I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
When Richard Reinhardt auditioned to become a member of the Ramones in 1983, few knew what an asset he would be to the legendary punk outfit. Not only could Richie Ramone play the hell out of the drums, he could also sing and write songs. With Richie aboard, The Ramones produced three of their best ... More >>
Surly Brewing will soon unveil a new beer, BLAKKR Imperial Black Ale. The beer is a joint project with Three Floyds Brewing (Indiana) and Real Ale Brewing (Texas) and will see limited release in each of those markets as well in the Twin Cities. BLAKKR is a Norse word meaning "dark" or "black," appr ... More >>
I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my he ... More >>
What Grumpy's lacks in the quantity of shows they put on, they more than make up for in quality and sheer volume, as each unforgettable performance you see at the craggy downtown bar typically leaves your ears ringing for days. With the announcement that Grumpy's will be hosting the upcoming Amphet ... More >>
Yeah! It's time to run down the year in live music GIFs. This Black Sabbath fan from Lollapalooza this summer embodies how psyched we are to share these with you.With help from photographers Erik Hess, Anna Gulbrandsen, and Stacy Schwartz, this was a year for the already excellent visual representat ... More >>
Sean Penn's aging rock star makes an unlikely Nazi-hunter
The Mountain Goats Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, October 23, 2012John Darnielle doesn't appear to be getting tired, which is pretty incredible, given it's now been more than 20 years since the Mountain Goats composer put out the band's first cassette, and he's released something like 25 al ... More >>
By Kory GrowSee Also:Inaugural Knotfest brings metal to Somerset God, Satan or whatever broke the mold when he created Slipknot's Clown prince, percussionist Shawn Crahan. When we talked to him about what to expect at his band's inaugural Knotfest, taking place at the Somerset Amphitheater on Satur ... More >>
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Of all the things associated with the '80s in music, there is perhaps nothing more synonymous than big hair and keyboard synthesizers. Howard Jones embodied that look and sound like no one else. As a true pioneer of electronic music from that era, he can be credited as someone who combined the moder ... More >>
The game is won on the field. Some bits of advice are impossible to follow to fruition. "The game is won on the field, Mallman." This is the kind of hodge-podge rhetoric that makes so much sense, you end up feeling like shit about yourself because you can never live up to it. Life is not won. If ... 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 >>
Even more surprising than the idea of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica is that the first single from it, "The View," might actually really not suck.
PHOTO BY DENIS JEONG PLASTERIf the first day of Lollapalooza is marked by enthusiasm, the second day is marked by hitting limits. The Day 2 crowd was more pronounced and did not wait until late in the day to show up, and police presence increased to meet the new demands. Partiers line ... More >>
Steven Williams is a longtime supporter of local music. In 2001, he started the Mankato-based Init Records to release The Vidablue (later Ten Grand). In the ten years since, the label has relocated to Sioux Falls and has issued a total of 74 releases. While he doesn't play in any bands him ... More >>
Last week we were disappointed to report Glenn Danzig had found The Cabooze an unsuitable venue to perform in and canceled, with little notice, his show there. As our short interview with Cabooze employee Michelle Metz made the web rounds we waited for a response from Glenn's tour publicist regar ... More >>
Mark Mallman as Axl Rose? Yes please. Mallman's side project with Dan Geller and drummer Aaron LeMay is getting ready to drop their front-to-back remake of Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, and are scattering mp3s from the record across local music blogs.Gimme Noise has the exclusive mp3 o ... More >>
They're a rail-whiskey cocktail of rockabilly, post-punk, and blues
We all know metal, by heart or cultural osmosis. They still do this, hopefully better, and it's not or exactly the point. What is the point of a riff in 2010? Why, 35 or so years on, do we ("we"...guess who doesn't like metal? practically everyone) still need them? It's because that itch just wo ... More >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
Sunn O))) to play the Varsity in July, reactions to Grizzly Bear's Cedar show & Sick of Sarah in L.A.
Sometimes fame takes a little time. Sometimes it takes over 20 years.
Ear plugs are for pantywaists. After hearing Count Vesuvius, all other sound will pale in comparison.
One band bids farewell to the heavy metal/prop comedy scene with a final swing of the sledghammer
It's been 24 years, but an entire nation remembers what it was doing that fateful day... From the always indispensable dailyrotten.com: Jan 20 1982 Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized in Des Moines IA after he bites the head off of a dead bat. The bat was tossed on stage by a fan during ... More >>
Transgendered, hard rock favorites say goodbye