Just after 9 a.m. we'll announce which local artist tops the poll of critics, promoters, fans, and general scene know-it-alls we call Picked to Click. This field features budding stars from both sides of the Mississippi, an age range of nearly half a century, genres that haven't even been invented ... More >>
After a two-year break from recording, San Diego indie-rockers the Soft Pack have returned with their new album Strapped. The record's glossy production, complete with synths, horns and dance beats should come as a shock to fans of the punky-garage sound the group had previously been known for. They ... More >>
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Van HalenXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, May 19, 2012The David Lee Roth-led version of Van Halen is a throwback to a time when arena rock actually rocked. Seven albums worth of great material, combined with an apparently sobered-up Eddie Van Halen sounding better than ever these days, meant th ... More >>
Classic rock fans of the Twin Cities, are you ready to dance the night away with Van Halen once again? The legendary arena rock band has reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth, and are set to reconnect with their fans in a big way on a massive U.S. tour that finds the combustible band ... More >>
A November 1984 issue of City PagesDevoted Gimme Noise readers already know that we're big fans of Prince around these parts -- we even have an entire wing of our blog roped off for Purple One-related posts. So when we heard today is Prince's 53rd birthday, we jumped at the chance to geek out and ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonMike Watt and the Missingmen, with STNNNG April 18, 2011 Turf Club Oh, for the love of plaid, seeing Mike Watt perform live is really something special.
Is there a new Mr. Hand waiting in the wings?Minnesota has come up with a new way to evaluate public school teacher applicants. It's called the Teacher Performance Assessment, and one of its requirements is that classroom hopefuls submit a video of their classroom prowess for evaluation. An a ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRatatatSeptember 11, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisREVIEW BY CECILE CLOUTIERThe Brooklyn instrumental duo Ratatat mix up rock, hip-hop, dub and electronica with cool abandon, and in retrospect it shouldn't have been a huge surprise that their live show was somewhere between a ... More >>
Therapy in a glassIs it too early to think about happy hour? There's something about returning to work after a long weekend that makes even a short week drag, and by hump day you're ready for a break. If you're trapped in a cubicle next to the guy who laughs like Eddie Murphy on ... More >>
InterpolAugust 14, 2010First AvenueThey looked a little bit different this time, but there was no mistaking it: Interpol are still Interpol. After now-former bassist (and by far the most recognizable band member) Carlos D quietly exited stage left this past May, it was a little unclear how that v ... More >>
Dust off your fancy speckled twenty-sided die and spend a few minutes exercising your devil horns--it's metal week at the Turf Club.
A showcase of rare talents and perfect execution, Bonar and Bird hit their spots at Saturday's show.
On the set of "Terminator: Salvation" the mercurial star unwittingly recorded one of the most amusing vocal takes ever captured. Today, it goes public.
He actually makes more sense!
As the RNC descends, local and national musicians arise
The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities
Local purveyors of sleaze get down and dirty with pelvic thrusts, spandex, and Barbie
Picked to Click XV
Nothing gets between Curtiss A and Jeopardy!
Special absurdity of the media present, ineffability of the aesthetic past edition
Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.
Twins/Angels game four - Cards/Giants game three
It's a Hard Rock Life
A band called !!! plays music from the other eighties
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.