Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... 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.Disco has gotten a bad rap, in spite of the fact that a lot of commercial rap is based on disco. People love to tell you disco sucks and they only ... More >>
Love is the Law ConcertWith the Suburbs, Gay Men's Chorus, Jack Brass Band, P.O.S., Zoo Animal, and Hookers $ BlowEcolab Plaza, St. PaulTuesday, May 14, 2013"Life is like a summer's evening," a lyric from the Suburbs' Tuesday performance proved to the second-most memorable statement of the night. Af ... More >>
Girls Got Rhythm Fest With Cherie Currie, Marilu and the Machetes, Sugar Stems, and Is/Is Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Saturday, May 11, 2013 Cherie Currie's explosive and enigmatic headlining performance that closed day two of Girls Got Rhythm Fest late Saturday night won't be forgotten soon. ... 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.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>
See Also: West Bank Music Festival lineup and schedule Wiping Out Thousands drop new video for "Mass Nerve" Wiping Out Thousands revive David Bowie's "Let's Dance" live Local electro-rock duo Wiping Out Thousands went from being just a musical idea stored on a laptop to setting local stages on fir ... More >>
Wiping Out Thousands' considerable prowess has exploded in a whirl of color, synthesizers, and menacing beats over the past couple months. Just in case there was any doubt of this local electro outfit's legitimacy in a live setting, here's a recording from last weekend's gig at Hell's Kitchen, wh ... More >>
DJ Jake Rudh's new wave dance party Transmission is a Minneapolis institution -- and now a radio show! This Friday, the celebratory nature of the night gets an extra boost as the festivities shift to First Avenue's Mainroom for the 11th anniversary of the weekly dose of retro cool.What we know fo ... More >>
Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases
Photos by Erik HessRebel Rebel: Rock for Pussy 8June 10, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisNow in its eighth go-round, the annual David Bowie tribute-meets-cat shelter fundraiser Rock for Pussy has become one of the most predictably fun nights in local music, as shown by the large turnout and vibrant ... More >>
Yes, that's a pile of kittensThere are cat lovers, and then there are CAT LOVERS. Crazy cat people from all across the cat insanity spectrum will be gathering at First Avenue tonight for the annual Rock for Pussy charity event, which invites local musicians to perform covers of David Bowie songs ... More >>
This week we have a farmers' market worth the drive, an LGBTQ benefit party at Bedlam Theatre, and a performance evening celebrating Wing Young Huie's "University Avenue Project." Come and take a look.
Feel the love, flirt with hope, or share the hate this weekend. Take your pick.
GZA commissions the Hood Internet for new track, Johnny Cash vs. QOTSA & more of the week's best mashups.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Minneapolis soul-house fixture Alex East talks about his first time at First Ave, why he doesn't need anything, and Iron Maiden.
Jake Nyberg jumps into social experiment created by his tubular coif
NME shows love for Solid Gold, No Doubt to play Xcel, Tapes 'n Tapes interviewed & Last of the Record Buyers footage
The Beastie Boys make a triumphant Twin Cities return with a few friends in tow to get out the vote, and we all say a long overdu ... More >>
A new take on Jesse James tops this week's pop culture picks
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What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
You've heard the sound of Heavy Sleeper before. And you'll be happy to again.
Surf rock, metal, and shoulder-length hair: First Avenue's class of 2003
Transvestites invade the films of Brian DePalma; a naked man reproduces Gustav Klimt and Siouxsie Sioux
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.
The latest Nuggets box set dips into the psychedelic sauce of Sixties Britannia
This year's New York Film Festival kept movie buffs reeling.
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.