Every year the doomsayers and cynics crawl out of the woodwork and grumble that the Twin Cities punk scene is dead. But if you subscribe to that bullshit in 2013, it's pretty clear that you're old, narrow-minded, or simply not paying attention. True, it might be a little harder to find, but that's b ... More >>
It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock an ... More >>
Stone Arch Bridge Music Festival 2013with The Honeydogs, Bloodnstuff, Fury Things,Sean Anonymous and moreMinneapolisSaturday, June 15th, 2013Outdoor music festivals and our cherished Minnesota climate mix about as well as rain meeting the oil slick from the back of a leaky food truck. Saturday after ... More >>
By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>
The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>
Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>
New music came at us from all angles in 2012, to the point where we give something a cursory listen, hastily tweet out our opinion about it, then quickly move on to the next hot song/band of the moment. Within that constant deluge of music and the instant social media dissection of its merits (or la ... More >>
Japandroids With Birthday Suits Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, December 14, 2012 Heading into the first of two sold-out shows by the Japandroids at the Triple Rock, it was uncertain just how well the joyous, celebratory live show of the Canadian duo would go over on a night where ever ... More >>
This weekend marks the annual Doomtree Blowout at First Avenue. Tickets are still available for the Sunday show! Japandroids are also returning for two sold out nights at The Triple Rock. Amsterdam Bar & Hall is hosting Rock the Halls featuring bands like BNLX, Teenage Moods, and Fire ... 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 >>
Making lists of things is important. Lists are great for grocery shopping, keeping track of irresistable kisses if you're Daryl Hall, remembering things you're supposed "To Do," and the corralling of the finest albums of a musical year. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn knows this, and has added an extra ... More >>
Cloud NothingsWith Chomp and BloodnstuffAmsterdam Bar and Hall, St. PaulSunday, September 16, 2012See Also:Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi tells it like it isIf indie rock needs a new anti-hero to rally around, then Amsterdam Bar and Hall might have had just the guy onstage Sunday night. Cleveland-bred ... More >>
Japandroids with Cadence Weapon7th Street Entry, MinneapolisJuly 3, 2012See Also: Slideshow: Japandroids at 7th St. EntryThere were plenty of reasons for everyone who packed into the Entry last night for the sold-out Japandroids show to celebrate. Not only were we mere hours away from observi ... More >>
Literally and figuratively bookended with fireworks, Japandroids' Celebration Rock is the most widely acclaimed rock record in recent months. Vancouver's Brian King and David Prowse's 35-minute album ferociously confronts the pressures of post-adolescence in the same vein as the band's previous o ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessJapandroids September 26, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis After a long, heartfelt monologue by vocalist/guitarist Brian King, given as drummer/vocalist David Prowse worked out a few last kinks and touching on the respect he had for opening band Bass Drum Of Death, the amaz ... More >>
"Wet Hair" was dedicated to "anyone who suffered through our show in St. Paul." The spirited song completely erased all memory of that notorious night, and as far as I'm concerned all is forgiven as the band delivered the rousing, coherent set they really should have played back in September.
A few practical tips for SXSW attendees and remote followers.
In tiny increments via social media.
A trio of upcoming show announcements to warm the winter spirits.
New Brother Ali and I Self Divine as well as reactions to Todd Rundgren at the State Theatre & Japandroids at the Turf Club.
News on Brother Ali's forthcoming release, Tapes 'n Tapes announce intimate dates, Daniel Johnston to return to Minneapolis & next week's best new releases.
Magnolia Electric Co. to play the Entry in August, CKY announce TC date & Japandroids cancel show (again).