Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis March 6, 2014 The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as t ... More >>
Starting tonight, the West Bank will be abuzz with vibrations far more hypnotic than afternoon stop-and-go traffic.The notorious 28-hour Drone Not Drones event benefiting Doctors Without Borders is nearly upon us. Low, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, BNLX, Gabriel Douglas, JT Bates, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylv ... More >>
The State Fair's over, school's back in session, and the Electric Fetus is doing one last clear-out before we fully settle into fall. The weekend of September 14-15 marks the record store's sixth annual Garage Sale and the second time they've added a Fall Festival component.In addition to a load of ... More >>
Picture it now, if you can. Ice-cold Aquavit is buzzing through your over-21 body, and meatballs and chilled crayfish are populating your stomach. Come Saturday, August 3, this will all be a reality at the Kräftskiva block party held at the Minneapolis restaurant the Bachelor Farmer. While you bury ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a striking new video from Volcano Choir, the adventurous pop group started by Justin Vernon and his cohorts in the Collections of Colonies ... More >>
It's almost closing time at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. A disco ball overhead spins, flashing colors around the room, where banners with snowflakes and valentines on them hang from the high, arched ceiling. There's a big, green dinosaur standing in the far corner, and as the DJ switches thr ... 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 >>
Dear internet, Mark Mallman is on his way to making some sort of musical history this week. Known for his feats of technological and musical mayhem, Mallman and his team are heading cross-country to create a seven-day documentary song in a pimped-out 1992 Vandura conversion van. The project began in ... More >>
Is/Is represents the sludgy savior to raise you from the typical local rock doldrums. The all-female Minneapolis trio just dropped a new single from their forthcoming debut album, III. It's called "Fire," and the slow-burning smolder provides the ideal entry into their world -- if, ahem, you didn ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
Annual First Avenue show highlights best newcomers
It's Christmas and Hannukah week, and we all know what that involves: the mad scramble at the mall, the in-depth combing of the internet for holiday recipes to impress your friends, and selecting the highest proof scotch to get you just where you need to be by the time family dinner arrives. ... More >>
Desolations may sound like the landscape during a Minnesota winter, but in actuality it's the name of Minneapolis electronic musician Jon Davis, a.k.a. Ghostband's, new album. Influenced by Coltrane, Sun Ra, Ayler, and Hendrix, Ghostband leaves out the lyrics in his music, but not the imag ... More >>
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe days are numbered for one of the Twin Cities' most popular roots bands. Roma di Luna, who started as a husband-and-wife duo playing folk songs at a farmer market six years ago and have since grown into a brassy, bluesy roots band, will end its impressive run before the ... More >>
Cool news from the Totally Gross National Product camp today: The Minneapolis label is getting ready to release the debut EP from Andrew Broder's newest project the Cloak Ox, and the band has already posted three of the EP's six tracks on the web as a preview.
People of the internet, meet Gramma's Boyfriend: frantic and frenetic, this budding new punk band is a far cry from the lush singer-songwriter fare normally offered up by Haley Bonar. But Bonar has never been one to let her music fit squarely into one category, and her new side project -- which f ... More >>
The band Guitar Party is a supergroup of sorts that includes some longtime local music veterans: Jeremy Ylvisaker, Haley Bonar, Jake Hansen, Andrew Broder, J.T. Bates, and Michael Lewis. Even the late Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen was a member before he passed away last October. But new to the fold ... More >>
The University of Minnesota has made a tradition out of inviting local bands to perform on the Northrop Plaza each summer, but this year they are upping the ante by bringing on Minneapolis musician Grant Cutler (ex-Lookbook, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords) to help a team of students curate ... More >>
What started as an annual tradition during Art-A-Whirl has now transformed into a project of monumental proportions. Previously known as the Boat Project, which would invite local noise and experimental rock bands to play on the roof of a houseboat and out in the middle of the Mississippi River b ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekWhile it's no secret we are big fans of Andrew Broder here at City Pages we still have a hard time keeping up with the crafty South Minneapolis cat. Since last summer he has played and toured the planet with Oakland's Why?, and also collaborated on a graphic novel with Alan Mo ... More >>
Album finally sees the light of day after several years
It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzAndrew BirdDecember 2, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisAndrew Bird gave his passionate fans that filled a sold-out First Avenue on a frigid Thursday night an intimate glimpse into what the sound and direction of his new album will be, debuting five new songs within his cap ... More >>
For many of his fans, he was known as battle rap legend and Rhymesayers recording artist Eyedea. For others, he was Micheal Larsen, the front man of genre-bending experimental groups like Carbon Carousel and Face Candy. For others still, he was known by his alter-ego Oliver Hart.But for most of t ... More >>
Photo by wwarby via Flikr Once again we find ourselves fast approaching a weekend filled with tons of free things to do. The entire city of St. Paul will be loaded with free art shows, concerts, parades, demonstrations, wine tastings, and more thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Other events of n ... More >>
Ephemeral Eon is self-released
Clippings from this week's print edition.
The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.
Live footage from Mallman's show at First Avenue.
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
Nevermind all these hip, up-and-coming indie bands. Let's go to DEVO.
Video clips from Ben Kweller and Andrew Bird's performances on David Letterman this week, both backed by local musicians.
A night at the Turf Club with Alpha Consumer
Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists
The Future's Imperfect and the Past Is Always Here