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 >>
BjŲrk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jaz ... 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 >>
They Might be Giants have definitely fallen out of the mainstream of alternative music. You're not likely to hear a lot of the new songs on heavy rotation on the Current or your alt station of choice. You don't hear a lot of covers of their songs, and especially not a shrill wannabe-Etta James teen ... 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.When asked about my religion, my go-to joke has always been "I am a recovering Catholic; got my ten-year wafer even." I grew up Catholic -- whic ... 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 >>
The Smashing Pumpkins with Anberlin Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul Saturday, October 20, 2012 Sometimes, you go to a show and get much more out of it than you expected to or even hoped to. Other times maybe you expect too much and are left disappointed and with a bad taste in your mouth. The Smas ... 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 >>
By Nicole CrosbieFormer Poison frontman Bret Michaels has kicked off his solo summer tour, and will perform at the Medina Entertainment Center this Saturday. See what Michaels has to say about reality television, his health, his new album, and reuniting with Poison in his interview with Gimme Noise.
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 >>
Related:Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artistsKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsStar Tribune published two stories Tuesday detailing the Minnesota State Fair's latest Grandstand additions, but one would've been plenty. A couple hours after ... More >>
‚ÄčThe 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-M√∂tley Cr√ľe joint tour, which will be the first series of dates these two monsters ... More >>
‚ÄčOk, ok, one more Halloween post and then WE ARE DONE. Until next year.First Avenue's Mainroom was packed to the rafters last night for their annual Halloween bash, and we had photographers roaming the scene to snap all of the great costumes. As with last Saturday's Too Much Blood dance night, we ... More >>
‚ÄčDespite the head-scratching nature of the new venture, you've gotta admit there's something sort of endearing about the idea of Mot√∂rhead 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 Schwartz‚ÄčNKOTBSBJuly 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 by Erik Hess‚ÄčRihanna, Cee Lo Green, and J. ColeJune 16, 2011Target Center, Minneapolis"Do you realize I'm just foreplay for Rihanna?" Cee Lo Green asked the near-capacity crowd, taking a break from his lackluster set to attempt to rouse the bored audience. "Rihanna's gonna fuck you," he sai ... 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
Photos by Cindal Lee Heart‚ÄčHorse Feathers with Ana√Įs MitchellNovember 3, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisOn a seemingly quiet Wednesday evening in Minneapolis, there was a lot of noise going on down at the Cedar. A subdued and simple kind of noise, but enrapturing nonetheless. Horse Feathe ... More >>
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 >>
‚ÄčRECAP 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 >>
‚ÄčLike 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 memorabilia‚ÄčJust 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
‚ÄčThe 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
‚ÄčEvery '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.
The best local CDs of the year (thus far) & Little Man.
Just because it's only half of Ween doesn't mean you should only get half as stoned.
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