Even if the Walkmen opened their latest album, Heaven, with a song called "We Can't Be Beat," they're still working to get better. The New York-Philadelphia indie-rock act never play the same show twice and eschewed repetition on seven expressive records. The string of accolades for the group launch ... More >>
The Walkmen kick off City Pages' inaugural music festival in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
T.I. Epic, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Some nights you walk into a club wondering if an MC is still relevant. Then you watch a 32-year-old pro blast through more than two dozen songs in a little more than an hour, flaunting a nimble flow and basking comfortably in the familiarity of his hits ... More >>
When Ray Charles first released his seminal album The Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music in 1962, the record was considered at the time by music executives to be more than risky -- it was a career-killer. No one thought that country and folk songs could be reimagined in blues and jazz contex ... More >>
Back in 1788, poet Robert Burns wrote an anthem that's still more ubiquitous than Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" at New Year's. The lines to the kazoo-friendly "Auld Lang Syne" have summed up the "drinking to forget" philosophy ever since. What came in ensuing years is more complex. Now, w ... More >>
LeonardCohen.comA guitar case can hold more meaning than a box of chocolates.Valentine's Day is approaching like a row of fresh-blooming tulips, a wall of menacing storm clouds, or a bit of both. This greeting card holiday always has musical implications, and the state of the love song is as com ... More >>
Photo By James RhodesOther Lives and Halloween, Alaska7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 9, 2012The music of Other Lives has such a classic, timeless quality to it that even the band's new songs sound instantly familiar. The Stillwater, Oklahoma quintet treated the sold-out Entry to a sweeping ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonU2 with InterpolJuly 23, 2011TCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisThese reviews are inevitably for fans, yet I find myself writing for U2-haters. One friend left a message during the show on Saturday wondering why I was there. Would anyone at the TCF Bank Stadium that night have aske ... More >>
Gimme Noise gave up watching Hollywood movie awards ceremonies some time back, and Al Pacino is one of the reasons why. Al Pacino is awesome, but these days, Al Pacino is also old, out-of-sorts, bedraggled, confused. Spiffed and tailored and rattily tuxed, Al Pacino isn't aware that even though n ... More >>
Photos by Nick VlcekHoleJuly 16, 2010First AvenueThere were a lot of people speculating as to how Hole's show at First Avenue was going to go down on Friday night, from the die-hard fans convinced Courtney Love was going to deliver, to the wide-eyed spectators just hoping to witness a trainwreck. ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenJoan Baez has been performing for over 50 years, and her voice is just as lovely as ever. "I've had to drop my songs down a few notches to match my voice now," she noted apologetically during her show at the Minnesota Zoo last night. But aside from a few key changes her old c ... More >>
In addition to polling our @gimme_noise Twitter followers about their favorite local shows this past year, we asked for their thoughts on their favorite shows by national acts. See below for the answers from our Twitter friends, click here for our Best National Concert of the Past 12 Months pick ... More >>
A review and videos from this weekend's pair of contrasting sets by Kid Dakota.
Some songs get you every time.
The iconic folk singer and poet performed at the Orpheum on Sunday night.
Despite America's attempt to bastardize the Leonard Cohen song, Romantica gives it new life
I'm not a complainer. It's the world that's a joyless place.
Are Sufjan Stevens's love songs guided by a higher power? God only knows.
PJ Harvey and Brian Wilson go down easy, the 5,6,7,8's are harder to swallow
Jonathan Richman, modern lover
Mark Thomas Stockert to country fans: "Shut up your cryin', cowboys are always alone"
A melancholic Beck waxes fatalistic on 'Sea Change'
Kerouac and In Their Own Voices
PBS's The United States of Poetry tries to make verse sexy again.