They're back! After 11 years apart, 12 Rods are re-aligning for a one-off reunion show. "Through three albums and a rotating cast of band members, the group won over fans and frustrated publicists with a sound too tech-savvy to be grunge, too soulful to be synth pop," Lindsey Thomas wrote in 2004 a ... More >>
Dave King is the drummer and composer for the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Dave King Trucking Company, and Halloween, Alaska. This essay is based upon Dave's conversation with City Pages music editor Reed Fischer. As an old-school jazz club, the Artists' Quarter is a model that's dying in America. There ... More >>
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 >>
When Dave King plays the drums, it doesn't even look real. He looks like a human octopus, like maybe he's hiding three other limbs to help him create all those sounds. His hands float around the kit, and he smiles deeply, his face transparently joyous, always enveloped in the music. As a founding ... More >>
Dave King has an all-caps approach to his creative existence. The Bad Plus drummer has so many projects whizzing around in his shaved dome that you should probably just consult his website to get the level of familiarity necessary. In short, he could put out albums in 2013 with Dave King's Trucking ... More >>
See Also:The Bad Plus announce September release for Never StopSlideshow: The Bad Plus at Dakota Jazz ClubThe beauty of Upstate New York gets paired with forks jabbed into the innards of a grand piano for celebrated local jazz trio the Bad Plus' latest studio effort, Made Possible. And it's all on d ... More >>
Flogging Mollywith Reverend Peyton's Big Damn BandThe Brick, MinneapolisThursday, May 31, 2012Flogging Molly are anything but standard. Their sound is furious, solid, and intense, augmented with an accordion, banjo, bodhrán, and tin whistle to accompany the typical guitars, bass, and drums of a sta ... More >>
Local icons: "We're letting all the sounds in now"
The music of Stravinsky has been appropriated and reconfigured for ages now. From Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman and Frank Zappa, pieces have been pulled, re-arranged and served as the catalyst for new ideas in both classical and jazz worlds.
A conversation with a local guitar hero
Photo by Nikki MillerDave King Trucking Company January 15, 2011 Loring Theater, Minneapolis Saturday night, the Dave King Trucking Company not only inaugurated the Loring Theater's return to its roots of cinema, theater, music and variety performances, but also taught us what that one reall ... More >>
This weekend, like so many other weekends, is chock-full of fun, musical things for you to spend your time doing in tandem with other people who had the same idea.And we're here to help, with our humble suggestions on musical things happening this weekend.
Photo by Erik Hess"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>
You know you've made it in the local scene when the Walker plans not one, but two days in your honor.
Goodbye, Uptown Bar. We'll miss you.
Judging from this past weekend's stellar performances, tonight's gig will be top-notch.
Happy Apple takes its time to get to know you
The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003
Halloween, Alaska play electronic pop to seduce the cylons
How three Midwestern boys reached jazz nirvana
Tom Schroeder's animated "Bike Ride" pedals toward heartbreak--and back again
At the same time as 12Rods parts with its longtime friend and drummer, the band also releases the ultimate breakup album
Emo finds some unlikely champions in a culture critic, jazz virtuoso, and two rock-scene vets
Twice the ambition, half the vision
It's an odd, autonomous, anomalous year for the 1998 City Pages New Music Poll.
Beat Generations: Sukpatch's loop-driven pop takes second place
The 1997 City Pages New Music Poll
Moon's Over Minneapolis: Brother Sun Sister Moon rise in the north