The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>
Already owning their reputation as an incredibly prolific group, Screaming Females had something of a banner year in 2013. The pride of New Brunswick, New Jersey, have consistently applied the relentless work ethic they learned on the DIY circuit and the results appear to be finally paying off. Foll ... More >>
In 1991, My Bloody Valentine transfixed shoegaze fans with the masterpiece, Loveless, but then retreated into the hazy shadows and eventually dropping off the musical map altogether. The prolonged wait for a follow-up finally came to an end earlier this year with their third full-length, m b v. Opin ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Concept records get a bad rap, a really bad rap. I blame it on Yes. On paper, something that mixes 17th-century blank verse and the crown prince of t ... More >>
Reid Anderson has made his career as an improvisational musician, and a successful one at that. As bassist for the Bad Plus, he's toured around the globe for over a decade, redefining jazz for a generation that grew up on Nirvana and Radiohead.It should come as no surprise that Anderson would opt to ... More >>
Starting with a frozen Lake Superior in 1993, renowned director Philip Harder has captured the 20 years of Low in music videos and short films. With his 16mm camera -- even through the digital years -- Harder filmed Low in color-coded films with recurring visual themes in -30 degree wind-chill weath ... More >>
Local music vets work with the legendary Steve Albini on Empire Inward
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
Wits featuring Maria Bamford and Brandi CarlileThe Fitzgerald Theater, MinneapolisNovember 30, 2012Seeing Wits isn't like attending an ordinary concert. This is the recording of a radio show, which lends a certain formality and artificiality to the proceedings.SEE ALSO: Maria Bamford puts on her fun ... More >>
It's happy hour at the Icehouse on Eat Street in Minneapolis. Clint Simonson, owner and operator of the small indie label, De Stijl has already found a home at the bar. "Hey man, how you been?" he asks giving me a hug as I sit down. "Have I gotten you this Robust Worlds CD yet?" Checking out the a ... More >>
Sad news today as the Minnesota music community has lost a part of its recording history with the accidental death of former Pachyderm Studio owner Matt Mueller. He was 42.City Pages writer David Hansen got up close and personal with the Mueller, a man of many visions, for a 2009 cover story, "Pachy ... More >>
See Also:Steve Albini on 20 years of Shellac, handling hecklers, and AC/DC's brillianceIt has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer. Shellac was full ... More >>
Mike Hannah, aka Mike Dreams, is certainly mysterious as a young man who has lived many lives in his short years. The rapper/hip-hop artist has brought to fruition his dreams -- so to speak -- on his third album Millennial. The album is a collection of songs that hit you in the gut -- even when they ... More >>
By his own admission, Deer Tick's John McCauley doesn't give a shit about music. Or at least he doesn't during a scant, seven-minute interview with Gimme Noise. The gravel-throated alt-country star, who provides a acerbic (and occasionally moving) soundtrack to beer-guzzling hordes, has seen his pr ... More >>
Corporate Callosum rages against the machine
The upcoming release from Buildings, Melt, Cry, Sleep, is a jarring and powerful album, built around aggression and volume. The time in between this one and the avant punk act's 2008's Braille Animal saw the band maturing -- vocalist/guitarist Brian Lake temporarily relocated to Chicago, and the ... More >>
Arcwelder December 23, 2011 Turf Club, St. Paul Arcwelder is viewed as one of the bands from Minneapolis who never made it. They were on the cusp, and then the landscape changed and they were left out in the cold. In the end, however, they have aged better than most of their contemporaries. They g ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Eleven music films showing at Ritz Theater
Late last week, word broke that Courtney Love is writing - or co-writing, or dictating, or bashing out in innumerable typo-strewn MySpace blog posts to be deciphered later, or whatever - her memoirs.
You can always count on Dawson to be herself
Since the dawning of the Pixies in 1986, the alternative music genre has molded, shifted, collapsed and exploded. But one thing is for sure -- those early years had something that other generations didn't. When The Pixies first approached the music scene, mainstream success wasn't something that ... 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.
Photo by Steve CohenMiddle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick March 14, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Sometimes writing a review of a show seems futile; like words won't do it the justice it deserves aside from "You had to be there." Monday night's three-parter at First Avenue was one of those shows ... More >>
Though Chris Kluwe played violin as a child, his primary influence for picking up a bass guitar was the video game Guitar Hero. Adept at the simulated version, Kluwe wanted to try the real thing. This led him to forming the alterna-metal band Tripping Icarus, whose debut full length will be ... More >>
What's that you say? All you want for Christmas is to not be Travis Barker? That's easy; wish granted! Unless, of course, you are Travis Barker, in which case: too bad, so sad. You're always gonna look like a skate rat ghoul. Anyway, let's take a gander at what happened in the world of music last ... More >>
The Vaselines released just one album and a couple of short, scrappy EPs and a full length before calling it quits in 1989. Though at the time they were largely ignored, their slight back catalog proved influential (Kurt Cobain cited them as an influence and covered three of their songs at differ ... More >>
In a stunning new video, Dave Grohl has announced that he is suing glam dance band Scissor Sisters over a penis slip incident.In case you aren't familiar with Scissor Sisters, think downtown dinner jackets with upturned collars, major coiffage, falsettos, excellent dancing, mesh. The five-member ... More >>
Chances are if you've turned on 93X here in Minneapolis, you've been privy to hearing the meticulously angry sounds of Seether. Not to say there's anything wrong with a solid dose of sculpted alternative-metal. The band of over 10 years has soldiered on through the post-grunge age and managed to ... More >>
Chef has held more restaurant jobs than many retired cooks
This won't be an anti-American Idol blog post, but I am taking aim at American Idol; it won't entirely condemn Rihanna, but it will subject Ri-Ri to some tough love. Idol and Rihanna are a mere jumping-off point, because watching the results show Wednesday night made me really confront something ... More >>
"Skinny Little Bitch" might be compared, profitably, to a dirty bomb -- or an inescapablee black hole.
The crash of balls, the clinking of glasses, the occasional skipping record. What better way for the new Epitaph Records signees to kick off yet another epic tour?
Our first guess? A song by HEALTH, naturally.
The crowd knew every song by heart.
Singer reunites with her band in honor of their 20th anniversary
New music from Minor Kingdom, Dylan's X-mas album hits the web & Prince takes over France.
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future