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 >>
DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
See also: 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Oh, to relive those first moments of Susan Boyle's debut on the international stage, that "Oh my god, a Scottish woman is singing the Rolling Stones right now" feeling we all had, that feeling which was quickly followed up with questions like "Are we amazed that a less-than-hot person can sing we ... More >>
Two new Thai restaurants in Linden Hills and St. Paul
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
photo via the Dundas Football Club Oh my god. The vuvuzela. Let's get this over with.
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. Tuesday 6/1 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).
This week is another big one, and the overflow is glorious. In this week's A-List Extra we have awesome MN Fashion parties, a mansion party sure to trip you out, and more.
Meet the artists involved in Saturday's show who will be selling their work in the merch area.
Mike D. talks patriotism, politics, and why the Beasties are excited to return to the Twin Cities after a decade
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