• Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Gwar's Oderus Urungus dead at 50

    Gwar founder and frontman Dave Brockie, who terrorized stages as Oderus Urungus, has died. According to StyleWeekly, the 50-year-old was found dead Sunday in his home in Richmond, Virginia.Over the past 30 years, the thrash metal band and its frontman had pulverized its audiences with bodily fluids, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Arcade Fire concert dress code: The ultimate guide

    Arcade Fire are nothing if not unseriously serious. When they announced their Reflektor tour last year, the band also told fans that formalwear or costumes would be necessary to get into their shows. After the upset that mandate caused, Arcade Fire noted that their dress code request isn't actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Erik Hess

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Erik Hess, aka @fivesixzero, has been a regular City Pages contributor for the past few years now., NME, Village Voice, and others have also featured his work. His live shots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Tony Nelson

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Tony Nelson's diverse photo output is regularly a part of City Pages and the Star Tribune. He shoots concerts constantly, but also has amassed lots of studio portraits that give a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Gwar at First Avenue, 10/5/13

    Gwarwith A Band Of Orcs, Iron Reagan, and WhitechapelFirst Avenue, MinneapolisOctober 5, 2013Between Oderus Urungus's twitter feed of late, the addition of quasi-politically-themed openers, and Gwar's frequent literal skewering of political figures might lead one to believe the Madness At The Core O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Gwar replace Cory "Flattus Maximus" Smoot, tour dates include First Avenue return

    Within the realm of fluid-enhanced metal, the overwhelming live presence of Gwar is unrivaled. And thus, it was a sad day indeed when guitarist Cory Smoot, who portrayed Flattus Maximus in the band, was found dead in the band's tour bus after they left their Minneapolis show at First Avenue (picture ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    14 legitimately disturbing music videos to make your Halloween less vanilla-flavored

    Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"​The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    First Avenue Day declared by Minneapolis mayor

    Photo via First Ave's Twitter​For as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    GWAR tonight in the Main Room

    If you want blood, or fake semen, you got it.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Halloween Show Planner 2008

    halloween1.jpgNeed somewhere to show off that Betty Boop costume? Here's a list of the best shows happening Friday night.

  • Music

    October 29, 2008
  • Calendar

    October 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    10/30 Morning Communiqué

    Kansas woman receives citation for anti-GOP bumper sticker, Indian law finally gives wives protection against spousal rape, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    City Planner: Monday 10/30

    GWAR @ First Avenue From today's A-List: "How do you celebrate Halloween when your average day consists of dressing up in grotesque foam rubber costumes, drenching people in fake blood (among other bodily fluids), and singing songs about death, dismemberment, and demented sex monsters from outer sp ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    Local Music Yearbook '04

    We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2004
  • Feature

    January 31, 1996