While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
Fifty years ago this week, Godfather of Rock & Roll and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry played his famous hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the Teen Age Music International Show. The groundbreaking program was one of the the first rock-music concerts filmed and released in theaters featuring many famous ... More >>
The Replacements with The Hold Steady and Lucero Midway Stadium, St. Paul Satuday, September 13, 2014 Paul Westerberg comes into the store where I work sometimes. He gets his shopping done, dips out quietly, and then walks his dog back home. Some of the cashiers don't even recognize him, but the fi ... More >>
Jeff Bridges and the Abiders| Pantages Theatre| Sunday, August 24The week before his new sci-fi film The Giver is set to come out, actor Jeff Bridges exits off a plane that has just touched down in New York. His assistant warns, "We are heading towards a tunnel, so if we lose you, we'll call back," ... More >>
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When Prince emerged with an afro in the fall of 2012, he completed a hair cycle reaching back to the beginning of his solo career. In between the late '70s and today, the Purple One has experimented with a variety of styles. His locks have alternated between signs "o" the times and chaos and disorde ... More >>
If you talk to the locals, the Replacements are already hall of fame. The non-locals spoke up, though. Among the Class of 2014 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- alongside Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A., Hall & Oates, among others -- you'll find a recently reformed band that came together ... More >>
The ReplacementsRiot Fest, Denver, ColoradoSaturday, September 21, 2013Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently perform ... More >>
The ReplacementsRiot FestFort York, TorontoSunday, August 25, 2013Three decades ago, Paul Westerberg's opening lyrics from the Replacements' "I Will Dare" asked no one in particular "How young are you? How old am I?" Now 53, the rock star with a serious J.D. Salinger streak -- who emerged in a plaid ... More >>
First Avenue's Best New BandsWith the Chalice, Wiping Out Thousands, John Mark Nelson, Actual Wolf, Eleganza!, Strange Names, and Bomba de LuzFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, January 11, 2013 With 50 percent of the 2012 Picked to Click cast on display, plus Eleganza! and Bomba de Luz for good measur ... More >>
M. WardFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMay 24, 2012M. Ward took his fans on a tour up and down the radio dial, both past and present, during his vibrant 90-minute set at First Avenue. His classic, timeless songs as well as some choice, spirited covers were filled out by a cracking four-piece band alongs ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerTed Nugent August 7, 2011 Medina Entertainment Center Ted Nugent's incantations are amusing, even charming, the first, second, third, even fourth go-round. But by the end, for fuck's sake. It's like listening to your drunk uncle complain about your aunt's bad cooking fo ... More >>
One of the greatest guitar players of all time comes to the State
RECAP BY STEVE COHEN AND GENNA DEPREYPHOTOS BY STEVE COHENThe Minnesota State Fair concert season ended with a bang this year. The 2010 Grandstand hosted many of rock's greatest from Rush to Weird Al Yankovic to KISS. Monday night's fair season finale with the Dukes of September was was a nigh ... More >>
Big hits spawned fame for the Australian stoner-rock quartet only a few years ago. Saturday, they came to relinquish those and more at the State Theatre.
Win a pair of Mos Def tickets by being the first to correctly answer a trivia question correctly on our @citypages or @gimme_noise Twitter pages at 2 p.m.
The two-man spaz-punk-doo-wop-R'n'B dynamo run amok with rock'n'roll at the Triple Rock, at least when they're not ... More >>
Electric Light Orchestra reissues deliver—and dilute—paradise
Belle and Sebastian continue life in their own Never Never Land
Johnnie Johnson, the man Eric Clapton called "the best blues pianist in the world" and who was immortalized in song by his longtime associate Chuck Berry, has died at the age of 80. Although cause of death has not been determined, Johnson had been on kidney dialysis for some time. This didn't seem ... More >>
Radio Gaga's 10 best pop singles of 2004
X return with their original lineup for the first time in more than a decade
Orchestra Baobab bring Seventies Senegal to modern America
Minneapolis's Spymob hook up with N*E*R*D*
U Film's "Sound Unseen" festival projects our mythologies of music onto the screen
In an annual late-August ritual, the studios clear the vaults of their least promising product
After countless label droppings and lineup changes, the Lazy Cowgirls work their frenzied garage twang into middle age
Korn's depressed rap-metal rocks freaks and saves geeks. But are they just yanking your leash?
A bio-doc looks at the punks who changed the complexion of white rock
Monster Magnet's new alloy of heavy metal salvages the most unholy of musical forms
Rock crit Simon Reynolds writes the first comprehensive account of the rave revolution
In the Company of (Little Green) Men: Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis's Contact