For those among us who believe that artistic intent matters a hell of a lot, there is CHVRCHES. The Glasgow-bred synth-pop trio -- with backgrounds in groups including Aereogramme, Blue Sky Archives, and the Twilight Sad -- hatched a plan to rock as hard as they could with razor-sharp vintage synthe ... More >>
Grant Cutler Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Friday, December 21, 2012 Grant Cutler is smart, talented, and industrious. He has good taste. His projects don't miss. He's an artist with little left to prove. He's among the best we have. Recently, he won an arts grant to produce an original compo ... More >>
The Afghan WhigsWith WussyVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, October 28, 2012"What else you got? I want you naked in three more songs," the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli called to the adoring person who threw a sparkling black scarf onstage amid "What Jail is Like," from 1993's Gentlemen. "I'm not jokin ... More >>
Rufus Wainwright With Adam Cohen and Krystle WarrenMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleySaturday, August 11, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Rufus Wainwright at MN ZooRufus Wainwright: forever talented and always entertaining. To a hushed, sold-out audience, the singer approached the darkened stage to open with ... More >>
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Cults First Avenue Minneapolis Monday, April 16, 2012 View a slideshow from the concert here.With upbeat melodies and sweet, clean chorus lines, the New York-based Cults were as addictive as lollipops laced with nicotine. Lead singer Madeline Follin was apparently fully conscious of that charm, an ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
Photo By Stacy SchwartzThe Civil Wars November 9, 2011 State Theatre The Civil Wars walked out onto the stage of the State Theatre last night in absolute darkness, and when the lights came up, there stood the power duo: John Paul White and Joy Williams, dressed in a smart tux and a savvy lit ... More >>
American Scarecrows was formed in almost a Frankenstein-like manner. Arriving at their final destination from other bands such as Dropping Daylight and Somerset, the Minneapolis-based indie rock quartet came together in late 2010 to create their newest album, Keep Your Devils Around. M ... More >>
When a band says that it took them a year to release their album, it is no doubt the culmination of a year's worth of sweat and tears that went into the effort. Now multiply that by output by three and throw in non-stop touring and you get the Sudden Lovelys. The band consists of Daniel Ferraro a ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Civil WarsApril 17, 2011Varsity Theater, MinneapolisWho are these adorable people? Where did they come from? And, dear god, why have I been sleeping on them until now?
"Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonFirst Avenue's 40 Birthday PartyDecember 15, 2010First Avenue's Mainroom & 7th St. EntryNow that is how you throw a birthday party. On a night meant to honor some of the bands and the people who have made the Twin Cities music scene what it is and those that will see it i ... More >>
Best known for his work producing dance beats and performing in electro duo Lookbook, Grant Cutler has also been quietly honing his skills as a songwriter and lyricist in his solo project, Grant Cutler & the Gorgeous Lords. After playing around town for the past year, Cutler is getting ready ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWe're still buzzing from Dessa's magnetic and stirring performance at the Best of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater, and are excited to show you the footage that MPLS.TV shot of Saturday night's performances by Dessa and openers No Bird Sing. But before we release ... More >>
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