Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Tickle Torture is getting national attention with a stylish new video from his forthcoming EP. We've also got a bumper crop of new vids from Dessa, Fog, Stereo Confession, P ... More >>
Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the group was on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay put for new clips from ACTN, the 4onthefloor, Chris ... More >>
Olga Bell of the Dirty Projectors has completed a nine-movement song cycle Krai. For Bell, this is a very personal project. The writing process was a way for her to connect with her Russian history, and allowed her to forge a deeper artistic bond with her mother.Tonight, the project debuts at the Wa ... More >>
Björk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jaz ... More >>
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 >>
By Peter GerstenzangA.C. Newman is cool and calm, but more importantly, he is Canadian. When I get a hold of this gifted singer/songwriter, he is in St Louis, as Hurricane Sandy is conducting a Search and Destroy mission upon our already rain-ravaged East Coast. But when I ask him how his tour is go ... More >>
Michael Kiwanuka with Bahamas and Yuna Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis September 28, 2012 A series of burgeoning musical stars showcased their talents at a packed Fine Line on Friday night, as current Mercury Music Prize nominee Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas, and Yuna all delivered engaging, vibrant ... More >>
By Reyan AliSee Also:Dirty Projectors and Purity Ring at First Avenue, 7/15/12While Megan James and Corin Roddick have collaborated as the increasingly popular Purity Ring for only a couple of years, they've already firmly established one trait about the band: Mystery is where it's at. Shrines -- th ... More >>
See Also: Night Moves reveal Colored Emotions tracklist and release date Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inch Local retro-rockers Night Moves have kept the Twin City music community (and the rest of the world) waiting patiently for their Domino Records release of their de ... More >>
The prodigal son Owl City will be perform a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater on Friday evening, but if you are older than 14, Hot Chip will rock the First Avenue stage in Downtown Minneapolis. MaLLy will perform a free show at Northrop Plaza, but make sure you show up in time to catch the infect ... More >>
First Avenue show on Sunday
For how often St. Vincent comes to town, you'd think she's moving in. For the third second time in the span of four months, Annie Clark is booked to perform in the Twin Cities. This September, she joins ex-Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne on the first date of a joint tour celebrating their forth ... More >>
â€‹Just last week for our Year in Music issue, we here at Gimme Nosie headquarters were reflecting on some of the year's overnight successes among up-and-coming Twin Cities bands. The most obvious of those, of course, have been Howler--signed to London's Rough Trade before even releasing an album--a ... More >>
Photos by Erik Hessâ€‹tUnE-yArDs and HowlerNovember 12, 2011First AvenueMerrill Garbus sure is one idiosyncratic musical dynamo. After well-received local shows at the Cedar Cultural Center and Entry, Garbus took her traveling tUnE-yArDs musical carnival to the big stage at First Avenue and not onl ... More >>
â€‹GIVERS, Pepper Rabbit, and 1, 2, 3 June 26, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Last night, the young Louisiana pop quintet GIVERS rolled in to Minneapolis for their first show in the city, and it would be understatement to say that they took the crowd at the 7th St. Entry by storm. The group conta ... More >>
â€‹Lafayette, Louisiana quintet GIVERS play a highly danceable brand of pop music that sticks in your head for days if you let it, but there's much more at work in their music than simple four-on-the-floor dance beats. Swatches of West African guitar melodies and Latin percussion rhythms mingle with ... More >>
Photos by Erik Hessâ€‹tUnE-yArDsMay 8, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisThere's something about tUnE-yArDs. Led by talented multi-instrumentalist vocalist Merrill Garbus, the now-quartet has been touring relentlessly for the past year and half, and it shows; while Garbus's live looping techniqu ... More >>
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsenâ€‹Toro Y Moi and BraidsApril 3, 20117th Street EntryThe 7th St. Entry was again filled to capacity on Sunday night, as the appeal of a double-bill featuring Toro Y Moi and Braids proved to be too much to resist for Twin Cities music fans, even on a dreary Sunday night. And ... More >>
â€‹Across five venues, seven partners, and four days, the String Theory Music Festival will be set upon the Twin Cities (both of them!) this April 14-17 in a grand gesture towards reframing the modern and historical position of - but of course - stringed instruments. The festival will feature perfor ... More >>
Mac McCaughan reflects on the re-emergence of his seminal '90s band
â€‹In today's issue of City Pages, we printed an interview with Mac McCaughan of Superchunk in preparation for tonight's show at First Avenue. The following is the complete transcript of our email interview with Mac, including a few additional quotes that didn't make the cut for the print edition.
Photos by Steve Cohenâ€‹Dirty ProjectorsSeptember 19, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThere are few bands that so relentlessly defy a clear description of their music as Dirty Projectors do. Is it experimental? Freak folk? Prog rock? Straight ahead indie rock? Art punk? The answer to all of these quest ... More >>
Photos by Benjamin Grimesâ€‹School of Seven Bells and Active ChildSeptember 19, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisDo the Twin Cities have an active enough concertgoing population to support three separate sizable touring bands on a chilly Sunday night? It turns out the answer is yes, judging from the fu ... More >>
Photos by Jon Behmâ€‹Mos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
This week's flyer of the week nod goes to the mystical sketch below, a poster to promote Voytek's upcoming show with Vermont garage rockers Happy Birthday (who will also be in town on September 19 opening for Dirty Projectors at First Ave). Residual Echoes are also on the bill.
Photo by Sarah Cassâ€‹The Dirty Projectors, who played to a very sold-out Cedar Cultural Center last fall, will return to Minneapolis on September 19 to play First Avenue. If you'd like to attend, better act fast -- tickets go on sale today at noon (i.e. now), and we're expecting them to get snatche ... More >>
Photos by Erik Hessâ€‹Though clanging pop duo Xiu Xiu were the headliners in the Entry on Friday night, it was clear that a good portion of the audience turned out to see tUnE-yArDs, an avant garde tribal folk group who has been a favorite of this blogger since seeing them open for Dirty Projectors ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
Five bucks says you can guess at least 3 of each top 4.
Ville Thao and John Vang: Asians don't just want to party with Asians
Lifter Puller & Cloud Cult announce reissues, Mayda to release new EP & Felt drop first track from "Felt 3."
Musical acrobatics, that is.
Dirty Projectors & TV on the Radio's Malone set TC dates, Manson & Snow Patrol leave Myth & TC print/site on the outs?
The Uptown Bar and Myth begin to crumble, Bob Dylan's Christmas record, Dirty Projectors to play the Cedar & next week's best new releases.
Indie rock auteurs grace the Cedar Cultural Center this November.
The Pretenders and Cat Power to rock the MN Zoo, Purple Rain hits anniversary & next week's best new releases.
Stream new Mouthful of Bees and His Mischief, International Espionage reviewed & photos of Tapes 'n Tapes in Chicago
Highlights from the past week including Monotonix, Mark Olson & Gary Louris as well as next week's new releases
The storied music discussion series is an outstanding smorgasbord of local and national talent, and the 2009 line-up continues the tradition into a ninth season.