Ah, New Year's Eve. The biggest party night of the year -- and arguably the biggest headache. So many spots, so little time. Planning your NYE is on the same level as devising a tactical strategy for tax evasion or creating a really sick Halloween costume. How can you guarantee you won't end up in s ... More >>
Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>
Each December, you can bet your bough of holly that if a retail space has a PA system, it will pause its cheaply licensed Muzak in favor of Christmas' more expensive, but consumer-enabling, catalogue. Radio stations will cease regular programming for weeks, often witnessing an increase in listenersh ... More >>
Election season is over...and so is this week! First Avenue is hosting Pert Near Sandstone this Friday in the Mainroom while Picked to Click finalist, Actual Wolf plays a set at the Harriet Brewing Company. Communist Daughter takes a brief stop from their tour to play a show at the Amsterdam, Saturd ... More >>
Punk rock outfit the Gaslight Anthem has been around for half a decade, and in that time, they've churned out three full-length records, earning them a cult following and some pretty big-name fans (you can count Bruce Springsteen), but not a whole lot of radio air. Now, with the band's fourth LP, Ha ... More >>
Characters trapped in a Springsteen song
A stellar group of local musicians have put together a show at Hell's Kitchen on March 30 to help raise money and awareness for Minnesotans United For All Families, a wide-ranging alliance of community and business leaders throughout the state who are working to defeat an amendment on the bal ... More >>
SONICFLOOd: Probably not Pawlenty's first choice for Ames.Tim Pawlenty has booked two musical acts for the Republican Straw Poll in Ames next weekend: The Nadas and SONICFLOOd. As you might guess, his choices aren't exactly about the music. Otherwise he'd have probably booked Lady Gaga and B ... More >>
Clarence Clemons, the spirited saxophonist who has held down a prominent spot in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since the early '70s, has suffered a stroke. The AP is reporting that someone close to Clemons confirmed the stroke but currently does not have any additional information about Clemo ... More >>
Jon Stewart says to himself: "Wow."This past week, the White House "came under fire" - another word for the national conversation being dominated by our very loud conservative media, led by the Fox News machine - for inviting the world's least-controversial (oftentimes boring!) rapper, Common, to ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
A few personal favorites herein.
Photos by Tony NelsonThe Swell SeasonJuly 25, 2010First AvenueThe Swell Season, still buoyed by their Oscar win for Best Original Song in 2008 and the success of their recent album Strict Joy, have played the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall in 2010, selling out both of the venerable (and ... More >>
Nepotism and lady beer guts: three acts to see if you've got nothin' better goin', and two not to miss.
Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.
The former Picked to Click finalists play a free show tonight before a screening of Cool Hand Luke.
Summer Music and Movie series announced & Bob Dylan and Sick of Sarah release new music videos.
A tweet-by-tweet replay of Monday night's performance by the Boss.
A trio of new albums, two of his own and one by protege Bria Valente, will be released March 29.
His manly but sensitive songs remind some of Bruce Springsteen
Top Ten Albums This Week at Down in the Valley
Top Ten Movers This Week at the Electric Fetus
John Hammond had impeccable taste in music—and rarely hesitated to say so
Rock gets rolled into federal campaign guidelines
Surf rock, metal, and shoulder-length hair: First Avenue's class of 2003