After teasing a comeback earlier this year, Babes in Toyland have announced their first live show with the Fontanelle-era lineup in 18 years. The Minneapolis-bred heavy rock trio of Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero will take the stage together for a show in Los Angeles in February.
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a stylish 3D video from Father You See Queen. We've also got new clips from Allan Kingdom, Hollow Boys, Bora York, DJ Snuggles & Sean Anonymous, Brilli ... More >>
What started as a dream from co-creators and curators Sally Hedberg and Dana Raidt became a reality last Friday evening. Girl Germs staged a takeover of the First Avenue mainroom, bringing seven local bands and host Lori Barbero of Minneapolis's own legendary Babes in Toyland to the stage in a tribu ... More >>
Over the past few years, the Girls Got Rhythm Fest has rightfully focused on ladies who rock, as well as carrying on the lasting legacy of women in music. While Girls Got Rhythm is taking a break this year, the spirit of the festival continues with the just announced Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women ... More >>
Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue
Photo by Stacy SchwartzKurt VileThurston Moore and Kurt Vile July 18, 2011 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis It was sweltering in the Varsity on Monday night. There had been promises (or at least statements made) that the air conditioning was going to be blasting for the night and, really, maybe ... More >>
Yes, that's a pile of kittensThere are cat lovers, and then there are CAT LOVERS. Crazy cat people from all across the cat insanity spectrum will be gathering at First Avenue tonight for the annual Rock for Pussy charity event, which invites local musicians to perform covers of David Bowie songs ... More >>
Are they the last great American band?
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Photos by Erik HessWe had an insanely fun time yesterday afternoon throwing the first ever Gimme Noise day party in Austin in partnership with First Avenue. The party was hopping from the get-go, thanks in part to the free beer offered up by Tiger, and we were thrilled to see a huge contingent of ... More >>
One of our favorite shops in the Twin Cities, June is doing Fashion's Night Out in style. The evening is part of an annual event founded in New York City in an effort to make shopping exciting again--even in these tough economic times.
Walsh says band is a "vital source of mystery" in this filtered world
Husker Du drummer announces Hot Wax for early October release.
Rebel, rebel. It's time for another David Bowie tribute show!
Original bass player Laura Kennedy suffering complications from Hepatitis C
An oral history of the Replacements captures the '80s music scene but can't get a handle on the band
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
Transgendered, hard rock favorites say goodbye
A birthday bash exposes our highly incestuous scene
Like the Oscars, the Minnesota Music Academy's "Minnies" (or Minnesota Music Awards) at First Avenue tonight will be fun to participate in, fun to watch, and fun to make fun of (and I say this as someone onstage being made fun of). Somebody back me up: Aren't these things, you know, culturally inter ... More >>
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Giving ourselves permission to headbang, breakdance, and scream
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
The gonzo online community known as TCPunk goes the way of all flesh
Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!
It's a Hard Rock Life
The dean of local rock writers, Jim Walsh, goes back to school
With a new band, Katastrophy Wife, and a new babe in toyland, Kat Bjelland makes more noise than ever
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
How Amphetamine Reptile changed American music--and then went into the bar business
Other TV news personalities stay planted behind the desk. Then there's Robyne Robinson, who claims the whole Twin Cities for her stage.
Five skeptical spin doctors probe for local music's pulse -- a City Pages roundtable
We list the best of the best of 1997.
by Simon Peter Groebner/Christina Schmitt