As we assembled this week's cover story, 89.3 the Current: An oral history, we quickly realized that one key piece of the radio station had a life of its own: Rock the Garden. The annual summer music festival started out in 1998 as a membership driver for the Walker Art Center, a kind of musical in ... More >>
Riff Raff With Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom Fine Line, Minneapolis December 21, 2013 To his fans, Riff Raff isn't a mere rapper. He's a deity. This was clear as an anxious swarm of admirers braved last night's frigid 17 degree weather to form a line stretching from the Fine Line for more than an en ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
The band's frontwoman goes dark on the group's latest album Shulamith
The musician is breaking out of the pack, inspired by Neil Young
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week emphatically kicks off with a new video from the Cloak Ox, drawn from their new album, Shoot the Dog. We're also featuring a bevy of terrific new clips from Hastin ... More >>
The biggest Mumford & Sons hit single to date is about patiently waiting. Now it's everyone else's turn. Just as they've become the most prominent live draws in the U.S., the English group is reportedly shutting down for an indefinite period of time. To the joy of the haters and the sorrow of ... More >>
The irrepressible Kanye West is gearing up for a fall tour in support of one of 2013's most-discussed albums, Yeezus. From the frequent Justin Vernon collaborator who not only claims "I am a God" and to be the next Steve Jobs, this'll be a trek to remember. Hurry up with his damn croissants! This co ... 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 >>
Doing it big is the only way for Totally Gross National Product. The Twin Cities label had a pretty quiet 2012 -- that is, aside from putting out Polica's Give You the Ghost, hosting one of the freshest parties of the summer to celebrate a Marijuana Deathsquads mixtape, and Solid Gold's Eat Your You ... More >>
The shortest month of the year comes to an end, spend it out with the Minneapolis music scene! Dessa performs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday while the Current hosts a live Local Current set at the Amsterdam. Friday, The Tribe and Big Cats say goodbye at Triple Rock, Vita.mn presents ... More >>
Welcome to the first installment of Local Frames of 2013! As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more local ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
After kidney concerns, the rapper plays First Avenue with promises for the future
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
Minnesota and Wisconsin share a love of beer, a semi-friendly football rivalry, and a tendency towards passive-aggressive behavior. Both states are lush and green, and there's either a Bachmann or a Walker around to keep people talking.To show an extra level of kinship to Wisconsin, 89.3 The Current ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Sean Carey on Hoyas and why he didn't get a GrammyThe Walker Art Center has been on fire with amazing music this year and it ain't all just about Rock the Garden. In fact for those who know it's just as "in" to be "out" the Walker has consistently showcased fantastic experimental ... More >>
Weaver at the Loom is primarily one man, Dan Smith. It's a common name, but he creates lush new songs that are brilliant individually, and collectively tell a more incandescent story. Concocted in his basement, his new album, Before Now, Was Then, Dan blends sounds that are what being in love should ... More >>
First impressions are hard to take back, but even with ludicrousness of a name like Ghostmouth, the Twin Cities band's members take themselves seriously. With their new album, which is actually a collection five years in the making, the band share with their fans a new maturity that opens an elem ... More >>
There's been a lot of talk about Sharon Van Etten lately, and it's deserved. Her third album, Tramp, features indie music powerhouses like Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Beirut's Zach Condon, Aaron Dessner of the National, and Van Etten, who used to be better known as a ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe Joy Formidable at SXSW 20112011 was a damn good year for music. When compiling this list of what are, in my opinion, the best songs released this past year, I had to continually keep myself on task, resisting the temptation to listen to the full album by each of the ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaAni DiFranco with Anais MitchellSeptember 23, 2011Pantages Theatre, MinneapolisFeminist folk singer Ani DiFranco celebrated her birthday Friday night at the Pantages in exactly the way one would expect her to -- without fanfare, and through her music. The crowd wasn't go ... More >>
Photo by Erik HesstUnE-yArDs at the Cedar earlier this yearThe Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, which is musically hosted by groundbreaking live hip-hop crew the Roots, has made a habit out of bending the rules of typical late-show musical performances and allowing artists to perform whatever - ... More >>
Photo via the Milwaukee BucksAside from a few late-night TV stops, Bon Iver has yet to christen their sophomore album, the much lauded and hotly debated Bon Iver, Bon Iver, with a proper live show. That will all change this weekend when the band takes up a two-night residency at the Riverside The ... More >>
Online British music magazine the Quietus loves Gayngs almost as much as we do, as a quick search will attest. So it comes as no surprise that they would ask the band to visually document their Coachella experience.Also not surprising: the serious jank and wooze depicted therein.
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Ever humble and hard working, Tom Wincek of All Tiny Creatures recently shared his thoughts on his writing process and ambitions for the future. The band will be performing at the Triple Rock Social Club for Saturday's Picked to Click showcase along with Phantom Tails, The Book of Righ ... More >>
The Gayngs and Gimme Noise Affiliyated Showcase at First Avenue was nothing short of epic -- so epic, in fact, that even the word doesn't seem big enough. The colossal 15-band bill was a Minneapolis Best Of, with simultaneous billings in the Record Room, the Entry, and the Mainroom. Not to mention s ... More >>
Let's face it: Justin Vernon is a busy guy. In addition to laying down the tracks for his new Bon Iver record, he's also recently spent some time chilling with Kanye and helping him record his 2010 smash, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, brought his side project, Volcano Choir, to Japan for a t ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHWhile there has been plenty talk locally about Justin Vernon's involvement on the new Kanye West record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the LA Times pointed out another local tie today: engineer Andrew Dawson, a Hopkins native who worked in the studio with Kanye.
Joshua Radin has been called the Whisper Rock King. His music breaths like airs of emotional estrogen out into the world of women and lovers alike. If you've seen Scrubs, House, One Tree Hill, and of course -- you guessed it -- Garden State, you've heard Radin. Emotional is probably too underwhel ... More >>
MPLS.TV is officially on a tear. In addition to unleashing this week's videos of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. partying it up at Lee's Liquor Lounge and Gayngs and Glasser rehearsing for their tour at Justin Vernon's recording studio, the crew met up with Neutral Uke Hotel and Johnny and Molly of Commun ... More >>
Let's not get it twisted. Bon Iver's "Woods" is an amazing, mesmerizing song, a sort of Daft-Punk-gone-acapella existentialist mediation on loneliness and self-doubt that deftly exploits repetition and Autotune to make a gothic, isolationist point about how every man is, ultimately, an island.
It's hard to know what sort of person I need to be to survive socially when in a new place. Is it important to be super duper extroverted? Maybe...but sometimes I can appear to be a little nuttso buttso when I'm like that. But if I don't take initiative to talk to folks and make friends, I'm just ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenThe NationalAugust 6, 2010First AvenueOn Friday, for the second night in a row the National played to a packed house at First Avenue. It was hot outside, and both hot and steamy inside, but nobody seemed to mind much. Since the release of their much-anticipated, almost univer ... More >>
An interview with Peter Pisano and Brian Moen
Photo by Graham TolbertGayng-leader Ryan OlsonLadies and gentleman, welcome to Gayngs week. Surely, by now, you've heard about the 24-person collaboration that is Gayngs, which comprises producer Ryan Olson with members of Bon Iver, Solid Gold, P.O.S, Lookbook, Megafaun, the Rosebuds, Leisure Bir ... More >>
We already know Gayngs is over-the-top. Their promo videos are salacious, bordering on parody. Their music is so wrong it's right. And now, in their first official music video, they paid tribute to Godley and Cream's version of "Cry" so righteously that they even got Kevin Godley himself to make an ... More >>
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