While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
The festivities for Sound Unseen's 15th annual Film Music Art Festival kick off in grand -- if a bit bittersweet -- fashion this year. Leading the impressive slate of films just announced is the Minnesota premiere of Nickolas Rossi's film, Heaven Adores You. It's an intimate look at both the life an ... More >>
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
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DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>
Lydia Lunch in a scene from Blank City"If you could be anybody, who would you be?" "An outlaw, a film director, a rebel, a rock star!" yells a '70s gangster shooting a gun at the Super 8 camera, cutting to a rapid-fire Mars punk song over a killer montage of '70s film clips of punk and no wave mu ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessMötley Crüe, Poison and the New York DollsJune 24, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisOne of the biggest tours of the season, the triple glam rock assault of Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls blew through town Friday night to a sold out Target Center. Adding to the circ ... More >>
Voytek are set to transfer the party from the stage and into your household. That's right: the two year-old band is releasing their first piece of wax, and the celebration will be both dirty and ridiculous when they hit the Hexagon on Friday for their release show, take two. The band's firs ... More >>
It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBlack Joe Lewis and the HoneybearsApril 3, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIf I could only say one word about the Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears show, it would be "AWESOME." My faith in funk was restored; my passion for garage punk was reignited. Black Joe Lewis and his tight ba ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganChooglin' has accomplished a lot in five years. The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs. After 2 ... More >>
Superbad director Greg Mottola swiftly cuts to what lies under cliches of youth
The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities
In 2005 a New Yorker piece about Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (and the sorely missed Lifter Puller) singled him out for writing songs "as though the point of making music is to communicate." It's a skill for which he has absorbed no shortage of recognition.
Rick Fuller turns his back on MTV to preserve the history of the local music scene.
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
Minnesota-born Paul Nelson was a '60s folk revival pioneer and a founding father of rock writing
"Killer" is one of us in 'New York Doll'
The wait is over, folks: 1. Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark 2. Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight 3. John Cale, Fear 4. Big Star, Radio City 5. Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic 6. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Natty Dread 8. New York Dolls, In Too Much Too Soon 9. Jackson Brow ... More >>
What's the Only Industry That Holds Its Trade Show Around a Keg?
Grant Hart recalls his old classmate, Tim Pawlenty
Hippie-hating punk rockers, captured on film! Remembering The Clash with a new DVD
After a 19-year hiatus, punk legends Mission of Burma reach for their revolver again
It made less history than '77 punk. It sold fewer records than Nirvana. But the suburban rebellion of Eighties America found its own potent way to say no.
Rocking The Body at the Target Center; teenage kicks at the Ave.
Glam rock's history is the most unnatural thing in the world
Is the white minstrelsy of the Insane Clown Posse more than skin-deep?
Five skeptical spin doctors probe for local music's pulse -- a City Pages roundtable
It's an odd, autonomous, anomalous year for the 1998 City Pages New Music Poll.
Guerrilla gigs at the post office and a helicopter full of Froot Loops are just a part of what makes Flipp the Twin Cities' most fearless (and shameless) rock band