The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#4. Carroll: 52 points Thousands of bands form at colleges every year, but only a scant few are serious enough to grow up to be MGMT (Wesleyan) or Vampire Weekend (Columbia). But the indie-rock foursome Carroll, named after the street they lived on while studying at Macalester, made a solid first st ... More >>
The weather has cooled down, but the music hasn't. Plenty of acts, large and local, are hitting up the Twin Cities this week. Mumford & Sons leave their mark on St. Paul Wednesday at the Xcel while Taylor Swift stops by later for the weekend. Alt-J plays a sold out two night show at First Avenue ... More >>
The Fine Line Music Café has been sold to the owners of Aqua Nightclub & Lounge. According to the club's website, the new ownership and management by Minneapolis Event Centers operated by Entourage Events Group begins on August 6. The sale comes not long after the venue's 25th birthday last Nov ... More >>
It was blatantly obvious from the moment Fitz & the Tantrums' sterling 2010 debut dropped that the LA-based group was going to be huge. Pickin' up the Pieces, released on Dangerbird Records, was pure, unadulterated pop with a brassy coating of vintage soul sounds that drew comparisons to blue-ey ... More >>
The sixth annual 80/35 Music Festival lineup is here! The yearly downtown Des Moines music event has hit upon some eclectic notes for headlining talent with New York rap heroes Wu-Tang Clan, and the David Byrne & St. Vincent collaboration leading the way in 2013.The event takes place Friday, Jul ... More >>
See Also:Atlas Sound at the Cedar Cultural Center, 3/02/12Lotus Plaza with Hollow Stars and Fort Wilson Riot Triple Rock Social Club Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Like his fellow Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox, guitarist Lockett Pundt has carved out a distinguished solo career in recent years vi ... More >>
What if a song could change your perception of everything -- how you view yourself, others, the world? And if a song could accomplish something like that, what sort of statement does that make about your sense of reality, of how mentally tenacious you were to begin with? My original concept for t ... More >>
This past weekend, Gimme Noise's Sally Hedberg witnessed what may become one of the defining shows of Atlas Sound's career -- a possible "Judas" moment on the West Bank. In short, a heckler requested the Knack's "My Sharona," and frontman Bradford Cox took this as an invitation to do the song "as ... More >>
Atlas Sound With Carnivores and Frankie BroylesCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisFriday, March 2, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. Love it or hate it, the modern indie blogosphere has the tendency to fixate on the personas of buzzed musicians. On one end of the spectrum sits Best Coast ... More >>
Oh, so you thought Gimme Noise was done filleting Atlas Sound's for-free-on-the-Internet Bedroom Databank series? You thought the notion of a follow-up to my lukewarm evaluation of the first two volumes was lost in a turkey-drunk fugue and familial-buzz haze? Wrong. In fact, Gimme Noise spent the ... More >>
Bedroom Databank Vols. 1 & 2, the first two entries in a new series of recordings from Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox.
Dusty Hoskovec Coming to a bright red stand near you sometime very soon, here are the stories from this week's print edition:Chastity Brown releases High Noon Teethby Rob van Alstyne A rocker with gospel grounding and a politically minded artist who largely writes about matters of the heart, C ... More >>
Indie veterans put on an entertaining, two-encore show to a sold-out Mainroom Friday night
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist DaughterWe're entering a season of local CD releases, so prepared to be inundated over the next few weeks as we make our way through all the great local albums coming out this April. This week, we drove down to Prescott, Wisconsin to hang out with Johnny Solomon and hi ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
A crop of upcoming shows keeps us soldiering on through January.
Gay Witch Abortion play on the Miss, Slug and Murs to release new album & next week's best new releases.
In an ambiguous "wave goodbye" through his official website, Trent Reznor leaves the future up in the air.
Nine Inch Nails' new BFFs turn the Triple Rock into a pedal party.
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