Benjamin Booker | Turf Club | Monday, September 29Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature "Tent City Rivival" sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had T ... More >>
The majority of the music world was first introduced to the Flaming Lips in 1993. That year, their abstract anthem "She Don't Use Jelly" became an unlikely hit on MTV. Even the most distant observer could tell straight away that the Lips were weird. Really weird. These idiosyncratic sonic outlaws fr ... More >>
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with Warpaint State Theatre, Minneapolis Saturday, June 21, 2014 "I'm transforming. Look at me now!" Nick Cave proselytized near the beginning of his sold-out show with his trusty Bad Seeds at the State Theatre on Saturday night. Throughout the course of the 110-minute, ... More >>
Over nearly four decades, Nick Cave has been far from a typical rock star. His ever-changing artistic whims have colored music -- from the Birthday Party, to Grinderman, to his work backed by the Bad Seeds -- that is only tied together by its brooding passion. His last couple years have been focused ... More >>
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Warpaint captivated the indie-rock world upon the release of their intoxicating debut album, The Fool. The Los Angeles quartet capitalized on that attention by touring tirelessly in support of their sinister melodies for the next three years. Following some down time to recoup after their arduous t ... More >>
Daughn Gibson With Merchandise Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis July 22, 2013 After the high-profile weekend Daughn Gibson had in Chicago, playing the tastemaking Pitchfork Music Festival and an exclusive afterparty show at the Bottom Lounge, you could forgive the recent Sub Pop signee for mail ... More >>
The influential Minnesota band release a milestone 10th full-length studio album
SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
River's Edge Music Festival 2with Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, Puscifer, Poliça, Awolnation, Diplo, Mutemath, Delta Spirit, K. Flay, AM & Shawn Lee, Mexican Institute of Sound, Civil Twilight, Hey Rosetta!, Kids These DaysHarriet Island, St. PaulSunday, June 24, 2012Related:Review: Riv ... More >>
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If anyone can pull off this mad concoction it's the Flaming Lips. As if their idiosyncratic sound and the unhinged musical themes of their past albums wasn't enough, the Lips have now recruited a talented batch of disparate special guests to work with them on their new record. In addition to ... More >>
Photos by Mike MinehartMachine 22Black Box Revelation with Machine 22, Porcupine and DetourNovember 14, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisI arrived during of Porcupines from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of my favorite bands I've recently discovered. One of my favorite songs, "Rooftops" from their 7" spli ... More >>
American Scarecrows was formed in almost a Frankenstein-like manner. Arriving at their final destination from other bands such as Dropping Daylight and Somerset, the Minneapolis-based indie rock quartet came together in late 2010 to create their newest album, Keep Your Devils Around. M ... More >>
The Black AngelsThe Black Angels with Dead Meadow and SpindriftOctober 17, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisIt was an eerie dream-like night of cinematic psychedelia as the Black Angels, Dead Meadow, and Spindrift, three of the more fantastic contemporary psychedelic bands in the U.S., c ... More >>
Photos by Kathy EasthagenSwansSeptember 20, 2011First AvenueNew York No Wave luminaries Swans provided an ominous soundtrack to either the end of the world or the beginning of a new one at First Avenue on Tuesday night. Their thunderous, two hour-twenty minute set both rewarded and punished th ... More >>
Photos by Adam BubolzGrindermanNovember 23, 2010First Avenue"Hey, don't do that on the carpet!" Nick Cave worked those threatening lyrics into a couple different songs on Tuesday night, but that ominous phrase could very well serve as the theme of the entire show, as Grinderman decimated the stag ... More >>
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's scuzzfuck rant of a band has released a new single, "Heathen Child," a single off the forthcoming album Grinderman 2. We return to a scene unchanged, soaking up discord while Cave spits his petulant poetics. They've still got some muck on their chest that needed ... More >>
We sat down with singer/guitarist Ryan Young for a quick five questions about what it means when you spend more time in a van than in your hometown.
The influential and prodigious guitarist of Birthday Party and numerous collaborations died of liver cancer this morning.
Viggo Mortenson leads the cast and Nick Cave provides the score in Hillcoat's unpleasant saga
Our Tweeps weigh in about spooky songs.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Nevermind the fart gags-- Shrek the Musical is a tragedy that would make the Great Bard himself gnash his teeth.
Interpol's major-label debut isn't as monochromatic as its two predecessors. "Pioneer to the Falls," which channels the stormy textures of the Cure's Pornography, is possibly the richest song the act has ever recorded, with death-march piano and a giant quivering mass of strings adding coun ... More >>
Nick Cave's Western 'Proposition' plays like a threat
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I'm not a complainer. It's the world that's a joyless place.
A modest proposal for a New York Times critic who should let pop eat itself
The old, the tired, the rejuvenated, and the dead
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As Foetus, Jim Thirwell creates eclectic music for the danse macabre
Like many things in the former Soviet Union, rock & roll ain't what it used to be.