Recently, in an interview with Hello! Magazine, that sappy dude with Ashton Kutcher hair, James Blunt, apologized for his double-platinum song "Beautiful." Referring to it as "force-fed down people's throats" and "annoying," Blunt has openly admitted his grim misdeed in writing the 2005 anthem for t ... More >>
Iggy Azaleawith Walk The MoonTCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisFriday, October 17, 2014One strange thing about an Iggy Azalea concert is that while it pulls from hip-hop, it also skips blithely past it. At its essence, Australian rap sensation puts on a pop concert, grabbing genre tropes to toy with alo ... More >>
Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers ... More >>
The shortest month of the year comes to an end, spend it out with the Minneapolis music scene! Dessa performs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday while the Current hosts a live Local Current set at the Amsterdam. Friday, The Tribe and Big Cats say goodbye at Triple Rock, Vita.mn presents ... More >>
If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>
A quarter of a century in any business is no small thing, but 25 years in the music business is really a thing of beauty. For its silver anniversary, the Fine Line Music Cafe -- a longtime staple in the the downtown music scene and Twin Cities tradition -- is throwing itself a quiet little party. Fi ... More >>
See Also:Sleeping in the Aviary interview 1: On Maroon 5 and Googly GuySleeping in the Aviary interview 2: On burritos and touringMore than likely, Rupert Angeleyes is a local musical project that doesn't mean anything to you (yet). But that's no testament to a lack of musicianship, commitment or en ... More >>
Mike Hannah, aka Mike Dreams, is certainly mysterious as a young man who has lived many lives in his short years. The rapper/hip-hop artist has brought to fruition his dreams -- so to speak -- on his third album Millennial. The album is a collection of songs that hit you in the gut -- even when they ... More >>
See Also:Sleeping in the Aviary on Maroon 5 and Googly GuyIt's been a big year for Sleeping in the Aviary. The Minneapolis band released their fourth album, You and Me, Ghost, which landed on City Pages' Best of 2011 albums, toured constantly, and are back to writing for a new record. In the meantim ... More >>
The Voice recently announced that its celeb judges -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine -- would attempt a medley of Prince tunes in its second episode this season. No word on a guest appearance by the celebrated songwriter himself, but this is a refreshi ... More >>
Area pop singer/songwriter Tim Mahoney, who calls himself the "King Of Almost" and whose main claim to fame was being mistaken for a girl by Adam Levine on the NBC reality show The Voice, has written a diss track, jokingly voicing his beef with the Maroon 5 crooner. "Hey Adam Levine," a son ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessMaroon 5 and TrainSeptember 5, 2011State Fair GrandstandLabor Day--always a bittersweet day for Minnesotans, marking the end to 12 food coma-inducing days. With the hot and rainy days past, the weather was perfect for an evening with radio friendly groups Maroon 5 and Tra ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessWhat a weekend! We kicked summer right outta town this long Labor Day Weekend by attending as many events as we could, from Blondie at Mystic Lake to Weezer, Dr. John, and Maroon 5 at the Great Minnesota Get Together to Minneapolis dance nights Get Cryphy and Too Much Love. As w ... More >>
It's been nearly 30 years since MTV launched by airing footage of the Apollo 11 landing and the video for the Buggles' "Video Killed a Radio Star" at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981. Though it was founded with the intent of streaming music videos 24 hours a day, the station quickly became a tool for ... More >>
Photos by Kathy EasthagenTim McGraw May 14, 2011 Xcel Energy Center Several stops into his Emotional Traffic Tour, country music superstar Tim McGraw paid a visit to the Twin Cities Saturday night with a performance at the Xcel Energy Center. A true professional after over twenty years of pe ... More >>
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Tim Mahoney won over a significant new fan last night: Adam Levine of Maroon 5, who selected Mahoney as one of the contestants that will be given a chance to compete on the new NBC show The Voice.
Darwin Deez and Fol ChenJanuary 17, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisFrom the name alone, Darwin Deez is the kind of band you expect something at least mildly ridiculous from. On that front, the New York-based indie rock group does not disappoint; their performance last night at the 7th St. Entry wa ... More >>
Photo by Christopher Wray-McCannOver the years, Maroon 5 has become a household name. It seems like every time we turn on the radio we hear another #1 hit single. They've been on top long enough to stake their claim and headline national arena tours, producing a menagerie of catchy songs; it's h ... More >>
Select Three, one of the winners of KQRS' Bon Jovi contestBon Gibroni (just kidding he's a solid dude) is playing two days this week, tomorrow and Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center for what will surely be a feathered affair. For his stop in the Cities he agreed to what could be a cool idea: a co ... More >>
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