Beer festivals are all the rage, but they can be a bit too similar, with a lot of the same old beers being poured into those 4-ounce tasting cups. Grumpy's is sponsoring the Limited Action Beer Fest to challenge that notion. The idea behind the festival is that participating breweries -- 612, Fult ... More >>
Riding the success of their wildly popular single "Hurricane," New York-based MS MR have "made it" in every sense of the word, scoring a deal with Columbia Records that led to touring, the release of their full-length debut Secondhand Rapture, and performances on stages as large as Lollapalooza. Whi ... More >>
Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in ... More >>
Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>
You really can't get enough of Mumford & Sons, and perhaps that's why there are so many of each member of the band in this new clip for "Babel." As the camera follows the players around the warehouse in an infinite black and white loop that defies common perceptions of time and space -- no doub ... More >>
This is a date that many folk-rock fans in the Midwest have been waiting for. Mumford & Sons have just announced a new stretch of The Full English tour dates that will bring them across the United States to several cities that often get left off major tour schedules. And then there's the Twin Ci ... More >>
Chances are that you've probably never heard of Erik Hess. But if you keep up at all on the local music scene, and especially if you read this blog, then you've no doubt seen his photography before. Hess is one of our nightlife's most vibrant and prolific voices; on any given night, he's likely out ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
The '90s officially came to a close a little bit more than 13 years ago, but their profound and strange cultural touchstones are not forgotten. Most importantly, the music lives on with the help of DJ Jake Rudh, who celebrates the 12th anniversary of his hip dance party Transmission with a night of ... More >>
Throwing a David Lynch-themed dance party, but have no idea what to play? Wonder no more, massive Twin Peaks fan KPT, pronounced "kept," crafts the perfect tracks for the occasion. KPT (Joshua Lexbole by birth) is a genre-bending dark electronica producer based in Minneapolis. His music, at once spa ... 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 >>
See Also:Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Howler, Bloodnstuff, Astronautalis, and morePoliça sign to Mom Pop, unveil Dark Star EPAs 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 ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Die Antwoord at First AvenueBest Of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreDie Antwoord with DJ Soviet PandaFirst Avenue MainroomSaturday, August 5, 2012South African rap group Die Antwoord invaded First Avenue Saturday night, playing their bizarre brand ... More >>
See Also:Best of Lollapalooza day two: Twin Shadow, Franz Ferdinand, and moreTwin Shadow at the Entry, 10/01/11The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Twin Shadow at the Triple Rock, 04/25/11 George Lewis Jr., better known as Twin Shadow, recently released his sophomore album, Confess, to a round of ap ... More >>
See Also:Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBlack Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12Best of Lollapalooza 2012, day one: Afghan Whigs, Die Antwoord, and moreM83Lollapalooza at Grant Park, ChicagoFriday, August 3, 2012The intense heat in Chicago's Grant Park gave way to a hazy dusk as M83 ... More >>
We may not have Lollapalooza, but there are still plenty of bands in the Twin Cities this weekend. This Friday Dosh releases his new 7" at the 7th Street Entry while Haley Bonar takes on the Turf, fronting the new wave band Gramma's Boyfriend. Be sure to hang around First Ave and the Entry Satu ... More >>
See Also:Summit Backyard Bash announces all-local lineupDoomtree beatmaker/producer extraordinaire Lazerbeak is certainly keeping himself busy during these hot summer months. In addition to serving as executive producer on Paper Tiger's two brand new collections, the Summer EP and the bonus 15-track ... More >>
See Also:Summit Unchained #10 launches this weekSummit Beer has long been the local brew of choice for many Twin Cities concertgoers over the years. And now, the good folks at Summit are set to put on one hell of a show of their own, as the Summit Backyard Bash is set to take place behind their brew ... More >>
See Also:Bassnectar at Epic: Halloween costumes and crazinessBassnectar blows up the VarsityAfter a headlining slot at Lollapalooza next week, the sonic thrust of Bassnectar takes over North America this fall. Every bit of junk in Target Center's trunk is gonna get rattled in the process.Touring on ... More >>
Related:Lollapalooza 2012 lineup announcedRiver's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupOn the same day Lollapalooza unveiled its extensive slate, we get the details on the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival as well. The yearly fest in Somerset, Wisconsin, brings Jane's Addiction, Flore ... More >>
Related:Polica debuts new video for "Lay Your Cards Out" on Jay-Z's Life Times sitePolica's "Amongster" video depicts sex in the woodsPolica has just unveiled another high-concept music video from Give You the Ghost. Much like the sexually charged "Amongster" clip, this is not a showcase of the memb ... More >>
Duluth's Trampled by Turtles have long since captured the undying affections of Twin Cities music fans, as evidenced by their extremely sold-out show tonight at First Avenue which kicks off their biggest U.S. tour yet (including a spot in the just announced Lollapalooza line-up in Chicago) in su ... More >>
Dave Grohl is the real deal. After spending the early '90s clocking stage time in one of the most influential bands of his generation, no one would have thought twice if he had shied away from the limelight following his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. But instead, he did jus ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
The Flaming Lips headline memorable summer festival
PHOTO BY DENIS JEONG PLASTERIf the first day of Lollapalooza is marked by enthusiasm, the second day is marked by hitting limits. The Day 2 crowd was more pronounced and did not wait until late in the day to show up, and police presence increased to meet the new demands. Partiers line ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenThe Gaslight AnthemJuly 26, 2010First Ave MainroomIf it wasn't sold out, it was damn close. The last time the Gaslight Anthem came to town, the Cabooze played host, and there was no doubt that it was packed to capacity. Someone figured (rightly) that the band ... More >>
Touring season is near full swing, and we want you to see good shows. And so, a roundup of First Avenue's recently announced summer Big Ones. Plan your date nights...
Somewhere out there, in the dank, festering recesses of converted suburban sub-basement apartments plastered with Shinehead, Insane Clown Posse, and House of Pain posters and heaped high with Noam Chomsky texts and shrinkwrapped Jerky Boys cassettes live people who genuinely want -- nay, need ... More >>
New music from the Hood Internet, a Woodstock-themed compilation & Snoop mashed with thrash.
MCA announces he is ill with cancer and the Boys cancel all upcoming performances.
Slug and Ant will make their way through Europe and back across the US.
Triple trouble are back. Yes indeed.
Nobot scores for short film, new Gospel Gossip, PB&J play the Current & Lucy Michelle interviewed.
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
In Willmar, Christian rock has become a major tourist attraction
Katastrophy Wife Unleashes a Wail to Do Edvard Munch Proud
Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing
Queer poetry as action art.