Shortly before the Real Numbers were heading in to record Only Two Can Play, original drummer Matt Allen moved to Memphis. Lesser acts would have called it a day or rescheduled, but the Real Numbers were ready to put their new songs down on wax anyway. They recruited Tony Milek to the band, but he w ... More >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
No matter how well (or poorly) you think Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain has aged over the years, the Library Of Congress has just seen to it that the Purple One's seminal 1984 album will live on forever. Purple Rain, along with 24 other recordings, has just been selected for induction i ... More >>
On their new album, Everyone's Looking, Minneapolis duo the Parlour Suite cut a deep path of their very own right from the start; high and steady, bright and scintillating. Some bands lose their songs through over-complication; but this husband and wife team of Joel and Inga Roberts know that car ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerTed Nugent August 7, 2011 Medina Entertainment Center Ted Nugent's incantations are amusing, even charming, the first, second, third, even fourth go-round. But by the end, for fuck's sake. It's like listening to your drunk uncle complain about your aunt's bad cooking fo ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBlack Joe Lewis and the HoneybearsApril 3, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIf I could only say one word about the Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears show, it would be "AWESOME." My faith in funk was restored; my passion for garage punk was reignited. Black Joe Lewis and his tight ba ... More >>
Bobbie Sue took the money and run? Uhh, not to be a nerd but... shouldn't it be ran, Steve?
Immigrant dreams, dirty dancing, and the revolution: Meet the new Latin hip hop of Maria Isa and Danny y Elliot
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Johnnie Johnson, the man Eric Clapton called "the best blues pianist in the world" and who was immortalized in song by his longtime associate Chuck Berry, has died at the age of 80. Although cause of death has not been determined, Johnson had been on kidney dialysis for some time. This didn't seem ... More >>
David Thomas channels the ghosts of Edward Hopper, Orson Welles, and his own past
U Film's "Sound Unseen" festival projects our mythologies of music onto the screen
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.