The Basilica Block Party returns to downtown Minneapolis in July. That seems so far away today, but it's coming. Today, Cities 97 is rolling out the lineup for the two-day fest, and it's a mix of bands you probably could've seen perform a decade ago (Matchbox Twenty) and newer fare (Father John Mist ... More >>
Now that the year is new, it's time again for 89.3 the Current to herald its lengthening life with a weekend of shows at First Avenue. The tastemaking radio station has revealed the lineup for the two-day bash being held January 18-19. The wunderkind John Mark Nelson, who finished tied for third in ... 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 >>
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 >>
Give us five! Our esteemed photographer Erik Hess, who recently provided a wealth of delightful GIFs and other visual stimuli from this past weekend's Rock the Garden, has made it big. Well, he has made some of his favorite photos big, and they're on display on some public walls.We'd be remiss not t ... More >>
The 2012 Summer Set Music and Camping Festival arrives in late August, and the lineup is a doozy. Combining the powers of jam bands, electronic music, hip-hop, reggae, and all of the confluences that exist between these many worlds, this year's edition should be a shock to the system. To say nothing ... 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 >>
The first installment was named the Best Local Music Compilation of the year, and the second was listed among our top Twin Cities albums released in 2010. So it's not too shocking that the third volume of the wildly successful Minnesota Beatle Project series is packed with big names from our loca ... More >>
Look up the term liminal phase on Wikipedia and you will be met with the meaning: The transition (liminal) phase is the period between states, during which one has left one place or state but hasn't yet entered or joined the next. Minneapolis band Liminal Phase's music shares many of ... More >>
Photo via thehideawaympls.comIn an article titled "Local music's best-kept secret," producer Joe Mabbott and his Northeast habitat Hidaway Studios get a well-deserved look in this week's Downtown Journal, which gives an overview of some of the more notable artists to set foot inside the cozy spac ... More >>
Lovecat photo by Ashley GoldAbout a month back we wrote about a new series called GenreBeast that's been taking over the warehouse behind Nick and Eddie every Monday night this summer. Over the past few weeks the event has grown into a cool culture-clash that intentionally tosses together bands f ... 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
Screenshot of riot footage.The U is hoping for a zero-riot event this year.Has it really been two years already? It seems like just yesterday that a mob of like-minded students, filled with liquid courage and the spirit of Asher Roth, started a bonfire in the middle of Dinkytown and took tur ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Current's Jim McGuinn with Mayor RT RybakThe Current's 6th Birthday Party (Featuring Free Energy, Brother Ali, Jeremy Messersmith, Roma di Luna, and Trampled By Turtles)January 21, 2011First AvenueThe Current has had such an impact on the local music scene in its six s ... 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 >>
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.
Photo by Nick VlcekAfter reading today's cover story on Cloud Cult, you may still be thirsting for more on the local six-piece (or eight-piece, depending on how you roll) and their spiritual leader, Craig Minowa. Well, rest assured: In sitting down for four separate interviews with the band, I pi ... 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 Ben StannardA new issue of Rolling Stone magazine is out this week, and it shines a spotlight on local record store the Electric Fetus and their top-selling record, Roma di Luna's latest self-released effort Then the Morning Came. Channy and Alexei Moon Casselle's expansive folk project ... 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 >>
Explore Minnesota, a site dedicated to attracting tourism to our fair state, has teamed up with 89.3 the Current to create an all-local playlist of streaming music that spans from the Castaways and the Trashmen to Dessa, Peter Wolf Crier, and Owl City. The mix, naturally, is bent toward radio-fri ... More >>
In anticipation of today's Best Of the Twin Cities issue, we asked our @gimme_noise Twitter followers to sound off on their picks for a few of our music-related Best Of categories. See below for our tweeps' picks for the "Best Local Concert of the Past 12 Months" category, and click here to read ... More >>
Music articles from this week's print edition.
An eclectic lineup of local talent will play First Ave on February 26.
Lifter Puller & Cloud Cult announce reissues, Mayda to release new EP & Felt drop first track from "Felt 3."
More on the Uptown's possible closing, new Desdamona video & Kiss announces Target Center date.
Sir Elton and the Piano Man play the Xcel, Cloud Cult, Communist Daughter & more!
Nobot scores for short film, new Gospel Gossip, PB&J play the Current & Lucy Michelle interviewed.
New Bob Mould track released, Prince's drops new albums online (sort of) & the Evening Rig interviewed
New Trama mixtape, the National to play First Avenue, Tricky hits the Current & Alice Russell reviewed
Atmosphere announces tour dates, Cloud Cult to release DVD, new STNNNG & M.anifest profiled
Here's Radio K's Top 77 albums of the year, based on listener votes. Since the email didn't distinguish between band name, title, or label, let us know if there are any errors below: 1. Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) 2. Low, The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop) 3. Gorillaz, Demon ... More >>
Like the Oscars, the Minnesota Music Academy's "Minnies" (or Minnesota Music Awards) at First Avenue tonight will be fun to participate in, fun to watch, and fun to make fun of (and I say this as someone onstage being made fun of). Somebody back me up: Aren't these things, you know, culturally inter ... More >>