During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released ... More >>
Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis March 6, 2014 The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as t ... More >>
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This warm week brings several shows to the Twin Cities. Lucius (above) will be playing a sold out show at the Cedar Thursday while Greg Brown sells out the next day. Strange Names plays the Triple Rock Thursday and Jeremy Messersmith spends the weekend playing two shows at First Avenue. Th ... More >>
A Tribute to Sue McLeanWith Eric Hutchinson, BoDeans, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, X-Boys, Rogue Valley, and othersFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, November 23, 2013Saturday's tribute to Sue McLean was rarely precious. Instead, it was raw and fearless as the woman herself. The independent concert pr ... More >>
This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... More >>
The Current's 7th Birthday Party, Day 2With Polica, Suicide Commandos, Sims, and Haley BonarFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 28, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here and coverage of night one here.Was it arrogant of the Current to think that a two-night birthday was appropriate? W ... More >>
Gimme Noise founder says farewell after four great years
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
They don't call it Rocktober for nothin'. Fall has always been a popular time for touring musicians to hit the road, and it's making for some busy nights at venues across the Twin Cities. Nearly every night, concertgoers are faced with some tough choices -- like tonight, when Astronautalis performs ... More >>
This weekend was brought to you by the letter "H."
Photo by Louisa PodlichWith severe weather hitting the metro area, the Walker Art Center has decided to move its inaugural 2011 Music & Movies night in Loring Park indoors to the Walker Cinema, which unfortunately only fits about 330 people (the recurring night usually draws over 1,000). Acco ... More >>
For next week's City of Music video, MPLS.TV and Dan Huiting opted to feature a very different side of Haley Bonar's musical persona by filming a song with her punk rock side project Gramma's Boyfriend. Dan Huiting tells us how it went down:
"What's the point of going out? We're just going to end up back here anyways." - Homer Simpson
Daytrotter is all up in the Twin Cities scene again. Just yesterday we saw Gabe Douglas of the 4onthefloor tweeting that his band was down at the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois recording a session, and today the site posted a three-track performance by revolving electromanipulators M ... More >>
Though much of their lineup had already been unveiled on their website, the Lyn Lake Street Fest has fleshed out its schedule and revealed all of its acts today, including Peter Wolf Crier's first local appearance in five months. As if that wasn't enough to get us salivating about summertime fun, ... More >>
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
Tom Loftus by Greg SchaalThe 501 Club will launch their 501 Arts fall program this Saturday with a band photo exhibit featuring Minneapolis-based photographers. From mid-performance snapshots to posed band portraits, the medley of photos in the exhibit will be intriguing, to say the least. A ... More >>
The next two weekends in Northeast will be jam-packed with free live music, starting this Saturday with Shuga Records' 13th Avenue Folk Festival and Record Swap in Shuga's parking lot and at the 331, and continuing next weekend with the massive Nordeast Music Festival, which spans several venues ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesThere's been quite the kerfuffle about the Taste of Minnesota's decision to charge admission at the gate of this year's festival, but judging by the size of Friday night's audience for sets by the likes of Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen, and Dawes, fans were happy to fork ove ... More >>
Painting by Jan AttridgeHere's another reason to head down to today's Taste of Minnesota festivities (just in case sets by everyone from Atmosphere to Dawes to Haley Bonar and Justin Townes Earle isn't enough): The St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, will appear on the Red House Stage at 3:45 p.m. to ... More >>
So just how early do we all need to skip out of work today to make it down to the Taste of Minnesota? If you're hoping to catch local acts like Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, and Willie Murphy, you'd best take a half day. Print out this schedule and show it to your boss; we're pretty sure they ... More >>
An afternoon with the Twin Cities poet and rapper
The new disc features remixes by locals like No Bird Sing and Lookbook.
Dinosaur Jr. rock First Ave., Modern Radio set 10th anniversary show & M.anifest releases new album.
Ian Anderson's spoke to Gimme Noise about his highly approachable primer to success in the music industry, now available to order through his label's website.
Iceland's múm schedule McGuire Theater show & local No Doubt, Costello, Sunn O))) & Ambassador Gun shows reviewed.
The Minnesota Zoo announced its radically eclectic Music in the Zoo line-up for this year.
On today's show, Mischke played a selection of songs about local streets.
Prince releases a limited edition iPod, Banner Pilot sign to Fat Wreck Chords & Halloween, Alaska play the Current.
P.O.S. tops Billboard chart, the Hopefuls tour dates, St. Paul Slim on B96 & Haley Bonar records Daytrotter session
Lookbook, Muja Messiah, Black Blondie and others pose for their senior pictures.
A full report from the final show, a matinee at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Shaking it with zombies and nuclear submarines
Ten local albums that kept the home fires blazing— then burned down the house