CHVRCHES with XXYYXX Monday, August 9, 2013 First Avenue, Minneapolis Thirteen songs in 50 minutes. They came rapid-fire with just enough talk from CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren Mayberry to keep the crowd interested as she touched on Prince, The Mighty Ducks, and Mall of America at different points d ... More >>
Depeche Mode With Bat For Lashes Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Depeche Mode brought a welcome bit of darkness to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, as the mercurial British synth-pop legends delivered an edgy, impassioned two-hour set that delighted the 7,700 ded ... More >>
Now, Now's Brad Hale switches to smooth synth pop
The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>
Although they are only two years old, Scottish electro-pop group CHVRCHES has taken the U.S. and U.K. by storm with their infectious synths and bare lyrics. Together the trio, made up of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry, have released only a small amount of material, including the Reco ... More >>
Cold War Kids broke onto the national music scene in a major way with their rousing 2006 debut full-length, Robbers & Cowards, and have spent the better part of their career trying to not only live up to those lofty standards, but to build on it. And while 2011's Mine Is Yours was somewhat of an ... More >>
It's unlikely that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will get characterized as "raunchy" by anyone in the local press corps, but the rap group has had an undeniably meteoric rise in the past 12 months. Fans who caught them at Soundset 2012 got to hear them talk about some new song they were trying out cal ... More >>
One of the blackest celebrations around just began with the announcement of Depeche Mode's new world tour. The shows are in support of DM's Delta Machine -- familiar initials, eh? The album, coming later this month, is the synth-pop superstars' first since 2009's Sounds of the Universe.Running Augus ... More >>
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
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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 >>
If you're a fan of Minnesota native Adam Young's Owl City, you're likely a fan of Toronto's LIGHTS. The two artists have been good friends for several years now. Over the summer she appeared in his video for the song "Deer in the Headlights," which portrayed the sometimes reclusive Young in a dif ... More >>
Photo by Fairshadow PhotographyThe Twin Cities has a thriving dark music scene. There are local industrial, metal, goth, electronic, and darkwave bands with devoted followings. Ground Zero is where you'll often find them. But this scene has too much boundless creative energy to be contained.
So a federal judge shut peer-to-peer service LimeWire down. So fucking what? Suck it up. Join eMusic. Spring for an iTunes gift card. Patronize your local mom 'n' pops while you still can, or cruise the shrinking Best Buy/Wal-Mart music sections.
Holy schnikes Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>
Band boils songs down to their essential components
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Dolores O'Riordan talks about life after the Cranberries, favorite albums, and finding peace in all this madness.
Britney gets Brit-popped, INXS remembered & the Beastie Boys meet "Voodoo People."
A La Roux tribute album, "Hook" & "Alice in Wonderland" get mashed & more of the week's best bootlegs.
It's a double dose today!
Synthetic soul-- get it while it's cold. The New York electro gods grace the big stage tonight.
Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake
Mercurial Rage heat up the dance floor with '80s synth-pop
Dinosaurs rule the dance floors no more
Anti-Pop Consortium Return Hip Hop to the Art of the Rhyme
A decade ago, Derrick May helped invent a dance music that complemented a hollow city, Detroit. Now that May's music has colonized two continents, its maker has disappeared.
Pet Shop Boys warm up with Bilingual.