Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a Dan Huiting-directed City of Music video for Volcano Choir, who are set to play a sold-out show at First Avenue this Friday. We're also f ... More >>
Björk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jaz ... More >>
Iceland-bred producer and composer Valgeir SigurÃ°sson isn't one to push his presence on others. Sure, he was BjÃ¶rk'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 >>
â€‹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 >>
Theater fans can pick from 168 shows
Photos by Nick Wosikaâ€‹The 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 >>
â€‹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 >>
â€‹(Photo by 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.
New faces did their take on familiar ground, and familiar faces did their take on something entirely brand new.
It'll be a long time before the sting of these deaths fades.
Iceland's mÃºm schedule McGuire Theater show & local No Doubt, Costello, Sunn O))) & Ambassador Gun shows reviewed.
The Minnesota author passed away this Wednesday.
Solid Gold pin down a sound that's so old, it's new
A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF
Iceland's best indie-rockers top this week's pop culture picks
Composer Nico Muhly Can't Stick to Classical, So He Heads to...Iceland?
CP'S voter sign-up "scandal": Conspiracy? Friends having a laugh? What's the difference?
The Fiery Furnaces turn poetic non sequitors into the surreal life of songs
Richard Flanagan creates a lie as big as a continent
The Producers and 101 Reykjavik are textbook cases of repugnance redeemed
Uzbek beauties! Swedish peaceniks! Iranian mummies! A guide to the high-wire act otherwise known as the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.