"Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>
The Black Angels With Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville and the Golden Animals First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, February 3, 2014 Two generations of Texas psych-rockers brought their own unique twists on that distinctive sound to First Avenue on Monday night. The Black Angels' colorful, ... More >>
Jake Bugg With Albert Hammond Jr. and the Skins First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 17, 2014 Jake Bugg fittingly covered Neil Young's "My My, Hey Hey" during his encore at a sold-out First Avenue on Friday night. At that moment, it became quite clear that if the 19-year-old singer/songwriter ... More >>
Jake Bugg With Lydia Hoglund Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis August 5, 2013 One day after playing to tens of thousands of fans at Lollapalooza, Jake Bugg returned to the intimacy of a smaller stage for a rare club show at the Fine Line on Monday night. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Notti ... More >>
No surprise that the first thing mentioned in each obituary for Reg Presley, the Troggs' lead singer who passed away on Monday, is "Wild Thing." Presley didn't write the song, but he popularized it and with the Troggs recorded it several times. Over 35 years "Wild Thing" transition from a rock and r ... More >>
The Still Sound, aka Alex Arthur, is extremely modest -- almost to a fault. The Ames, Iowa transplant came to Minneapolis to study audio engineering, but has quickly had to learn about the music industry through business via putting out an album independently. With his new album, a gentle, careful, ... More >>
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside With the Swallows 7th St. Entry, MinneapolisWednesday, May 23, 2012 With nothing going on in the Mainroom, the vibe at the 7th Street Entry last night was mellow, and the crowd for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside was modest. Nonetheless, the 50 or so people gathe ... More >>
Demon Love, Horror and Hope, White Man's World debut with flair
Weezer shows a new look to legions of fans: a cohesive unit rather than front man Rivers Cuomo and three other guys.
Howard "Hindenberg" Dean and the rest
Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.
Days and nights in the belly of the video gaming beast
A tour through the life of musical maven Michael Yonkers makes some strange stops in toy engineering, modern dance, and physical therapy
From a remote spread in a small river town, Gaylord Schanilec has gained an international reputation as a master of centuries-old engraving and printing techniques
Former Accident Clearinghouse and Florida guitarist Mike Brady goes it alone with a domestic space opera and a new album
A radio pirate-turned-country rocker who doubles as a nanny. A newspaper that rips the establishment. A deconsecrated church. And a very quiet band called Low. Notes on a tiny counterculture.
Welcome to the world of decibel drag racing, where trophies go not to the fast, but to the loud