Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>
Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
St. VincentState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, April 3, 2014Robots have gradually taken over pop music for decades. Everyone from Neil Young to Cher to Future play around with Vocoder/Auto-Tune technology, and performers like Janelle Monae have built their acts around android dance moves and storyli ... More >>
Electronic music's recent surge in popularity comes with serious side effects for underground party aficionados. Suddenly, Daft Punk is winning Grammys, and drunk girls (and guys) are ruining life at 4 a.m. in a warehouse somewhere. Take this recent incident: Under a haunting pink hue Dustin Zahn ... More >>
Dave Harrington got to know Nicolas Jaar while playing in his touring band, but the duo gradually began writing experimental electronic material together as Darkside. Following a well-received debut EP, some singles, and a complete reworking of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories as Daftside, Darksid ... More >>
Friday the 13th is one of those days that brings to mind any number of things, from luck (or lack thereof) and superstition to a certain masked fella. Whatever you think of Friday the 13th, there's no escaping it, so we put together a playlist of our 13 favorite songs for you. Things have been pre ... More >>
Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Ca ... More >>
Now, Now's Brad Hale switches to smooth synth pop
If the excitement for Wilco's upcoming show with Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium wasn't already causing minor hyperventilation among the local Americana set, this past weekend's events added a new dimension. The accomplished Chicago band, fronted by the newly gleeful Jeff Tweedy, put on their own music ... More >>
Much like Nickelback performing in arenas while "real" rock bands grind it out in much smaller clubs, a new crop of more-mainstream producers and DJs have sprung up and exploded. Acts like the Swedish House Mafia and Avicii create endless amounts of interchangeable, formulaic EDM music that is devoi ... More >>
Although 18-year-old songwriting phenom Zach Sobiech left us too soon, his song lives on in more people's lives than ever before. On Monday, his family announced that he had died, and ended several years of battling a rare strain of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. As the news spread, so did his ins ... More >>
By Bobby Kahn One would likely have to travel far and wide, and across many different scenes to find someone as universally liked and respected as Steve Seuling, better known to most Twin Cities techno fans simply as Centrific. While Steve has been DJing and throwing parties in the Twin Cities and ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
See Also:[Slideshow] Lollapalooza 2012: The PeopleJustice at Lollapalooza, 8/5/12Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youWith every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was especially appa ... More >>
See Also:Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBlack Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12Best of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreM83Lollapalooza at Grant Park, ChicagoFriday, August 3, 2012The intense heat in Chicago's Grant Park gave way to a hazy dusk as M83 ... More >>
Photo by Dave Eckblad for City PagesDance nights are big on Thanksgiving Eve. Everyone has the next day off, and there's probably more than a few people who anticipate a massive caloric freefall and want to get their bodies moving before the tryptophan coma. This year, there's a fantastic option ... More >>
RIP DJ MehdiThe man known to dance music fans across the world as DJ Mehdi has passed away. Early reports from Resident Advisor indicate Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, 34, fell from the roof of his home with two friends, who have been hospitalized. The French DJ/producer was widely respected as a collabo ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessLCD SoundsystemOctober 23, 2010Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulWith 10cc's oddly creepy art/soft rock hit "I'm Not In Love" serving as the intro to the set, there was electricity in the air, something not often found in the cavernous confines of Roy Wilkins Auditorium regardles ... More >>
Baths, ready to go at the Cake ShopA panel discussion with some of the best and brightest in music writing, much disappointment, and an ex-straightedge legacy act. What is he talking about?
Anna Gulbrandsen for City Pages The entire youth population of Minneapolis was mobilized last night and barely contained in the cavernous downtown superclub Epic, a line coiling down the block in both directions. What were they here for, you ask? It's simple: A man in a giant mouse mask be ... More >>
Every facet of popular music has legends, figures that shaped the landscape of a particular genre; rock has Jagger and Lennon, country has Williams and Cash, hip hop has Blow and KRS-1. But, in terms of dance music, it's harder to identify the cornerstones. Penchants for anonymity, mu ... More >>
Perhaps he didn't forbid condom use enough for their taste?
Even the meatgrinder of cool couldn't touch these.
For those about to [SYNTAX ERROR~==x412], we salute you.
Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.
The visual element of their latest album’s title, In Ghost Colours, completes a vivid picture of their catchy, deceptively simple and effortlessly danceable pop – which sounded sharp ev ... More >>
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Dancing till the break of dawn with Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.'
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