Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They're on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone's actually listening, and have a particular stool wit ... More >>
Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases
Photo by Ben ClarkPink Mink at the Electric Fetus on TuesdayOur Picked to Click 2010 champions Pink Mink are in the midst of a flurry of CD-release celebrations this week, culminating with tonight's Sunset Cocktail Cruise and Album Release Party that will set sail on the Mississippi River in St. ... More >>
Mally, Pink Mink, Grant Cutler, and more
Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll
Photos by Erik HessSome of us may remember when our friend Mark Mallman decided to do his first "Marathon" in 1999. Knowing Mark, it didn't seem weird that he would attempt such a stunt. The man has far too much energy and tends to be one of those creative juggernauts that fill the Twin Cities mu ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGastro Non Grata June 27, 2010 First Avenue Last night in the First Avenue Mainroom, 7th Street Entry and Record Room, Gastro Non Grata pulled off a pretty freakin' incredible feat: assemble three rooms full of hungry music fans and present to them nine bands, three DJs, ... More >>
Goodbye, Uptown Bar. We'll miss you.
How They Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
How one band found success with no frontman, a weird name, and an indefinable sound
Venerable local recording studio Third Ear will close its doors at the end of the month
Galvanic punks Sweet J.A.P. split up last year, but their members have remained friends and found love in a handful of new bands
Picked to Click Voters spew forth their most vehement opinions about the local music scene
To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Mallman's agonizing, ecstatic 52.4-hour song
Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town
Tulip Sweet and Mark Mallman take out the trash
The Rank Strangers slim down with Consumption
Sukpatch: A deal with Mo' Wax and a new hometown.
The Rank Strangers have terrific--if bizarre--chemistry, a trunkful of hooks, and a singer/songwriter who says he lives "in an Old Testament world." They may be the best local band you've never heard of.