As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>
When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by Major League Baseball to pay homage to Minnesota's most famous local son, Bob Dylan. Still, it was w ... More >>
Jessie Ware With the Invisible Varsity Theater, Minneapolis November 10, 2013 "It doesn't feel like a Sunday anymore," exclaimed Jessie Ware one song in to her debut Minneapolis performance at the Varsity Theater. The London singer/songwriter warmed up the room and got the receptive crowd swaying t ... More >>
Diana Ross Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Oh, Diana Ross. Even at the ripe age of 69, she's still reminding us that there was a time before Beyonce. Indeed, without Diana Ross, we might not know to call these modern starlets "divas." At her show last night at the Orpheum ... More >>
With a career spanning two decades, Counting Crows have proven that releasing a megahit in the '90s hasn't been the only thing to sustain them. After releasing six albums since 1993, the most recent, Underwater Sunshine, is a departure for them as a collection of cover songs. Including both modern a ... More >>
Oh, glorious hunk of charred beef. No matter what the health-food wonks say, there is a time and place for a primal hunk of red meat. No matter the reason or heft of your red-meat desire, Burch Steak has a cut to satisfy.
With the release of Sparkle, her final film, we survey the great diva's checkered movie career
From SNL to the rabid right of modern politics
Photos by Steve CohenPointer Sisters and the TemptationsOctober 13, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNSeeing just one legacy act in a night would have been enough, but Mystic Lake's double header on Thursday packed the amphitheater with a historic level of nostalgia crossing multiple ge ... More >>
I'm not much on romance, so for me Valentine's Day isn't a huge undertaking: a gift or two, some flowers, a card, done. I don't go in for the mushy mixtapes or complicated surprises or getaway weekends, in part because I'm always broke. But I'm more than happy to offer unsolicited suggestions on ... More >>
BY CINDAL LEE HEARTRock 'n' roll and fashion have always had a delicate and important relationship. But on the same token rock 'n' roll has always held a bad-boy reputation - that is until Eric Hutchinson came along with his fan-favorite single "Rock 'n' Roll." We have come to learn that this fre ... More >>
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
In anticipation of Girl Talk's show tonight at First Avenue, Gimme Noise cooks up its own amusing mash-up titles.
The Songs We Can't Escape
Johnny Depp recently told the AP that his androgynous child-like portrayal of Willy Wonka wasn't based on Michael Jackson, as many have speculated. Instead, he says, he found inspiration in children's show hosts. But the chalky visage, the retro fascination, the penchant for bizarre outbursts, and ... More >>
Classic Motown, Atlantic, and Curtis Mayfield tunes get remixed and recast
Two singing families came out of Gary, Indiana. One got lucky.
Alt rock eats it with another radio format change
Local exhibitionists throw a party of one in Intermedia Arts' "Absolute Originals"
With her humble poise and non-Diva tone, Mary J. Blige is the unlikely heiress to Aretha's throne
The regrettable consequences of a family divided
The Art of Murder or How to Take a Friend's Life Without Really Trying. Acclaimed artist Carl Wesley, a.k.a. Inmate 198369, wrote the book.
With the Gay 90's breeding discontentment among its namesake patrons, what is queer in clubland?