Seattle band The Head and the Heart have the cure for anyone that is looking to find endearing new music. The folk-rock sextet's sophomore release, Let's Be Still, plays out like a series of charming vignettes or pockets of half memories, both lyrically and musically.On break from practice in Nashvi ... More >>
Now, Now's Brad Hale switches to smooth synth pop
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a mildly disturbing album teaser from Poliça to promote their forthcoming record, Shulamith. We're also featuring a newly discovered gem ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. After using last week to highlight some of the year's best videos so far, we're back with a strong collection of new and exciting vids this time around, leading off with a t ... More >>
Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Fri ... More >>
Tegan and SaraWith DianaFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, March 6, 2013Building trust with an audience is sacrosanct for certain musicians, and Tegan and Sara are now in the bumpiest stage of that relationship with their fans. With Heartthrob, their first new studio album in four years, the earnes ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
Back in 1788, poet Robert Burns wrote an anthem that's still more ubiquitous than Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" at New Year's. The lines to the kazoo-friendly "Auld Lang Syne" have summed up the "drinking to forget" philosophy ever since. What came in ensuing years is more complex. Now, w ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
Whether or not Minnesota music is in a new golden age or not is a debate for another day further down the road, but there should be little question that local bands recorded and released some truly amazing records in 2012. There was one triumphant record release party after another, and with each su ... More >>
Not new to the scene, but not veterans either, Minneapolis band The Sunny Era fall somewhere in between. Not so their music. The three-piece band's latest album, Lost in the Sea of Ghosts, characterizes a collection of songs folding in a near-immaculate pace with tempting textures, underneath darkly ... More >>
Masters of musical light and shadow Low will release The Invisible Way in March. This album marks their 20th anniversary, and shows Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's connection to Duluth runs deep. Not only did Wilco received a key to the city this summer during a performance at Bayfront Festival Park an ... More >>
Just off the wheels of Marathon IV: Road Rogue, a week-long song performed during a trek from New York to Los Angeles, performer extraordinaire Mark Mallman has unveiled his latest CD, Double Silhouette. Renowned for his high-energy dramatic performances and marathon song cycles, Mallman has won a h ... More >>
Combining incisive lyricism with instant campfire-classic melodies, it was hard to believe Cataldo's Signal Flare's rich arrangements and assured delivery sprang from the mind of an artist just 21 years old at the time of its 2008 release. Released this fall after a long wait, Eric Anderson's fo ... More >>
Trio comes home with Threads
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
Photo by Barry MullingDntel August 11, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Live shows by electronic artists are a tricky, delicate animal. Unlike music that is recorded with instruments, the songs--though they may move all over the place in terms of tone, pitch, mood, etc.--exist in wh ... More >>
"There's 'pea' on the stage!" exclaimed Lenka, noting the frozen peas that were thrown onstage during opener Elizabeth & the Catapult's set, setting up an easy-going feel for the evening. Not many people can write happy love songs and makes them believable, but Australian singer/son ... More >>
The Ericksons base their music around one principle: simplicity. Less is more. Sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kochsiek cultivate a sound that is sparse and dark, a little Appalachian and a little bluegrass. Their lyrics are in the tradition of a storyteller, humble but with heart and sou ... More >>
"Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>
Funding minimum must be met or money disappears
Brother's Eyes EP a melancholy batch of indie pop songs
Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar's sold-out Kerouac tribute hearkens adolescence but lacks innovation.
Taj Mahal to play the zoo, Sunset Rubdown schedule show at the Entry & photos of Death Cab at the Roy Wilkins.
Next month is gearing up to be a crazy time for live shows. Here's a list to help you plan out a successful Rocktober 2008.
How can the Shins' new album hope to live up to the hype?
This one goes to 11!
Electric Light Orchestra reissues deliver—and dilute—paradise
Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby
Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.
On a new album, the Postal Service dream of their dreamier selves
I went to CMJ Music Marathon 2000 and all I got was this lousy tote bag