Caroline Smith gets plenty of credit for her abilities as a songwriter, vocalist, and performer -- but job creator? Yep. Just recently, she announced that she's taking applications for a new voice to join her for a string of tour dates in Fargo, Duluth, and Iowa City later this month. Judging by how ... More >>
Animal Lover have it in them to be a cult name in the Midwest. Thanks to a staunch commitment to their gloriously chaotic post-hardcore sounds, the Twin Cities by way of Fargo band have already netted a small but loyal national following and critical attention. After tying for the #10 slot on our 20 ... More >>
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Downtown Minneapolis is going to be darker and weirder than usual come mid-September due to the arrival of Terma Festival. The two-day event, held at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, features a lengthy slate of artists from the local community and beyond who embody musical experimentation. The lineup ... More >>
Just days after the University of Iowa was named America's top party school, a 21-year-old undergrad named Alexander Kinzel went out and proved why.SEE ALSO: Twitter accounts solicit boob pics from University of Minnesota students [PHOTOS]Late last night, Kinzel was allegedly involved in a fight at ... More >>
A slew of recent lists has named us snobby and brainy, bike-friendly and outdoorsy. But here's a ranking that carries a little more weight, and comes backed by harder data: The Twin Cities has the lowest unemployment of any major U.S. metro area, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of La ... More >>
In an Atlantic Cities blog post, Richard Florida uses Lumosity data to conclude that MSP is the second-brainiest large metro in the country.For those unfamiliar with it, Lumosity is a brain-performance program consisting of 40 games designed to train users in the areas of memory, attention, flexibil ... More >>
The rock particles have merged and a new element is being added to the periodic table. STNNNGVRNMNT, as Modern Radio Record Label has lovingly dubbed the new creation, will soon release a limited edition 12" (only 100 copies) to the general public. The ten-member big band collaboration between STNNN ... More >>
The venerable Englert Theatre in Iowa City is celebrating its Centennial this October, and to mark the historic occasion, the venue has commissioned a new music collection, Iowa City Song Project, featuring songs from 31 bands and musicians who have been inspired or influenced by their time in Iowa ... More >>
It's happy hour at the Icehouse on Eat Street in Minneapolis. Clint Simonson, owner and operator of the small indie label, De Stijl has already found a home at the bar. "Hey man, how you been?" he asks giving me a hug as I sit down. "Have I gotten you this Robust Worlds CD yet?" Checking out the a ... More >>
See Also:Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)It's going to be that much harder to evade the salacious stunts of Prof this October and November as he forges out on a Midwest tour. Need proof? Over t ... More >>
See Also:Night Moves on hotel living, song facelifts, and the new 7-inchBest New Band 2012: Night MovesLocal trio Night Moves are finally ready for their close up. After creating a buzz in the Twin Cities over the last few years with their emergent live shows and their free, digital-only debut, the ... More >>
Related:Brother Ali arrested at Occupy Homes protest [VIDEO]After setting off the Entry back in May, rallying in Wisconsin, giving us a soulful, somber taste of his new record, and recently getting arrested to help bring attention to the foreclosure problem here in Minnesota, Brother Ali is finally ... More >>
The country music scene is often overlooked in place of more organic genres, but St. Paul-based musician Dave Olson really isn't classified as country. On his new album, Dave takes the Americana-folk genre and puts a different, yet simple spin on songwriting. Collaborating with Pieta Brown, Benson R ... More >>
Fun.With Miniature TigersMyth, MaplewoodFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.In the early going, frontman Nate Ruess alerted the audience at Myth that this show was "the biggest headlining show Fun. has ever done" -- and the proceedings played out that way. After initially be ... More >>
The Golden Skate has found a new home. The Daggers Dolls beat The Rockits 76 to 71 at the Minnesota RollerGirls Home Season Championship Saturday night, marking the team's first championship victory since the league's inaugural season. Including the championship, the Minnesota RollerGirls home te ... More >>
As the Doomtree crew are all getting psyched for their sprawling 2-month-long U.S. tour which starts tomorrow night, they dropped a lighthearted, no-frills video for "Bangarang," one of the most rousing tracks on their recent No Kings album. The clip features all the members of the Doomtree colle ... More >>
Thankfully, Clear Heart Full Eyes, the debut solo album from the Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, doesn't signify a fracture between him and his regular bandmates. It just represents a temporary musical diversion for Finn from the wild, late-night hi-jinks that are prominently featured in his ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWith a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.
