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 >>
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. Vita.mn, NME, Village Voice, and others have also featured his work. His live shots ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor 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 >>
Rocktober is in full swing.
If you want blood, or fake semen, you got it.
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.