On the eve of Sandman: Overture, the writer talks about his life and his work
The Dandy WarholsFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday June 9, 2013 Sometimes a veteran rock band will perform one of its old albums in concert, beginning to end. You know this happens. It's no longer a trend or phenomenon to be excited or annoyed by, it's just an inescapable fact of the 21st century liv ... More >>
In countless ways, youth has bypassed baseball as our national pastime. You see evidence of this fetish everywhere -- even in otherwise "normal" people who are suddenly being stricken with Bieber Fever, Taylor Swiftitis, or what could only be described as paranoid delusions of One Direction. (The ma ... More >>
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 >>
As is always the case every spring, a lot of big-ticket veteran acts are making their way through town these days. With Paul Simon's recent visit, Duran Duran's gig, and next week's hugely anticipated Cars concert at First Avenue, the spirit of rock 'n' roll from days of yore has never been more ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessDuran DuranApril 22, 2011Epic, MinneapolisDuran Duran turned the sold-out Epic nightclub into a decidedly retro '80s party palace on Friday night, delighting their maturing but still passionate fans with an energetic 100-minute set full of hits both new and old. While the band' ... More >>
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
Fresh off a performance at this year's SXSW festival, Duran Duran are launching a worldwide tour that will bring them to Minneapolis to play Epic on April 22.
Reagan-era comedy succumbs to soggy nostalgia
Photo by Erik Hess"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>
Fess-up time: almost everything I know about Twin Peaks -- David Lynch's surrealist, televised take on fear, loathing, and murder in a fictional Washington state community -- I learned from Greil Marcus's excellent societal survey course The Shape of Things to Come. Here's what I do know for sure ... More >>
Dolores O'Riordan talks about life after the Cranberries, favorite albums, and finding peace in all this madness.
New music from the Hood Internet, a Woodstock-themed compilation & Snoop mashed with thrash.
Play set in 6000 A.D. is ridiculously engaging and sexy
Fight for your right to party this Saturday.
Bad news, Todd Fink-- Simon Le Bon is here and he wants his voice back.
The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities
Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted
Stylish one-hit wonders soldier on
After a long delay, a soft landing for local popsters
Eighteen thoughts concerning the Hives
You scrubbed radioactive toilets. You fleeced tots at carnivals. You ground the beaks off baby birds. You sent City Pages your summer job stories--and we didn't even give you minimum wage in return.
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.
Welcome to local cable access, home to couch humpers, hemp zealots, part-time paranoiacs--and some of the best TV you'll ever see.