Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Last week the Twin Cities lost a club, the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge. It was the most recent entry from Minneapolis iconoclast and character Doug Ande ... More >>
Capturing Grant Hart will never be an easy task. But director Gorman Bechard assembled quite a bit about the renowned Hüsker Dü drummer/singer/co-songwriter in the new documentary film Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart. In it, he speaks candidly about his music, art, phil ... More >>
The Minneapolis music scene and MTV get an enjoyable look back in a clip recently unearthed marking First Avenue's 20th anniversary. Hosted by British VJ Dave Kendall, the segment features plenty of vintage footage of Prince, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, the Mighty Mofo's, Man Sized Action, and mo ... More >>
Of all the legendary figures and over-the-top characters to come out of New York's '70s punk scene, there were few who were more influential than Richard Hell -- and probably none who were as mercurial. He was a founding member of three groundbreaking bands -- Television, the Heartbreakers, and his ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr.with ShearwaterThursday, October 18, 2012The Cabooze, MinneapolisThursday night at the Cabooze found the crowd witnessing both the beautiful path music is currently taking, and one where music has been and likely always will be. Austin, TX natives Shearwater represented the former; stalw ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
Guttural riff-rock with attitude
Photo By Adam WeissWill Hermes is currently a senior critic for Rolling Stone, as well as being a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," but he has a distinguished history with the Twin Cities music scene as well. Mr. Hermes began writing for the City Pages in the early '90s, and b ... More >>
Lydia Lunch in a scene from Blank City"If you could be anybody, who would you be?" "An outlaw, a film director, a rebel, a rock star!" yells a '70s gangster shooting a gun at the Super 8 camera, cutting to a rapid-fire Mars punk song over a killer montage of '70s film clips of punk and no wave mu ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBlondie September 4, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino I was 16 when Blondie reunited in the late 1990s. I have a memory of reading about their plan to do a few shows and record an album in Spin or maybe Rolling Stone; I was definitely sitting in the waiting area of my hairstylist ... More >>
Richard Lloyd is a guitarist and the founding member of legendary post-punk band Television that formed in New York City in 1973. He was one of the few people hosting bands at CBGBs, where Television regularly played since its earliest days. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA. in 1951 and his family m ... More >>
Around these parts, saying you love First Avenue is tantamount to saying you love watching a sunset reflect of the mirrored glass of the IDS building. It's a gimme. First Ave's Mainroom and the 7th St. Entry are rock-solid venues, time-tested and rich with history and legacy.
Chelsea Boys (self-released)
Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil talk punk rock.
Barfly Helm Matthews recounts his time at the old bar.
7th St. Entry becomes Horses' stable every Thursday in May
Though it's true that she never really went anywhere, Joan Jett is back.
With devotees frantic to save the club that introduced the world to the Ramones, the Talking Heads, and Blondie, we decided to ask for an opinion closer to home. Coincidentally, a few TC bands (come on, the Hold Steady are just as much ours as Brooklyn's) played their first (and maybe last) show at ... More >>
People attending the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City next week might be surprised to find bands playing CBGB, the legendary Bowery punk club whose lease famously ran out Wednesday. As reported below, the joint is still open (click there for complete links), and longtime doorman Brendan Rafferty ... More >>
Though CBGB's landlord, Bowery Residents Committee, announced Wednesday it would not renew the legendary New York punk club's lease (which expired at midnight August 31), the doors apparently remained open tonight, with benefit shows scheduled into September. I'll see for myself what's going on this ... More >>
Gogol Bordello, Peaches, and Neung Phak show us their good stuff
Director Spike Lee makes the headlines by taking the tabloid approach to his disco-era thriller Summer of Sam