Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are ... More >>
Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>
The incomparable Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell turns 68 today. And while her own stirring music certainly stands proudly on its own, some of the most famous recordings of her songs have been done by other musicians. The list of artists who have covered Mitchell's songs over the years is a ... More >>
nvainio/FlickrFoodie in the makingJust because you're stuck at home Friday night, while your friends are experiencing the coolest bands, hippest new restaurants, and banging hangover that follow, doesn't mean you've turned in your cool card entirely. Having kids changes things, but if you're ... More >>
On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessElvis Costello & the ImpostorsJune 29, 2011State Theater, MinneapolisThe first member of the audience who got to spin the big wheel sitting on stage at the State last night was a woman named Heidi. She ran up on stage, squealing with delight, and gave Elvis Costello an enor ... More >>
Consider the Everly Brothers, consider the Delmores and of course, the Louvins; it seems near impossible to replicate the hauntingly close vocal harmonies of sibling singing duos. In this respect, and with consideration of their skin-prickling Baptist-influenced songs warning against the si ... More >>
As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>
ArcwelderDecember 4, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisAs music from the '90s is increasingly re-examined by critics and fans, it has become clear--just as in every preceding decade--that mistakes were made. Too much emphasis was assigned to some bands and others were ignored for no good reason at al ... More >>
Nepotism and lady beer guts: three acts to see if you've got nothin' better goin', and two not to miss.
Public policy cheers and jeers in 140 characters or less.
Learn a little about Sacred Harp singing and check out some videos after the jump.
Iceland's múm schedule McGuire Theater show & local No Doubt, Costello, Sunn O))) & Ambassador Gun shows reviewed.
Photographer Steve Cohen sent us some great shots from Saturday's show.
It was a good holiday weekend to stay in the Twin Cities.
Elvis Costello's greatest album tops this week's pop culture picks
At 42, the baby-faced songwriter ponders his mortality
Where's Robert Stack when you need him? A compilation CD titled Live in Town has been showing up in the mailboxes of musicians, DJs, rock critics, and record store owners throughout the Twin Cities. The mix, comprised of bootlegs from various local venues, ranges from the Dead Boys recorded at a Lon ... More >>
What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?
Flaneur tongue-kisses the absurd; Nautilus breaks up to make up