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 >>
Summit Backyard Bash is Saturday
Minnesota has seen a recent boom in local brewers, with startups ranging from Fulton to Harriet to the upcoming openings of Pour Decisions and HammerHeart Brewery. As the local scene gets ever more crowded, City Pages is taking the time to hear what local ... 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 >>
It's been nearly 30 years since MTV launched by airing footage of the Apollo 11 landing and the video for the Buggles' "Video Killed a Radio Star" at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981. Though it was founded with the intent of streaming music videos 24 hours a day, the station quickly became a tool for ... More >>
Black Uhuru have been around making some of the most groove-heavy and lyrically conscious music in reggae for three decades now. With their most active and noteworthy work and collaborations with production and rhythm duo Sly and Robbie happening in the '80s, the band had a long succession of hit ... 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 >>
Despite being the middle of Chinese New Year, or "Spring Festival" as it is known in China, this past Wednesday night was a harsh cold one in downtown Minneapolis. That didn't stop a smattering of music lovers to brave the climate to hear and witness the sounds of the Guqin (or "Chinese Zither") ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image courtesy of the Minnesota State FairSo, you paid the $8 to $11 entrance fee, and you saved money busing in
rather than parking in a lot, but you're still worried about spending
too much because you are on a fixed budget this year. No worries.
There's plenty to do at the fair for little o ... 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 >>
Continuing the momentum of last year's self-titled slab of wax, Mother of Fire are set to deliver another stew of mystically tinged, violin-flavored bounce that you can bug out to with their latest self-titled LP, courtesy of local De Stijl imprint, this weekend. With a more organic and analog pu ... More >>
It's festival week! Pay homage to the state's dietary staples: rhubarb, beer, and dairy products. Enjoy free bacon and set your sights on making the world's largest meatball. God bless a Minnesota summer.
Did you know? The record for the World's Largest Meatball was set three time ... More >>
(Work by Greg Gossel)This week we have the epic Saint Paul Art Crawl (now with live music from Soundcrawl!), MN Fashion Week events, and art openings featuring naked people and pop culture (not all in one spot).
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