Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Tickle Torture is getting national attention with a stylish new video from his forthcoming EP. We've also got a bumper crop of new vids from Dessa, Fog, Stereo Confession, P ... More >>
To assume that Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves is in any sense hiding behind snarling riffs and murky, unrecognizable vocals would be a glaring inaccuracy. The band's tremendous full-length debut, Say Yes to Love, is personal reality at its most flawed, despaired, and beautiful. Underneath the noise ... More >>
In the wake of the crazy Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin Miami Dolphins scandal, Timberwolves officials have put the kibosh on any and all rookie hazing.SEE ALSO: Shabazz Muhammad sent home from rookie camp for hosting female guestToward that end, Shabazz Muhammad told the LA Times that team offici ... More >>
After the Vikings defense gave up yet another last-minute game-losing touchdown on Sunday in Dallas, veteran defensive lineman Kevin Williams and Brian Robison took a couple of shots at the coaching staff."There's some things that are going on internally that are not allowing us to close o ... More >>
Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miran ... More >>
The Minneapolis band hit the road, searching for inspiration in the desert
The weather has cooled down, but the music hasn't. Plenty of acts, large and local, are hitting up the Twin Cities this week. Mumford & Sons leave their mark on St. Paul Wednesday at the Xcel while Taylor Swift stops by later for the weekend. Alt-J plays a sold out two night show at First Avenue ... More >>
Adrian Peterson isn't "down" with gay marriage. That remark is sure to disappoint some of his gay fans, but of course, nobody is more disappointed than his boyfriend, If The Onion can be believed.THE BACKSTORY: Adrian Peterson on gay marriage: "I'm not with that"Of course, it can't (or shouldn't be ... More >>
There are all sorts of reasons to pick up the mixtape compiled by WMCN 91.7 FM, Macalester's college radio station. First of all, it's a well-curated snapshot of indie rock acts performing regularly and powerfully around town. Among them are Mac-tied groups Carroll (above) and Bad Bad Hats, who hav ... More >>
It's mid-afternoon as the members of Nallo (prounounced Nah-low) stand huddled in their practice space in the basement of guitarist Ronnie Lee's house. The sun sneaks through a window in the upper corner of the room, which is mostly dark save for a single light bulb overhead. The band are busy hashi ... More >>
The Vikings made a big splash by signing free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings away from the Packers earlier this month, but it turns out that wouldn't have happened had Mike Wallace not hated Minnesota weather so much.SEE ALSO: Vikings give Jerome Simpson $500,000 raise for being absolutely terrib ... More >>
Daunte Culpepper has joined Latrell Sprewell and Bryant McKinnie in the club of former Minnesota professional athletes who really could've used better financial advice.FROM 2010: Daunte Culpepper redux: He's huge in Sacramento! Ten years removed from signing a 10-year, $102 million contract, Culpepp ... More >>
Total Trash Tape Release/Tour Kickoff with Brain Tumors, The Miami Dolphins and Ugly Motors 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, March 14, 2013A sign was created somewhere in the midst of the promotional blitz for Total Trash's tape release. It included the slogan "TAKE BACK THE ENTRY FOR THE PUN ... More >>
The name Total Trash breeds expectations that band's output will be loud, gnarly, and ugly. Verily, these Minneapolis punks scream and thrash their way through 60-second train-wrecks about slutty girls and blowjobs. It's not music for the squeamish -- and that's meant as a compliment."I really like ... More >>
A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>
ESPN thinks the Vikings' current uniform design is one of the ugliest in all of professional sports, and we'd have to agree. How is the current random-stripes-everywhere too-busy look in any way an improvement over the classic threads the Purple donned through 2005?SEE ALSO:-- Paul Charchian's "I'm ... More >>
If you are reading this, congratulations! You have survived the apocalypse! Now you can celebrate your life by checking out some local music. There are various End of the World parties happening at First Avenue, 331 Club, Triple Rock, The Amsterdam, Cause and more. Saturday, life goes on. ... More >>
When you attend as many shows as the Gimme Noise folks do, you get to know your bartenders. Quite often, the person you see behind the bar is also a familiar face behind the bass, the guitar or drum kit. Among numerous musician and music-affiliated bartenders in this music city, here are a few I see ... More >>
