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 >>
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FLAG With T.S.O.L., Cerebral Ballzy, and Off With Their Heads First Avenue, Minneapolis September 13, 2013 For decades-old punks FLAG (original members of Black Flag who are prevented from using the band name by Greg Ginn), there really isn't any wistfulness for one to get lost in. Their frenetic, ... More >>
Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Ca ... More >>
Over the course of their distinguished 30-plus years in the music industry, Meat Puppets have brazenly ignored trends, hype, and expectations, while simply going about things their own distinctive way. Formed by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood in Phoenix in the early '80s, Meat Puppets were one of t ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerMeat Puppets November 12, 2011 Turf Club There's something magical about seeing old SST bands. I doubt it's that the L.A.-based punk/hardcore/jazz label necessarily had a strong influence on the bands whose records they put out, but rather that founder Greg Ginn had his ... More >>
Orchestra Baobab is the kind of band that makes critics (at least this one) resort to hyperbole and sociology.
Wives' punk rock noise explodes like a bomb in reverse
With Good News for Modern Man, Grant Hart pulls away from his past--while keeping an eye on the rear-view mirror
How Amphetamine Reptile changed American music--and then went into the bar business