Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps With Mankwe The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Thursday, January 10, 2013Caroline Smith and her constant companions Arlen Peiffer and Jesse Schuster have always seemed to enjoy surprising their fanbase. Never content to rest on the thoroughly winning fol ... More >>
You would never suspect that Andy Elwell, with his colorfully tattooed arms and earnest grin--set in some good old-fashioned manly stubble--got his start in punk metal. As Elwell sips on a beer and talks about Brave Soul, his latest record filled with subtle folk-pop songs, he is anything but the pi ... More >>
It's been a while since we've heard much of anything out of Margaret Lane. Around this time last April, Lane, with her then-band Hildur Victoria, put out an impressive debut record -- a moody, cryptic work that put the singer's emotionally-charged vocal style on full display. But, while Hildur Victo ... More >>
New album documents her complex musical journey
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Photo by Joey ClarkIn a surprising Facebook status update today, Margaret Lane, lead singer and guitarist in the local band Hildur Victoria, has announced her departure from the group.
Self-titled album both robust and dramatic
Photo by Joey ClarkIn this week's print edition of City Pages, we have interviews with two different Twin Cities bands preparing to release impressive full-length albums this weekend.
Singer-songwriter's fifth album teems with airy piano-pop
It's a big week for Alicia Wiley, who is releasing her fifth album, Both Sides, at the Entry this Thursday with openers Hildur Victoria and Greycoats. We'll have an interview with Alicia in this week's City Pages, but first this morning we're excited to release the latest installment in the City ... More >>
Marioanima via Flickr.com Just because the weather is growing increasingly cold doesn't mean that there aren't a ton of hot activities around town. Even better: Some of the best ones don't cost a thing. Check out this week's list.
(Photo by stuartpilbrow) This week Freeloader Friday is all about street festivals. We have Dakota Fest, Highland Fest, and not one, but two awesome Bastille Day celebrations. Add in some live music and tons of other stuff, and you have a completely free weekend.
(Antigravity by Violeta Rotstein. Featured at the "Soo Fuze" gallery show at the SooVAC) This week we've got an ongoing party celebrating pop punk, a day-long zinefest, dragon boat races, and a naughty art show at Cult Status Gallery.
Photo by Desiree ForgetAs part of the ongoing "City of Music" series, we're pleased to present this video of newcomers Hildur Victoria performing their song "Bunny Valley." The band was filmed by Dan Huiting and MPLS.TV, and the sound was recorded by Jacob Grun (Me and My Arrow, Ice Palace) at So ... More >>
It's a seriously auspicious sophomore effort
Our pals over at MPLS.TV have dropped another great music video today, this time featuring local three-piece Zoo Animal in a fittingly sparse, minimalistic setting. Zoo Animal will release their sophomore album, Zoo Animal, next Friday, May 28 at the 7th St. Entry with Red Pens, His And Her Vani ... More >>
Holy Crap! It's Art-a-Whirl weekend! Non-stop art and rock and roll takes over NorthEast this weekend with art shows, all-day indoor/outdoor performances, some bands floating down the river in houseboats, and general festival madness for 72 straight hours. This annual tradition is so broad an ... More >>
Photo by Hillary Anne BergHildur VictoriaThe Electric Fetus is hosting a free show tonight as part of its ongoing MinnEconomy series, and they have booked a pair of fantastic up-and-coming bands for this month's installment. You don't have to take our word for it, but something tells us both Hild ... More >>
Brett Bullion finally steps up to the mic
Photo by Stacy SchwartzMinimalist rock trio Zoo Animal, who placed second in last year's Picked to Click poll, have announced the long-anticipated follow-up to their 2008 debut. Zoo Animal will be released on June 1 through local DIY label Rest Noise, and the band will play a release show May 2 ... More >>
This weekend is free to be weird.
Here is a quick list of things you could get into this weekend that don't involve sitting at home watching TIVO'ed episodes of "The Marriage Ref" with your dad.
The new disc features remixes by locals like No Bird Sing and Lookbook.
Coverage of State Fair performances, Brother Ali dissects new album & Motörhead at First Avenue.
JT Bates, Jeremy Hanson, Arlen Peiffer, and Anthony Poretti tell it like it is