Nine Inch Nails

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    The first taste of electro-rockers Tired Tongues

    After the sudden dissolution of Twin Cities electro-rock duo Wiping Out Thousands, guitarist/beatmaker/producer Taylor Nelson didn't remain idle for long. He has partnered up with drummer Adam Szczepaniak (The Phoenix Philosophy) to form another electronic project called Tired Tongues. They're stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Weird Al's 10 best underrated parodies

    It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Nothing: Everyone's the center of their own universe

    Spending time in prison can provide plenty of time for songwriting. At least that's what Domenic "Nicky" Palermo, vocalist/guitarist of the Philadelphia-bred shoegaze band Nothing, did while serving out a sentence for attempted murder. After releasing the album Guilty of Everything earlier this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Gary Numan at Mill City Nights, 3/30/14

    Gary Numan Mill City Nights, Minneapolis Sunday, March 30, 2014 Sunday was a complex night of vintage and brand-new songs from an esteemed pioneer of synthesized music, Gary Numan. Like Jesus on the crucifix, Numan gave himself to the audience and to the overwhelming sounds charging from his amplif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Imagine Dragons at Xcel Energy Center, 3/12/14

    Imagine Dragons With the Naked and Famous and Nico Vega Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul March 12, 2014 There are few shows throughout rock history that have changed the face of music as we know it. The Beatles infamous appearance on Ed Sullivan. The Rolling Stones at Altamont. Hendrix at Woodstock. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Riff Raff: Whatever somebody thinks of me, I'm probably the opposite

    On Saturday evening, Riff Raff and company graced the Fine Line with their own special brand of rap insanity. Inflatable sea animals soared over the crowd, and the stage was a frenzy of rapping, push-ups, and poppin' bottles. While stalking Riff on the internet in preparation for writing my review ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    BNLXFest II at Cause, 11/15-16/13

    BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Baths at Triple Rock, 6/5/13

    Bathswith Houses and D33JTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisWednesday, June 5, 2013"Tonight is a good night in Milwaukee!" So exclaimed Baths frontman, Will Wiesenfeld, Tuesday night at the Triple Rock. Which, of course, is in Minneapolis.Oops.It was a forgivable mistake, in the scheme of things. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Transmission DJ Jake Rudh's 12 favorite artifacts from the '90s

    The '90s officially came to a close a little bit more than 13 years ago, but their profound and strange cultural touchstones are not forgotten. Most importantly, the music lives on with the help of DJ Jake Rudh, who celebrates the 12th anniversary of his hip dance party Transmission with a night of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Transmission announces '90s-themed 12th birthday party at First Avenue

    The long-standing dance tradition in the Twin Cities known as Transmission is about to reach a dozen years in existence. Jake Rudh's new wave and goth party known for its delicious combing of '80s delights in that vein is celebrating its 12th birthday with a First Avenue Mainroom party in March!Rudh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Let It Be Records vs. Target: The blow-by-blow

    Last week, we reported that Let It Be Records' Ryan Cameron aired a justifiable grievance with Target. For some reason, a huge local company is holding on to a couple of letters that used to be part of the signage outside his shop for a private "art installation." Never mind that Target could likely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Antibalas at First Avenue, 9/11/12

    See Also: Antibalas: Who Is This America? Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12 Antibalas with Malamanya First Avenue, Minneapolis September 11, 2012 With the dark anniversary of 9/11 hanging over everyone's head, Antibalas proved to be the perfect remedy for any sad memories, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street protest coming to Minneapolis

    ​Occupy Wall Street, the broad-based protest that unsettled New York and resulted in hundreds of arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend, is spreading to Minneapolis this week. The local version of the protest will officially start at 9 a.m. on Friday, when organizers plan to fill the Henn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Banned from MTV: 10 videos that got the axe

    ​It's been nearly 30 years since MTV launched by airing footage of the Apollo 11 landing and the video for the Buggles' "Video Killed a Radio Star" at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981. Though it was founded with the intent of streaming music videos 24 hours a day, the station quickly became a tool for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    5 songs to cheer up Rahm Emanuel

    ​Rahm Emanuel is not having a good week. Emanuel - former Clinton White House senior adviser, former U.S. representative, former Obama White House chief of staff - has designs on the Chicago mayoral office, which means, naturally, that he's ultimately gunning for the Illinois governorship and mayb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    CMJ Day Two: Marnie Stern, Holy Ghost!, and Strife (yes, Strife)

    Baths, ready to go at the Cake Shop​A panel discussion with some of the best and brightest in music writing, much disappointment, and an ex-straightedge legacy act. What is he talking about?

