"Sold I'm ever / Open ears and open eyes... / Oh the demons come / They can subside." When we hear a song, the message that we receive may depend entirely on the space and time we are in, the moment that the sound hits our ears. Some songs cut more deeply than others. For model and photographer Sar ... More >>
This Friday, the Triple Rock will play host to some impressive up-and-coming acts ready to inject some life into the glacial drag of winter. The line-up is stacked with a wide range of sounds, including the electronic grime ballads of the recently Picked To Click Pony Bwoy, the deep glitch-groove R& ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with a new video from Holographic Sands, drawn from their just-released EP on Forged Artifacts, Water Bodies. We've also got new clips from A ... More >>
The musician is breaking out of the pack, inspired by Neil Young
So it's June now. Despite the cloudiness, there are actually things happening outdoors. Saturday, be sure to check out tons of local bands at Rock the Vine. Later in the evening Hollow Boys release their latest record at Kitty Cat Klub. The Minnesota Zoo will also be hosting Richard Thompson an ... More >>
After making their stunning U.S. live debut with a memorable show at the Cedar Cultural Center back in March of 2011, Volcano Choir (a collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Wisconsin experimental rock outfit Collections of Colonies of Bees) are keeping their fruitful musical partnership ... More >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>
After a four-year wait, they release the cohesive and brooding Eat Your Young
This was a memorable weekend for our border neighbor folk act Bon Iver. Justin Vernon's band just spent a recent four-night swing performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York -- and if there's not a live album somewhere lurking within all of that, we'll eat our Gimme Noise sunglasses.Also of note ... More >>
See Also:Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)It's going to be that much harder to evade the salacious stunts of Prof this October and November as he forges out on a Midwest tour. Need proof? Over t ... More >>
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SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, allegedly shot sex videos of his own young kidsMSU-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner faces two felonies after allegedly shooting pornographic videos of his three young children. But it turns out this isn't the first time coach Hoffner has be ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Emmylou Harris, Field Report at the MN ZooField Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk musicEmmylou Harris With Field Report Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Thursday, June 28, 2012 To see Emmylou Harris perform live is a beautiful thing. Listening to her records, you hear t ... More >>
Alan P. Andersen of Seymour, Wis., apparently really doesn't like the smell of fresh paint. Or maybe the fumes are to blame.According to police, Andersen, 53, rammed his pickup truck into a brand-new door at an Eau Claire bar because he didn't like the smell of the new paint on the door, according t ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #20-11Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory about Minnesota without ever becoming full-time residen ... More >>
Related:Astronautalis makes the move to MinneapolisBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornNot everyone can turn a whiskey-fueled weekend in Wisconsin into a conceptual piece of art, but that's exactly what Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis are shooting ... More >>
700 black employees alleged Menards discriminated against them.Menards has agreed to pay about $1 million to black employees in the Midwest who claim they were passed over for promotions because of their race. Letters will be sent to the 700 former and current Menards employees affected by the ru ... More >>
Imagine hopping on a train in downtown Minneapolis and getting off less than six hours later in the heart of Chicago, with a stop in Milwaukee in between. Sound farfetched? Right now, it might, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans for a 400-mile, high-speed ra ... More >>
Justin Vernon and Bon Iver had one hell of a year in 2011. Bon Iver's sophomore album is widely considered the best album of the year, the group played well-received, sold-out shows all over the world (including a memorable two-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre), and capped it all off with f ... More >>
Patricia Woodford doesn't like to see a good piece of jewelery go to waste. At least that's what she told police when they busted her for stealing a ring from an acquaintance's corpse this summer. Woodford, a 55-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisc., pleaded guilty to theft from a corpse charges for sw ... More >>
Taking a cue from Atmosphere's quick-selling second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, onetime Atmosphere tourmate Prof announced today that he will head out on a mostly regional tour next month, hitting four Minnesota stops along the way. Given Prof's wild success over the past year (he easily so ... More >>
Danielle AttinellaRadio K listeners were treated to a new voice in July, when the University of Minnesota's radio station introduced Clashed Attitudes, a new punk themed show to their line-up. Hosted by students Gus and Morgan, the duo aims to present a wide spectrum of sounds, all under the ... More >>
James Vincent McMorrowSeptember 17, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWith melodies both delicate and imposing, Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is one of the most surprising and unsurpassable voices of this year. His story is frequently compared to our favorite Eau Claire neigh ... More >>
Perhaps following in the footsteps of Tom Waits, who took to his Twitter account to proclaim that rumors of him releasing new music will be "set straight" next Tuesday, August 23, and is causing his fans to fly into a tizzy, James Blake and Bon Iver have revealed a very cryptic new collaboration ... More >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more
Quite a few revelations abound in this fascinating in-depth report on the vibe in Kanye West's Hawaii studio during the creation of his just-released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Seriously. We can't stop chuckling about the rules Ye tacked up on the studio walls, including "No Tweeting" and ... More >>
Photos by Peter Michael MillerGreensboro, North Carolina was tubular. There are nice folks, a nice joint called the green bean, and home to some youngster blue grass musicians that make me embarrassed to pick up a guitar ever again.
Today Groupon celebrates one very successful year of business in the Twin Cities, where the company enjoys about 330,000 subscribers (as compared to 550,000 in NYC and 800,000 in Chicago). The deal-a-day voucher service has offered up around 400 group discounts via email to the greater Minneapoli ... More >>
Pretty signage for a Shitty Session. Rustle up your chaps and cowboy boots and buckle up for a Shitty Barn Session, Hops and Horses, and Tour de Farm this Week in Food. Wednesday 8/18 Summer is fast coming to a close. Enjoy these last warm Wednesdays out on the veranda--or in a shitty bar ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenThe NationalAugust 6, 2010First AvenueOn Friday, for the second night in a row the National played to a packed house at First Avenue. It was hot outside, and both hot and steamy inside, but nobody seemed to mind much. Since the release of their much-anticipated, almost univer ... More >>
Dance-pop duo headlining First Avenue for the first time
An interview with Peter Pisano and Brian Moen
NTSB dumps hundreds of documents on its Web site detailing the misadventures of Northwest Flight 188.
The bus company is responsive to her complaint, but witness reports vary.
Do we even need to specify that this happened in Wisconsin?
Is our crazy congresswoman really the shame of the nation?
How Justin Vernon ditched his life, isolated himself in a cabin, and produced an unexpected masterpiece as Bon Iver
Turning on to Digitata's blippity ballads
For years, a man who called himself Badger lived in an old broke-down van while creating a monumental work of public art. Then, something went wrong down on the Mississippi.
The only thing that could stop weightlifter Stacie Blaskowski from winning a third national title is Stacie Blaskowski
While Poor Line Condition are pioneering live drum 'n' bass in the local music scene, their audience just likes to watch
Writer Jeff Johnson stretches the truth and covers the spread
A day at the track with the P.J. O'Rourke of horseracing
From a supermarket in St. Paul, Radio Rey brings Spanish-language broadcasts to the Northern plains
The education bill's dead; long live the education bill