Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
When you've collaborated with Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Prince and crushed it in the Doobie Brothers, can you hang up your hat and call it a day? Even if Yacht Rock, Family Guy, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin will never forget you, the legendary Michael McDonald believes there's always work to be ... More >>
Forget everything you think you know about New Zealand's the Ruby Suns -- if that was much in the first place. Since 2004, Ryan McPhun has steered the Suns through a series of danceable and densely instrumented releases, but after a breakup with a bandmate a few years back, he was ready to reinvent. ... More >>
Plenty of shows going on in this last full week in February. Friday and Saturday prove to be the most busy. Friday, indie rock band Eels takes the First Avenue stage while psych poppers Ruby Suns play at the 7th Street Entry. ZZ Ward will be playing to a sold-out crowd at the Varsity and California ... More >>
Grizzly Bearwith Lower DensFirst Avenue MainroomOctober 1, 2012In more ways than one, it felt like Grizzly Bear pulled out all the stops at First Avenue on Monday night. There were, of course, all the vocal acrobatics and complex arrangements that could be expected from one of their shows. But they ... More >>
With all of the music that we consistently have at our fingertips, it's a given that in every year albums and bands that deserve to get heard and receive wider recognition frequently get buried under whatever is new or the next big thing. It's a sad cycle, and one that I'm as guilty of as any ... More >>
Photo By Erik HessCANT, Mirror Mirror, and Blood OrangeOctober 15, 20117th St. EntryThere are some bands, when confronted with a small turnout at their concert, mail-in a brief, passionless show, collect their money and quickly move on to the next city. But in the case of Saturday night's CANT ... More >>
With so many independent labels releasing so much music these days, it's not as easy as it once was to associate the name of a label with a certain aesthetic or rely on a label's name to determine the quality of music being distributed. But for whatever reason, I've found myself returning again a ... More >>
You can peep the interwebs regularly, check those flight controls with neurotic consistency (you know who you are), and still have days (days!) that yield nothing worth looking at. Good content doesn't grow on polygonal trees, you brats. Luckily, today wasn't one of those boring ones.
Critics' picks for the year
Mac McCaughan reflects on the re-emergence of his seminal '90s band
In today's issue of City Pages, we printed an interview with Mac McCaughan of Superchunk in preparation for tonight's show at First Avenue. The following is the complete transcript of our email interview with Mac, including a few additional quotes that didn't make the cut for the print edition.
Photos by Steve CohenWolf ParadeFirst Avenue July 18, 2010 Fresh off the heels of a stellar performance in Union Park as part of the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend, and in what many have claimed was the highlight of the hipster mecca, Wolf Parade stopped on by the First Avenue mainro ... More >>
by Nikki Miller and Andrew FlanaganFor this second chapter of Rational Dialectic, Andrew Flanagan and Nikki Miller soak in the sold-out Korn show in First Avenue's Main Room, wherein they encounter a real-life vagitarian, black shirt farts, and confront head-on their checkered musical her-and-his ... More >>
Spinning octahedrons and angelic vocals
Five bucks says you can guess at least 3 of each top 4.
Paying homage to those who speak the language of creativity
The aughts saw indie rock go mainstream. Here's the top 5 indie songs we couldn't escape this decade.
Extra notes and quotes from this week's cover story.
Celebrating the 10 winners of this year's best-new-bands poll
Big Trouble's favorites could teach all of us a few things about behaving musically.
Chatting with the guitarist from Phoenix in preparation for tonight's sold-out show.
Jeff Hanson passes, Gaslight Anthem announce TC date, the Pretenders pull out of MN Zoo show & next week's best new releases.
Sunn O))) to play the Varsity in July, reactions to Grizzly Bear's Cedar show & Sick of Sarah in L.A.
Living vicariously through Twitter, we recap last night's Grizzly Bear show.
Gay Witch Abortion play on the Miss, Slug and Murs to release new album & next week's best new releases.
Chairlift play the Fine Line Music Cafe tonight with Peter Bjorn and John.
Grizzly Bear to play Cedar Cultural Center, Brad Senne releases video, P.O.S. explains "Optimist" & SXSW news