For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>
Aside from an actual victory by the Minnesota-based Okee Dokee Brothers, the 2013 Grammys had a few other moments to amuse Midwestern music fans. The main one, of course, was an appearance by Prince. For those who didn't watch the entire, dragging mess of a hashtag-obsessed show hosted by LL Cool J, ... More >>
If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>
Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota-based Okee Dokee Brothers. They just picked up the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Can You Canoe?, a record inspired by a canoe trip down the Mississippi River.The duo of Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing accepted the award in the pre-tap ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
The Minneapolis-based Okee Dokee Brothers, AKA Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, have had a busy 24 hours. The Americana act with a focus on music for children just got nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children's Album category for their self-released album Can You Canoe?The 55th annual Grammy Awa ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Astronautalis form band, record albumBon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is bornSean Carey has been a key component of Bon Iver's live presence for years. In addition to being the drummer and backing vocalist for Justin Vernon's band, the Eau Claire-based ... More >>
Mutemath's equation -- no pun intended -- is simple: take a notable name plus good music and multiply it by high energy to equal success. Even with their success, the band is continually working towards to the next step in their careers to keep the wolves at bay. Gimme Noise spoke with drum ... More >>
Facebook.comCriticizing Dave Grohl is a good idea, but please don't use offensive slurs.Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine watched the Grammys along with everyone else Sunday night, but didn't get caught up in the Bon Iver fever. Instead, the 24-year-old graduate of University of Minnesota-D ... More >>
If the Grammys showed us anything this year -- aside from the apparently difficult pronunciation of Bon f'ing Iver -- it was that electronic music is here in a big way. Now, in association with the awards show, documentarian Amir Bar-Lev introduces a one-night engagement of his film Re:Ge ... More >>
While most of y'all were lazing around watching the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Brother Ali was staging a personal protest. "I'm boycotting the Grammy's. Refusing to watch until @Atmosphere gets a nomination. (or until I get TV at my house)," he tweeted. Although Bon Iver's double win signals some l ... More >>
The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>
Add another annoying item to the list of things Justin Vernon had nothing to do with leading up to the February 12 Grammy Awards. First, there was this treacherous ice sculpture of a poster, and now there's a 30-second ad trumpeting Bon Iver's involvement the We Are Music campaign yet again, feat ... More >>
A small portion of the ugliness.The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
Game's new album is out nowGame is a Grammy-nominated rapper most known for being a member of G-Unit, and this fall he delivered one of the season's standouts with The Red Album. It's a rough-and-tumble onslaught featuring major guest stars like Lil Wayne, Tyler The Creator, Lloyd, E-40 and other ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Hoo boy, our Twitter friends are on fire tonight. For those who missed out on the Grammys Sunday night (or, like us, flipped it on for a minute and spent the ensuing several hours glued to the screen, help us god), here's a rundown of some of the best and funniest one-liners from all the music wr ... More >>
The Electric Fetus has long been our cities' most widely respected independent record store (I'm not picking favorites here, but did Ringo Starr wear your store's shirt to the Grammys? Just sayin' is all), operating for two score and two and employing a laundry list of local scene stalwarts throu ... More >>
The star of the eagerly-anticipated 2011 film Cheaper by the Dozen 3:The White House Wreck shall pick, and likely grin.
How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?