For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>
Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Choog ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
See Also: Local Frames: New videos from the Hood Internet, the Pines, Grimes, and more Local Frames: New videos from Poliça, Paper Tiger, Sleep Study, and more Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Howler, Bloodnstuff, Astronautalis, and more As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more ... More >>
One of the most popular indie bands on the scene today, the Brooklyn-based Yeasayer manages to be simultaneously innovative and not annoying. They've been proving this since their debut album, 2007's All Hour Cymbals, and again with 2010's disarmingly addictive Odd Blood. Their third full-length alb ... More >>
In case you haven't noticed -- and judging by the attendance you haven't -- Joe Mauer is hurt again. As of today, he's hitting .314 and putting up a better year than the last, but it's still not enough for the Homer Hanky-less crowds at Target Field this season. People are getting impatient, b ... More >>
Release show at Kitty Cat Klub
Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from f ... More >>
Psychedelic freak-show Oklahomans Flaming Lips are nothing if not daring and insane; winding down an autumn that's seen them release limited-edition, imaginatively packaged six and 24 hour-long songs, front man Wayne Coyne announced a series of esoteric, cracked-out extra-musical stunts for 2012 ... More >>
Believe it or not, kids, their once was a time before random shuffle and mash-up remixes where music tended to stay in its distinct categories and within specific genre contours. Typically people liked one kind of music or another, and that was about it. The Beastie Boys and Beck's fast folk ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBroken BellsDecember 6, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIf you were not at Broken Bells at First Avenue on Monday night, you missed what was probably one of the tightest rock shows to pass through the venue this year. Seriously. (No, for real. I'm not just saying that to be a je ... More >>
Bedroom Databank Vols. 1 & 2, the first two entries in a new series of recordings from Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox.
Starting tonight at the Walker Art Center, museum goers can catch a glimpse of the life and influence of American icon Allen Ginsberg. The 1994 documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg is an award-winning film, directed by Academy Award nominee Jerry Aronson.
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.
The Year's Best National Albums (A Wholly Objective and Statistically Sound List)
Grandaddy and Modest Mouse ride suburban alienation from the interstates to outer space
Framed, penned, screened, danced, sung, shot, delivered: City Pages lauds the artistic creations of 1999
On the eve of his first American tour, Brazilian cut-up artist Tom Zé talks about Tropicália and its cultural remixes
The Latin Playboys' Dose redefines roots music as pan-global soul
Ninety-three films, three projectors, and the whole wide world
35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.