I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
Ween broke up nearly two years ago, but Dean Ween -- AKA Mickey Melchiondo -- has been keeping himself plenty busy. He goes by Mickey Moist when he's playing with his other band (don't call them a side project) Moistboyz. They released their fifth album, V, late in 2013 and followed that up with sev ... More >>
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Over the course of their distinguished 30-plus years in the music industry, Meat Puppets have brazenly ignored trends, hype, and expectations, while simply going about things their own distinctive way. Formed by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood in Phoenix in the early '80s, Meat Puppets were one of t ... More >>
Any successful music scene needs its share of all-ages venues and shows to inspire new generations of bands. Here in the Twin Cities, we know all too well the sting of losing beloved, highly revered all-ages clubs whose history and impact on the local music scene is sadly lost in the name of progres ... More >>
Over the past few years, the people behind the Twin Cities' Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival have done a fantastic job assembling a diverse, affordable music lineup that has something for fans of just about any genre. This year, for their 3rd Annual Festival, the fine folks at Patrick's Cabare ... More >>
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
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As Twin Cities music fans wait patiently for any sign of stirring from Paul Westerberg, there is a small bit of creative activity from the former 'Mats frontman on the forthcoming new record from renowned Minneapolis songwriter/producer/guitarist Kevin Bowe and his band the Okemah Prophets. Bowe ... More >>
City Pages was born before Heath Ledger and Aaliyah and has outlived them both. We're older than Christina Aguilera, Jason Schwartzman, and Cory from Boy Meets World. This week marks the 30-year anniversary of the name change from Sweet Potato to City Pages.The new name was simply and succinctly ... More >>
Photos by Mike MinehartMachine 22Black Box Revelation with Machine 22, Porcupine and DetourNovember 14, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisI arrived during of Porcupines from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of my favorite bands I've recently discovered. One of my favorite songs, "Rooftops" from their 7" spli ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerMeat Puppets November 12, 2011 Turf Club There's something magical about seeing old SST bands. I doubt it's that the L.A.-based punk/hardcore/jazz label necessarily had a strong influence on the bands whose records they put out, but rather that founder Greg Ginn had his ... More >>
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A few of Etoll's ghastly creations Filmmaker Mike Etoll knows a little something about blood and guts, having made the movie Sewer Baby and videos for bands like the Meat Puppets on the tightest of budgets. Etoll, who is also the creator of The Butcher Shop House of Gore, shared a few of his most ... More >>
"I once told this writer a story about how I met the guys in an elevator and found out we all had the same last name, so we decided to form a band."- Joey Ramone
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more
Hank Cochran, RIPI sometimes wonder if rock credibility has destroyed good music. Someone, somewhere down the line decided you weren't a credible act unless you wrote and performed your own music. Or, if you covered music by a band far better, but far less well-known and much more under appre ... More >>
OMG! Dude! This weekend! Is! Awesome! What do you mean you're tired, it's been a crappy week, and you're staying in? HELL! WITH! THAT! GET OVER! IT! What do you mean you're worried you're getting laid off? Stop being a negative nelly! PARTY! YEAH! Come on, I'm going to drag you out of the house. ... More >>
Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir will play the 501 this coming December 19 and release its new album the following month.
New music from Gigamesh, Mayda releases a new video & Gospel Gossip talks to the AV Club.
Meat Puppets photos, McNally's hip hop diploma program & local album reviews.
A basement print shop in St. Paul creates bold propaganda for latter-day rock
It made less history than '77 punk. It sold fewer records than Nirvana. But the suburban rebellion of Eighties America found its own potent way to say no.
Minnesota's own Dr. Demento talks about corporate radio, the Meat Puppets, and 30 years of weird records
Multiplying geeky pop by brainy drum 'n' bass, Triangle's new math adds up
With a new lineup and reissued back catalog, the last great punk band of the '80s gets lost on the freeway again
Built To Spill writes soaring guitar symphonies for the fallen rock faithful