The guard in the pink jacket tried to fight... pretty much everyone.The University of Minnesota football team actually won a big game on Saturday, stealing a late win over a pretty decent University of Iowa team.As the seconds counted down on the 22-21 comeback victory, Minnesota students, finall ... More >>
The popular Dinkytown shop expands to Uptown.Mesa Pizza is opening a third location in Uptown, in the former home of the Ivy clothing shop at 1440 W. Lake Street, reports the Southwest Journal. The business recently leased the space and hopes to have the pizzeria open by October.
By what I'm reading on everybody's online twits, the cool thing this week for a band to do is to pack up their van and skinny jeans and head south to Austin, Texas to razzle and dazzle the flocks of hipsters at the SXSW attention contest. As an alternative, frenetic spazz rock combo, STNNNG will ... More >>
Local rock trio Now Now (formerly known as Now, Now Every Children) are one of the many Twin Cities bands who will caravan down to Austin, Texas this year for the SXSW festival, but they're getting a head start -- the band is already on the road and will complete a full lap of the US that won't f ... More >>
Howdy ya'll. My name is Peter and I play music under the name We Are The Willows. Last fall I was on tour for 10 weeks and kept a diary of my travels on Gimme Noise. It's been about a hair or two over two months since I got home from my last tour and now I'm hittin' the ol' dusty trail agai ... More >>
It's only been two months since Peter Michael Miller of We Are the Willows wrapped up his solo tour across the East Coast, and he's already itching to get back in the van for another stint on the road. We Are the Willows will play a tour kick-off show tomorrow night (Thursday, January 6) at the V ... More >>
So, the last part of the trip was a bit rag-tag. That is to say, the shows were set up pretty last minute and were kind of at random places. Like in Lexington, Kentucky I played the reception for a play called Marx In Soho in which Karl Marx comes back from some kind of afterlife (wei ... More >>
Minneapolis: Not a Brainiest Metro.We've got our big, fancy universities and our hi-tech marquee names here in the Twin Cities, but it's not enough, people. Our neighbors in Rochester, Madison, Ames and Iowa City all made it onto something called the Top 20 Brainiest Metros list. We did no ... More >>
Black Blondie are preparing to embark on a tour that will take them through the Southeast corner of the country this month, and to ensure a proper send-off they will be playing a hometown kick-off show tonight at the XYandZ Gallery (3258 Minnehaha Ave. S.) with DJ Turtleneck. Tonight's show is $5 ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerTwo popular local psych rock bands, Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun, are preparing to leave on a massive month and a half tour of the US. The two bands are also getting ready to release a split 7-inch (preview the first track on the Modern Radio site), which will drop ... More >>
Friday night at the Turf Club, however, I got to see that the regional bonds of friendship and camaraderie among smart, hardworking bands are alive and well.
The bluegrass quintet will release Palomino on April 13.
Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.
He didn't eat all day. But it was worth it. He's about 35lbs. heavier than his opponent.
His new record, Us, will hit stores September 22.
The outdoor concert will feature the Pines, Pieta Brown, Ray Bonneville, and more.
Gay rights proponents across the country are thrilled--and more than a little surprised--that a state epitomizing "fly-over country" would uphold gay marriage. Here's why the astonishment is unwarranted...
This week the random gaze of Clutter Control fell on a recent album by a group of local hard rockers
...and other true tales from local musicians
Welcome to Smallville, pop. 0 It takes big hype to keep up the legend of the "Not So Big House" The genius of Susan Susanka's "Not So Big House" franchise isn't the architecture, though that's fine, too. A few years back, the one-time Minneapolis architect created a home-design cult around the co ... More >>
The Plastic Constellations discuss manpiles, drinking games, and the best spring break ever
In the shadow of Joy Division, Signal and Report find more darkness
University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson's to-do list this season: win big ten championship. Win national title. Put stranglehold on the growth of women's athletics.
The comic-book world of Vincent Stall, master of misery in miniature
Noise artist Bombardier drops some of electronic music's fastest and hardest beats--and waits for the explosion