In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, a conversation with Eels frontman E before Sunday's show at the Fitzgerald Theater.Deep into the catalog of his exquisitely weird band, the man called 'E' has delivered one of the best albums of his caree ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess Stephin Merritt's comments about John Lennon enraged Curtiss AIt turns out that Curtiss A has almost as much distaste for the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt as Merritt has for "Imagine" by John Lennon. In a Gimme Noise interview conducted by Monica LaPlante last year, the droll ... More >>
Jack Douglas has enjoyed a legendary career in music. After starting on Robert Kennedy's senatorial campaign, Douglas worked with a Who's Who of rock luminaries, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Aerosmith. Last weekend, he was in town recording a new single with The Oddfathers at Terranium Studio, w ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessYoko Ono at SXSW 2011Today marks the 31st anniversary of the day the music world was devastated by the loss of John Lennon, and its a moment in history that has been honored very powerfully here in the Twin Cities thanks to Curtiss A's annual Lennon tribute night at First Avenu ... More >>
Christmas rides shotgun
John F. Kennedy, Diana Princess of Wales, Marilyn Monroe - deaths that sent nations, continents even, into a time of mass mourning. But the death that trumps all these (though which, the man himself might agree, probably doesn't quite trump the death of Jesus Christ) was John Lennon's assassi ... More >>
Photo by Sharyn MorrowThe dreamy orchestral pop of "Good Night," a song John Lennon wrote as a lullaby for son Julian, soars out of Curtiss A's stereo as we talk about his upcoming 31st annual John Lennon tribute on December 8 at First Avenue. "Good Night" is Curtiss A and the Jerks of Fate's ve ... More >>
Photo by Christopher Wray-McCannOver the years, Maroon 5 has become a household name. It seems like every time we turn on the radio we hear another #1 hit single. They've been on top long enough to stake their claim and headline national arena tours, producing a menagerie of catchy songs; it's h ... 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 >>
Over the weekend Yoko Ono threw a seriously must-attend preparation celebration of her late husband's 70th birthday (and her first show ever in Los Angeles). In tow were: Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, RZA, Perry Farrell, her son Sean Lennon, Thurston Moore, and...much more. Of course there were myriad Fli ... More >>
Angie22Arts via Flickr.comThere's a big line between being a big fan and a super fan. A regular fan may attend conventions, dress up as their favorite character occasionally, and even write a few fan fiction as a hobby/writing exercise. This is not the case for super fans. Super fans, often ref ... More >>
(Image by The Cleveland Kid) This week in Freeloader Friday we have artwork by John Lennon, a road trip to Elk River, and tons of weekend festivals.
This week we have artwork by John Lennon, a birthday party for Lili's Burlesque, and a good, old-fashioned hangar dance. Jump and jive.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Curtiss A, Romantica, and friends tip their caps and their bottles to the Beatles' fallen visionary.
Rapper K'Naan makes peace with Somalia, and pop for the world
Sean Lennon @ First Avenue From today's A-List: "Friendly Fire, the new sophomore disc from John Lennon's youngest son, should prove to those who doubted the twentysomething charms of his 1998 debut that Sean inherited more than his dad's fortune. A self-consciously mature step away from the debut' ... More >>
Kurds working toward independence from Iraq, gyroscopic cancer detectors, CJR's five great stories you didn't read in 2005, Juan Cole's myths about Iraq, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
2005 would have been the year John Lennon turned 65. Instead, it's the 25th anniversary of his murder. A new multimedia exhibit in Paris, John Lennon: Unfinished Music, recreates the phases of his life, from his Liverpool beginnings to a replica of the Abbey Road recording studio. Many previously un ... More >>
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
Youthful rockers Arch Stanton plan a musical future around the pleasures of John Lennon, Jesus, and power pop
The revolution won't be televised--but it will be advertised
Imagine All the People: David Mann speaks the wisdom of John Lennon in Glass Onion.