Minneapolis band the Melismatics are beating the odds after ten-plus years together. The answer to avoiding stagnancy: a new album revamping their indie-rock sound. Rising Tide is understated, but has pulses and shots like soft bursts of light. This is an album that sounds like it may have come toge ... More >>
A new low-key start for a few local indie scene vets
Before Wednesday's Lyle Lovett show at the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater, the stage will be dedicated to the woman who made it a premiere concert destination. For almost 20 years, independent concert promoter Sue McLean nurtured Music in the Zoo into a diverse series that revamped the ... More >>
Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
"Minneapolis was one of the highlights of my entire life, and my last show in the city was at the Varsity in 2009. I am sort of daunted by the idea that I have to one-up that experience," divulges Kathleen Edwards. The Canadian singer will be back in town on Friday evening -- for a rescheduled show ... More >>
Lambchop The Dakota, Minneapolis Thursday, April 26, 2012 "It's been too long," said pianist Anthony Crow midway through Lambchop's first performance in Minneapolis in a decade. He and enigmatic frontman Kurt Wagner traded recollections of their March 2002 performance at the 400 Bar, a show whic ... More >>
If you're like us, you probably had no idea that this past Sunday was Sister Day, a new holiday entirely fabricated by the Hallmark greeting card corporation. Even Hallmark's own website can't keep it straight, with some pages insisiting the "holiday" fell on last Sunday and others saying it will ... More >>
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
You go to war with the military you have, I guess.
James Diers and David King's new album tickles as it goes down
Eyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.
Flaming Lips: New adventures in sci-fi
A congressman returns DeLay PAC money, the Danish Air Force compensates a part-time Santa over a dead reindeer, Brian Wilson on your phone, the Minnesota blog of the day, and more...
Will the unholy wailing of teen balladeers ever end?
TV on the Radio watch from their bedrooms as Williamsburg dissolves around them
This Year's Twins' Team Needs Some Serious Time On The Couch
Media people: I mean you no harm
In the Eighties he was a rising art star on the downtown gallery scene. In the Nineties he was a stalwart of independent exhibition. Today Bill Wormley is sick, broke, and unsure why he should keep painting.
The Soft Boys revisit their classic Underwater Moonlight with sardonic good cheer and a reunion tour
Pedro the Lion holds a referendum on the state of the soul with the muted rock opera Winners Never Quit
Twice the ambition, half the vision
A Pilgrimage to Pleasant: Sean O'Hagen (center) channels Brian Wilson's California dream on the High Llamas'