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  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Now That's What I Call Music! has 50 (!) installments

    The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Eyedea's five greatest freestyle rap battles of all time

    Last month, I put together a list of the ten greatest rap battles of all time for our sister paper, LA Weekly. Included on that list was Twin Cities hip-hop icon Eyedea's unforgettable 1999 Scribble Jam finals with Freestyle Fellowship member P.E.A.C.E. My inclusion of it led to something of a debat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    New Found Glory's Cyrus Bolooki: People still need music in a tanked economy

    Late last fall, the members of New Found Glory got the idea to do a tour commemorating the ten-year anniversary of their Sticks and Stones album. Even without any "big hits" in recent years, the Florida pop-punk band has been touring constantly and continuously building their fanbase on the road. Du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    City Pages cover appears in trailer for new Napster documentary

    The upcoming documentary Downloaded takes a look at the rise and fall of Napster and includes interviews with a Who's Who of the music industry.And at 2:41 of the trailer, you'll see a City Pages cover.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli on meeting Frank Ocean and the art of the cover

    The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli is undoubtedly smarter and deeper than the internet. He connected a love of R&B's brutal underbelly and the visceral outbursts he had inside decades before Napster turned everyone's music tastes into rotisserie fare. Still, a steadfast fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    EMOT on Trees & Claws and DIY cassettes

    ​EMOT sounds like wordplay with a secret meaning, but it really is just a talented group of musicians from St. Paul getting ready to release the secret Trees & Claws EP on cassette. On their new release, lead singer, Matt Leavitt's vocals really shine through. It's a particularly cozy dream in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Five Minnesota albums deserving of a 33 1/3 book

    ​The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Blink-182 at Xcel Energy Center, 9/7/2011

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Blink-182September 7, 2011Xcel Energy CenterWho's up for a night of circle pits, poop and masturbation jokes, and poignant reflection? Anyone and everyone in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center for Blink-182 sure was. Despite the many empty seats in the arena (although ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Weezer at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, 9/3/11

    Photos by Nick Wosika​Weezer with Motion City SoundtrackAugust 3, 2011Minnesota State Fair GrandstandThey just don't make 'em like Weezer anymore.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Justin Timberlake invests in MySpace

    ​Cue the sound of 1,000 "He's bringing MySpace back" headlines being typed at once: Today Specific Media announced that it is buying MySpace -- the social network we all forgot to log into starting somewhere around the end of 2008 -- and will enlist the help of new stakeholder Justin Timberlake to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Treehouse Records celebrates another 10 years

    ​"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark TrehusIt's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Empty's Tapes discusses the local taping scene

    ​If you've attended even a few concerts in the Twin Cities, odds are you've encountered some form of taping--even if those behind the microphones often blend into the crowd unnoticed. They blend in because they're a part of it. They're music fans on a mission to document a local scene, not o ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2011

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset: The download martyr

    RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset re-crucified by record industry

    peasapSometimes exterminating pirates is bad for your image.​Breaking: the record industry is still hell-bent on incinerating every iota of good will the public might once have had for it.The latest evidence of this self-destructive crusade came in a Minneapolis courtroom yesterday, where Brai ... More >>

  • Movies

    September 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Best Buy's purchase of Napster OK'd by FTC

    The FTC granted early termination of the required waiting period for the $121 million deal.

  • Music

    December 5, 2007

    Dance Dance Revolution

    DJ Jonathan Ackerman's journey from Texas to the Moon (Goons)

  • Calendar

    September 5, 2007
  • Unknown

    January 31, 2007

    Introducing the City Pages Media Taster

    Free music, movie trailers, podcasts, interviews, music clips, and much more

  • News

    September 6, 2006

    Forbidden Fruit

    It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St

  • Music

    January 11, 2006
  • Arts

    October 1, 2003

    Bring the Noise

    The Destijl/Freedom From Festival of Music proves there's a world going on underground

  • News

    May 22, 2002

    The .14 Cent Solution

    New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio

  • News

    February 20, 2002

    Radio Radio

    We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life

  • Arts

    September 26, 2001

    Sonic Outlaws

    The second annual edition of Sound Unseen highlights the subversive side of music making in the era of media consolidation.

  • Music

    August 29, 2001
  • Music

    January 10, 2001
  • News

    December 27, 2000

    Artists Of The Year

    From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture

  • Arts

    December 20, 2000
  • Music

    November 15, 2000
  • Arts

    September 27, 2000

    Fear of Music

    Can a local CD store with no CDs save record companies from free music?

  • Arts

    March 15, 2000

    Get Up for the Download

    Searching for a new network of fans, local bands tune up, log on, and drop out