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.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>
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Juicy J doesn't want to talk about strippers. He's indignant when reporters bring up his drug use. Though his music suggests otherwise, he insists that he doesn't spend his time tucking $100 bills into G-strings and popping molly. At heart, Juicy J is a businessman who'd rather talk about the value ... More >>
By Kat GeorgeBeing in a relationship is as much a cultural journey as it is an emotional, intellectual or sexual one. Mostly because you have to "do" things with your significant other, and when you live in a city, a lot of the time "doing" means going to the movies or catching a gig. Because let' ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-olds sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play basketb ... More >>
Wildlife and John Mayer enthusiast Katy Perry will embark on an enormous North American tour later this year. The 46-city trek is in support of Prism, her third album of songs constructed with the help of pop hitmakers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The most notorious of the batch thus far being the ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] History: Katy Perry was born in 1984, except back then people called her "Katy Hudson" because that's her real name. In 2001, she was like, "You know what? I'm gonna release ... More >>
Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>
"Stan" describe a particular kind of obsessed fan. It comes from the Eminem song, as well as being a combination of "stalker" and "fan."See Also: 50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneRecently, a friend on Twitter pointed out the Wikipedia page for Stan fans, which includes a list of "Popular ... More >>
Duluth's experimental rockers brought a polarizing one-song performance to Rock the Garden
The Beat Generation flick doesn't quite capture Kerouac's world, but it's not too far off
Since chef Ian Gray, co-owner of the Gray House in Uptown, prides himself on using only up-to-the-minute, fresh, seasonal ingredients, his menu changes as often as Katy Perry's hair color. But his food is always fresh, well balanced, and often showcases the range of a single ingredient.Amidst all th ... More >>
Some of the greatest innovations and stupidest pet tricks come out of late-night television, so it's no surprise that Late Night With Jimmy Fallon introduced Princetagram to the masses this week.With Prince fan ?uestlove -- who will perform at the Bobby Z's second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on March 9 ... More >>
Aside from an actual victory by the Minnesota-based Okee Dokee Brothers, the 2013 Grammys had a few other moments to amuse Midwestern music fans. The main one, of course, was an appearance by Prince. For those who didn't watch the entire, dragging mess of a hashtag-obsessed show hosted by LL Cool J, ... More >>
From Tarantino's Django Unchained to Anderson's The Master
Beach House duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand might be the darlings of the indie rock world, but they enter that realm unconsciously and perhaps a little unwillingly. The pair's recent fourth album, Bloom, is a lushly arranged dreamscape, full of the roaming synth-pop that Beach House fans have c ... More >>
Gotye with KimbraEpic, MinneapolisWednesday, April 4, 2012Related: Gotye: I don't care if you mispronounce my nameOne hit song can help an artist sell out a room, twice. Moved from the sold-out Varsity Theater to the sold-out Epic, Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, brought his '80s-flavored orchestral pop ... More >>
Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel may be retiring from the local Legislature, but he's trying to go out with a resounding bang. The Cottage Grove Republican has chosen an unlikely source for inspiration in his quest to legalize bottle rockets and certain more powerful fireworks in the state, and it's the ... More >>
"I don't even know what hip hop is anymore"
WikimediaThese kids are probably not learning.There are all kinds of things you can learn on the internet, like what your former lovers are up to, the prices of various super-cute shoes, and whether the honey badger, officially, do or don't care. What you can't learn online are things like math a ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
So here's to all those summer nights when my feet hit the sand, the waves break my fall, and all my friends outnumber the stars.
Photo by Tony NelsonAs part of what has become a rash of popular shows being postponed due to illness, Katy Perry has announced today that she will not appear at the Xcel Energy Center tomorrow night as planned due to "an attack of food poisoning leading to severe dehydration." She is also po ... More >>
The site of some fierce competitionThe huddle of plaid smokers in front of Bull Run Coffee at 10:00 p.m. was the first clue that something unusual was going on Thursday at the coffeehouse on Lyndale Avenue. As the Hot Dish crossed the threshold, a serious coffee crowd was enjoying the sounds of S ... More >>
Check out Samba, Curry 'N' Noodles, and Aji
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonKaty Perry at First Ave in March 2009Following the same skyrocketing success arc as pop phenom Lady Gaga, who played the Fine Line and came back a year later to sell out two nights at the Xcel Center, Katy Perry is upgrading from filling the First Avenue Mainroom in 2009 to pl ... More >>
Tattoos have been fully in the mainstream for well over a decade now. No one is surprised by much in the way of body art these days - I've got some, you've probably got at least one, maybe on your hand or something. They're probably dumb (mine are, at least).Nope, nothing's really shocking anymo- ... More >>
Not what it looks likeTwo of pop's most reviled (by critics) and popular (to people somewhere) ladies released some content this week. Kesha's "Sleazy" leaked today, while Katy Perry released a new video for her song "Firework." So different in mien, so similar in milieu; so where in the 'tw ... More >>
And just like that, as if by magic, we awaken into a world where Russell Brand and Katy Perry can flaunt an Indian marriage license, where Brett Favre got whipped in his old backyard, where the Yankees aren't headed to the world series, and where world peace remains as elusive a possibility as ev ... More >>
The latest Minnesota meme to hit YouTube is a local parody of Katy Perry's hit "California Gurls," called "Minnesota Gurls." The song was penned by a group of kids from Fridley who go by the name Dime and Peppimoo (with help from their pals Cookie and Twizzler), and since it was posted at the beg ... More >>
Photo by Emily UtneZoo AnimalIn case you haven't picked up a print edition of City Pages yet this week, here's a brief rundown of our music content, which is all available online for your perusal.Zoo Animal release new self-titled albumBy Jeff GageWe talk to Zoo Animal about their sophomore relea ... More >>
Sixty seconds with one of the world's top remixer/DJs (who is coming to Minneapolis on Saturday at the Loft!).
New Bob Mould track released, Prince's drops new albums online (sort of) & the Evening Rig interviewed
Katy Perry played First Ave and she liked it.
In anticipation of Girl Talk's show tonight at First Avenue, Gimme Noise cooks up its own amusing mash-up titles.
Inside the secret world of the straight guise