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Purest Spiritual Pigs, 'Body Misses'

    ​Purest Spiritual Pigs is technically Helena Thompson's solo project. Primarily recorded in her basement, the ex-Her Majesty the Baby drummer has conceived eleven tracks that blend digitally-manipulated everyday sounds, a wealth of percussion, and a direct and often brooding vocal style to de ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2010

    Taste of Minnesota, Devo, Santana

    This week's Critics' Picks

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Aguilera, NIN, Ghostface Killah: bondage in music videos [NSFW]

    Holy schnikes​ Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Shooter Jennings and Hierophant play Cabooze Saturday

    ​ I'm gonna tell you somethin', and then you're gonna judge me. I really, really like Tool. Now that that's out of the way, I'm gonna tell you that Shooter Jennings, progeny of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, just put out a concept album under the band name Hierophant. I'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Joseph Andrew Stack, what's on your iPod?

    It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Red Pens score Pitchfork praise

    The local rock two piece netted a 7 on Pitchfork this weekend.

  • Music

    November 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    NIN announces farewell tour. For real this time.

    Is it too late to make a comparison to John Kerry's waffling in the 2004 prez campaign?

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Andrew Broder releases Spiraling for download

    The 9th installment of Broder's experiment in pay-as-you-please is a quiet and melodic work of texture and composition.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Britney Spears: He said

    Rings of fire and glitter cannons? Who could compete with that? Brit Brit spent her Target Center performance eclipsed by an embarrassment of riches.

  • Music

    February 4, 2009

    Radiohead cover band seeks to unlock Thom Yorke's genius

    "What's That?" recreate some of modern rock's most complex songs

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Minnesota Mixtape 2008

    Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    The Wet Spot: Introduction to stripping

    Patrick gives you the tools you need to back t ... More >>

  • Music

    November 26, 2008

    Estate + Nobot = Double Fantasy

    Local electro bands Estate and Nobot join forces to present an evening of multimedia mayhem

  • Music

    October 1, 2008
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    February 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    My Top 10 albums of 2007

    What has something for everyone to hate? A Top 10 Albums of the Year list. You might find something to like in here, too, as I detail my favorite releases from 2007.

  • Unknown

    June 21, 2006
  • Music

    December 14, 2005

    Socks Appeal

    Local musician finds his calling outside the cell phone industry

  • Columns

    May 4, 2005
  • Arts

    May 21, 2003

    Law & Order: Greek Tragedy Unit

    This may not be great tragedy, but it's great theater

  • Music

    November 20, 2002

    Mission Impossible

    After a 19-year hiatus, punk legends Mission of Burma reach for their revolver again

  • Movies

    August 15, 2001

    Buy Buy Love

    American Pie 2 and My Generation find the youth of America ready to plunk down

  • Arts

    January 5, 2000

    Year of the White Male

    In 1999, cock rock and teenybop ruled the roost

  • Music

    May 19, 1999

    Outsider Night

    Goths at the mall, poets at Penumbra, and Christians on the dance floor

  • Arts

    September 9, 1998

    Bring in the Noise

    From Wrong's free-improv chaos to Savage Aural Hotbed's circle-saw precision, a disparate local noise scene maps the sound of modern anxiety

  • Music

    August 12, 1998
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    November 6, 1996



  • Movies

    August 21, 1996
  • Feature

    April 24, 1996
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    February 28, 1996

    Misery For the Masses

    Nothing more than feelings: Billy Corgan channels teenage angst

  • Movies

    February 21, 1996
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