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Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>
May ushers in warmer weather, which means the beginning of street festivals -- two big ones in particular: Art-A-Whirl and Lyn-Lake Festival that feature many talented local artists. If the heat is too much for you, BB King will be rocking the State Theatre and on the other end of the musical spectr ... More >>
By Bobby Kahn George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic need no introduction -- especially in a city as funky as Minneapolis. Their huge influence can be heard across many genres of music today and even at the age of 70, George and his band tour harder and longer than many of the much younger bands ... More >>
CLAPS photo by Paul IrmiterWe've been posting all kinds of SoundTown coverage leading up to this weekend's festival, and today our SoundTown Series moves into the print edition for an interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, who talked to Natalie Gallagher about why he likes playing festival ... More >>
If you are not hip to the funk and his most excellency, creator and pioneer of the funk bass form William Earl "Bootsy" Collins, then there isn't much I can do for you. You likely live a sad and miserable life.
You're front row, dead center at a show for your favorite band, they've just played your second favorite song, and you can't wait to hear what's next. There's a short pause in between songs--the singer thanks the crowd, the bassist cracks a private joke to the drummer, and meanwhile, in a matter ... More >>
With the 24 members of Gayngs assembling themselves for a pair of "Last Prom on Earth" shows tonight at First Avenue, we asked ourselves: Who are some other awesome, ridiculously large supergroups and mega-collaborations? Here's a short list of our faves.
It's time to get hacked, boys.
Where were the spiders? As it turns out, Malaysia.
Finally the cowboys are taking acid.
The Bay Area three talk to us after their Cabooze performance last week.
Energetic musical follows loves and losses of a high school band from the '70s
Hard to imagine now, but 1990's 'Hold On' felt like the first true funk on Top 40 radio in years, its lumbering bass line and close female harmonies a bright thank-you to Soul II Soul—and to the hip hop that brought the beat back. En Vogue's subsequent early-'90s hits are ageless: 'My Lovin' (You' ... More >>
Leave your family. Throw away your money. And don't worry. You'll never regret having done it.
Is the theme from HBO's Deadwood inspired by Parliament's "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)"? For comparison, here's the Parliament song (note where they sing "You've got a real type of thing going down, gettin' down/There's a whole lot of rhythm going 'round"). And here's the D ... More >>
Hughes kisses the devil, Wainwright flirts with activism, and Houston makes out all right
Lynne Truss delivers us from our sins, Johnny Cash finds redemption, and Kurt Cobain loses Nirvana in the afterlife
Savoring the variably spicy JVC jazz festival
Getting More Bop for Your Buck with Parliament-Funkadelic and Charles McPherson Quartet at the JVC Jazz Fest
Manplanet prove they're more than just a group of space cadets
The inscrutable music, the unknowable man
British sensations Basement Jaxx bring the mojo back to disco
A decade ago, Derrick May helped invent a dance music that complemented a hollow city, Detroit. Now that May's music has colonized two continents, its maker has disappeared.