Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree. But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year." In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.
America's last movie star sealed his fate on Oprah's couch
Fresh off his recent Rhymin' Gosling tour with Louis Logic, Ecid has some even bigger local shows coming up soon: His homecoming show at Triple Rock on Friday, and Soundset. Gimme Noise talked to the rapper and producer about his new road-tested material and his evolving approach to live performance ... More >>
Broken Bells With Au Revoir Simone First Avenue, Minneapolis February 28, 2014 When Broken Bells initially came together, the group had the sound and the feel of a one-off side project for the Shins' James Mercer and über producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse). With the arrival of their second full- ... More >>
Norah Jones with Cory ChiselOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012An evening with Norah Jones is not limited to one genre of music. On a cold, blustery night -- to which Jones said, "I wasn't prepared for [the cold]." -- Minneapolis was treated to rock, pop, country, jazz, and folk alon ... More >>
James Mercer has had no shortage of creative outlets over the last few years. But his main band, the Shins, have kept remarkably quiet since 2007's Wincing The Night Away, other than announcing that they were leaving their longtime label Sub Pop in '08. Mercer has now formed his own record la ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBroken BellsDecember 6, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIf you were not at Broken Bells at First Avenue on Monday night, you missed what was probably one of the tightest rock shows to pass through the venue this year. Seriously. (No, for real. I'm not just saying that to be a je ... More >>
Legendary film director David Lynch officially embarked on a new career today: musician.Good musician, though?
And just like that, as if by magic, we awaken into a world where Russell Brand and Katy Perry can flaunt an Indian marriage license, where Brett Favre got whipped in his old backyard, where the Yankees aren't headed to the world series, and where world peace remains as elusive a possibility as ev ... More >>
Propagating crap attempts at pop, rap, rock, or any other genre or sub-genre you care to name had become easier than ever.
Jay-Z goes Hawaiian, Amanda Blank gets with 'Ghosts 'n Stuff' & a celebration of the Beatles (or Beastles, as the case may be).
We're checking our head and we're checking it twice.
Danger Mouse brings the hip, Cee-Lo Brings the hop: Introducing Gnarls Barkley
Busdriver laughs through car troubles and a struggling career
12 Rods, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Quentin Tarantino, Garrison Keillor, MF Doom, Lawrence Lessig, Randi Rhodes...