by Ben StannardA new issue of Rolling Stone magazine is out this week, and it shines a spotlight on local record store the Electric Fetus and their top-selling record, Roma di Luna's latest self-released effort Then the Morning Came. Channy and Alexei Moon Casselle's expansive folk project ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzArcade FireSeptember 22Roy Wilkins, St. PaulIf there were any remaining doubts, one thing should be absolutely clear after last night's show in St. Paul: Arcade Fire have grown up. The band who kicked off their world tour to a full and enthusiastic crowd at the Roy Wilkins ... More >>
Arcade Fire just announced the first leg of a tour in support of their new album, The Suburbs, and it will kick off right here in Minnesota with a show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on September 22. While we have expressed our reservations about Roy Wilkins' sound issues before (some bands sound like ... More >>
It's a local CD-release extravaganza this weekend, with bands unveiling new albums in seemingly every club across town. Here's our top picks for the must-see album release shows:FRIDAYJeremy Messersmith CD-release
Cedar Cultural Center
We like Jeremy Messersmith. A lot. Have you noticed? And we'r ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDada Trash CollageIn addition to our extensive feature on Jeremy Messersmith that is featured on the cover of this week's paper, we have a whole gaggle of other great music articles for you to check out today. Pick up a copy of City Pages to peruse the music section in real li ... More >>
After a series of Wheel of Fortune/word puzzle guessing games, Chicago summer fest Lollapalooza has officially revealed its 2010 lineup. With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus this year and Rothbury in Michigan canceled, Lolla is one of the closest large-scale festivals for Twin Cities music fa ... More >>