The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>
Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
Today marks the last day of April, and that's good news for all you audiophiles out there. Why is that, you ask? Because we just thawed out round two of the Gimme Noise music podcast, that's why. This new experiment of ours is still new enough that we don't even have a decent set of press photos, b ... 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 >>
The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>
"Load up the RV, mama - we're goin' to WE Fest." You wish. Working stiffs like us don't get Fridays off, and we ain't got no RV. Maybe you ain't even got no mama. Poor you. But for those with mamas, vacation time, and an RV (or the dogged tenacity to sleep in a hot, muddy tent next to the portable ... More >>
Thomas DolbyCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisFriday, April 6, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Sample-triggering master Thomas Dolby was full of stories Friday evening at the Cedar. The one worth latching onto, though, didn't paint him in a particularly favorable light. He recalled a show ... More >>
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th, but don't let that stop you from going out and seeing good shows this weekend!
To our knowledge, Brad Paisley has never* employed a metaphor in his lyrics. When he says he wants to see the other half of your butterfly tattoo, when he says he wants to check you for ticks, he really, literally, wants you to strip down so he can inspect every inch of your poorly-inked, parasite-i ... More >>
If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaAlison Krauss and Union StationSeptember 13, 2011Orpheum Theatre, MinneapolisTo spend the evening watching Alison Krauss and Union Station perform is a humbling experience. There are some shows where the artist may seem accessible and would love to hang out afterwards, ... More >>
"Always strive to excel, but only on weekends."-Richard Rorty
Photo courtesy of wandajackson.comWanda JacksonAhem. Perty little lo-ove song. Perty little lo-ove so-oh-ong. Perty little lo-ove song... bang bing bong. Take a second to learn the real lyrics to this song* when the Marshall Tucker Band opens for Travis Tritt at the Otsego JamFest Friday ... More >>
We combed the Top 40 to bring you the bad, the badder, and the baddest of country music's biggest hits of 2010. You don't listen to country? Here's what you've been missing out on. (Quietly, though, I'm hoping this won't turn you off of nu-country; I kinda like some of this stuff. Shhhhh... ... More >>
Yesterday, Rolling Stone reported that upon his release from Rikers Prison this Thursday, Lil Wayne will record on the private plane flying him home. After that story hit the wires, undisclosed sources filled Gimme Noise in on some of the other transient locations - all of which are presentl ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>
The band releases their EP to a bar full of friends and country fans.
Articles from this week's City Pages -- you know, the stuff printed on real paper.
The top ten most ridiculous songs in country. Songs that take literal lyricism to its most extreme. Songs about tractor and tractors and tractors.
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.
Top Ten Spins This Week at KEEY, 102.1 FM
One man's journey through 2005's best recorded music
Will Smith, "Switch" I'd be totally cool with Will Smith if he weren't so bland and smug and humorless and if I were 11. True, I sure enjoyed "Parents Just Don't Understand," which made some super points about generational conflict, and Six Degrees of Separation, which made some instructive points ... More >>