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The FaintFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisSaturday, May 24, 2014Just before the Faint took the stage, a large drunk man pushed his way towards the front row, turned around, and grinned. "Everyone forgot about the Faint three years ago," he slurred. "I heard Reptar four years ago in New Hampshire and ... More >>
Ke$ha with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons Myth Live Event Center, St. Paul August 19, 2013 If the will call line is held up by security inspecting a glitter container to ensure it's not drugs, a grown man is prancing around in gold spandex pants, and the floor becomes a minefield of spilled ... More >>
Minnesota has a rich history of distinctive garage rock dating back to the Trashmen's surprise hit "Surfin Bird" and the C.A. Quintet's epic Trip Through Hell. Maybe it's our short summers. Fans of the "Soma singles sound" might be surprised to find we're livng in a new golden era, with so many band ... More >>
Girls Got Rhythm Fest With Cherie Currie, Marilu and the Machetes, Sugar Stems, and Is/Is Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Saturday, May 11, 2013 Cherie Currie's explosive and enigmatic headlining performance that closed day two of Girls Got Rhythm Fest late Saturday night won't be forgotten soon. ... More >>
Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it. And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... 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.There is a quote from the actor Cary Grant about what's it like to be him: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." That has ... More >>
No surprise that the first thing mentioned in each obituary for Reg Presley, the Troggs' lead singer who passed away on Monday, is "Wild Thing." Presley didn't write the song, but he popularized it and with the Troggs recorded it several times. Over 35 years "Wild Thing" transition from a rock and r ... More >>
The Coup With Villa Rosa & Greg GreaseThe Cabooze, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012 Marxist hip-hop must be a tough flag to march under. Embracing strong political ideals while simultaneously attempting to carve out a large enough fanbase to support their art couldn't have led to a lot ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
The legendary sludge-punk metal band the Melvins return to Grumpy's Downtown Minneapolis, making their 15th stop in as many days! They'll perform in the lot out behind the establishment, as the Minnesota stop on a 50 states (plus Washington D.C.) in 51 days tour. If completed, it would put the band ... More >>
Sher, Swatch Team, Broken Crow, and more
They're a rail-whiskey cocktail of rockabilly, post-punk, and blues
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
Private Dancer announces national tour, Rob Zombie adds TC date & No Age performs Hüsker Dü songs with Bob Mould at ATP.
Update on Dylan's Christmas album, free Banner Pilot & Prince wants to work for Obama?
Soundset coverage, local interview round-up, P.O.S. sets European dates & next week's best new releases.
Dinkytowner to close, Mallman to release a new album, Stone Arch details, Art-a-Whirl & next week's best new releases.
The Twin Cities-based laugh factory offers smart hope in dumb times
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
"Killer" is one of us in 'New York Doll'
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The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Man becomes a diapered monkey. College art rock becomes an MTV sensation. And Chuck Statler becomes the rock video director who started it all.
'Coffee and Cigarettes' catches a momentary buzz
Hitch a ride with the Flash Express
Mark E. Smith: Misogynist? Alcoholic? Anti-hero of an indie rock era?
Once is never enough: Try another tryst with world cinema in week two of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival
Can a rock band-cum-theater company turn its audience into enlightened perverts?
Velvet Goldmine gives the rock movie a makeover
Monster Magnet's new alloy of heavy metal salvages the most unholy of musical forms
An outsider's diary from Le Festival, where world cinema meets Planet Hollywood
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future