Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We start things off at Local Frames this week with a new video by Mason Jennings, featuring Jennings' own animations in the clip. We've also got a wide array of live perform ... More >>
As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on the calendar when venturing out anywhere to do anything out of the usual is sado-masochistic at best ... More >>
What I love more than anything about the Twin Cities music scene are the various, and seemingly endless, aspects of permanence that forever radiates from both sides of the radio dial as well as our own turntables. The people who listen, love and perform never stop connecting. It's an infinite line i ... More >>
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America Give Up not burdened by big expectations
GirlsOctober 1, 2011First Ave, MinneapolisIt was the encore that did it. Christopher Owens walked out on stage by himself, a slender wisp of a man with messy blonde hair and sad, sunken eyes. He slung his Rickenbacker over his shoulder and, eyes squinting, set into a solo rendition of "Jamie Mari ... More >>
The Triple Rock hosted a different kind of punk legend than usual to a mixed-age and jubilant crowd Friday night. Jonathan Richman made yet another stop to the Twin Cities, performing at the club for the first time, and couldn't have seemed happier about it.
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
Science starts to unravel the mystery of our natural affinity for song
A dozen discerning film fest picks
Daniel Peterson writes: They never had a hit, but they sure were great: The Mutuals. They were the first punk/new-wave band I saw locally, in 1979 at some long-forgotten bar in Fridley (which they were kicked out of after the first night of a proposed two-night stand.) I went based on a review I ha ... More >>
Singing the victory anthem of the "loosers" on Nov. 3
What Steve McClellan's pink slip said
Jonathan Richman, modern lover
Our teenage American alt-rock dream: The triumphant return of the Pixies
Is Slug's hip hop the yawp of a new blank generation?
Larry Long overturns the "great man" theory of traditional music, one folk at a time
Two young curators with strikingly different styles make Sonic Circuits a joltingly diverse electronic-music festival
More than a decade after dissolving the Go-Betweens, the reunited Robert Forster and Grant McLennan sound almost content to be where they are
The weird, womanly ways of Tulip Sweet and Her Trail of Tears
Aussie pop legends the Go-Betweens return for another round
Pavement may spit on their audience, but their aim is true
Computer wizards leave their bedrooms, rappers reach the stage, and the Mason Jennings Band creates the bar buzz of the decade. In the ninth annual City Pages New Music Poll, 60 local music fans pick the bands that made the biggest noise.
One mother's journey to large familyhood
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future