While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
There's a great scene from Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones' 2006 performance at New York's Beacon Theatre, in which Jack White joins the band to sing and play guitar on "Loving Cup," a bluesy track off 1972's Exile on Main St. Midway through the song, White ... More >>
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For a good while now, the Hard Rock Cafe has been a dinosaur that isn't aware that it's already extinct. This summer, the international eatery chain will open a new location at the Mall of America, but the news was rightfully overshadowed by the 400 Bar moving there with the promise of actual rock o ... More >>
Brendon Urie is only 26, but the lead singer of pop-punk band Panic! at the Disco has lived many lives in those years. Turns out that 2013 was a banner year: Urie got married, released his fourth studio album with his band that contained many of his personal stories, had some beef with Fiona Apple, ... More >>
From underrated hipster bars to "pretty reckless" musicians, 2013 was a big year for the music scene in Minnesota. Raise your PBR a glass to the most-read posts on Gimme Noise from this year.
Taylor Momsen has a particularly unique set of life experiences. She starred as Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was featured in this month's Maxim and toured with Marilyn Manson -- all before her 21st birthday. These days, Momsen is focused on her ... More >>
If you talk to the locals, the Replacements are already hall of fame. The non-locals spoke up, though. Among the Class of 2014 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- alongside Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A., Hall & Oates, among others -- you'll find a recently reformed band that came together ... More >>
Minnesota has a rich history of distinctive garage rock dating back to the Trashmen's surprise hit "Surfin Bird" and the C.A. Quintet's epic Trip Through Hell. Maybe it's our short summers. Fans of the "Soma singles sound" might be surprised to find we're livng in a new golden era, with so many band ... More >>
Ben Wendel has earned international success and awards as a performer, composer, producer and even conductor. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-rock group Kneebody in which he plays saxophone, and he is one of the very few well-known bassoonists outside of the classical realm -- a ... More >>
On their new album Tombstone Bullets, The Cavalier Crooks have produced an album that grabs hold with dusty, writhing fingers, and won't let go. It's rare to find a band that manages to wholly inhabit a different degree than the masses, and even rarer to find one that makes music in that place tha ... More >>
Richard Lloyd is a guitarist and the founding member of legendary post-punk band Television that formed in New York City in 1973. He was one of the few people hosting bands at CBGBs, where Television regularly played since its earliest days. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA. in 1951 and his family m ... More >>
A local rocker faces the prospect of a new gig behind bars.
Summer Guide: Film
From the scene that shaped Franz Ferdinand and the Fratellis comes the next hot Glaswegian group, 1990s
Pamela Des Barres makes a case for the groupie as muse
Minotaur Shock and Jason Forrest's beat collages for non-dancers
It's really fun to hear a non-corny new band with a Jimmy Page-style lead guitarist, and Tad "the Koob" Kubler is a very good Jimmy Page-style lead guitarist. The whole band sounded huge. Craig Finn was pretty drunk but it didn't seem to matter much, except that his between-song banter was mostly d ... More >>
Josh Homme axes bass player, enters cocoon, makes great rock record
Terry Eason transmits ingenious basement pop Via Satellite
With a new lineup and reissued back catalog, the last great punk band of the '80s gets lost on the freeway again