Benjamin Booker | Turf Club | Monday, September 29Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature "Tent City Rivival" sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had T ... More >>
The moody atmospherics of Halloween, Alaska have returned with an EP of covers titled Liberties. Drawing from songs popularized by Portishead, Sade, Neko Case, Pat Benatar, Journey, and Stevie Nicks, the group embrace some of the most powerful female vocalists of our time -- and Steve Perry too. "I ... More >>
At Riot Fest in Toronto, the local legends had a swingin' reunion party
If you have a weakness for mellow folk-pop, look no further than Mike Midwestern. The singer-songwriter with the average-Joe mentality has been chipping away at a new record, his follow-up to 2010's Inhibitors. The new album, titled Oh My Soul, is a 12-track collection of tender, sparse folk tunes t ... More >>
The shortest month of the year comes to an end, spend it out with the Minneapolis music scene! Dessa performs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday while the Current hosts a live Local Current set at the Amsterdam. Friday, The Tribe and Big Cats say goodbye at Triple Rock, Vita.mn presents ... More >>
The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>
Artists and bands alike rarely reach the age of maturity before they putter out or break up. Not so for Austin, Minnesota native Martin Zellar -- who has been making music since the early '80s. Zellar will be releasing his first album of original music since 2003 after a hiatus that h ... More >>
Already a rap world renaissance man and an accomplished spoken word artist, MC, and writer, Guante unveils yet another side to his persona with a new acoustic band, A Loud Heart, with singer and guitar player Claire Taubenhaus. Claire ran in the same circles as Guante, having recorded with produc ... More >>
Philly rocker lives the dream
Photo by Shawn Brackbill BY IAN POWERIn the print edition of this week's City Pages, we have an interview with Matador signee and Philadelphia indie rocker Kurt Vile, who is coming to the Varsity Theater next Monday with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. What follows is the extended transcript of Ia ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty took a break from campaigning for his GOP presidential candidacy in Ames, Iowa, yesterday to answer some "fun" questions from pop culture-heavy political site Gliterazzi. After answering a question about his favorite music artist of all time (Bruce Springsteen) and his nickname T-Paw ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonSam Roberts Band June 6, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis There is something to be said for music that embodies straight-ahead rock 'n roll in 100% pure form. Actually, there is a lot to be said for it. In this era of bands sounding like a mixture of [insert 2-3 bands of ... More >>
J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the ViolatorsApril 2, 20117th Street EntryTwo guitar virtuosos descended upon the sold-out 7th Street Entry on Saturday night, as both J Mascis and Kurt Vile delivered stirring, stunning sets in front of an enraptured overflow crowd. While their performances differed in bo ... More >>
A few personal favorites herein.
Photos by Jon BehmMos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
Summer Music and Movie series announced & Bob Dylan and Sick of Sarah release new music videos.
The Hood Internet mashes Solid Gold, Patrick Wolf to play the Fine Line & Dylan wants to play with McCartney.
Emily Kaiser heads to D.C. to experience firsthand one of the most historic events in recent memory
The latest, greatest success from the Twin Cities returns to the wellspring of its creativity
Have gun, will unravel: My life as a fake cop
John Hammond had impeccable taste in music—and rarely hesitated to say so
The 10 (or 28) best local albums of 2004
Singing the victory anthem of the "loosers" on Nov. 3
Getting to the bottom of Minnesota's liquor laws
Placebo rediscover cro-magnon relics; culturcide revive 1985; Randy Newman says the past ain't what it used to be
Director Darren Aronofsky tries for the kingdom in Requiem for a Dream
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.