In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show. On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is ve ... More >>
The Twin Cities music community needs a jolt every so often, and it came over the weekend via Low's performance at Rock the Garden. In a set defying their more traditional recent material, including this year's fascinating The Invisible Way, the 20-year vets leaned heavily on their slower, contempla ... More >>
A mesmerizing sophomore album
Call it a Twin Cities coups--today, "Pablo Picasso" from Shahs' forthcoming Guts EP gets featured on Forkast.
Despite America's attempt to bastardize the Leonard Cohen song, Romantica gives it new life
Flaming Lips: New adventures in sci-fi
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
The wait is over, folks: 1. Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark 2. Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight 3. John Cale, Fear 4. Big Star, Radio City 5. Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic 6. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Natty Dread 8. New York Dolls, In Too Much Too Soon 9. Jackson Brow ... More >>
I'm not a complainer. It's the world that's a joyless place.
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
With sparrows squawking in the distance, Fog subverts new-age music for the old-soul set
Terry Eason transmits ingenious basement pop Via Satellite
True confessions of a vegetable offender
After years of government oppression, jail time, and dubious comparisons to Frank Zappa, Plastic People of the Universe are finally coming to America
Makers who mattered in 1995