When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>
Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>
Capturing Grant Hart will never be an easy task. But director Gorman Bechard assembled quite a bit about the renowned Hüsker Dü drummer/singer/co-songwriter in the new documentary film Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart. In it, he speaks candidly about his music, art, phil ... More >>
The 14th annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival is set to take place November 13-17, and details are emerging for some of the wonderful plans for this year's festivities. All of the musical performances at this year's Sound Unseen will be taking place at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. The ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week, we start things off with a lovely live Current in-studio performance from the Suburbs, who are back with their first new studio record in 27 years. We're also fea ... More >>
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.Concept records get a bad rap, a really bad rap. I blame it on Yes. On paper, something that mixes 17th-century blank verse and the crown prince of t ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a lovely in-studio performance from former Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart, who just released an expansive new album, The Argument, inspire ... More >>
John Milton's epic 17th century poem, Paradise Lost, has captivated and confounded scholars and English majors alike for hundreds of years. Those who find their way through Milton's challenging, impenetrable archaic language find a moving story about the fall of man, as well as Adam and Eve's eventu ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.This week we lead off with an Alice In Wonderland nightmare clip from the atmospheric Minneapolis garage rock quartet, Crimes, taken from their new record, Thin Sunlight, whic ... More >>
After a two-year break from recording, San Diego indie-rockers the Soft Pack have returned with their new album Strapped. The record's glossy production, complete with synths, horns and dance beats should come as a shock to fans of the punky-garage sound the group had previously been known for. They ... More >>
Director Gorman Bechard doesn't live in Minnesota, but his documentary subjects are frequently part of the musical fabric of the area. Earlier this year, we published an update about his project involving Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart, but this one got off the ground because he was already in town gather ... More >>
Going by the title of the Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival alone, it would appear that there would be something for everybody at the South Minneapolis music festival. And, when you dig deeper into the stellar lineup for the day, you will find that to indeed be true, as a great, eclectic mix of b ... More >>
Hart: "I got into music for philosophical reasons"
Gimme Noise founder says farewell after four great years
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
A few weeks ago Grant Hart announced via Twitter a benefit show to help him through the extremely rough patch of a house fire, where he lost some pretty precious stuff -- his equipment, most notably. Initially attached was a Dave Pirner solo set, and a show from The Magnolias. Now we have the ful ... More >>
Grant Hart suffered a hard blow last month when he lost many of his belongings in a house fire, including his favorite guitar. Today via his Twitter account, Hart announced a benefit show at First Avenue next month which will help him to recoup some of his losses. The main act on the March 12 bil ... More >>
First, the good news: Grant Hart, formerly of Husker Du and now a renowned solo artist, is in good health after only a brief stint in the hospital yesterday afternoon. But the bad news is that Hart's South St. Paul house, which originally belonged to his parents, suffered a two-room fire that tor ... More >>
Most offices may be closed tomorrow for Christmas Eve, but the clubs will still be hopping all weekend long with some great holiday-themed events. Here's a rundown of the nine best excuses to sneak out of the house this week (plus one reason to stay in), starting with a few gigs that are slated f ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
Lookbook, Grant Hart, Gay Witch Abortion, Off With Their Heads, and many more blaze their own trails at the festival
The best of the best music events for December 31.
Husker Du vet releases "Hot Wax," his seventh solo effort since 1987.
Husker Du drummer announces Hot Wax for early October release.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
Artist Chris Larson and his deeply weird cabin
Ox-Op presents its biggest show--and its last
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.
At Outsiders and Others Gallery, a group of local rockers make music for your eyes
Grant Hart recalls his old classmate, Tim Pawlenty
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.
Will 2000 be the year Minnesota hip hop broke?
With Good News for Modern Man, Grant Hart pulls away from his past--while keeping an eye on the rear-view mirror