A star survives
Bruno Mars Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, June 21, 2014 Bruno Mars is a real pro. Each aspect of his Saturday night performance of the Xcel -- his dancing, his singing, his guitar work and, of course, his songwriting -- displayed a broad, self-assured knowledge of pop history while slyly po ... More >>
Ying Yang Twins The Pourhouse, Minneapolis Thursday, March 27, 2014The modern world is a frightening place, full of peril. Airplanes disappear without a trace. Mortar shells burn brightly under an ashen sky, marring city streets with blackened craters. Unrest is rampant. Economic woes abound. Twerki ... More >>
KarminVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, February 11, 2014They came from YouTube and gained recognition with a Chris Brown cover. At that phase, we looked on Karmin as something fun, cute and capable of harmlessly killing three minutes. It was contained to its new media celebrity, and we could all ... More >>
Low made hot-headed believers out of a large festival crowd Saturday at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. After a set that primarily featured songs from the band's 2013 release The Invisible Way, they decided to take things in a pop-oriented direction with a cover of Rihanna's slow jam "Stay. ... More >>
Twin ShadowWith ElliphantFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, May 31, 2013For the majority of Twin Shadow's stage show at First Avenue on Friday, frontman George Lewis Jr. looked charmed and freely flashed his glistening smile. Commanding a red guitar and some dizzying effects pedals with authority, he ... More >>
RihannaWith A$AP RockyXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, March 24, 2013Does naming an album Unapologetic mean you never have to say you're sorry? Rihanna hit the stage at Xcel a little late (9:50 or so), but that wasn't the problem. The 10,000 devoted fans from around the upper Midwest would've wai ... More >>
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Just in case your car stereo is in the shop, be advised that the 101.3 KDWB Star Party is on the horizon. On May 17, an assortment of scream-worthy pop commodities will fill up Myth.Seven of the eight acts on the bill have already been announced, and it's a lineup that's so far topped by the Gym Cla ... More >>
Instagram.comCharles Bradley & the ExtraordinairesFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThursday, February 16, 2012As the art of live performance sinks into an insipid, shameful state, we need Charles Bradley more than ever before. Much as Adele is an adored commodity, relying on a good voice alon ... More >>
The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessOdd FutureOctober 12, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAs I figured, waiting in line I noticed a young crowd for Odd Future (the show was all ages, and was finished by the time most of-age shows even have doors); some from slightly out of the city limits, some with their mothers, a ... More >>
"Swaggin', I'm not braggin' but I swear that I could rock ya/Baby, I'm not crazy/I got swag like Patrick Swayze."So boasts - raps, seriously, Gimme Noise is not making this up, we could not make this up because we totally didn't see it coming from miles away - Justin "Shawty Mane" Bieber on the s ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessRihanna, Cee Lo Green, and J. ColeJune 16, 2011Target Center, Minneapolis"Do you realize I'm just foreplay for Rihanna?" Cee Lo Green asked the near-capacity crowd, taking a break from his lackluster set to attempt to rouse the bored audience. "Rihanna's gonna fuck you," he sai ... More >>
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
A lot of comedians like to justify their edgier material with an arrogant disclaimer: "I'm actually up here sayin' what you only think." Veteran provocateur Bill Burr might as well offer an addendum to that: saying the stuff that gets thrown around in his material is quite possibly a sign of comp ... More >>
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