Nick Carter and Jordan KnightMill City Nights, MinneapolisWednesday, September 24, 2014Nick & Knight, not to be confused with Nick at Nite, sounds like a campy, throw-back evening that most people would roll their eyes at. The group consists of two former boy band members, Nick Carter of the Bac ... More >>
Ed Sheeranwith RudimentalTarget Center, MinneapolisMonday, September 15, 2014Justin Bieber has his "Beliebers," One Direction have "1Dfamily," and Ed Sheeran has his "Sheerios." To a crowd mostly of Sheerios out too late on a school night, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his "aw-shucks" personality ... More >>
Pride in ConcertWith Betty Who, Thea Austen, Thelma Houston, Steve Grand, and moreLoring Park, MinneapolisSaturday, June 28, 2014There were many kinds of people represented at the Pride Festival. It almost seemed like a safe space State Fair. PDA is not stigmatized, talking openly and frankly about ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Big Time Rush Target Center, Minneapolis Saturday, August 10, 2013 Big Time Rush are local boys made good. Sort of. They told not quite a packed house, but still several thousand -- mostly Rushers under the age of 12 and their parents with a few teens mixed in -- that they'd "fallen in love with y' ... More >>
This past Saturday, the boy band One Direction opened a pop-up store at the Mall of America, and Gimme Noise decided to observe what sort of youth-cultivated bedlam might result. Called 1D World, the store will occupy the northwest corner of the mall's rotunda for the next six weeks.Upon receiving t ... More >>
What do you do to promote a tour of aging boy bands while still trying to titillate a fan base that has grown older right along with the past-their-prime groups? In the case of the upcoming New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men joint jaunt through the U.S., you call it "The Pack ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNKOTBSBJuly 16, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisIt would be impossible to reflect on what happened Friday night while skating the line between objectivity and heart-swelling fandom, so I'm not going to do it. Because from the moment that New Kids on the Block launched into t ... More >>
Sage RossIf you're heading downtown, here's a glimpse of your future.Word to the wise: if you can, stay the hell out of downtown Minneapolis tonight. Three mega-sized events, all within a half-mile radius of one another, are kicking off essentially at the same time. Public works officials are ... More >>
The same girl that topped the pop charts in the late '90s with bubble-gum hits alongside the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, and then abruptly disappeared in the U.S. for over a decade, is back, but this time with a twist. Robyn's music is fabulously thriving, and she's completely reinvented ... More >>
NKOTBSB on Ryan Seacrest/Dick Clark's New Year's show.Didn't get enough of the New Kids On the Block and the Backstreet Boys on ABC's New Year's Eve show last weekend? Well, you're in luck: The two groups of pre-Bieber heartthrobs announced they're adding a Target Center tour date on July 15 ... More >>
Death Cab will possess your buttAh, Twitter. One minute we're hard at work, the next we've dropped everything to snicker and come up with as many change-heart-to-butt-songs as possible. Here's our top 10 favorite submissions from our Twitter followers for the #changehearttobuttsongs trending topi ... More >>
Over the past decade, bubble gum pop stars from Taylor Swift to Mariah Carey drew crowds as large as 15,000 people to the mall's rotunda.
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Local musicians split with their bands in order to form the pop group Divorcee
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In the campaign to bolster troop morale, the military deploys a tactical weapon: The songs of Saturday Night Fever
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