The music and camping festival aims to get one big party going
Following one of the busiest years they've had in a while, Soul Asylum is starting to make some noise in 2013. Last year marked the entry of Delayed Reaction, their first new studio album in six years, but it also signaled the departure of founding guitarist Dan Murphy. Now, with frontman Dave Pirne ... More >>
The fourth West Bank Music Festival marks its return this August with a lineup led by rap crusader Brother Ali on the main stage. Set for Saturday, August 17, the day-long fest will take over Cedar Avenue and the bars -- Whiskey Junction, Acadia Cafe, Red Sea, Nomad World Pub, Triple Rock Social Clu ... More >>
Looks like 2013 is the year that music finally gets to live and breathe in Target Field. The Minnesota Twins' gorgeous downtown park has announced plans to host the Skyline Music Festival on Friday, July 26, featuring hometown heroes Soul Asylum. This is dubbed "The LP tour," so each band will play ... More >>
Chances are that you've probably never heard of Erik Hess. But if you keep up at all on the local music scene, and especially if you read this blog, then you've no doubt seen his photography before. Hess is one of our nightlife's most vibrant and prolific voices; on any given night, he's likely out ... More >>
Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Fes ... More >>
The sixth annual 80/35 Music Festival lineup is here! The yearly downtown Des Moines music event has hit upon some eclectic notes for headlining talent with New York rap heroes Wu-Tang Clan, and the David Byrne & St. Vincent collaboration leading the way in 2013.The event takes place Friday, Jul ... More >>
The spirited, lovelorn music of Scotland's Frightened Rabbit found a dedicated audience straight away in the Twin Cities, leading to a memorable string of packed-to-capacity shows here over the years that continues with Thursday's long sold-out show at the Varsity Theater. The talented quintet from ... More >>
After the resounding success of 2012's Mid West Music Fest in Winona, event organizers have just announced the dates as well as their ambitious musical plans for this year's festival. The 2013 Mid West Music Fest is set for April 18-20, taking place in a wide array of venues spread throughout Winona ... More >>
The fortunes of one of three burgeoning Twin Cities bands are about to change dramatically, as Vita.mn just announced the trio of groups that won this year's Are You Local? contest. Bad Bad Hats, Carroll, and one of our Picked to Click standouts, Audio Perm, have been selected out of hundreds of app ... More >>
The River's Edge Music Festival will not be back in 2013, Live Nation officials say. The $4.8 million, two-day event on St. Paul's Harriet Island debuted last June with headliners Dave Matthews Band and Tool, as well as the Flaming Lips, Scissor Sisters, Diplo, and several others spread over multipl ... More >>
Just as winter begins to rear its icy stare at us, there is hope for the a future season of humidity, outdoor revelry, and a LOT of music festivals in and around the Twin Cities. Yes, the Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is set to return in 2013, and it'll fall at a familiar time of year.As y ... More >>
With enough summer music festivals already devoted to tossing as many genres at the stage as possible to see what sticks with the ticket-buying public, it's refreshing to hear details about Iowa masked metal kings Slipknot's new music fete. It's undeniably over-the-top, and shouldn't it be?On August ... More >>
Related:Polica debuts new video for "Lay Your Cards Out" on Jay-Z's Life Times sitePolica's "Amongster" video depicts sex in the woodsPolica has just unveiled another high-concept music video from Give You the Ghost. Much like the sexually charged "Amongster" clip, this is not a showcase of the memb ... More >>
Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Featuring Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private EyeWinona, MNSaturday, April 21, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Two: the 4onthefloor, Rogue ValleyThe final day of the Mid West Music Fest found the gra ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffPaying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly-gimmicky measures to make money. But there's more to ... More >>
The Flaming Lips headline memorable summer festival
"Indie" music's newest guru, Christopher EwingThe site Indie Music Channel, which appears to be solely dedicated to helping privileged, unabashedly career-oriented bands get signed to major label deals (does that still happen?) and could be single-handedly ruining the meaning of the word "indie" ... More >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Wednesday was the first night for a lot of SXSW attendees, including our intrepid video team led by Dan Huiting and his cohorts Andre Durand and Chris Hadland. Our videographers spent a large portion of the evening at Doomtree's official showcase at the Flamingo Cantina, which featured solo sets ... More >>
When Diamond Rings, a.k.a. solo artist John O, was in town recently to open for Robyn at First Avenue, MPLS.TV jumped at the opportunity to film a special City of Music video with the rising musician. Like so many touring artists looking to break out, Diamond Rings will be heading down to Au ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWu-Tang Clan at Epic this past JanuaryOur sister paper, the Village Voice, typically hosts a free day party during SXSW, and the lineups have been pretty fantastic -- last year brought together the xx, Superchunk, Surfer Blood, and more. But this year, they are cranking up the ... More >>
The free Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival (not to be confused with last month's pricey Lowertown Music Fest) has released its full lineup for next month in Mears Park. The outdoor series, " where Indie rock and trad Salsa meet Chamber Music, where Opera butts up against Jazz and Hip-ho ... More >>
Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Recap from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.We are pleased to present the fruits of MPLS.TV's labor this past weekend at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out this fantastic recap video featuring interviews with Big Boi, Raekwon, Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork Media, Michael Showa ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkAndrew W.K. at SXSW 2010The Twin Cities date for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour has been announced: The tour will stop at Canterbury Park on Sunday, August 1, with a few unexpected names like Andrew W.K. and the Alkaline Trio thrown in amongst a smattering of pop-punk bands. See belo ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzJanelle Monae at Stubb's during SXSW 2009Janelle Monae was easily one of the best new artists we saw at SXSW in 2009, and we've been anxiously anticipating her next show in Minneapolis ever since. A larger-than-life performer, Monae kicked, danced, and stage dove her way th ... More >>
Lookbook, Grant Hart, Gay Witch Abortion, Off With Their Heads, and many more blaze their own trails at the festival
A freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
The local station is planning to interview a whopping 22 bands, with 6 in-studio performances scheduled.
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Who'da thunk it-- the kid stays in the picture.
For three straight days, long haired freaky people of all stripes overtake Northeast's Ritz Theater.
We truly are in the end of days. Armageddon is at hand. Repent now.
SXSW gives a girl more music than she could possibly need—but not as much as she wants
A banner week for Octoberists, anarchists, and junior achievers
The F-Ups conquer the world, stop at Wal-Mart
While some fans can still be seduced into relationships with pop idols, others just want one-night stands with one-hit wonders.