During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released ... More >>
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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 >>
By Lizzy ShramkoIt's hard to think of Cibo Matto and not get hungry. The NYC duo's name translates as "crazy food" from Italian, and their debut LP Viva! La Woman's song titles read like a Chopped ingredients basket list with tracks like "Jerky," "Artichoke," and "Sugar Water." But Yuka Honda and Mi ... More >>
How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the greatest (bumbling) enemy of America
DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
Jake Pavek, who also plays in Taj Raj, and Travis Erickson form the folk-rock duo A Piano in Every Home. After 12 years of playing together, they've finally set on releasing their debut album. The introspective Meridian brings to mind a snowy winter evening with a glass of wine in hand, which was th ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with a new video from Holographic Sands, drawn from their just-released EP on Forged Artifacts, Water Bodies. We've also got new clips from A ... More >>
Music is a family affair for Neil and Martha Weir
The ReplacementsRiot Fest, Denver, ColoradoSaturday, September 21, 2013Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently perform ... More >>
The twisted, lo-fi rock of Neutral Milk Hotel is about to get its most widespread live dissemination as Jeff Mangum's band will reuinite for several months of touring starting later this year. A band known for its neutrality -- a good 15 years worth -- has dates scheduled between October and June of ... More >>
Local singer-songwriter Mayda Miller is in the midst of one of the most life-affirming tours of her life. During a three-week Never Born trek in Korea, she will meet up with her birth parents. Gimme Noise will track her progress in a diary from Mayda here. Her first entry begins the day she flew ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a lovely in-studio performance from former Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart, who just released an expansive new album, The Argument, inspire ... More >>
Paul Metzger is unlike any instrumentalist you know. For one thing, he's a self-taught banjo virtuoso -- though the instrument he plays is less of a banjo and more a crazy instrument experiment gone horribly right. In the late '70s, Metzger began performing small surgeries on his banjo, adding extra ... More >>
Plenty of shows going on in this last full week in February. Friday and Saturday prove to be the most busy. Friday, indie rock band Eels takes the First Avenue stage while psych poppers Ruby Suns play at the 7th Street Entry. ZZ Ward will be playing to a sold-out crowd at the Varsity and California ... More >>
Fried food and football go hand in hand. There is nothing like settling in for the big game with a big basket of crispy chicken goodness. We scoured the Twin Cities and decimated the local wet nap supply in search of the very best chicken wings around. You want spicy? We have one that will tear the ... More >>
By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>
When it comes to guns used in crimes, Minnesota appears to be somewhat of an anomaly. Young women in Minnesota are often involved in buying guns for criminals, according to authorities, a practice that is not often seen in other parts of the country. Another odd Minnesota trend: Many of the guns use ... More >>
Van HalenXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, May 19, 2012The David Lee Roth-led version of Van Halen is a throwback to a time when arena rock actually rocked. Seven albums worth of great material, combined with an apparently sobered-up Eddie Van Halen sounding better than ever these days, meant th ... More >>
The fiery local group BNLX have pulled off some interesting covers over the course of their seven different EPs, but their take on Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" has caused more raised eyebrows and nodding heads than anything they have tackled since their blistering, distortion-filled rendition of Pri ... More >>
Naked Stages, a hotbed of performance art, is coming into its own at Pillsbury House Theatre, where the program has lived since 2009. During the event -- which runs this weekend and next -- you'll have an opportunity to check out some of the emerging artists fostered by the program.
Oh lordy. It isn't time to think about SXSW already, is it? It seem like all that long ago that Minneapolis bands were swarming the streets of Austin, Texas in search of free beer and food trucks, and when Gimme Noise threw our first-ever Minnesota music showcase with First Avenue.But according t ... More >>
Photos by Dave EckbladThe Psychedelic Furs and Tom Tom ClubSeptember 9, 2011First AvenueLegendary UK post-punk stalwarts the Psychedelic Furs rolled into First Avenue on Thursday night intent on showing their aging but dedicated fans a good time, as well as proving that there isn't any dust fo ... More >>
Photo by Greg SchaalRoughly one year after the release of Alive in High Five, their second album on Learning Curve Records, Private Dancer are (most likely) calling it a day. The classic rock-schooled, enthusiastic five piece shares members with STNNNG, Vampire Hands, Marijuana Deathsquads, ... More >>
Twin Cities music fans are in for a real treat this weekend. Friday night in the 7th Street Entry is a rare chance to hear the psychedelic garage rock and American-influenced sound that was supercharged in '60s Cambodia and spread fast all over Asia to Thailand, Vietnam and even Hong Kong cin ... More >>
Reviews from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Two new Thai restaurants in Linden Hills and St. Paul
"We are not underground artists. We have no desire to be underground," declares Truth Be Told, MC from the rap trio the Tribe and Big Cats!, during our interview at Waterbury Studios.
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
RollerGirls pose with Sean Smuda. Photo by Emma Berg.No. 99: Sean SmudaCity: POHO(Powderhorn)/Phillips Years spent living in MN: 2.7 x10It's impossible to be active in the Twin Cities arts community and not be aware of Sean Smuda. Over the years he has explored many mediums of expression, from ex ... More >>
Brother's Eyes EP a melancholy batch of indie pop songs
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
Mykl Roventine via Flickr.com Do you like art festivals? We have about 30 happening this weekend. Do you like free music? Yeah, we have that too. How about hot, molten iron? Yep. A giant board game bigger than the people in it? That's happening too. It's an epic week for free stuff happening in M ... More >>
Hutton goes head-to-head with perilous menu items
Until he starts touring 55 Cadillac this fall, this voice mail is the closest you'll come to an interview.
Mike D. talks patriotism, politics, and why the Beasties are excited to return to the Twin Cities after a decade
International Marketplace quietly offers cuisine treats
What's Sweeter Than a Tech Bubble and Frothier Than a Real Estate Bubble?
As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile
Reliable Malaysian favorite establishes new Hiawatha outpost, with Ethiopian accent