Sorry local Metric fans, but Daft Punk is actually what Minnesota listens to the most right now.As noted in a post earlier this week, the stat-crunching minds at Echo Nest broke out a list that was interpreted by many folks to be a map of each state's favorite bands. It was not, and it never claimed ... 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 >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
Paramorewith Metric and HellogoodbyeRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulSaturday, November 23, 2013For some, Paramore will be remembered as a group that had a hit a few years ago. For everyone else at the Roy on Saturday night, the pop-punk act is still a way of life.So how do you move on when former ba ... More >>
And then there were three. For any band to be successful without controversy is a novelty, and Paramore certainly falls in that category. Recently, founding members Josh and Zac Farro split from the Franklin, Tennesee pop-punk band. No matter. Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York forged on ... More >>
At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live. Some the most deeply fe ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. On this week's installment we're featuring the brand new video and single from Actual Wolf, the blossoming acoustic project from Eric Pollard. There's also new clips from So ... More >>
Duluth's experimental rockers brought a polarizing one-song performance to Rock the Garden
Just like we did last year, here are a selection of GIFs highlighting the many unforgettable sights of Rock the Garden 2013. As it turned out, the Walker Art Center's lawn and parking garage, thanks to Dan Deacon, proved crucial to this year's event. Photographer Anna Gulbrandsen braved the puddle ... More >>
MetricRock the Garden, Walker Art CenterSaturday, June 15, 2013Metric pulled off a mighty efficient show to close out 2013's running of 89.3 the Current and the Walker's Rock the Garden on Saturday. With little banter and just the power of stadium-sized material, radiant frontwoman Emily Haines and ... More >>
Duluth experimental rockers Low put on one of the most polarizing performances ever to hit Rock the Garden this year. You see, their entire set consisted of a 27-minute version of their 1996 song "Do You Know How to Waltz?" The dirge-y, slow-building track stretched to nearly twice its recorded leng ... More >>
From Rock the Garden to Wits, Metric top two big shows in the Twin Cities this week
PLENTY of events going on this week to get everyone out of the house. Wednesday, the Kopecky Family band (which is not actually a family band) play the Triple Rock. Featuring Astronautalis, Sims, Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority, Friday is a night for hip hop in the First Avenue Mainro ... 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 >>
Because the good people at the Current and the Walker Art Center just can't help themselves, they've just announced that in addition to their epic 11th annual Rock the Garden festival, this year, they're throwing an afterparty, too. The festivities will be held at First Avenue. London-based soulfu ... More >>
The 2013 Rock the Garden lineup is out there. The Current and the Walker Art Center have unveiled a grouping of bands that hopefully will not raise the ire of too many local op-ed writers, and two the big names for the spectacle are staples of the station, Metric and Silversun Pickups.The event take ... More >>
Oh, the fantastic synergy of Minnesota Public Radio's Wits is back for another star-packed season. With the mix of big-time actors and musicians with the seasoned players and host John Moe, it's like Saturday Night Live, but held on Friday (or even Thursday), and recorded for radio!As is expected, t ... More >>
Regina SpektorWith Only SonState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, October 18, 2012A talented girl needs no more than a piano and her voice to enchant an audience, and Regina Spektor had more than enough talent to fill the room Thursday night at the State Theatre. With a shimmering smile framed by red l ... More >>
Metric with Half Moon Run State Theatre, Minneapolis September 11, 2012See Also:Metric let their hearts bleed all over First AvenueThe State Theatre is a gorgeous venue, but it's not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think "rock show." But as Metric first took the stage last night, ... More >>
See Also:Polica: Wandering star Channy Leaneagh finds her pathPolica debuts new video for "Lay Your Cards Out" on Jay-Z's Life Times sitePolica's "Amongster" video depicts sex in the woodsRight ahead of their storm on Lollapalooza this weekend, Minneapolis art-rockers Polica have some big news. Firs ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNick Diamonds and Michael Cera of Mister HeavenlyThe exponential growth of South by Southwest over the past 25 years has been simply stunning. In honor of this, and just in time for SXSW's silver anniversary, the festival's organizers opted to extend the music portion of t ... More >>
photo by: Steve CohenWhereas Sunday night's Eels show found the band acting like summer was still here, Monday night's epic Broken Social Scene performance at First Avenue had the band (and the crowd) pretending like it was New Year's Eve. And you know what? For all of the love and positive en ... More >>
Metric / Alex Uncapher for City PagesSummer means two things in the Twin Cities: going "up north" and outdoor concert season, both activities releasing all the built-up cabin fever that comes along with being a Minnesotan. From the Basilica and Luce block parties to Stone Arch and Lyn-Lake fests ... More >>
The Lilith Fair, slated for July 18 at Canterbury Park, is being moved indoors to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. In other changes, Kelly Clarkson is no longer part of the Minneapolis date; the lineup listed on the press release is now Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Court Yard Hounds ... More >>
In anticipation of their July 18 stop at Canterbury Park, the organizers of the Lilith Fair conducted a local talent search, soliciting songs from area bands via the music networking site OurStage. The winner for the Twin Cities date is Minneapolis two-piece Bella Ruse, who will kick off the day' ... More >>
With the 24 members of Gayngs assembling themselves for a pair of "Last Prom on Earth" shows tonight at First Avenue, we asked ourselves: Who are some other awesome, ridiculously large supergroups and mega-collaborations? Here's a short list of our faves.
In addition to polling our @gimme_noise Twitter followers about their favorite local shows this past year, we asked for their thoughts on their favorite shows by national acts. See below for the answers from our Twitter friends, click here for our Best National Concert of the Past 12 Months pick ... More >>
The festival will come to Minnesota on July 18.
And so it begins.
Sarah McLachlan is back from the '90s. She would like to share some ethereal tunes with you.
Lilith Fair is coming back after a long hiatus and Heart announces the date on their web page.
A chat about major labels, dreams coming true, and favorite Minneapolis rappers.
Pelican and White Rabbits announce TC dates, free Matt and Kim tickets & "Felt 3" update.
New Mark Mallman, Pixies returning to the TC (sort of), Atmosphere announces summer tour & next week's best new releases.
Shuga Records profiled, Motorhead announce show & photos/reviews of Metric and Patrick Wolf.
The synth-heavy rock band filled the Main Room with their "Stadium Love."