Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we are celebrating a bit of a milestone with our 50th installment of Local Frames, and it's packed with some terrific new videos from emerging area talent. We kick ... More >>
The rejoicing that began at midnight at City Hall spread blissfully throughout the early morning hours, as the first of many same-sex couples were married in Minnesota. And those warm emotions spread all the way to Washington, as Rep. Keith Ellison celebrated marriage equality in Minnesota with a li ... More >>
Make way for the youth of tomorrow. The three members of Minneapolis band Stereo Confession formed two years ago when they were merely 14, and while they may seem young, they are growing and quickly learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the industry. Their newest album, First Comm ... More >>
In the dimly-lit living room of her Uptown apartment, Minneapolis -- by way of Rochester, Minnesota -- performer Monica LaPlante talks about her debut EP that she has recently released for streaming. The young singer sits on a couch while a cardboard cutout of Michael Cera looms behind her and i ... More >>
La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant. The Hot Dish was luck ... More >>
In early summer of 2012, Minneapolis band Greycoats released a five song EP Helicline that was a teaser to their full-length album, World of Tomorrow. The new album is four years in the making, four years when the band took to grow into a new, more-complete sound. What grew was a heart-stoppingly ca ... More >>
New indie label collective combines talents from four local bands
New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music
Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>
See Also:SCHOENBURG on Short, But Sweet, and why Paul Simon is "next level sh*t"Billy Schoenburg may be one of the hardest working musicians in the Cities. On any given night of the week, the singer is seen working at a venue or out enjoying a concert. Along with his bandmates, Graham Barton and Dan ... More >>
See Also:Jeremy Messersmith on Martha's Cookies, Mark Wheat, and the MN State FairMinnesota State Fair 2012 country: Blake Shelton, Wanda Jackson and beer in plastic cupsLegendary rockabilly singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson puts out her 31st studio album, Unfin ... More >>
See Also:U.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to NorwayI sit at a dining table we're about to sell, heaped with things we'll throw in suitcases in two days, amidst a mounting sea of packing boxes. Above the crinkling din of paper being wrapped around our kitchenwares, a c ... More >>
St. Paul's Minnesota Museum of American Art has announced the dates for their Patio Nights at City House music series, a string of free shows featuring local bands that will take place on three Thursday nights in August. The shows will take place at the beautiful City House, a former municipal grain ... More >>
Brandi Carlile with Jeremy MessersmithMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleyWednesday, June 20, 2012Brandi Carlile is an artist that can inspire an undying loyalty in their fans -- fans who will sell out two shows during the week in a suburb and sit in the rain for two hours just to hear their favorite a ... More >>
Related:Dawes leads Minnesota State Fair free shows lineupKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsJust when you thought they'd put everything on a stick already, local star power combines for this year's MN Music On-A-Stick show at the Minnesota State Fair.As you can see at right, ... More >>
After entertaining local audiences at Grand Old Day as well as on a short Midwest tour with O'Death, celebrated Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr used a somewhat unexpected (for him, at least) medium to communicate his future plans with his fans. Parr took to Facebook yesterday to post a rather endearing ... More >>
Chris Koza will probably introduce himself first as a musician, then as a lyricist. Over the course of his lengthy career, he has distinguished himself as one of Minnesota's premier singer-songwriters. His recent work as the frontman of folk-pop ensemble Rogue Valley, where he orchestrated the relea ... More >>
A suit and tie are not standard wear for a rock concert and a bunch of fierce, inspirational dancing isn't either. But they are for Rupert. "Who is Rupert?" you may ask. "What started off as me dancing in front of a mirror has evolved into so much more," he confirms before a sold-out the 4onthefloor ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Kudos to any artist that is courageous enough to release an album in December when it might get lost amongst all the end-of-year lists. Thus, kudos to Chris Bartels for releasing his new EP, Morning's Gold, a poignant collection of songs simply inspired by life. At 23, Bartels may be young, ... More >>
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
Photo via MPRFriday night was the season finale of John Moe and John Munson's interview and performance series Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater, and they went out with a bang. In addition to bringing together highly imaginative and fascinating author Neil Gaiman and call-in guests Wil Wheaton (from ... More >>
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
Rogue Valley Geese in the Flyway release showNovember 26, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisAs a Cedar staffperson introduced Rogue Valley at their third album release show of the year last Friday night, he made a comment that "Rogue Valley has proposed that they will release four albums this ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenRogue Valley are now officially halfway through their ambitious journey of releasing four albums in the span of 12 months, and what a journey it has been. Back in April they brought a grandiose and theatrical album release show to the Fitzgerald that even included a high schoo ... More >>
Twin Cities scene veteran Chris Koza goes for broke with ambitious project
Lookbook, Grant Hart, Gay Witch Abortion, Off With Their Heads, and many more blaze their own trails at the festival
Doomtree's songbird taking welcome new risks as a solo artist
Your guide to the best shows happening over the extended weekend.
National Brother Ali coverage, P.O.S. on MTV, Mason Jennings performs out West & Koo Koo Kanga Roo news.
Dinkytowner to close, Mallman to release a new album, Stone Arch details, Art-a-Whirl & next week's best new releases.
The Dead Weather schedule Minneapolis date, Bob Dylan retains #1 spot in the U.K. & the Boss plays the Xcel.
The Germs, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Creed (not even kidding) add local dates.
Aby Wolf, Yo! Majesty, Kevin Costner, free Andrew Broder and next week's releases including P.O.S., Handsome Furs & Wavves
Lovable duo makes art that's unpolished and berserkly intense
Our favorite albums released in Minnesota this year, with a handful of honorable mentions
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
Our summer girl is set up to be a Big Star
Finding the hopeful while standing in 'A Winner's Shadow'
Dan Wilson Finally Sends His Solo Debut out into the World