St. VincentState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, April 3, 2014Robots have gradually taken over pop music for decades. Everyone from Neil Young to Cher to Future play around with Vocoder/Auto-Tune technology, and performers like Janelle Monae have built their acts around android dance moves and storyli ... More >>
Broken Bells With Au Revoir Simone First Avenue, Minneapolis February 28, 2014 When Broken Bells initially came together, the group had the sound and the feel of a one-off side project for the Shins' James Mercer and über producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse). With the arrival of their second full- ... More >>
Fifteen years ago on Saturday, Radiohead released a follow-up to The Bends -- which two years earlier had essentially cemented them as the new leaders of Brit Pop. Called OK Computer, the album almost single-handedly destroyed the Brit styling as we knew it. (The Spice Girls helped too.) The Bends w ... More >>
Very few bands are capable of putting out quality content years into their careers. For many artists, a new release can leave the fan base longing for past glories. From 1978 to 1989, the duo of Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, with long-time support players Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper, ha ... More >>
Photo by Brad OgbonnaWhile Dan Huiting and MPLS.TV have certainly featured national acts in their City of Music series before, this week's stars might be their biggest yet. The latest video, which you can watch first right here, features French electro-pop band Yelle, who were in town last month ... More >>
To be sure, things seem pretty normal right now, don't they? The office-ice machine isn't holding you and your co-workers hostage; satellites, tanks, and Humvees aren't rolling around on their own; giant veloceraptor-like machines aren't strafing large urban centers with nuclear warheads. But all ... More >>
Cut Copy have had the chance to tour with Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, and Coldplay -- and subsequently turned all three down due to the recording of their recent album release. This is a band that clearly takes their direction seriously.
As a song title, "Kush" isn't exactly original; but neither was "Under Pressure," come to think of it now. The title of former speaks directly to producer/rapper/legend Dr. Dre's great theme: smoking copious quantities of great, dank weed. That may be why "Kush" is slated to be the first single f ... More >>
Andrew Broder, who's featured in this week's print edition of City Pages has, along with his partner in Crook and Flail, Adam Drucker, put together a new 45-minute mix highlighting some of the musical influences that inspired the soundtrack they created for the upcoming graphic novel collabor ... More >>
A freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
Not that we don't love their work, but can an 8 disc retrospective say anything that their numerous compilations haven't?
Synthetic soul-- get it while it's cold. The New York electro gods grace the big stage tonight.
After almost four decades of collaboration, Kraftwerk's co-founder calls it quits.
Foundation's Saturday night crowd got a chance to hear a hip-hop luminary spin-- Afrika Bambaataa, the man who lifted from "funky German boys" Kraftwerk when "miscegenation" wasn't a music-blogger buzzword and dressed like a post-nuke warlord in a time when swathes of NYC really did look like they'd ... More >>
The whirlwinds and warped dichotomies of Mystery Palace's debut album
The Godfather of Hip Hop, the Master of Records, Afrika Bambaataa gave hip hop its name, reframing graffiti, DJing, breakdancing, and rapping as "four elements" of a single culture. (The "fifth element": knowledge.) A former member of the Black Spades, Bam founded the Universal Zulu Nation in the 19 ... More >>
Alienation equals authenticity in Sound Unseen's rock docs
The Strokes refine the blueprint
In honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, who died on Sunday, August 19, we asked local keyboard hero Mark Mallman for some thoughts on Moog and a list of his favorite Moog-driven or Moog-accented recordings. Here's what he came up with: My father took me to a dusty garage just off the Milwaukee R ... More >>
Coachwhips' screech-punk summons the howl of a thousand dogs. So why are we calling it "Minimalist"?
Monarques float on more than hype
Dancing till the break of dawn with Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.'
If only the surroundings at Rock Star were as brilliant as the food
Bellwether kills 'em softly with new songs
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.