After tearing into some Hüsker Dü at Rock the Garden in 2012, Howler are back with another cover by a local artist of serious renown. This time, it's one of Prince's songs, "I Would Die 4 U." With acoustic guitars in hand, helplessly chuckling frontman Jordan Gatesmith and guitarist Ian Nygaard sh ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a lovely in-studio performance from former Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart, who just released an expansive new album, The Argument, inspire ... More >>
John Milton's epic 17th century poem, Paradise Lost, has captivated and confounded scholars and English majors alike for hundreds of years. Those who find their way through Milton's challenging, impenetrable archaic language find a moving story about the fall of man, as well as Adam and Eve's eventu ... 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.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
Mould's newest album embraces the raw power of his earliest work
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
Lambchop The Dakota, Minneapolis Thursday, April 26, 2012 "It's been too long," said pianist Anthony Crow midway through Lambchop's first performance in Minneapolis in a decade. He and enigmatic frontman Kurt Wagner traded recollections of their March 2002 performance at the 400 Bar, a show whic ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69" Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>
Hart: "I got into music for philosophical reasons"
Minnesota Give Up. No, that's not the title of Howler's next album, nor is it the slogan for the eyebrow-raising marketing campaign the band rolled out last week. But, if you were to read some of the things being bandied about on the interwebs about the interview that their baby-faced bandleader, ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Hüsker Dü frontman pens memoir
Since the dawning of the Pixies in 1986, the alternative music genre has molded, shifted, collapsed and exploded. But one thing is for sure -- those early years had something that other generations didn't. When The Pixies first approached the music scene, mainstream success wasn't something that ... More >>
Twin Cities prepares for busiest RSD yet
Photos by Alexa JonesSuperchunkWednesday, December 1, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIt was a dicey afternoon for Superchunk as they arrived here from Raleigh and lead singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan's guitar did not arrive with them. After much chatter on Twitter and a few phone calls they found a ... More >>
See Prince's Purple Rain suit and the original First Avenue light board
Minnesota's own self-proclaimed "genius of fun," ESP Woody McBride has long been one of the Midwest's techno sages and is again channeling the elusive old rave spirit with part deux of the Bassgasm saga tonight. As he did with Bassgasm 1, the second will lure old heads (who have grown up, started fa ... More >>
Oh it's hard not to get all giddy and nostalgic when bands like Washington D.C.'s Unrest reunite. While not as monumental and unlikely as a Hüsker Dü reunion or Pavement's return to the stage this summer, there is something to be said about this band, who with only a smattering of loyalists in ... More >>
Explore Minnesota, a site dedicated to attracting tourism to our fair state, has teamed up with 89.3 the Current to create an all-local playlist of streaming music that spans from the Castaways and the Trashmen to Dessa, Peter Wolf Crier, and Owl City. The mix, naturally, is bent toward radio-fri ... More >>
It's a local CD-release extravaganza this weekend, with bands unveiling new albums in seemingly every club across town. Here's our top picks for the must-see album release shows:FRIDAYJeremy Messersmith CD-release Cedar Cultural Center We like Jeremy Messersmith. A lot. Have you noticed? And we'r ... More >>
Surly Brewing was named the number one brewery of the last decade by the online web series "Beer Nation."
Husker Du drummer announces Hot Wax for early October release.
Why Lemons is like Tom Waits for Prince Fans
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
Grant Hart recalls his old classmate, Tim Pawlenty
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists
Or more to the point, who are the Suburbs?
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.