If there's such a thing as a music nerd equivalent to total nuclear apocalypse, then Saul Austerlitz's recent New York Times Magazine piece on the detriments of "poptimism" was a DEFCON 2 alert. (That's the one just below "hope you've seen Mad Max a few times.")To condense a confused, under-sou ... More >>
By Kat GeorgeBeing in a relationship is as much a cultural journey as it is an emotional, intellectual or sexual one. Mostly because you have to "do" things with your significant other, and when you live in a city, a lot of the time "doing" means going to the movies or catching a gig. Because let' ... More >>
Back in October, Gimme Noise spoke to the explosive Lizzo ahead of her Picked to Click win, and the release of one of 2013's most-heralded local albums, Lizzobangers. Her collaboration with Doomtree's Lazerbeak and Marijuana Deathsquads' Ryan Olson is the Chalice rapper's growth and raw potential ca ... More >>
Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>
The label-defying group blend styles on their debut EP
The restaged show packed with hits still has that same infectious glory
BeyoncéThe Mrs. Carter Show World TourXcel Energy Center, St. PaulThursday, July 18, 2013There are moments when Beyoncé appears to be made out of money. It's a combination of her perfectly undulating hips and a note hit regally in her personal key signature -- and then it's often topped with a smi ... More >>
Beyonce just put on one of the most stunning Super Bowl halftime shows -- easily the best since Prince's -- and it's no shock that an announcement of her Mrs. Carter World Tour follows. The shows begin in Europe in April, and a North American stint launches on June 28 in Los Angeles, and wrapping at ... More >>
At this point, Halloween is pretty much upon us. If you haven't picked out a costume for all those parties and concerts this weekend, then it just so happens you're in luck. Instead of rocking the tired Jimi Hendrix look or that blase Elvis jumpsuit, go for something a little more modern, relevant, ... More >>
Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>
Screen grab via LOL/OMGOk, so no one can ever really star in a Beyoncé video besides Beyoncé herself (even guest J. Cole has to share most of his screentime with the bodacious leading lady), but Minnesotan accessory designers Coco & Breezy, who left Minnesota recently to work it in New York ... More >>
So this is kind of a weird time to be alive, when the President and the Republican Congressional leaders and the Democratic Congressional leaders are doing these press-conference showdowns where each faction is offer gentile smack-talk about the other factions, apparently en route to achieving a ... More >>
Beyoncé just dropped a new video for power ballad "Best Thing I Never Had," which amazingly starts with a commercial for Beyoncé before proceeding into a music video about Beyoncé, and it was enough to scrape any remaining traces of disappointment from my brain lingering from Wednesday night's ... More >>
Talk about an upgrade. After postponing two separate appearances at First Avenue's Mainroom last month due to a bout of laryngitis that has kept her off the road for weeks, Adele has announced a make-up date for the Twin Cities: But rather than returning to honor her gig in the 1,800-capacity Mai ... More >>
And just like that, Kanye West's long, strange art-rap journey of a year winds down with a Christmas posse cut, of all things - a Christmas posse cut that leaks, then is hoisted for sale on iTunes, then is issued as the final, long-delayed piece of the canny/self-aggrandizing G.O.O.D. Fridays puz ... More >>
We begin at the base of a perfume bottle, its diamond-cut girth giving way to a more cylindrical, skyscraper-like shape, a deep cognac-red yielding to light-beer amber; suddenly, just like that, we're contemplating the bottle's top. A feminine hand removes it, uncorking the bottle and triggering ... More >>
Those of you who were wondering if and when Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z would ever pull a J.Lo/Marc Anthony and collaborate on a full-length album? You folks can keep right on wondering about that while the rest of us figure out how to digest the (alleged) news that the first couple of urban pop ar ... More >>
In case you've been living inside of a Louis Vuitton handbag, Kanye West is kind of back. In a big way. As in, making himself totally unavoidable. Everywhere you turn, there he is again: popping up as an animated character on The Cleveland Show, closing out the Video Music Awards in the most bomb ... More >>
How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?
Beyonce thrills at the Target Center, Mark Mallman releases new music video & next week's best new releases.
At one point Beyonce somersaulted over the audience in a trapeze before being lowered onto a stage in the center of the room. Spectacle!
Excuse me. I seem to have had something stuck in my eye for the last 3 hours.
Yeah, we're a little excited for tonight's show.
The prodigal sons return-- ex-Hockey Night members come back with a new label and a new sound.
The Songs We Can't Escape
So you're sitting in the torture chamber that is the Target Center. How do you make the time fly by? Check out the weirdos and hotties sitting in the seats.
If you like Crunch then you better put a ring on him...
TML says you can take your excess love and shove it. It's time to burn up the dancefloor.
Emily Kaiser heads to D.C. to experience firsthand one of the most historic events in recent memory
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
The songs we can't escape
From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture