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While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the professiona ... More >>
Our favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies recently celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and this week, archivist label Shout Factory is releasing the 29th volume of episodes from the sho ... More >>
Seasonal thaws and spring training starting up in Florida are plenty to get Minnesota Twins fans giddy for the sights and sounds at Target Field. Music plays a huge role in baseball, so events like Rock N Jock Expo can feed urges for all sorts of fans this weekend. The now-annual event brings togeth ... 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 >>
Valentines Day week has arrived! Whether you plan on celebrating Valentines Day with a special someone, alone, or with your multiple cats, be sure to check out Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles' Greatest Valentines Mixtape show at the Cedar Cultural Center. On Friday synth-pop band Usonia rele ... More >>
The late, great Frank Zappa is heralded and revered right up there with Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein as one of America's greatest composers. Actually, no he isn't really. Having such an enormous and varied body of work, the man has often been seen as a divisive artist. Either you love the ... More >>
Mother's Day comes a couple days early this year for freaks and fans of Frank Zappa. The Cedar Cultural Center hosts the Grandmothers of Invention making a stop on their current tour. The show will include the group performing the 1974 landmark recording Roxy & Elsewhere in it's entirety and ver ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota songsTop 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picksFor all of the impressive songsmiths penning grand lyrics and melodies inspired by our fair Minnesota, there are nearly as many embarrassing clunkers doing ... More >>
Circle of Heat provide an intelligent alternative to mindless jamming. These four University of Minnesota music department products are celebrating the release of a self-titled album tonight at Bunker's, and the results should be filled with interstellar keyboard and guitar duels. Drawing as much ... More >>
What's the kookiest thing that could serve as a sled? Chances are, whatever it is, it'll be at the 5th Annual Art Sled Rally at Powderhorn Park this Saturday. The event is as theatrical as the ArtCar Parade (one of last year's goofier entrees was a mitten designed by five teenagers). The winter f ... More >>
The music of Stravinsky has been appropriated and reconfigured for ages now. From Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman and Frank Zappa, pieces have been pulled, re-arranged and served as the catalyst for new ideas in both classical and jazz worlds.
Aw, just look at him. That there is Justin Beaver, so named after the Bronx Zoo held an open vote - in other words, an open door to the inevitable. He's the second beaver to take New York in 200 years, keeping Jose company whilst they free-float down the Bronx River (which if you've never smelled ... More >>
Local music blog desperately scrambles for picture of Iggy Pop, Anni-Frid Lyngstad in same shot.
Pat O'Brien reports that Story of the Sea and a lineup of similarly nostalgic local and national acts kept the Turf Club packed on Friday night.
Children pressured to learn classic rock songs; writer leaves town in protest
Picked to Click XV
For those about to rock: Do not watch 'Rock School'
Zebulon Pike and the fastidious art of kicking ass
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
How three Midwestern boys reached jazz nirvana
After years of government oppression, jail time, and dubious comparisons to Frank Zappa, Plastic People of the Universe are finally coming to America
Rug Burn: Pakistani children rejoice in cheerful sweatshop in HOBT's Web Sight.
Sound + Vision: A new generation of DJs and musicians play cut 'n' paste with film history.