I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.
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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 >>
After a chat with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne for City Pages' Amphetamine Reptile cover story back in July, it became quite clear that he was opinionated and acerbic, especially when it came to music (a point proven even further during Buzz's engaging interview with Cyn Collins). Now, in a recen ... More >>
BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>
This week marks the beginning of October. Why not celebrate fall with some rad tunes? Thursday brings the rapper Le1f to First Ave to get us dancing. Friday the ever ambient Why? plays the Fine Line, while local boppers Teenage Moods release their latest cassettes. Saturday, KT Tunstall is welcomed ... More >>
FLAG With T.S.O.L., Cerebral Ballzy, and Off With Their Heads First Avenue, Minneapolis September 13, 2013 For decades-old punks FLAG (original members of Black Flag who are prevented from using the band name by Greg Ginn), there really isn't any wistfulness for one to get lost in. Their frenetic, ... More >>
Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Ca ... More >>
Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
Gimme Noise's fondest memories from college aren't set in $100 million athletic centers or on perfectly manicured lawns, but rather in dingy basements and coffee shop stages. The student music scene has always made big contributions to the Twin Cities as a whole -- local immortals like the U of M's ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>
On Thursday, Gimme Noise shared Stories About Prince with the world. For a follow-up, here's an interview with its creator Charlie Paukin, who moved to Minneapolis since 2005 "to go to school, majoring in a subject that I haven't put to use since graduating cum laude." And he got enough inquiries ab ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Trevor "Trouble" Andrew lives a life at 31 most guys would envy at any age: He's a professional snowboarder turned musician who now finds himself on tour with Yelawolf, and he gets to design products for cool lifestyle companies like Native Shoes, Yes and Analog. Oh, and did we mention Andrew's a ... More >>
Henry Rollins Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Thursday, September 27, 2012Henry Rollins' spoken word appearance at the Fitzgerald Theater on Thursday night was funny, sad, tense, energetic and probably at least mildly offensive to some. (His repeated use of the word "faggot," used while illustrating hi ... More >>
First Avenue show on Sunday
The MenWith Buildings7th St. Entry, MinneapolisMonday, June 18, 2012Even with rock acts as honed as the Men, you can expect a certain approach to a new-found, welcoming audience that they've come to entertain. Bands from similar launching platforms (Titus Andronicus in support of The Monitor, or F ... More >>
"I don't even know what hip hop is anymore"
City Pages was born before Heath Ledger and Aaliyah and has outlived them both. We're older than Christina Aguilera, Jason Schwartzman, and Cory from Boy Meets World. This week marks the 30-year anniversary of the name change from Sweet Potato to City Pages.The new name was simply and succinctly ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonU2 with InterpolJuly 23, 2011TCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisThese reviews are inevitably for fans, yet I find myself writing for U2-haters. One friend left a message during the show on Saturday wondering why I was there. Would anyone at the TCF Bank Stadium that night have aske ... More >>
This week's big news from perpetually rising R&B heartthrob Lloyd--real name, no gimmick--isn't new album King of Hearts, which hit the streets Tuesday. It's the new tattoo he's sporting, a colorless melange of guns, roses, and shading inked around the back of his head like a piece ... More >>
At 53 years old, Mike Watt is more sought after now than ever. The punk veteran and hugely influential bassist made his name in the early '80s as a member of the Minutemen, and he seemingly hasn't stopped touring since, lending his talents to a number of post-Minutemen projects like Dos (fo ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkOff! April 3, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Considering the pedigree of the band, this show should have been different, better. Off!'s members hail from such revered punk rock bands (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypt, Burning Brides, among others) tha ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenBest Coast, Wavves, and No JoyFebruary 11, 2011Varsity TheaterIt's not often that an opening band steals the spotlight from two far more prominent headliners, especially by playing what amounted to only a 20 minute set. But that is just what happened at the sold-out Var ... More >>
Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>
Ace Frehley's replacement started out as a mega-fan
Greg Schaal Co-vocalist and guitarist for Double Bird, Dave Storberg, grew up a metal kid and comic book store employee on Saint Paul's East Side, discovering punk via Brad Johnson, guitarist for Mondo Trasho and Impaler, and a regular customer at the shop. "He became a big brother f ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonAll the pieces were certainly in place for a memorable show from the Hold Steady on Saturday night, with a sold-out crowd awaiting the band at the outdoor stage at the Cabooze on a steamy but glorious summer evening in Minneapolis. I'm not sure if it was the oppressive heat, ... More >>
Henry Rollins talks like deep sea divers explore--he dives in, he brings you with him, and he puts the pressure on right away and never comes up for air. This skill's been honed by over 30 years of live performance, from his early days in the DC music scene and his years as the most mercurial lea ... More >>
Holy Crap! It's Art-a-Whirl weekend! Non-stop art and rock and roll takes over NorthEast this weekend with art shows, all-day indoor/outdoor performances, some bands floating down the river in houseboats, and general festival madness for 72 straight hours. This annual tradition is so broad an ... More >>
Photo by Robyn LewisTitus Andronicus put out their first record two years ago, with conceptually bold and personality shy Patrick Stickles fronting the band of New Jersey scrabble through a hot-shit year of surprising everyone, outshowing most bands they opened for, and having some barely underst ... More >>
Musical acrobatics, that is.
Got the black bars on you? Get down to the Triple Rock and explain yourself before a camera.
Former punk icon to yell at great length in upscale Minneapolis theater.