Halloween is almost upon us, music fans. Where did all that costume-making time go? Did you spend more on a pumpkin keg than you have for a spooky look? No worries. You're not the only one feeling the frightening fatigue of pumpkin-spiced-everything. Luckily, you can make Halloween look on the che ... More >>
Veruca Salt Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Veruca Salt were one of those '90s bands that seemed, on paper at least, like they could have only existed between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 1999 -- no more and no less. While their sound in quintessentially '90s, Wednesday's 9 ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. Hold Steady fans rejoice! The long-awaited Teeth Dreams is released today. So how exactly does one write about anxiety and fear without drowning in it, themselves? Songwriter C ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate Prince's 55th birthday. And while the Purple One's prodigious back catalog and outsized persona will always be one of the charismatic beacons for the Twin Cities music scene (and the world), there is no question that as of late, his output has ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is a quote from the actor Cary Grant about what's it like to be him: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." That has ... More >>
The glam rock legend David Bowie has emerged from hiding after a decade. It's his 66th birthday, and the celebration marks the release of a new single called "Where Are We Now?" Judging by the visual above, Bowie might be feeling a tad disembodied these days. The song comes with the announcement of ... More >>
This is definitely a weekend reserved for rock with Rock for Pussy, a tribute to David Bowie at First Ave. on Friday and Rock the Vine, a day reserved for music and wine tasting, on Saturday. Minneapalooza will be taking over Nick & Eddie's and Joe's Garage on Saturday with many local musicians. ... More >>
The best thing about Rock for Pussy is obviously that the charity event, now entering its ninth installment tonight, provides funds for local forlorn cats and kittens in need of a helping paw. But not far behind is that the event, organized by the Current's Mary Lucia and a team of musicians, has su ... More >>
Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... More >>
"In summer, the song sings itself."-William Carlos Williams
Meet your new radio jock Look at that face -- is that a face that belongs on the radio? Solely, surely not. Before the Current snagged the city's best DJ for a new show named after his popular Transmission dance night, Jake Rudh was out in front of the decks and the dance floor more often than no ... More >>
There aren't enough days in the weekend.-Rod Schmidt
Gimme Noise won't front; our Christmas shopping is nowhere even near finished. I haven't gotten Christmas cards for my parents or my son, I still have a few things to get for my wife, and I need a whole mess of CD gift boxes, which the local Wal-Mart doesn't seem to stock. Isn't it weird how, in ... More >>
In order to get the right shot for today's cover story on Jeremy Messersmith -- who requested that we represent his face in an abstract, nontraditional manner -- we tried a few different angles. Some worked, and some did not. Here are the outtakes that didn't make the cut for this week's paper. A ... More >>
What with sushi showing up in school kids' lunchboxes these days, it's hard to remember that there was a time when Japanese food was foreign stuff. One of the local pioneers in the category, Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, located at 1333 Nicollet Mall, is celebrating its 30th anniv ... More >>
Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie would have played Miles Quaritch, for starters.
Where were the spiders? As it turns out, Malaysia.
The newest darlings of the Current played to a packed room Saturday night.
7th St. Entry becomes Horses' stable every Thursday in May
Quinton Skinner recaps the most deserving productions
The Jungle presents a touching story about a drag queen's search for love
U.S. Airways to start selling advertising on barf bags, over 5,800 Iraqi civilians were killed in May and June, Joel Siegel walks out on Clerks II, human pong, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Transgendered, hard rock favorites say goodbye
Hey everybody, here's a fun new game to play in the comments! Connect bands via cover songs and try to make the longest chain possible. Style points awarded for variety. A good way to start is to think of some established artists who are down for the occasional cover (e.g. Johnny Cash, Devo, David B ... More >>
The early years of Scritti Politti's chameleonic career
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival spins into its second week
You could buy David Bowie's Hours via Internet download. But why would you want to?
The glam gala may have been feminine, but not female
Glam rock's history is the most unnatural thing in the world
A meeting with director Todd Haynes reflects the funhouse fantasies of Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine gives the rock movie a makeover