Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
When it snows, it pours! Earlier this month, Chicago-based retro label Numero Group unveiled release details of an ambitious funk-soul compilation called Purple Snow, but they're not stopping there. As they were digging through old recordings from local greats ranging from Haze to the Girls to Princ ... More >>
Tom Krell, the man behind the How to Dress Well moniker, makes the kind of music you should probably listen to at home, alone, with maybe a bottle of something strong. His second full-length album, Total Loss, touches on dark themes from the perspective of a sensitive intellectual. Krell explores gr ... More >>
Beach House duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand might be the darlings of the indie rock world, but they enter that realm unconsciously and perhaps a little unwillingly. The pair's recent fourth album, Bloom, is a lushly arranged dreamscape, full of the roaming synth-pop that Beach House fans have c ... More >>
On playing bass, touring with Prince, and working weekends
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69" Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>
Click. Record. Click. Stop. Wait. Repeat. That was the custom of most kids my age back in the late eighties to the mid-nineties, sitting on the floor of your bedroom with the boom box resting on your knees and waiting, sometimes hours, for them to play your jam just so you can record it on a blan ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
Author's rendering of Dave Grohl. Is this what we want music journalism to look like?If you've seen our Foo Fighters review today, you'll notice that the only photos we ran were teeny-tiny cell phone shots taken from our reviewer's seats. This wasn't for lack of of a photographer on our part, or ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
Miss Jackson if you're nastyBy Jen Boyles & Ian TraasAs a pop icon, Janet Jackson can do pretty much whatever she wants. If she went on a tour centered around singing her favorite polka tunes, the tickets would still sell out within minutes. Luckily for us, Janet's preparing a no-filler show ... More >>
CLAPS photo by Paul IrmiterWe've been posting all kinds of SoundTown coverage leading up to this weekend's festival, and today our SoundTown Series moves into the print edition for an interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, who talked to Natalie Gallagher about why he likes playing festival ... More >>
Let's play Charades: Three words, four syllables. Musically talented, has sang in a production with David Byrne, and won multiple awards for her contributions to the music community. The answer? Mary Jane Alm.More than just a respected musician, expressive singer, and accomplished songwrite ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
This past March, First Avenue announced that it would be parting ways with Ticketmaster in favor of its new ticketing outlet, eTix. The switch was met with overwhelming joy from Twin Cities concertgoers, especially those fed up with paying exorbitant (and still rising) Ticketmaster fees. Lately, ... More >>
Like a puppyJeremy Messersmith's recently released video for his song "Tatooine" is a fucking adorable little construction paper synopsis of the Star Wars OT (original trilogy, hello?) set to a sparse guitar and piano whisper of a song.And, since we're total nerds, we're taking the occasion to re ... More >>
Lady Godiva makes a career move.Brett Favre's in a pickle, accused of sexting photos of his dong to Jenn Sterger, and treating a masseuse like a piece of hanging meat. While fans debate the impact this will have on his career (and his family), we've taken a look at some other naked celebrity care ... More >>
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
Meet the boys behind the rowdiest party in town, and get a free DJ mix, too.
This video cost 1.5 million dollars... for some reason.
P.O.S. climbs charts, Hyder Ali and Dosh reviewed & Jenny Dalton profiled
November 16; First Avenue; 612.332.1775
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
Give it up for funk classicists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
Mark Thomas Stockert to country fans: "Shut up your cryin', cowboys are always alone"
Britain's Forced Entertainment attempts the six-hour play and the worst show in the world
The new 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' has us rooting for Leatherface
The dap dip, the reefer man, and the best Parisian disco album
Workers say they can't get a fair shake from one of Minneapolis's most posh hotels
On All for You, Janet Jackson savors the pleasure (and pain) principles of her personal life
The Kinleys and Shelby Lynne offer womanly alternatives to Nashville's bombast of latter-day chastity
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
Open playlists. Mixed audiences. Women's mud wrestling. Ample coke. What ever happened to the Minneapolis club scene?
Rock as dance music. Dance music as rock.
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
After a decade of Paramilitary Pep and Kink Lite, Janet Jackson tries on the costume of the Boudoir Belletrist on her new album, The Velvet Rope.