Indie rock guitar god J Mascis has a load of side projects, including a solo joint under his own name. Yes, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman still shreds on Tied to a Star, and his wry sense of humor is on display in the cult-themed video for the lead single "Every Morning," starring Fred Armisen. Ahead o ... More >>
In early September, the Twin Cities music community lost a dear friend in Andy Richardson. The musician, sound engineer, husband, and father was only 36. Remembrances from his wife Moe and coworkers at effects pedal company ZVEX Effects addressed his sense of humor, generosity, and creativity. Now, ... More >>
Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. When I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt. (As it turns out, a lot of dudes who like Di ... More >>
#9. Fury Things: 42 pointsA DIY streak sure can speed up the recording process -- just ask Fury Things. In one productive day last fall, the Minneapolis garage-rock three-piece recorded the five raw, guitar-driven numbers on their self-titled debut EP at their practice space at the Acrylic Fabricato ... More >>
There was no question that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to be part of the upcoming Replacements reunion shows to be staged at the three Riot Fests in the coming weeks. However, lead guitar and drums were up for grabs. On Friday, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider reported that ... More >>
Stone Arch Bridge Music Festival 2013with The Honeydogs, Bloodnstuff, Fury Things,Sean Anonymous and moreMinneapolisSaturday, June 15th, 2013Outdoor music festivals and our cherished Minnesota climate mix about as well as rain meeting the oil slick from the back of a leaky food truck. Saturday after ... 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 >>
Noise-rockers snarl into the Minneapolis scene with Fundango
Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr.with ShearwaterThursday, October 18, 2012The Cabooze, MinneapolisThursday night at the Cabooze found the crowd witnessing both the beautiful path music is currently taking, and one where music has been and likely always will be. Austin, TX natives Shearwater represented the former; stalw ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams e ... More >>
After gradually catching the music world's attention with underground groups like Feathers, Happy Birthday, and Witch (with Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis), Kyle Thomas has now chosen to focus his creative efforts on King Tuff. Thomas' second album under the King Tuff moniker has recently been released on ... More >>
Des Moines' eclectic 80/35 Festival is now in it's fifth year, and continues to bring talented, compelling national and local acts to the two-day Iowa music fest. And while the outdoor music festival competition in the Twin Cities this summer will be greater than it's ever been, this year's stron ... More >>
Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>
Photo by Shawn Brackbill BY IAN POWERIn the print edition of this week's City Pages, we have an interview with Matador signee and Philadelphia indie rocker Kurt Vile, who is coming to the Varsity Theater next Monday with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. What follows is the extended transcript of Ia ... More >>
J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the ViolatorsApril 2, 20117th Street EntryTwo guitar virtuosos descended upon the sold-out 7th Street Entry on Saturday night, as both J Mascis and Kurt Vile delivered stirring, stunning sets in front of an enraptured overflow crowd. While their performances differed in bo ... More >>
This Saturday night at the 7th St. Entry, Radio K presents a unique line-up of artists who have made their stamp in the alternative rock/punk scene over the years. And if the return of the coveted J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), and the recent release of his almost acoustic album Several Shades of Why i ... More >>
L.A.'s noise duo talk about music, skateboarding, and artistic independence
We thought they were gone forever, for good, kaput. Then they came storming back into the limelight to blow our minds.
Dinosaur Jr. rock First Ave., Modern Radio set 10th anniversary show & M.anifest releases new album.
Dinosaur Jr. mixed new and old at their show at First Avenue on Wednesday.
Preview of Dinosaur Jr.'s show at First Avenue tonight.
New Mark Mallman, Pixies returning to the TC (sort of), Atmosphere announces summer tour & next week's best new releases.
5. Trama, Mr. T ziptape, out as a free download on April 14: Comedic highlight: "If I Was Emo," in which our hero croons, "I would get great reviews in the hip-hop local news/because I'm not seen as a threat, and my rhymes make you boo-hoo-hoo/If I was emo, I wouldn't have to wear gold/and my fake f ... More >>
20 years before Chris Cornell released Scream, he settled for being intentionally funny.