Indie rock guitar god J Mascis has a load of side projects, including a solo joint under his own name. Yes, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman still shreds on Tied to a Star, and his wry sense of humor is on display in the cult-themed video for the lead single "Every Morning," starring Fred Armisen. Ahead o ... More >>
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Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A lovely new video from Cloud Cult, shot within the intimate confines of the Southern Theater, launches this week's collection. Stay tuned for new clips from Mac Irv, Dan Ma ... More >>
The 2014 Rock the Garden lineup is finally here! For the first time ever, the Walker Art Center/89.3 the Current venture has expanded to two days, and that means twice as many performers will hit the grounds next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for the weekend of June 21-22.The weekend's perform ... More >>
If there's such a thing as a music nerd equivalent to total nuclear apocalypse, then Saul Austerlitz's recent New York Times Magazine piece on the detriments of "poptimism" was a DEFCON 2 alert. (That's the one just below "hope you've seen Mad Max a few times.")To condense a confused, under-sou ... More >>
Purling Hiss With Hollow Boys 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 16, 2013 Minneapolis music fans are a fickle lot. They turn out in droves for sold-out shows that turn out to be justified (Divine Fits, Tame Impala) and some that can't quite meet the hype (Alt-J, Wavves), yet on a Tuesday night in ... More >>
Chelsea Light Moving With Cave and Cyrus Vance Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis March 27, 2013 In the cover story of this week's New York Times Magazine, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, divulges a popular Italian saying amongst performers in the moment before the curt ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
Here are the raw lists from many of City Pages' contributing writers and photograghers for the finest shows they attended this year. Hint: It's all over the place!See Also:Best Twin Cities concerts 201250 Awesome Concert Photos from 2012Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists Best Twin Cities album ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr.with ShearwaterThursday, October 18, 2012The Cabooze, MinneapolisThursday night at the Cabooze found the crowd witnessing both the beautiful path music is currently taking, and one where music has been and likely always will be. Austin, TX natives Shearwater represented the former; stalw ... 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 >>
Kurt Vile and the Violators With True Widow and Black Bananas 400 Bar, Minneapolis May 22, 2012 Kurt Vile offered up "Jesus Fever", his biggest hit to date, as the second song is his set Tuesday night at the 400 Bar, something that is often seen as a mistake. Musicians are supposed to keep the fans ... More >>
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzKurt VileThurston Moore and Kurt Vile July 18, 2011 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis It was sweltering in the Varsity on Monday night. There had been promises (or at least statements made) that the air conditioning was going to be blasting for the night and, really, maybe ... More >>
Photo by David ShankboneDespite what Wikipedia would have you believe, the Thurston Moore solo catalog is fucking immense, and most of it is full-on noise apocalyptic, limited-edition cassette-only recordings of an iconoclast manchild, his mis-tuned guitars, and his atrophied amplifiers wilding t ... More >>
Philly rocker lives the dream
Photo by Shawn Brackbill BY IAN POWERIn the print edition of this week's City Pages, we have an interview with Matador signee and Philadelphia indie rocker Kurt Vile, who is coming to the Varsity Theater next Monday with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. What follows is the extended transcript of Ia ... More >>
J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the ViolatorsApril 2, 20117th Street EntryTwo guitar virtuosos descended upon the sold-out 7th Street Entry on Saturday night, as both J Mascis and Kurt Vile delivered stirring, stunning sets in front of an enraptured overflow crowd. While their performances differed in bo ... More >>
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
This Saturday night at the 7th St. Entry, Radio K presents a unique line-up of artists who have made their stamp in the alternative rock/punk scene over the years. And if the return of the coveted J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), and the recent release of his almost acoustic album Several Shades of Why i ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkThe Soft PackThe Soft Pack with Kurt Vile and Purling HissNovember 1, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisLast weekend, during a conversation with a friend of mine, I asked what I should expect from a Kurt Vile show."It's psych rock," she replied. "You know, it sounds like ... More >>
As a member of Philadelphia-based blooze-jam unit Birds of Maya, Mike Polizze spends a lot of time getting his faux classic rock ya-yas in drums-gtr-vox-bass format style. By his lonesome, as Purling Hiss, Polizze gets to stretch out - way out - and go in for wildly self-indulgent bouts of showy ... More >>
She's cramming with her former Soviettes bandmates for two reunion shows, tonight at Eclipse Records and tomorrow night at the Turf Club, doubling as Awesome Snakes' last shows as well.
Listen to the singles charting this week on both Radio K & 89.3 the Current.
Listen to a comprehensive list of the singles charting this week on both Radio K & 89.3 the Current.
Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Steely Dan, the Stray Cats & Doomtree all announce TC dates & First Ave cancels Buju Banton.