Cock E.S.P. is a Minneapolis-based noise outfit that marks their 20th anniversary this year. And whether or not you are someone who can sit down and really enjoy the experience of listening to their music, it's pretty difficult to argue with the pure intent and ethos behind their work. They exist in ... More >>
Paul Metzger is unlike any instrumentalist you know. For one thing, he's a self-taught banjo virtuoso -- though the instrument he plays is less of a banjo and more a crazy instrument experiment gone horribly right. In the late '70s, Metzger began performing small surgeries on his banjo, adding extra ... More >>
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider is at the forefront of the "post-classical" scene where genre boundaries can't keep her and contemporaries from fertile new artistic ground. Her haunting, lush song cycle for strings and electronics, Penelope, comes alive with the voice of My Brightest Diamond's Shara ... More >>
Believe it or not, there was a time when "Mason Jennings" wasn't a household name in these parts. Somewhat fresh to the Twin Cities in the late '90s, Mason and his band, which at the time included Minneapolis fixture Robert Skoro (then still a teenager) on bass, began the trek and career that has ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPoor Prince. He can't go anywhere these days without a string of tweets popping up and outing his whereabouts. (Including, um, ours.) About 20 minutes before Janelle Monae started her set last night at the Varsity, a pair of security guards quickly ushered Prince out of a whi ... More >>
The Glad Version songwriter's new solo album is stripped-down and personal
Four years after its initial release, Animal Collective's legendary live album still anticipates the coming golden age
Longhairs and jazzbos give radiohead a new face
August Wilson's Pittsburgh Realism; Sondheim's Pretty Pictures
A tour through the life of musical maven Michael Yonkers makes some strange stops in toy engineering, modern dance, and physical therapy
On All for You, Janet Jackson savors the pleasure (and pain) principles of her personal life
With his first American tour and a new album, Livro, avant-pop's Brazilian uncle rewrites the book of love
Full-court basketball used to be a Twin Cities parks mainstay. Then the neighbors complained.
If a local CD falls into the retail bins, does it make a sound? Peter S. Scholtes reviews this month's batch of releases.