Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still sti ... More >>
Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going at Local Frames this week with an intimate Spaces Session from John Mark Nelson, featuring three new songs from his forthcoming album. We've also got new ... More >>
A new Atmosphere album is rumored to be coming the second half of 2013, and now there's some new music to stoke that conversation along. Rhymesayers isn't sure if this will be part of a new record just yet, so we'll have to wait and see. The name of a single debuted today is "Bob Seger," and it expl ... More >>
A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>
The Michigan bond between Bob Seger and Kid Rock is a deep one. Rock spoke at great length about his admiration for Seger in his recent profile in The New Yorker, and now this bond takes an extra weight as the pair will hit the road together for a couple of shows nearby. This March, the guys' varyin ... More >>
Japandroids With Birthday Suits Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, December 14, 2012 Heading into the first of two sold-out shows by the Japandroids at the Triple Rock, it was uncertain just how well the joyous, celebratory live show of the Canadian duo would go over on a night where ever ... More >>
Retro-rock band release debut album Colored Emotions
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The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
A November 1984 issue of City PagesDevoted Gimme Noise readers already know that we're big fans of Prince around these parts -- we even have an entire wing of our blog roped off for Purple One-related posts. So when we heard today is Prince's 53rd birthday, we jumped at the chance to geek out and ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band May 12, 2011 Xcel Energy Center "Today's music ain't got the same soul." Not a song I really need to hear for the ten-thousandth time, or for the thousand more times I'm likely to hear it in my lifetime, but I'll be damned if this lyr ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessJonathan Coulton April 25, 2011 Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Jonathon Coulton is one of many people in the digital age that became famous as a direct result of the existence of the internet. He began by releasing songs directly to iTunes and other outlets. Coulton is a bit dif ... More >>
I just watched seven minutes and 52 seconds of American Idol. By my count, that's 472 seconds I'll never get back. Your turn.
More than a decade after disappearing down on Main Street--reportedly to concentrate on the consequences of his night moves (raise kids, that is)--Bob Seger is back with a solid new album. Proving rock 'n' roll never forgets, Seger, at 61, is still the same Midwestern working-class rocker at heart, ... More >>
A bar act that croons Bob Seger while wearing pink tutus? Better make that a double.
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Four years ago Lee's Liquor Lounge was just another dying neighborhood bar. Then this guy Nate calls the owner, Louie, and the place turns into--well, no one is quite sure what. But there's nowhere else like it.