Even for those of us who are long past our days of cracking books and praying our way through quizzes, there are days where life seems to consist of nothing but school -- twisted hierarchical aspects, people who remind you of people you loathed in gym class, and so forth. It can seem like everything ... More >>
With hip-hop hitting a dull period, experimentation is full speed ahead. Many rappers, DJs and producers are testing new sounds and styles to push through the boredom of rapping a few lines and singing an R&B hook. Kristine Flaherty or K. Flay is at the head of the pack. By mashing the high Bay ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click here for slideshowLiz Phair January 20, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThe controversy surrounding Liz Phair's supposed "selling out" some years back still rests in the forefront of many peoples' minds. She was a reluctant sex symbol (the very best kind for a s ... More >>
Here's some noise that a few Gimme Noise readers will mourn, but the majority of you might not: you won't have An Affront to Serious Music Criticism to kick around anymore. Or not quite as much, anyway. Why? Because yesterday, I started a full-time day-job after five and a half months of depraved ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonTricky at the Fine Line, 20092010 has been a big year for mid-'90s revivalism. Pavement reunited and toured the country. Liz Phair played her 1993 breakout album from start to finish. Bone Thugs are back. Superchunk put out a new album. All things considered, aren't we about d ... More >>
The Lilith Fair was born of an odd doldrum in popular, female-fore music; the bulk of headliners for their first three seasons - before they suspended the festival for eleven years - were cut from the cheesecloth of alternative radio-directed acoustic-type pop (think Joan Osbourne, Indigo Girls, ... More >>
Twin Cities band proves meat-and-potatoes rock is still tasty
The all woman music festival is being resurrected, and will make a local stop in Minneapolis next year.
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No longer "Just a Girl," Gwen Stefani mirrors teen-pop starlets and ends up reflecting upon her own image
This week: A swig of Tonic and a Coachwhip to the booty
Iraq. SARS. Jay Leno, Still on television practically every night. Yeah, 2003 was about as much fun as a social disease.
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
And now a few words for the dewy-eyed couple
The blowjob queen of indie rock, gussied up by avrilution.com: Liz Phair gets away with what the girls call murder
Patti Smith nominates Ralph Nader; Penelope Houston stumps for Howard Dean; Liz Phair endorses copulating barbies
First Prize Killers pulse with the beat of pastoral pop
With The Sugar Tree, New York scenester/ songwriter Amy Rigby looks to put down new roots in Nashville
Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing
With her sophomore outing Da Real World, Missy Elliot empowers her pocketbook--and not much else
Flights of fancy return to Fantasy Island; Charmed casts a spell for the sisterhood.
Staffed by DJs and rockers, indie record stores are selling a scene
Sole-glo: Elisabeth Esselink smiths a post-pop pap paradise
Maybe pop songs kick-start dreams, secrets: Against rock's more comprehensive demands ("You WILL be moved in THIS way!"), maybe all pop wants to be is a spark.