Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>
Paul McCartney has announced a new Minneapolis date at Target Field, according to sources. The August show fits within the Beatles founder's Out There U.S. tour, which is hitting arenas and stadiums around the country this summer.After Target Field has hosted country superstar Kenny Chesney a few ti ... More >>
Miley Cyruswith Icona PopXcel Energy Center, St. PaulMonday, March 10, 2014Miley Cyrus is a brat. Or is she? The better question to ask may be whether her bad behavior makes her spoiled or proves she can't be tamed. (It also has a lot to do with your feelings on getting turnt.) As the Hannah Montana ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
Jimmy BuffettXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, December 3, 2013Jimmy Buffett began his career as a memorable and talented country singer in the 1960s before he was catapulted into the status of the most-respected and revered master of beach-themed rest and relaxation. To this date, he has 29 stud ... More >>
We get it, Passion Pit -- you're a huge deal. From a pair of First Avenue shows last fall to a headlining gig at Summer Set just over the border in Wisconsin this year, the Cambridge synth-pop act has a draw that's on the rise. With an EDM sensibility fused inside their indie circuitry, the group ha ... More >>
Another rockin' week in the Twin Cities! Thursday, The Triple Rock will be hosting Rock the Link in order to raise awareness of homeless youth. Friday is Target Field's Skyline Music Festival and Saturday, the MN Zoo welcome's Beach Boy legend, Brian Wilson. Strange Names open for Yeasayer at First ... More >>
It's unlikely that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will get characterized as "raunchy" by anyone in the local press corps, but the rap group has had an undeniably meteoric rise in the past 12 months. Fans who caught them at Soundset 2012 got to hear them talk about some new song they were trying out cal ... More >>
Blues-rock singer Grace Potter is not just a pretty face. Grace and her band the Nocturnals tour constantly, as much as 200 shows a year. She's hard-working, but when given the opportunity to tour with different artists, she also shows her business finesse. The singer was invited to open for Kenny C ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
KENNY CHESNEY IS TOTALLY PSYCHED TO PLAY TARGET FIELD AGAIN THIS SUMMER! And he sent us all a totally personalized audio bite to prove it.See also: Kenny Chesney is the only musician worthy of Target Field, apparently Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw at Target Field, 7/8/12 Ten reasons Zac Brown Band ... More >>
It is with a cringe that we announce that Kenny Chesney is returning to Target Field for a performance next summer. Although the country star was not Gimme Noise's favorite during this summer's stop for his Brothers of the Sun Tour with Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and Jake Owen, that's not the problem ... More >>
David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>
See also: Randy Travis, unedited. So... what's new with Randy Travis? Well, he's set to perform at Mystic Lake Casino on September 21, and the next day he'll be at Black Bear. He's got a new album for sale at the Cracker Barrel, and last year, several of his friends -- Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johns ... More >>
Thousands of fun-lovin', cowboy hat-wearin', country music fans descended upon downtown Minneapolis yesterday for the first ever concert at Target Field, for a double-bill featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw dubbed the Brothers of the Sun tour. Weather-wise, you couldn't have asked for a nicer da ... More >>
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This week in Eighties Superstars You Forgot All About News: Lionel Richie has gone country, and is actually quite good at it. Yes, that Lionel Richie. The Lionel Richie of the Commodores. The Lionel Richie who once Danced on Ceilings. This week, his country duets album Tuskegee -- named after the pl ... More >>
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They're no longer our little secret. Since releasing their first self-titled album late last year, the Cactus Blossoms have not only caught the attention of scores of Minnesotans young and old -- read: those who know not how to two-step, and those who do -- but they've also garnered accolades fro ... More >>
If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... More >>
Well, it's certainly no Paul McCartney.Target Field announced this morning that their first ever public concert in the new stadium will feature co-headlining country artists Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on July 8, 2012, news that's being met with a resounding, harmonious grump-fest from Twin Citi ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
He's recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold, and has produced more than 30 Top Ten singles, 20 of which have climbed to the top of the Hot Country Songs charts. He's got awards from the ACM, the CMA, the AMA, CMT, the BMA, the PCA and the FCMA (those are a lot of awards show ... More >>
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy! So click click, th ... More >>
Johnny Cash and Kenny Chesney made accessible to little bitty baby ears with the soft sounds of vibraphone, glockenspiel and a Mellotron? Gross.
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>
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News of country crossovers has me down, as does the food poisoning which has beset me since I ate some venison from a November '06 hunt (bad idea, folks).
Aged. Inflexible. Patterned. Out of touch. Unclear. These were the musical and performative conditions projected from Hagar’s every gesture and vocalization upon the political pretense of the ... More >>
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