Iceland-bred producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson isn't one to push his presence on others. Sure, he was Björk's preferred engineer for years and eventually co-produced "I've Seen it All," her Oscar-nominated duet with Thom Yorke. He also co-produced Feist's 2011 heralded Metals, and engineere ... More >>
Of Monsters and Men With Elle KingFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, December 19, 2012Having your songs played ad nauseum on the radio can either expand your audience, or it can make you seem like a sell-out. Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men fall into the former category, coming off as ... More >>
By Justin BakerThere may not be two bands that have accelerated more rapidly and ridiculously to mass music geek adoration in 2012 than Of Monsters and Men and Japandroids.
These are bands that were barely on the popular radar a little over a year ago that are now in the midst of U.S. victory laps ... More >>
This week, 5ingles tiptoes idly through spring tulips and the wild, weird world of drone, sampling conventional and unconventional takes on the form. It is recommended that you pull the shades down, turn off other mechanical devices in your domicile, and savor the sinuous, scabrous sound of overlapp ... More >>
Oh lordy. It isn't time to think about SXSW already, is it? It seem like all that long ago that Minneapolis bands were swarming the streets of Austin, Texas in search of free beer and food trucks, and when Gimme Noise threw our first-ever Minnesota music showcase with First Avenue.But according t ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaThe Fiery FurnacesMay 13, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisThe Cedar Cultural Center possesses a particular vibe, an approximation
I'd place somewhere between a playhouse and a time-fragmented sixties
gymnasium. The overhead music is fantastic; finely curated Latin
Am ... More >>
Over the weekend Yoko Ono threw a seriously must-attend preparation celebration of her late husband's 70th birthday (and her first show ever in Los Angeles). In tow were: Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, RZA, Perry Farrell, her son Sean Lennon, Thurston Moore, and...much more. Of course there were myriad Fli ... More >>
Photo: Esther GibbonsFrenchman Massey found an exit before he could arrestedWhen you sign your kids up for language camp, you don't expect them to be taught the finer points of posing nude in the shower for a perv with a camera, or hear about them getting felt up through their pajamas.
But ... More >>
Tara Murphy)Alexander McCall Smith, author of several popular series, including The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has canceled his talk scheduled for Monday, April 26 at the State Theatre.