As Minneapolis prepares for a downtown Whole Foods opening in September, we look to its stores on the West Coast, which are in the midst of a strange transition to vinyl retailers. This story originally appeared on LA Weekly's music blog, West Coast Sound."Pile on that kale salad," sings Taylor Gold ... More >>
Last month, I put together a list of the ten greatest rap battles of all time for our sister paper, LA Weekly. Included on that list was Twin Cities hip-hop icon Eyedea's unforgettable 1999 Scribble Jam finals with Freestyle Fellowship member P.E.A.C.E. My inclusion of it led to something of a debat ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... More >>
City Pages and its 12 sister papers have been sold by Village Voice Media, which retains ownership of Backpage.com, the online classifieds site.The new company, Voice Media Group, is based in Denver and led by CEO Scott Tobias, who put together the private equity package to execute the buyout. Chris ... More >>
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Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
[Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound st ... More >>
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>
Seth Bogart -- better known as the titular frontman of Hunx and His Punx -- has constructed an image of someone who probably doesn't write from a dark place. You wouldn't think that his sonic Twizzler ropes would be pulling him out of any misery ditches. However, his latest, Punx-less LP, Hairdre ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>
Author's rendering of Dave Grohl. Is this what we want music journalism to look like?If you've seen our Foo Fighters review today, you'll notice that the only photos we ran were teeny-tiny cell phone shots taken from our reviewer's seats. This wasn't for lack of of a photographer on our part, or ... More >>
LFLGirls in garters are headed for the Target Center.Last night, it was announced that a controversial sports league has inked a deal with Target Center and Minneapolis is the lucky 11th burg to win a franchise. That's right, the Lingerie Football League is here. "We truly understand the shee ... More >>
Will Dan Aykroyd break out the Bass-O-Matic for Al Franken?Live from L.A.'s House of Blues, it's a "Saturday Night Live" fundraiser on Friday night for Sen. Al Franken, starring Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon. LAObserved reports that tickets for the dinner are a cool $2,400 to $4, ... More >>
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