I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Imagine a world where Beck, Passion Pit, Coldplay, 311, Alien Ant Farm, Mumford & Sons, and Green Day (post-Dookie) are played on repeat all day. Finally, a place where dingbat radio DJs can be free to spend 15 minutes discussing the finer points of "Sex on Fire" and how Paramore's Haylie Willia ... More >>
The Replacements Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta Saturday, May 10, 2014 After a 25-minute downpour, causing a 10-minute delay to the start of their set, the Replacements took the stage in Atlanta to rapturous cheers -- despite their crowd not being quite as large as most of the weekends other main s ... More >>
After 23 years away, the Replacements have a new Twin Cities date on the calendar.Last year, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson returned to the stage with guitarist David Minehan and drummer Josh Freese for three Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, and they just launched a series of 2014 ... More >>
After eight years of twists and turns, it appears Jammie Thomas-Rasset's legal drama is at an end. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review her case, meaning a $220,000 judgement against the Brainerd woman stands.SEE ALSO: Recording Industry Association of America responds to City Pages ... More >>
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>
Dave King has an all-caps approach to his creative existence. The Bad Plus drummer has so many projects whizzing around in his shaved dome that you should probably just consult his website to get the level of familiarity necessary. In short, he could put out albums in 2013 with Dave King's Trucking ... More >>
This week, 5ingles explores songs that boast connections to mental illness. None of these are quite as stupendous as Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" or Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" or Green Day's "Basket Case" or Lil B.'s "Wonton Soup," but the last song on the list comes pretty damn close -- i ... More >>
Straight up: I love MTV, and I hate MTV, but mostly I can't believe that MTV is still alive and kicking at 30, i.e. the age when it's definitely time to quit wearing sports jerseys, settle into a semi-permanent career, and move out of mom and dad's crib. Wags have been predicting the station's de ... More >>
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
Twin Cities prepares for busiest RSD yet
It's no big secret that Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is invested in the Twin Cities -- after all, he met his wife, Adrienne, at a show in Minneapolis, and has long cited both the Replacements and Hüsker Dü as major influences.
Dear Santa, No zeppelin or Red Ryder BB gun for me, this year. No Porsche, no super-strength, no Wii. Not even world peace, Santa. Forget all of that. This year, I'm asking for something that could enhance - even improve - the lives of millions of people across the world: please, please, please w ... More >>
Campbell may have knocked Tucker's teeth out in their '81 match, but the old man's 73 now while Tucker's a spry 51. Gonna be a nail-biter, folks.
This won't be an anti-American Idol blog post, but I am taking aim at American Idol; it won't entirely condemn Rihanna, but it will subject Ri-Ri to some tough love. Idol and Rihanna are a mere jumping-off point, because watching the results show Wednesday night made me really confront something ... More >>
After a series of Wheel of Fortune/word puzzle guessing games, Chicago summer fest Lollapalooza has officially revealed its 2010 lineup. With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus this year and Rothbury in Michigan canceled, Lolla is one of the closest large-scale festivals for Twin Cities music fa ... More >>
A discussion between the two provides an intriguing slice of Twin Cities music history.
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.
Vote now, and tune in December 4 to find out if he won.
Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.
Green Day's lumbering concept opus barges into the world of musical theater.
It's the second single off "Rebirth," the mixtape god's rock album, and you know what? It ain't half bad.
From our email, here are a series of Top 7 lists compiled by the hosts of Radio K's various specialty shows, from punk to hip hop to world music (770 AM, 100.7 FM, 106.5 FM): Radio K International -- World Music Sundays 10am-Noon Radiok.org 1 Seu Jorge "Cru" (Wrasse) 2 Amadou & Mariam "Dimanche a ... More >>
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Local punks the Misfires make a case that the youthful basement circuit is still the place to be
Rock the basement and pour beer on your ass with pop-punk heroes Dillinger Four