The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>
They might have chosen the name Piñata Records, but the four members of Southside Desire who founded the label have hardly stuffed it with the unexpected. With two releases last year, and a third out this weekend, Piñata has put perceptions of the "throwback" act on its ear by giving it a distinct ... More >>
Fourth of July weekend has plenty in store for Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday, First Avenue will be hosting Bathysphere, a two day psych rock festival featuring bands such as A Place to Bury Strangers and Dean & Britta doing Galaxie 500 songs, and locals such as Pony Trash, Flavor Crystals, Pa ... More >>
During the summer concert season in Minnesota, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to see a show than outdoors amongst the natural surroundings of the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo. The venue consistently provides an intimate concert experience with clean sight lines and ... More >>
It has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as in an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle Sport, Brick Layer Cake). Shellac was fully formed when Alb ... More >>
AerosmithWith Cheap TrickTarget Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 16, 2012View a slideshow here.It was fitting that Aerosmith and opener Cheap Trick would spark off their Global Warming tour in Minneapolis. Considering the two bands jammed together across the street in 1998 at First Avenue -- for a ... More >>
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
Aerosmith will begin its 18-date summer tour this June at Target Center. Dubbed the Global Warming tour, the seminal Boston band will bring Cheap Trick along for the North American dates that carry between mid-June and early August."The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick ... More >>
It sounds like Stillwater is still recovering from a Lumberjack Days hangover. At a City Council meeting Tuesday, local businessmen proposed an alternative to the now-defunct summer Lumberjack Days festival, which would be called "Stillwater River Days." But amid still-pending investigations in ... More >>
A band that has over the years collaborated with folks who'd later appear in Old Crow Medicine Show and Modest Mouse, and has also backed the late Charlie Louvin on a nationwide tour, tonight the excellent Hackensaw Boys will be appearing at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.
The most anticipated Lumberjack-themed event in Minnesota has been cancelled. That's right: Lumberjack Days, the annual Stillwater tradition that has hosted bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and Smash Mouth over the years, was terminated by a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday. According ... More >>
On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>
Consider the Everly Brothers, consider the Delmores and of course, the Louvins; it seems near impossible to replicate the hauntingly close vocal harmonies of sibling singing duos. In this respect, and with consideration of their skin-prickling Baptist-influenced songs warning against the si ... More >>
Do they claim Minnesota or Brooklyn?
Tigger LunneyHere's what you don't know about Seattle's Visqueen: Their pedigree is as storied as anyone in their hometown, which, like the Twin Cities, still feels like a creative boiler where everyone knows each other no matter how big they've gotten. In the nearly ten years of Visqueen's ... More >>
A preview of Greg Gossel's mural in First Ave's Record RoomFirst Avenue turns 40 years old this weekend, and over the years it has undergone plenty of changes and faced numerous challenges--outside competition, a changing music economy, change of owners, and the evolving face of downtown Minneapo ... More >>
After a death in a member's family, Def Leppard regretfully canceled their November 6th show at the Xcel Energy Center, along with all their fall U.S. dates.
90s nostalgists take heart: Hanson and Smashing Pumpkins at last find an excuse to collaborate.
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What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Random Minnesota memories and a reluctant farewell
Kerry's gambit: If you can't say anything nice
The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003
After grieving over a friend's suicide, Toys That Kill kick some life back into punk
Three movie critics pick 21 favorites (and only one in common) from 2002.
A local band doesn't need debauchery to be rock 'n' roll
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Aquatennial hits Minneapolis where we live
Secret shows. Corporate gigs. Blind Dates. Why is it becoming harder for the public to get a piece of the rock?
Yanni rocks the keyboards--and other odd tales from the Twin Cities' glam-rock scene
35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.
Cheap tricks and free advertising: Phil Knight and Michael Moore in The Big One.
Four years ago Lee's Liquor Lounge was just another dying neighborhood bar. Then this guy Nate calls the owner, Louie, and the place turns into--well, no one is quite sure what. But there's nowhere else like it.
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