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 >>
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Minnesota lineup is particularly impressive. It comes to ... More >>
Popular culture these days is like a black hole, sucking up all elements of the underground and spitting them back out in a more easy-to-swallow format. It's getting harder and harder to retain true underground status with Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic trying to make a buck off it. Here in Minnea ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>
This past Saturday, the boy band One Direction opened a pop-up store at the Mall of America, and Gimme Noise decided to observe what sort of youth-cultivated bedlam might result. Called 1D World, the store will occupy the northwest corner of the mall's rotunda for the next six weeks.Upon receiving t ... More >>
In countless ways, youth has bypassed baseball as our national pastime. You see evidence of this fetish everywhere -- even in otherwise "normal" people who are suddenly being stricken with Bieber Fever, Taylor Swiftitis, or what could only be described as paranoid delusions of One Direction. (The ma ... More >>
Cat-meme lovers unite for a meowing—or wowing—first-ever event
iTunes' miserly propensity to give away a pittance of free mp3s by new and emerging artists is a sort of open secret, a veritable whisper in the blogosphere's never-settling echo chamber of mp3s and streams and tour-date listings. It'd be nice to be able to tell you that everything Apple has dole ... More >>
M. Ward, Zooey, (and Tigger too!)As if its empire wasn't vast enough, Disney is making eyes at the Pitchfork-reading crowd with some new soundtracks featuring the likes of Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, and Sondre Lerche. With the release of the hand-animated (vintage ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerTime to enter into the musty depths of your closet and find that old acid-washed jean jacket and tattered rock tee (or just head to Hot Topic, I guess) -- you're going to have the perfect place to wear that stuff this summer. As if the State Fair weren't already the ideal sp ... More >>
Sparkly vampires and co-dependent, teenage girls to arrive at a later date.
Santigold and the Sounds to return to the Twin Cities, Big Quarters announce CD release show & Sick of Sarah @ Hot Topic.
Joel of the Cosmic Slop podcast, the friendliest truck stop on the intergalactic super hi-way, discusses his love of music and his insatiable need to know everything about it.
Mike D. talks patriotism, politics, and why the Beasties are excited to return to the Twin Cities after a decade
Electro-metal locals Screaming Mechanical Brain aren't afraid to piss off your grandma
No More Heroes is hip, bloody, and indispensable
Think Black Friday was bad? Try living at the Mall of America for a whole week
What's a lapsed-Catholic former sex worker who doesn't like religious dogma to do when she finds out she still believes?
The new domesticity: On the needle with the Knit Grrrls
The music channel finds God; heavy-metal band Lamb of God loses its shit The network that once brought you Boy George and George Michael, and has since become a showcase for frat boys and self-described "future MILFs" attempting to spew more vomit than an elephant, has recently seen the light. And ... More >>
Will the unholy wailing of teen balladeers ever end?
City Pages writers look back on 25 years of arts criticism, and the sentences that still make us cringe
Smoking like Dre, rioting against junior high, singing in the parking lot
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard makes amends for all the girls he's loved (and lied to) before
The D4 write a "how to" for sellouts while Electric Six cash in at Taco Bell
In the post riot-grrrl sweepstakes, the Donnas lust for control, while Le Tigre looks for liberation