In 2008, Tim Bass left his hometown of Champaign, Illinois in his band's van and headed to L.A. It was under the spell of a dream and his group's fame-crazed frontman, who Bass describes as a "real controlling, sort of dick guy." It was an ill-fated attempt rooted in idealism, as Bass quickly found. ... More >>
Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miran ... More >>
Weaver at the Loom is primarily one man, Dan Smith. It's a common name, but he creates lush new songs that are brilliant individually, and collectively tell a more incandescent story. Concocted in his basement, his new album, Before Now, Was Then, Dan blends sounds that are what being in love should ... More >>
‚ÄčThink 2010 was full of ridiculous, over-the-top moments in pop music? Just wait until you see what 2011 has in store. As part of our year-in-review blitz, we took a look in our crystal ball to make some projections for the year ahead...
The suicide rate keeps climbing. It's the economy, stupid?
The Hearts We Broke on the Way to the Show makes long-awaited debut this month
The Beight frontman breaks new ground on a breathtaking solo album.
A post-college shake-up remakes Athensís the Whigs
Brenda Weilerís New Album Charts Her Grief After Her Sisterís Suicide
What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition.
A home-schooled innocent joins the local folk-pop fraternity
Sulking toward Nirvana
Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby
Ten scientifically approved verdicts about the best albums of the year
A modest proposal for a New York Times critic who should let pop eat itself
PJ Harvey and Brian Wilson go down easy, the 5,6,7,8's are harder to swallow
An Elegy for Elliott Smith, 1969-2003
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard makes amends for all the girls he's loved (and lied to) before
Nick Hornby creates the ultimate male chick flick
Valet keep their musical ambitions in neutral
Wales's Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are one with all things vast
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
Two years after topping polls as a live local favorite, Mason Jennings recasts his tunes in a political key
Country-punk's newest poster boy uproots his music from Americana on the multifaceted Kiss It Goodbye
Elliott Smith gets back to where he never belonged with Figure 8