Just as comic book stores are the niche playgrounds for comic fans, guitar shops are a similar experience for guitarists. These paradises of gear-lust are also environments with their own social order, rules of conduct, and quite a few characters. There are the small, independently run mom-and ... More >>
Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, November 15 The best piece of theater in the Twin Cities Saturday night wasn't at the Guthrie, or in a theater at all. It was at Xcel Energy Center, as Mötley Crüe came through town on their last tour, closing out more than 30 ... More >>
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 Darkness First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, January 29, 2013The relatively full Tuesday night crowd swelled to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop," Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," and some sort of Irish-tinged choir intro music warmed the speakers. The fist-banging audie ... 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 >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Remembering 2009 in slideshows.
Last night's show at the Xcel Energy Center was a skin deep but enjoyable set from the deposed kings of L.A. sleaze rock.
Why do TV execs bring the same ratty toys to show-and-tell?
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Self-Effacing Punks the Cardinal Sin on Guitar Overdubs, Band Unity, and Mötley Crüe