Alice Cooper has been the reigning king of the shock rock genre now for nearly 50 years. He essentially defined the genre and a generation of heavy rock fans that delightfully thrive on the grotesque and extreme theatrical splendor that is the typical Alice Cooper performance. Notorious for throwing ... More >>
The Coup With Villa Rosa & Greg GreaseThe Cabooze, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012 Marxist hip-hop must be a tough flag to march under. Embracing strong political ideals while simultaneously attempting to carve out a large enough fanbase to support their art couldn't have led to a lot ... More >>
The WhoTarget Center, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012Parsing out the good and the bad from the Who's performance at Target Center has an added gravity to it. Here's a band that has spent nearly 50 years shaping the structure that we call rock 'n' roll today -- not only the speaker-puncturing a ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Henry's Funeral Shoe is a duo from Ystrad Mynach, South Wales. Brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford perform raw, heavy guitar and drums fueled blues/punk rock inspired by records they grew up with, from classic rock to early Delta blues. They're the first U.K. band on Alive Naturalsound label, also th ... More >>
On their new album Tombstone Bullets, The Cavalier Crooks have produced an album that grabs hold with dusty, writhing fingers, and won't let go. It's rare to find a band that manages to wholly inhabit a different degree than the masses, and even rarer to find one that makes music in that place tha ... More >>
Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya Forty-eight minutes into the interview with Vito Roccoforte, there's a pause. The drummer of The Rapture says to hold on, and the phone crackles as it shift hands. You can hear a quiet conversation, Vito asks someone a question, a woman laughs, and 45 seconds later he's ... More >>
Note: You can see Rick K. & The Allnighters performing from today through Sunday at Grand Casino Hinckley. More information can be found at the band's website, and on Steve Moore's website.The video of a shiny-jacketed cover band playing ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" at an outdoor pavilion in Te ... More >>
It's tricky to pick out a good band leader/sidekick for your late-night comedy show. On the one hand, it's important not to get a simpering sycophant like Kevin Eubanks, who recently quit the Tonight Show 18 years too late for our taste:
Photo by Erik Hess"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>
Reckless abandon is always more fun when you push it further than anyone could imagine it going, and that is Birthday Suits' bread and butter.
When in doubt, smash everything and flip everyone off.
Pamela Des Barres makes a case for the groupie as muse
Ten local albums that kept the home fires blazing— then burned down the house
This one goes to 11!
Chooglin' leader Brian Vanderwerf opens ears, mouths off
Eufio tell future girl punks: Scream your lungs out and bring on the endorphins!
Trashing motels and crashing wheelchairs with the White Iron Band
Pete Townshend repackages the Who and goes on tour--again
Ed Ackerson creates an espionage cartoon that's also a band
With Minneapolis's Dave King on Drums, an Irreverent Trio Turns ABBA and Aphex Twin Into All That Jazz
Barbara Sibley's all-encompassing love of music has inspired her to sacrifice her time, her blood, and a whole lot of shelf space. A look at record collecting as a metaphor for life--and life as a metaphor for record collecting.
Art rockers 12 Rods make their musical parents proud