I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>
Stopped clocks are right twice a day. LMFAO are descendants of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Cher and KISS have combined for more farewell tour dates than most bands perform over their entire career. Keith Richards is still among the living. Some things you just can't explain, like how really ... More >>
The sheer amount of outdoor music (and art, naturally) during Art-A-Whirl weekend in Minneapolis is already quite staggering. With 331 Club, 612Brew, Indeed Brewing Co. already announced, more stellar lineups from the Anchor Fish & Chips and Grumpy's NE are crowding the schedules.
Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August. Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been repor ... More >>
After a funny pre-announcement in December, Howler have officially put out the details for their second full-length album via Rough Trade. The follow-up to 2012's America Give Up is titled World of Joy, and it arrives on March 25.The band has debuted a new song from the collection titled "Don't Wann ... More >>
Without knowing Lorde, I'll admit that she seems likeable. On paper, a 16-year-old riding a hit single and already getting to share her artistic dreams to a huge audience is inspiring. Adding to that, the New Zealand native often mentions in interviews that her poet mother put lots of good books in ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We've got a bunch of fantastic new videos in this week's installment of Local Frames, leading off with the provocative and playful new clip from Caroline Smith. This edition ... More >>
As predicted, the Replacements decided to close out their three-show Riot Fest reunion in style. Well, sort of. In a knowing nod to founding guitarist and drag aficionado Bob Stinson, frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson dressed in pink skirts -- along with matching plaid western shirt ... More >>
Fourth of July weekend has plenty in store for Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday, First Avenue will be hosting Bathysphere, a two day psych rock festival featuring bands such as A Place to Bury Strangers and Dean & Britta doing Galaxie 500 songs, and locals such as Pony Trash, Flavor Crystals, Pa ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Disco has gotten a bad rap, in spite of the fact that a lot of commercial rap is based on disco. People love to tell you disco sucks and they only ... More >>
Like most of it's traditions of which Sweden has many, Death Metal is a pervasively dark and sorrow-driven force in the the country's music history. With many brands of heaviness in it's ranks the band Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they are known stateside) stand out as one that seemingly came from out of ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>
A northeast Minneapolis man is generating a bit of Christmas-time controversy with a nativity scene that looks like something from a KISS concert.SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO] Matthew Peterson, a resident of the 2500 block of Polk Street Northeast, has in his yard a han ... More >>
Related:Dawes leads Minnesota State Fair free shows lineupKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsJust when you thought they'd put everything on a stick already, local star power combines for this year's MN Music On-A-Stick show at the Minnesota State Fair.As you can see at right, ... More >>
Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>
The 2012 running of the great Minnesota get-together is starting to pile up a load of concert offerings for this August. Tops among the Grandstand Concert Series shows is the Minneapolis St. Paul stop on the Kiss-Mötley Crüe joint tour, which will be the first series of dates these two monsters ... More >>
Despite the head-scratching nature of the new venture, you've gotta admit there's something sort of endearing about the idea of Motörhead frontman Lemmy curling up for a cozy night in with a bottle of his band's new branded Australian Shiraz, a good book and maybe a few logs blazing away in the ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNKOTBSBJuly 16, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisIt would be impossible to reflect on what happened Friday night while skating the line between objectivity and heart-swelling fandom, so I'm not going to do it. Because from the moment that New Kids on the Block launched into t ... More >>
Photos courtesy of ImpalerIt's been some time since we last heard from Twin Cities shock rockers Impaler. Since we last met up, the band has been working on all cylinders, playing gigs around town with some well known legendary metal bands like Faster Pussycat and Paul Di'anno. They've also b ... More >>
Rik Schwinden's store offers nostalgia trip
The Minnesota State Fair may be over, but there are still opportunities to visit the fairgrounds. So if Princess Kay of the Milky Way isn't your idea of a celebrity and seed art isn't desirable memorabilia to you, then perhaps the Classic Movie and Music Memorabilia show and sale may be more ... More >>
RECAP BY STEVE COHEN AND GENNA DEPREYPHOTOS BY STEVE COHENThe Minnesota State Fair concert season ended with a bang this year. The 2010 Grandstand hosted many of rock's greatest from Rush to Weird Al Yankovic to KISS. Monday night's fair season finale with the Dukes of September was was a nigh ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerBedlam/PBR Blowout September 3, 2010 Bedlam Theater Duhn duhn-duhn-duhn duhn duhn-duhn duhn-duhn duhn-duhn. On Friday night last, the funeral march tolled for the Bedlam Theatre, if only temporarily. On one of its final nights before fulfilling its order to vacate, Pab ... More >>
Like the Bible, followers of Kiss have their favorite characters they like to emulate as much as favorite chapters, verses and words of inspiration to live by that they've spent a lifetime studying, reciting and debating. Even a casual fan of the band may find themselves in situations where they ... More >>
Mark Bringardner shows off his KISS memorabiliaJust in case you haven't picked up an issue of this week's City Pages, allow us to direct your attention to a must-read article by Danny Sigelman on what it means to be a lifelong fan of KISS.
Ace Frehley's replacement started out as a mega-fan
The band KISS seems to have been in more commercials than any other band in history. Proudly they revel in their ability to move product. In fact they could be credited for so much marketing in the music business with endless KISS tchotchkes, the KISS coffeeshop, KISS coffins, TV shows, and uh, ... More >>
Project picks up where Belles Of Skin City left off
Every '70s rocker's "first favorite band" Kiss is known for being outlandish, over the top, dirty old man-like and typically first of a kind for many things. Kiss coffeeshops, blood in their comic book ink, or doing an online press conference for their fans, as they did Tuesday in full make-up ba ... More >>
Betty White got tackled, human dolphins chomped on peanuts and popcorn, and T-Pain got Auto-Tuned in this year's Super Bowl ads. Check out our favorite food-related spots.
Lifter Puller & Cloud Cult announce reissues, Mayda to release new EP & Felt drop first track from "Felt 3."
You wanted the best? You got the best. Well, sorta.
We can't believe we're saying this, but it was actually good.
More on the Uptown's possible closing, new Desdamona video & Kiss announces Target Center date.
Thanks for all the stuff, Earth! Here's a mix tape!
The latest Greensleeves collection of dancehall sides, Greensleeves Rhythm Album #66: Bomb A Drop, features two examples of one of my least favorite songs types, the anti-cunnilingus anthem. Gay basher Beenie Man?s ?Three Laws? includes the pledge ?We will never suck the pussy,? while Tony Matterhor ... More >>
Radio maven and metal monger Earl Root, bringing you the f-word since 1987.
After sixteen years of makeup, metal, and stage blood, Impaler remains proudly undead