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 >>
"DO YOU GUYS LIKE PIZZA?!" This was the obnoxious, self-answering question that began The Pizza Underground's set last Saturday at First Ave. It was posed by a camcorder-wielding man dressed as Andy Warhol, and it was of course answered with a series of whoops from the crowd. Everyone likes pizza, ... More >>
Shonen Knife are hitting a major career milestone later this year when they return to the Twin Cities. The garage rockers from Osaka, Japan, have a September show at Turf Club marking their 1,000th since forming in 1981. They plan to celebrate with a special set list with founding member Atsuko Yama ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Over the past few years, the Girls Got Rhythm Fest has rightfully focused on ladies who rock, as well as carrying on the lasting legacy of women in music. While Girls Got Rhythm is taking a break this year, the spirit of the festival continues with the just announced Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women ... More >>
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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 >>
Happy Holidays, internet pals! While not too many acts are playing venues this Christmas, plenty of bars are still open for business. There's also plenty of places to ring in the New Year, including First Avenue's Dance Night, The Turf Club's Cover Band Show, Davina and the Vagabonds at the Dakota o ... 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 >>
If the drool-worthy posters shown above haven't already pulled you in, the rest of the story of Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined certainly will. Just released this month, the book features 200 freshly created concert posters recalling the nascent shows of some of the finest unde ... 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 >>
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 >>
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
Photo by Emily Utneblood&stuff is the new band of Ed Holmberg and Dylan Gouert. These ex-Economy Team members perform headbanging, mind-blowing rock shows. Holmberg sings powerful, classic-sounding vocals, while playing stunning bass and guitar. Drummer Gouert plays Dave Grohl-inspired hard a ... More >>
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
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.
The band hired him to piece together their story
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 >>
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?
The crowd knew every song by heart.
Why is the voice of our generation just...so...lame?
Singer reunites with her band in honor of their 20th anniversary
Gimme Noise offers four helpful hints about how to hate on the scourge of the music underworld.
Hear ye, hear ye, if you're not deaf by now-- the godmothers and fathers of screechy noise rock will headline our Holiest of Holies on July 21.
Steve Albini's noise rock supergroup will surely test the eardrums of Fraternity Row.
The beleaguered music-maker's Mecca has become the Temple of the White Elephant