Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. When I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt. (As it turns out, a lot of dudes who like Di ... More >>
Echo & the Bunnymen with John Swardson First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, August 9, 2014 Saturday night at First Avenue, Echo & the Bunnymen made what could have been a fantastic, flawless pass through town, but bogged it down. There were a couple of strange passages and two Doors cover songs. On ... More >>
Sharon Van Etten with Jana Hunter First Avenue, Minneapolis July 16, 2014 Sharon Van Etten set the tone for her First Avenue show long before she ever took to the stage on Wednesday night. With the release of her exquisite album, Are We There, Van Etten had collectively broken all of our hearts wit ... More >>
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This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
Capturing Grant Hart will never be an easy task. But director Gorman Bechard assembled quite a bit about the renowned Hüsker Dü drummer/singer/co-songwriter in the new documentary film Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart. In it, he speaks candidly about his music, art, phil ... More >>
Okkervil River With Matthew E. White First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, November 1, 2013 It seems that every time Will Sheff brings Okkervil River through the Twin Cities, it's a celebratory homecoming of sorts for the former Macalester student. And Friday night at First Avenue -- a venue Sheff clai ... More >>
The Twin Cities music community needs a jolt every so often, and it came over the weekend via Low's performance at Rock the Garden. In a set defying their more traditional recent material, including this year's fascinating The Invisible Way, the 20-year vets leaned heavily on their slower, contempla ... More >>
Emily Haines won't give up the past for the sake of her future. The lead singer of the Canadian rock band Metric is captivating to watch onstage, fiery and opinionated but controlled enough to reign it in and expose pieces of her life in song. The latest in this chain of expression is last year's Sy ... More >>
Finn focused on reinvention
For the second year in a row, Minneapolis will come together to celebrate local designers, musicians, comedians, and dancers at I AM MPLS. Event founder Sarah Edwards, who is a local fashion and image consultant, says that she originally wanted to produce a fashion show, but decided that a vari ... More >>
While Metallica fans were either super pumped or totally confused and über-pissed off about the new single released, "The View," from the upcoming Lou Reed collaboration, Lulu, there was another element of bittersweetness in the hearts and mind of fans this week, as Tuesday marked the 25th annivers ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Reagan-era comedy succumbs to soggy nostalgia
Photo by Dan CorriganChooglin' has accomplished a lot in five years. The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs. After 2 ... More >>
Superbad director Greg Mottola swiftly cuts to what lies under cliches of youth
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The very attractive paranoia of Black Mountain
New Deftones' album is as black and beautiful as the cosmos itself
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Eminem spews more bile at his fans. Everybody throw up and get down!
Nimbus does right by Beckett; 15 Head paints over 'Oil on Canvas'
Before Pere Ubu, before the Dead Boys, there was Cleveland's Rocket From the Tombs
Jeune Lune strips the sumptuous 'Carmen' to its bullfighting briefs
Mark E. Smith: Misogynist? Alcoholic? Anti-hero of an indie rock era?
Director Darren Aronofsky tries for the kingdom in Requiem for a Dream
Pavement may spit on their audience, but their aim is true
Glam rock's history is the most unnatural thing in the world
A decade ago, Derrick May helped invent a dance music that complemented a hollow city, Detroit. Now that May's music has colonized two continents, its maker has disappeared.