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 >>
Mayda isn't like any other performer in Minneapolis. You can't categorize her music, or fit her in with any particular scene. This is something that she is both proud of and uncomfortable with. Her new album, Busy Signals, will be celebrated with a release show at the Turf Club this Saturday. She wr ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Baths, ready to go at the Cake ShopA 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?
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 >>
This week's Critics' Picks
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 >>
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 >>
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.
The local rock two piece netted a 7 on Pitchfork this weekend.
Is it too late to make a comparison to John Kerry's waffling in the 2004 prez campaign?
The 9th installment of Broder's experiment in pay-as-you-please is a quiet and melodic work of texture and composition.
Rings of fire and glitter cannons? Who could compete with that? Brit Brit spent her Target Center performance eclipsed by an embarrassment of riches.
"What's That?" recreate some of modern rock's most complex songs
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 >>
Local electro bands Estate and Nobot join forces to present an evening of multimedia mayhem
Local musician finds his calling outside the cell phone industry
This may not be great tragedy, but it's great theater
After a 19-year hiatus, punk legends Mission of Burma reach for their revolver again
American Pie 2 and My Generation find the youth of America ready to plunk down
In 1999, cock rock and teenybop ruled the roost
Goths at the mall, poets at Penumbra, and Christians on the dance floor
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
TROPICALS' HOT DOG NIGHT
Nothing more than feelings: Billy Corgan channels teenage angst
Like many things in the former Soviet Union, rock & roll ain't what it used to be.