As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>
Open since 1974, the Cabooze has made its name through booking a variety of R&B, reggae, and rock acts, all the while supporting local bands who have gone on to play larger stages and to national audiences. Serving niches of R&B/blues in the '70s and jam rock today, the venue has a history o ... More >>
The Replacements made a huge splash on Tuesday evening's The Tonight Show. Leading up to this week's first Twin Cities show in 23 years, and a big concert in Queens at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the guys busted through "Alex Chilton" with poise. Announced just last week, the performance marks ... More >>
The Replacements are getting another chance at TV glory over at NBC next week. After famously being banned from Saturday Night Live nearly two three decades ago, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will welcome Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and their newer recruits -- including Green Day's ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... 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 god who wanted jeans
Secret Stash Records has emerged as a leading crate-digging boutique label during the past few years, and now the Minneapolis-based group of music lovers is expanding. While many of their releases have grasped a funky side of underrepresented sounds, the team's musical interests go far beyond just t ... More >>
Fall Out Boy with New PoliticsMyth Nightclub, MaplewoodWednesday, June 26, 2013Fall Out Boy sure know how to keep their fans waiting. First with a new album, then Wednesday night at the Myth as the sold out room waited -- and waited -- to see a reunion of their favorite band four years in the making ... More >>
In his younger years, country legend George Jones was assigned the moniker "No Show Jones." Tales of his hard drinkin' and drug abuse were epic enough to make Keith Richards seem tame, and as such, he had a habit of not showing up to a lot of his own shows. But all this is behind him -- it's said he ... More >>
For over fifty years she was an integral member of the Grand Ole Opry, and today, Minnie Pearl would have been 100 years old. In honor of the most beloved character in country music this side of Little Jimmy Dickens, here are ten essential facts you should know about the Gossip from Grinder's Switch ... More >>
Armed with a new drummer and new single, The Rockford Mules have been recording a new EP that is set to release this coming fall. Eager and impatient to share their new single that they have described as a "bad motherf*cker," the southern blues band has changed up their sound on "Angel Asked Me How ... More >>
Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>
Late last week, word broke that Courtney Love is writing - or co-writing, or dictating, or bashing out in innumerable typo-strewn MySpace blog posts to be deciphered later, or whatever - her memoirs.
Richard Lloyd is a guitarist and the founding member of legendary post-punk band Television that formed in New York City in 1973. He was one of the few people hosting bands at CBGBs, where Television regularly played since its earliest days. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA. in 1951 and his family m ... More >>
Captain Jack just won't die
Photos by Steve CohenJustin Townes Earle February 14, 2011 First Avenue I'd like to couch this review as a half-assed intervention. If I may.
Think 2010 was full of ridiculous, over-the-top moments in pop music? Just wait until you see what 2011 has in store. As part of our year-in-review blitz, we took a look in our crystal ball to make some projections for the year ahead...
Here's some noise that a few Gimme Noise readers will mourn, but the majority of you might not: you won't have An Affront to Serious Music Criticism to kick around anymore. Or not quite as much, anyway. Why? Because yesterday, I started a full-time day-job after five and a half months of depraved ... More >>
The Jigga penned a memoir. Co-written with journalist dream hampton (Source, Village Voice, SPIN), Decoded unpacks Shaun Carter's journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- the rote tale of pauper to prince, sardines to steak -- and explicates his most famous lyrics, explaining the density and persona ... More >>
Last week? Last week was so several days ago. At this point - polishing off that third mug of crap, employer-subsidized coffee, valiantly procrastinating last week's leftover to-do items, beating yourself about the head and face to stay awake - you probably can barely remember what your name is, ... More >>
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>
Aw, just look at him. That there is Justin Beaver, so named after the Bronx Zoo held an open vote - in other words, an open door to the inevitable. He's the second beaver to take New York in 200 years, keeping Jose company whilst they free-float down the Bronx River (which if you've never smelled ... More >>
It's a messy but funny spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall
A discussion between the two provides an intriguing slice of Twin Cities music history.
One of the most done-to-death archetypal rock songs in history gets a radical transformation.
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