Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
KISS and Def Leppard with The Dead Daisies Target Center, Minneapolis Sunday, August 17, 2014 KISS brought their 40th anniversary victory lap tour through the sold-out Target Center on Sunday night. A sold-out legion of young and old fans witnessed their make-up clad, platform boot-wearing rock her ... More >>
Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August. Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been repor ... More >>
10 Thousand Sounds Festival Free Energy, Greg Grease, The Chalice, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota June 22, 2013 Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak defiantly proclaimed early on at Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival that, "A little rain isn't going to keep Minnesotans fro ... More >>
After eight years of twists and turns, it appears Jammie Thomas-Rasset's legal drama is at an end. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case, meaning a $220,000 judgement against the Brainerd woman stands.SEE ALSO: Recording Industry Association of America responds to City Pages ... More >>
Star-clogged film degrades rock and musical theater
By Nicole CrosbieFormer Poison frontman Bret Michaels has kicked off his solo summer tour, and will perform at the Medina Entertainment Center this Saturday. See what Michaels has to say about reality television, his health, his new album, and reuniting with Poison in his interview with Gimme Noise.
The irregularly touring Explosions in the Sky are certainly enough reason to head to Monday's sold-out First Avenue show, but the Baltimore duo Wye Oak are great reason to show up early. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack released their stellar third album Civilian on Merge Records earlier this year, and th ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessAs part of our ongoing coverage of music at the Minnesota State Fair, we sent photographer Erik Hess to catch salsa kingpin Marc Anthony in the Grandstand last night -- and he returned with some incredible images. Click here for Erik's full slideshow, and see below for links to ... More >>
When it comes to deciding what to cover, our web traffic isn't everything, but it does give us a unique insight into what our readers like to read about the most. It turns out that our Gimme Noise readers love block party announcements (duh); Prince facts; that incessant Foster the People song th ... More >>
Lead guitarist on posers, touring, and vegetarianism
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenTelekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's rousing set at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday night. "There sure is," fr ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerTime to enter into the musty depths of your closet and find that old acid-washed jean jacket and tattered rock tee (or just head to Hot Topic, I guess) -- you're going to have the perfect place to wear that stuff this summer. As if the State Fair weren't already the ideal sp ... More >>
RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs
Booka B -- photo by Anthem HeartYou're probably thinking, "Oh great, another dance night", but hold up on the judgment just yet. On its second monthly event after the first was a promising success last November as the official afterparty to "I AM MPLS," Anthem Heart's "Recess" is coming back on J ... More >>
1988, Los Angeles. Poison's Open Up and Say...Ahh! peaks at #2 on the American charts. By the end of the next year the band will have become one of the top five best-selling hard rock bands of the 1980s, behind Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Gn'R and the Crüe. It don't get better than this.
Why is the voice of our generation just...so...lame?
After a death in a member's family, Def Leppard regretfully canceled their November 6th show at the Xcel Energy Center, along with all their fall U.S. dates.
A sitcom about hipsters who strike out for L.A. to make it big? This'll test the showman's acting range.
It was a night of real live rock and old memories at First Avenue.
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Hearts float away and drift back together in the fluid world of Josh Aran
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What's a lapsed-Catholic former sex worker who doesn't like religious dogma to do when she finds out she still believes?
While listening to the forthcoming Ramones boxed set, I got to thinking sentimental thoughts about the great Joey Ramone, who was very tall. And that got me to thinking about other exceptionally tall musicians. I've started a list, which I thought y'all could add to in the comments section below. I' ... More >>
What it takes to make it in funny business
Dancing till the break of dawn with Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.'
The Kinleys and Shelby Lynne offer womanly alternatives to Nashville's bombast of latter-day chastity
VH1 goes Behind the Music and finds a new set of American fables
Nashville's newest cover girl Shania Twain hits the showroom floor.
Maybe pop songs kick-start dreams, secrets: Against rock's more comprehensive demands ("You WILL be moved in THIS way!"), maybe all pop wants to be is a spark.