Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast ... More >>
Death A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding t ... More >>
Olga Bell of the Dirty Projectors has completed a nine-movement song cycle Krai. For Bell, this is a very personal project. The writing process was a way for her to connect with her Russian history, and allowed her to forge a deeper artistic bond with her mother.Tonight, the project debuts at the Wa ... More >>
As we assembled this week's cover story, 89.3 the Current: An oral history, we quickly realized that one key piece of the radio station had a life of its own: Rock the Garden. The annual summer music festival started out in 1998 as a membership driver for the Walker Art Center, a kind of musical in ... More >>
Wildlife and John Mayer enthusiast Katy Perry will embark on an enormous North American tour later this year. The 46-city trek is in support of Prism, her third album of songs constructed with the help of pop hitmakers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The most notorious of the batch thus far being the ... More >>
The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#4. Carroll: 52 points Thousands of bands form at colleges every year, but only a scant few are serious enough to grow up to be MGMT (Wesleyan) or Vampire Weekend (Columbia). But the indie-rock foursome Carroll, named after the street they lived on while studying at Macalester, made a solid first st ... More >>
Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Ca ... More >>
Another rockin' week in the Twin Cities! Thursday, The Triple Rock will be hosting Rock the Link in order to raise awareness of homeless youth. Friday is Target Field's Skyline Music Festival and Saturday, the MN Zoo welcome's Beach Boy legend, Brian Wilson. Strange Names open for Yeasayer at First ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>
MWMF Day Three With Hang 'Em High, the Ultrasounds, Neon, Reina del Cid & the Cidizens, Eli Glor, Stereo Confession, and Riflebird Winona, Minnesota Saturday, April 20, 2013 After spending much of Friday night at Mid West Music Fest pleasantly cooped up at Ed's seeing a strong cadre of established ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
If you haven't heard Atlas Genius yet, fret not. Chances are, the Aussie indie pop band will be comfortably squished between the likes of MGMT and Arcade Fire in your rotation soon enough. After the release of their catchy debut EP Through the Glass, the band is on the road with the Silversu ... More >>
Alternative rap duo Chiddy Bang, consisting of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin, are one of the hottest rising star sets on the hip-hop front. Since their inception in 2008, Chiddy Bang has collectively released four mixtapes, three EPs, and their recent debut studio album B ... More >>
Fourth album from the Twin Cities sextet
Jones and the Dap Kings coming to the State Theatre
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
Lovin' that necklace, don'cha know! Photo by Tony Vu City Pages' Freestyle Fashion team hit up the Walker for its bigtime annual music event last weekend, this year's event featuring the musical stylings of OK GO, MGMT, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings and more. Thousands of smartly dressed Twin C ... More >>
Photos by Nick VlcekSharon JonesSee that face? That is the face of pure joy. The supremely talented Sharon Jones and her Dap Kings had the crowd effectively whipped into a frenzy of cheers and waving arms during the second-to-last set at Saturday's Rock the Garden. A crowd of 10,000 gathered on t ... More >>
The Current and the Walker Art Center announced their Rock the Garden lineup today with a live broadcast at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, hosted by Current DJ Mary Lucia and the Walker's Senior Curator for Performing Arts Philip Bither. The yearly outdoor festival has grown quite large in t ... More >>
Feel the love, flirt with hope, or share the hate this weekend. Take your pick.
The California festival runs April 16-18.
Ville Thao and John Vang: Asians don't just want to party with Asians
Hard-working, hard-touring musician has never quite made the big time —and that's fine with him
Hall & Oates, Lazerbeak? Really?
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
NME shows love for Solid Gold, No Doubt to play Xcel, Tapes 'n Tapes interviewed & Last of the Record Buyers footage
It's two extra syllables. Make the time.
Music, politics, and parties galore at First Amendment Arts.
Despite a lackluster opener and terrible sound, Beck still wooed a nearly sold-out audience at Roy Wilkins.