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 >>
Echo & the Bunnymen with John Swardson First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, August 9, 2014 Saturday night at First Avenue, Echo & the Bunnymen made what could have been a fantastic, flawless pass through town, but bogged it down. There were a couple of strange passages and two Doors cover songs. On ... More >>
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Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis March 6, 2014 The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as t ... More >>
The group goes from high school nerds to hip local band
Deleter is that enigma that can't be categorized. The Minneapolis group has released a single each week during the month of March for their EP A/B Series. The new album constantly keeps the listener on their toes, incorporating slivers of sound that come and go, recognizable, yet mutating before the ... More >>
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Annual First Avenue show highlights best newcomers
Photos by Mike MinehartMachine 22Black Box Revelation with Machine 22, Porcupine and DetourNovember 14, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisI arrived during of Porcupines from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of my favorite bands I've recently discovered. One of my favorite songs, "Rooftops" from their 7" spli ... More >>
Lydia Lunch in a scene from Blank City"If you could be anybody, who would you be?" "An outlaw, a film director, a rebel, a rock star!" yells a '70s gangster shooting a gun at the Super 8 camera, cutting to a rapid-fire Mars punk song over a killer montage of '70s film clips of punk and no wave mu ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
Hall & Oates, Lazerbeak? Really?
Northfield foursome release the hounds--and an impressionistic, kinetic debut album
After a fun funeral, it's time to get right with God
(A.C. albums rated on a scale of one to five paw prints)
They were hobbits. They were pot smokers. In 1981, they were just kids called U2.
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
Shadow Box ain't gonna stand for that pissing and moaning
Donnie Darko pumps up the volume of Reagan/Bush-era angst
How much worse can Modern Rock radio get? You have no idea...