By Ian S. Port"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork."Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a living. Along with the fact that Donovan usually works o ... More >>
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The rise, fall, and imminent rebirth of the zebra-striped wonderpants
Even if you have no money, there's always something fun and free to do around town on the weekends. This installment of Freeloader Friday features a slew of CD-release concerts, a rockin' party for toddlers, a chili cook-off for vegans, and an awesome Oscar party at Brit's. Come take a look at o ... More >>
The NPC's will probably be happier to see you at the Hex than they were for this photo.Hark! The weekend approaches, and with it a marathon of exceptional free shows at the Hexagon, tailored to lovers of straight-from-the-basement rock and the musky charm of Seward's definitive club. Three nigh ... More >>
The upcoming release from Buildings, Melt, Cry, Sleep, is a jarring and powerful album, built around aggression and volume. The time in between this one and the avant punk act's 2008's Braille Animal saw the band maturing -- vocalist/guitarist Brian Lake temporarily relocated to Chicago, and the ... More >>
Following a disastrous 3-13 season that prompted calls for a power shake-up, Rick Spielman is now the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings.The move essentially represents a promotion of Spielman from Vice President of Player Personnel -- a position he has held since May 2006 -- to the undispu ... More >>
Every show this weekend is Halloween-themed... make sure you have a costume ready.
By Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen This week began with a bit of news that finally gives cause to celebrate the Minnesota Vikings: Since 2000, the Vikings are leading all other NFL teams in arrests. This was too good to be ignored, or judged on its face. So City Pages has gone deeper, investigating ... More >>
While we only have space to feature the top 10 finalists in our Picked to Click issue (or 13, this year, because of several ties), we think it's important to publish the complete list of ranking bands so you can see how the points were awarded all the way down the line. And just for added nerdlin ... More >>
As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>
What's your favorite name in sports?
The Metrodome, looking rough.Talk about getting kicked when you're down -- or maybe deflated: The Metrodome has been ranked as the worst stadium in the National Football League. And to make matters worse, the cheeseheads get to gloat, because Lambeau Field took top honors in the same survey ... More >>
Forget that 0-2 record and plant a tree.We're all in favor of the Vikings doing their part to save the environment. Helping our big blue ball spin clean is important work. But speaking of balls, we're wondering if maybe they could move a few more over the goal line before they start bragging ... More >>
Enjoy the opener, but don't buy the hype.
Will the Purple head West to some fancy new digs?There's another warning sign that we'd better figure out a way to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The value of the team has dropped 7 percent compared to last year in a new survey of NFL franchises. The sobering news comes via Forbes magazine's ... More >>
Best Mountain Lion QB everThere's a weird Vikings reunion going on west of the Sierra Nevada: Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has just signed a deal to play football under the eye of coach Dennis Green -- for the Sacramento Mountain Lions, a UFL franchise. The first time time those two paired u ... More >>
The Viking ship sails down the Mighty Miss with the compass set on the team's first Super Bowl appearance since 1976.
When players tweet from meetings, the suits get mad.
ESPN's Jonah Keri takes us through many eras to explain the odd way Gus Frerotte became the embodiment of Minnesota’s hopes and dreams.
A lot has been made this week of the Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin being a Minnesota Vikings ball boy during the late 1980s and early 90s. I'm kind of jealous. Not that Lane got to be around the players or at the games during this time, but because he might have witnessed first hand what ... More >>
NFL greats shake off the rust in All-Pro Football
My grand plan is to pick ten college and five pro games for the next few weeks, including my most confident "lock" in both pro and college. Let's see if I can prove to you that I don't know what I'm talking about.
Having plucked Cardinals, the Vikes go gunning for Falcons
With the Broncos' loss, the Vikings shed the aura of the underdog