In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Stacy Schwartz not only loves documenting concerts herself, but she provides a calendar via Cakein15.com so that others can get more live music in their lives. Her photography has bee ... More >>
It is probably impossible to find a band filled with people as nice as the ones that play in batteryboy. Frontman Cobey Rouse seems eternally surprised that anyone is taking an interest in the little band he started -- this was, after all, a dream he walked away from eleven years ago. "I just move ... More >>
Cloud Cult With JBM First Avenue, Minneapolis April 27, 2013 With Twin Cities music fans already in a terrific mood due to the best weather of the year, Cloud Cult uplifted a sold-out First Avenue even further with a 21-song, 95-minute set. The road-tested sextet (accompanied by their customary liv ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a fresh, raucous new video from Prissy Clerks, who just celebrated their first ever live appearance in New York City, and are now starting ... More >>
The art-rock group release their newest full-length, Love
It's the last week of April, and the snow is finally melting away. Wednesday, local favorites Poliça play a show in the First Avenue Mainroom, while songwriter Josh Ritter plays a set the next night. Mill City Nights also welcomes Mindless Self Indulgence as new local band Ginkgo plays a set at the ... More >>
Minneapolis-based singer Cobey Rouse has been hard at work. After a ten-year hiatus from music, Rouse became inspired by a Cloud Cult song and began writing again -- this time from the heart. Then, he paired up with Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid to form Batteryboy. Hosted by Vega Productions, the group' ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
Cloud Cult returns to the forefront with a new album this March titled Love. News of this release began trickling out in December, but it has added heft with the announcement that the band will headline the second night of 89.3 the Current's 8th birthday shows at First Avenue.A new song called "1x1x ... More >>
See Also: Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, the Chalice, Beat Detectives, and more Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the musi ... More >>
It's always gratifying when good musicians get together for a great cause. This Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Center, a fine gathering of local musicians will be performing in celebration of the release of MN Music 4 MN Kids, a benefit CD featuring family-geared songs by a stellar batch of local a ... More >>
Another reason to leave your house during the week: booze and exceptionally good music each Tuesday at Cause.
"Every now and then we hear our song, we've been having fun all summer long."-"All Summer Long," The Beach Boys
Two bands who have undergone recent reinventions will showcase their new lineups this Friday night at the Loring Theater.
Photo by Nick VlcekSarah Young at the Lowertown Fest in July 2010Talk about a once-in-an-eon job posting: Cloud Cult is spreading the word that they are looking to hire a new cellist to replace Sarah Young, who left the band at the tail end of last year to focus on her family life (her husband, f ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe Current announced today that Cloud Cult is dropping out of the Current's 6th birthday party lineup in the Mainroom Friday night because of health issues, and will be replaced by popular Duluth bluegrass band (and recently announced Coachella performers) Trampled by Turt ... More >>
Now that the show is good and sold out, the Current has unveiled the final two acts of its five-band local bill in the Mainroom on Saturday, January 29. Brother Ali and Roma di Luna will join Free Energy, Jeremy Messersmith, and Cloud Cult for the station's sixth birthday party, which sold out in ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekSarah Young at the Lowertown Fest in July 2010With the release of their latest concept album, Light Chasers, much attention has been paid to Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa and wife Connie's relationship with their new child. But for the past several years, the band has also i ... More >>
Much in the same vein of our weekly City of Music series created by MPLS.TV, University of Minnesota Duluth senior Trent Waterman has been hard at work creating a music video series called North Shore Sessions, which features "Minnesota artists performing in interesting locations -- barns, shoppi ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzCloud Cult at First Avenue last monthIf there's one similarity binding together all of the concert announcements of late, it might be this: The next month will officially be known as the season of "surprise special guests." Love it or hate it, concert promoters and party th ... More >>
Two Minneapolis art galleries will host two different locally rooted panel discussions about music, art, and community involvement this week. Tonight at Intermedia Arts, MNOriginal and the Minneapolis Arts Commission will host an interactive discussion on "Minnesota Identity and the Arts" from ... More >>
There's something oh-so-appropriate about watching artists and musicians Laura Bennett and Howard Hamilton, a.k.a. Red Pens, rock out amidst paint brushes and portraits at local gallery Tarnish and Gold. Which is one of the many reasons we're excited to drop a new City of Music video today, which ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzCloud CultNovember 17, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThere is something truly celebratory in watching a local band who have cut their teeth touring for a while make a stop back in Minneapolis for a triumphant hometown show. It's refreshing to hear how the road has streng ... More >>
Photos by Dajana BartulovicThe hard-working team over at MPLS.TV is already slaving away on the next installment of our City of Music video series, and they sent over a few teaser shots to get us ready for Monday's video featuring our Picked to Click 2009 winners Red Pens.
First Avenue to host nationally acclaimed local band
Photo by Tony NelsonWhile you were reading today's cover story on Cloud Cult, you hopefully noticed all the great pictures Nick Vlcek snapped of the band during their performance at the Lowertown Music Festival in July. Well, that's not all we have for you. On his visit with the band in Eagan for ... More >>
Image by PacdogStill hungover from Halloween? Although this weekend isn't as epic in terms of what places are offering, it is still pretty full. For this edition, we've got Art Attack, a three-day gallery hop in the Northeast; the one-year anniversary of the Lowertown Art Crawl in St. Paul; music ... More >>
Photo by Cody YorkScott West may be best known for the live paintings he creates during Cloud Cult concerts, but this weekend he has his own solo show at Tarnish & Gold Gallery featuring studio paintings he's been working on since the beginning of 2010. He quit his creative design job in Janu ... More >>
Over the last few years the local music scene has come a long ways, from national recognition and "big indie" signings and more importantly a progressive, experimental spirit that seems valued above all else. Instead of a local sound it seems we have a local ideal: play well, don't languish. Not ... More >>
In celebration of their new concept album Light Chasers, which comes out next month, Cloud Cult have announced not one, but two back-to-back CD-release shows in the First Avenue Mainroom. The band will perform on Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18, with Fort Wilson Riot opening the ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzIt was a set-up that seemed destined for failure: A sparse offering of food, limited numbers of bathrooms and trash cans, ample booze for sale, and no re-entry made it seem like the Lowertown Music Fest could end it total chaos.
We're a little late to this party, but it looks like the Lowertown Music Festival in St. Paul has booked a handful of prominent local indie bands and one international artist for an outdoor concert on July 31. The full lineup includes Mason Jennings, Cloud Cult, Tapes 'n Tapes, Peter Wolf Crier, ... More >>
The University of Minnesota held an abbreviated version of its annual Spring Jam event over the weekend, and it sounds like things stayed a little quieter than last year's booze-and-bonfire mayhem: They brought in a Nobel-winning peace activist for a speech and a booked a band guaranteed to n ... More >>
Photo by Cody YorkShort notice, but if you're looking for something to do on your lunch break today: Cloud Cult is playing a free show at the University of Minnesota from noon to 1 p.m. today. They will play outside of Coffman Memorial Union, and the show is free, all ages, and open to the public ... More >>
Cloud Cult will release a remastered double-disc next month featuring "They Live on the Sun" and "Aurora Borealis."
The reason for the band's hiatus is a happy one; frontman Craig Minowa and his painter wife Connie are expecting a baby very soon.