We've heard many times in recent years about how great a place Minneapolis/St. Paul is for college grads. We grant there's a bit of a chicken-or-egg thing going on here, but now there's better evidence than ever that smart young folks are taking the notion of moving here seriously.LinkedIn recently ... More >>
Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient provided by Lunds. For more information on the event, ... More >>
Because the good people at the Current and the Walker Art Center just can't help themselves, they've just announced that in addition to their epic 11th annual Rock the Garden festival, this year, they're throwing an afterparty, too. The festivities will be held at First Avenue. London-based soulfu ... More >>
Bassgasm is back for its ninth offering -- the second and final installment of 2013 -- on July 13. The five-stage electronic music event takes over every inch of First Avenue with 70-plus acts to keep those in fuzzy boots and fuzzier moods occupied with nine hours of intestine-rattling action!The he ... More >>
After all of the dust settled from the exciting athletic competitions staged over last two weeks, everyone turned their attention to the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics last night at Olympic Stadium in London. Billed as "A Symphony Of British Music," the loose and jubilant closing cerem ... More >>
2:54With Plastic BelieversThe Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisJune 18, 2012View a slideshow here.The hotly tipped London band 2:54 made their first Minneapolis appearance at the Triple Rock on Monday night, and while the growing buzz that surrounds them across the pond wasn't quite enough to m ... More >>
Related:SXSW: Polica as the road teamPolica at First Avenue (with cover shoot outtakes) River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupAlthough MInneapolis electro-percussive soul collective Polica aren't quite at the level of an Ellen DeGeneres shout-out yet, they're about to get a huge a ... More >>
A big focus of Weekend Checklist is local music, because there is so much good local artists in the Cities, but we often forget that Minneapolis and St. Paul is not always a flyover area for national artists. This weekend we welcome to Fanfarlo, Bowerbirds, Nada Surf, and Needtobreathe; a few of ... More >>
After submitting to an interview (with a now-passionate comments field) regarding Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith's comments about them, the 4onthefloor is back today with a song named after his description of the band. "Mock Duck/Mumford & Sons Crap" is set to the tune of the far-more-famou ... More >>
Annual First Avenue show highlights best newcomers
Margaret Thatcher portrayed as victimized woman
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThe Joy Formidable at SXSW 20112011 was a damn good year for music. When compiling this list of what are, in my opinion, the best songs released this past year, I had to continually keep myself on task, resisting the temptation to listen to the full album by each of the ... More >>
Hard Rock Cafe's story is as quaint as it is homespun, or at least, that's what their website is shucking. Local hero and folksy humble-as-pie British megastar Eric Clapton donates his guitar to his favorite London restaurant, a quaint hangout called the Hard Rock Cafe...A week or two later ... More >>
By all indications, this probably isn't a fun time to be living in England. The British Empire continues to crumble, the Big Society is a joke, the commoners remain in the vise grip of Royal Wedding Fever, and, well, bands of rioting youth are laying waste to the major cities, smashing and burnin ... More >>
When Jonny Rogoff answers the phone from London, one thing stands out: he sounds like a kid. Even when he's tucked in behind his drum kit during one of Yuck's concerts--his large afro bobbing gently to the rhythm of the music, a fuzzy beard lining his chin--he looks like a shy, baby-faced version ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessChapel ClubMarch 24, 20117th Street Entry, MinneapolisThere is something exhilarating about seeing a young English band on their first proper tour of the U.S. They are playing small rooms again, which must remind them of the intimate UK clubs where they first garnered their ... More >>
Impact LabGaga not gaga about a London scoop shop's Baby Gaga ice cream. New news on the London scoop shop Icecreamist's recent introduction of breast milk ice cream called Baby Gaga: Lady Gaga is not exactly going gaga over it.
Impact LabMama's milk, frozen not stirred.Icecreamists, a London-based ice cream shop, has caused quite the commotion in the last several days. While the locals are probably accustomed to the shop's nightclub atmosphere and leather clad inhabitants, even they weren't prepared for the controversial n ... More >>
As with many Tuesday afternoons, the announcements keep pouring in today for some killer shows happening this spring and summer. In addition to the big Black Keys gig at Roy Wilkins on July 3, we also learned today that TV on the Radio are returning to the First Ave Mainroom for a pair of shows o ... More >>
Trish Keenan, vocalist for British electro-pop group Broadcast, passed away this morning at the age of 42 after spending two weeks in ICU battling H1N1-related pneumonia. "This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly," reads a statement from Warp Records. "A unique voice, an extr ... More >>
Drum and bass was arguably rave music's most aggressive genre back in the mid-'90s, one so championed in the UK that it pretty much became a soundtrack to its streets; you could almost imagine it slicing through every misty London alley at all hours. Back home, when promoters wanted a drum and b ... More >>
Exactly a month after announcing that LCD Soundsystem would play the Roy Wilkins Audiorium this fall, the venue has finally released details about the ticket price and sale date. The LCD Soundsystem show, which features openers Hot Chip, will take place on Saturday, October 23, and tickets will g ... More >>
Self portrait by Benjamin Fredrickson wearing Pleasure Principle & Boy of London, Jeremy Scott, Dr. Martins and Grey Ant glassesMinneapolis style maven Benjamin Fredrickson is one of the city's most provocative photographers. Fredrickson's avant-garde look and serious love of fashion also ... More >>
National music blog Consequence of Sound is reporting that LCD Soundsystem will hit the road this fall for tour of Australia, the US, and the UK with Sleigh Bells and Hot Chip. The dance-tastic indie band, led by James Murphy, will come through St. Paul on October 23 to play Roy Wilkins Auditoriu ... More >>
The former frontman-turned-solo artist plays with Why? this weekend
Bruce ChristiansonLocal writer Heather McElhatton is no stranger to the seductive power of food. The author of the popular book Pretty Little Mistakes released Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single last year, a book in which the main character is often found running for the nearest Cinnabo ... More >>
Rusko / Photo by Dan WiltonModern dubstep is heralded as the only relevant heir to drum n' bass, pioneered by artists like Burial, Caspa, Joe Nice, Skream, and more recently, Rusko. The punk-haired kid from Leeds has been called the king of the electro spin-off of this dark genre that slows the ... More >>
James Hornsey and band come to the Cedar for show with Field Music
She's the Diablo Cody of dance music, if that makes any sense.
If your electricity bill went up, you'd like to assume it is because it costs more to create the same amount of power than it did the year before. Not so.
Indie rock auteurs grace the Cedar Cultural Center this November.
Gimme Noise speculates most soberly and respectfully on the King of Pop's upcoming declaration.
Portland's SPL stops in to Minneapolis to deliver a dubstep beatdown and steal some of the spotlight from the Brits.
Choice enters the system! In the event that I roll a 20 on the dice, I get to choose what show I see I started my day that way, and chose to see a sho ... More >>
This week's City Pages cover story, The Scandal That Could Eat Bush's Brain, about the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame affair, has already been posted for your wonky pleasure. CITY PAGES BLOGS Pizzaman has a new Pizza Car guiding him through the Streets of Pizza. Jack Sparks sings the praises of Drag th ... More >>