There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
During the summer concert season in Minnesota, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to see a show than outdoors amongst the natural surroundings of the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo. The venue consistently provides an intimate concert experience with clean sight lines and ... More >>
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
Just a few weeks since its release, critics have already hailed Yo La Tengo's 13th full-length album Fade as one of the band's best in years, harkening back to epic cult favorites such as I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One and And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out. In anticipation of the band ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenBrian Wilson at the State Theatre in 2008Generations of music fans are in for a shock this morning as news is rippling out that Brian Wilson, chief songwriter and long-estranged member of the Beach Boys, will rejoin the group to record a new album and venture out on a 50-date ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerThe Beach Boys July 31, 2011 Mystic Amphitheater The year is 1993, 30 years after the birth of John Stamos. My best friend Amy and I are sitting in her family's basement rec room, arguing again. Amy is pro-Beach Boys. I'm pro-Beatles. And we're each anti- the other. I ... More >>
The dead commune with the nearly dead through the magic of music.
New mashups including Daft Punk vs. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Deep Purple vs. Usher, the Doobies vs. Air France and more!
A band so good we can't even bear to listen to them.
The influential, reclusive back-up singer died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 67.
The haunted genius of the Beach Boys speaks, though briefly.
Despite his age and hardship, Wilson's sets at the State Theater on Saturday were pleasant throughout and honest only once.
Chad Whittaker: Respected local sideman, woulda-been Beach Boy, and now (finally) solo artist
Ariel Pink's parallel universe hit parade
Mike Love, lead nasalist and chief pinhead of The Beach Boys, is suing the man who gave him his entire career, for the second time in 10 years. In the '90s, he sued his cousin Brian Wilson over songwriting credits, claiming that ad-libbed lines like "Good night, baby" at the end of "Wouldn't It Be N ... More >>
Sufjan Stevens's beautiful tribute to the Land of Lincoln
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
The boyhood home of Brian Wilson and his brothers Dennis and Carl is now a California state landmark-- or it would be if it still existed. Unfortunately, it was torn down and turned into a segment of freeway over 20 years ago, so the state has erected a 15-foot brick wall where it used to be, featur ... More >>
Sweet-voiced Irish guys dream of stardom, American reviewer cheers from sidelines
These Irishmen, raised in Kiliney, a small town south of Dublin, bliss out to the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, and Harry Nilsson, and have little interest in hiding their influences or saying much of great importance. Which must be why this tune, the highlight of the group's swell d ... More >>
Dios Malos play California pop for the big-eyed kids away from the coast
PJ Harvey and Brian Wilson go down easy, the 5,6,7,8's are harder to swallow
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson leaves the California shore to journey into a darker state of mind
Howling with Mallman's werewolves of Minneapolis and other scary tales
For the Thrills, all is not quiet on the western front
The Russian futurists fashion a new woman out of old sounds
With his first American tour and a new album, Livro, avant-pop's Brazilian uncle rewrites the book of love