Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a new video from the Sudden Lovelys, a hard-working duo out of Nordeast Minneapolis who are set to release a new album in March. We're als ... More >>
To help fund a new album of acoustic material, rapper Kristoff Krane is releasing I Freestyle Life, a massive collection of 44 songs from previously released albums reflecting his eight year career as an artist. This batch of material -- the proceeds of which will fund Krane's next album -- includes ... More >>
The fringes of the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and NoDak) get their yearly dose of Rhymesayers again in February. The fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, spearheaded by Atmosphere, has just announced its 2014 itinerary. Along for the ride this year are Toki Wright x Big Cats, who are set to spread t ... More >>
The Rhymesayers Entertainment family just got a little larger. On Tuesday, the Minnesota hip-hop label announced the signing of Dem Atlas, who hails from St. Paul and is a native of Akron, Ohio, and has been on the cusp of breaking out for a bit now. He hit number 27 on the 2013 Picked to Click tall ... More >>
Joe Horton is one of those guys you meet and immediately want to know better. He's calmly energetic, and considering he's one of the busiest guys in the city, that's no small feat. Between fronting his experimental hip-hop group No Bird Sing, digging into a new project called Mixed Blood Majority wi ... More >>
Friday is the night of tribute shows. We Are Not Ween rocks the mainroom of First Avenue, while The Big Pink performs their annual homage to The Band's last show known as "The Last Waltz". If you're in St. Paul, stop by the Amsterdam to hear Jonny James & the Hall of Fames cover The Be ... More >>
The ninth season of Music in Mears kicks off tonight in the gorgeous setting of Mears Park in downtown St. Paul with a strong trio of local acts. Dan Israel and the Cultivators, Crossing Guards, and the Annie Lawler Band should certainly get Music In Mears off to a rousing start.Thursdays full of ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl Day 2331 Club, Psycho Suzi's, and Sample Room, Northeast MinneapolisSaturday, May 19, 2012Related:Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's MusicArt-A-Whirl Day 1 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/18/12Rusty Quarters in Uptown Minneapolis posted a Facebook status asking where everyone was, making ... More >>
Despite once again being moved to another venue, Fun. has managed to sell out the Myth for their trip to the Cities on Friday. If you weren't able to get tickets to this show, the 4onthefloor will be playing their brand of floor-stomping blues in the First Ave. Mainroom across town. Originating from ... More >>
People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
First impressions are hard to take back, but even with ludicrousness of a name like Ghostmouth, the Twin Cities band's members take themselves seriously. With their new album, which is actually a collection five years in the making, the band share with their fans a new maturity that opens an elem ... More >>
SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
The infectious rock stylings of the Small Cities get highlighted this weekend as the band releases a breakthrough of a new album, With Fire. Rob van Alstyne did an in-person interview with the guys recently, and whether or not there was giggling involved, there was plenty to tell. Read the story ... More >>
A cure for cabin fever is a weekend full of music.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th, but don't let that stop you from going out and seeing good shows this weekend!
Fans of poetic and thought-provoking rappers like Kristoff Krane, No Bird Sing, and Astronautalis will find lots to love in the new single from DIY hip-hop artist Ecid, "Werewolf Hologram," which is also the title track off his forthcoming full-length record. Ecid dropped the video for his dark a ... More >>
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Settle down with some local music this weekend.
Our annual Year in Music issue is online now, and hits stands tomorrow.As we were narrowing down the volumes of albums released this year for our Best Minnesota Albums of 2011 list, I couldn't help but be a little astounded at just how many high-quality releases were issued this year. And these a ... More >>
The process for the annual TC Hip Hop Awards has always seemed a little mysterious, and this year's poll is no exception -- with little warning or ceremony, the awards show's hosts have published a comprehensive list of 2011 nominees to their sparse website and opened up the poll to the public fo ... More >>
Vita.mn's Vth Anniversary Party with Hold Steady, P.O.S., Night Moves, and No Bird SingNovember 18, 2011Epic, Minneapolis"Congrats on throwing such an 'epic' party!" an acquaintance gushed to me shortly after arriving at Vita.mn's "Vth" anniversary bash on Friday night. I found her flub more ende ... More >>
There are never enough days in the weekend.
"In summer, the song sings itself."-William Carlos Williams
Photos by Ben ClarkIt would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what actually transpired sounded nothing like Peter Wolf Crier or Dosh or Alpha Consumer or th ... More >>
The Pizza Luce Block Party is only a few days away, and this year's party might have the strongest lineup yet. In addition to serving as a testing ground for a couple of new projects -- Charles, a new rock band led by Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar; and Farewell Continental, the side pro ... More >>
Photo by Tigger LunneyIt's been over a decade since Sean Tillmann adopted his Har Mar Superstar alter ego and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, CA. The Rocky Mountains couldn't separate Tillmann from his musical alumni, however, and he's maintained a prominent role in the local scene, boo ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the WalkerThis afternoon the Walker Art Center unveiled its schedule for this year's Music & Movies, which was on hiatus last year (and subsequently picked up and presented by City Pages as "Four Nights in Loring") and has since been reclaimed by the museum's curators. This ... More >>
As we reported earlier this week, there was an outpouring of emotion and support for the remaining members of Face Candy who performed for the first time since Mikey's passing last October at last weekend's Soundset 2011 festival.
Dan Huiting of MPLS.TV has been on a tear lately, and he's already getting ready to drop the next video in his City of Music series. This coming Monday, Huiting will premiere a City of Music video featuring hip-hop trio No Bird Sing, and he sent over a little sneak peek about how the taping went ... More >>
Photo by Carter Grimes for City PagesWhite Light RiotSpring is always a busy time for album releases, and this is especially true in the Twin Cities. Bands seem to hunker down for the winter, clocking hours in rehearsal spaces and recording studios, only to emerge in April and May armed with new ... More >>
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
For many of his fans, he was known as battle rap legend and Rhymesayers recording artist Eyedea. For others, he was Micheal Larsen, the front man of genre-bending experimental groups like Carbon Carousel and Face Candy. For others still, he was known by his alter-ego Oliver Hart.But for most of t ... More >>
Eyedea's favorite sneakersPhoto by B Fresh Rapper, writer, poet. Eyedea was all of these things, and on Saturday when he left the world he so fearlessly captured in his lyrics, it seemed there were no words to do him justice.In his 28 years, Micheal Larsen carved his initials indelibly in Twin ... More >>
We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>
Soul singer straddles multiple genres
We don't keep our love for Dessa a secret around here, and we're pleased to help her debut her new video, "Alibi," in anticipation for tomorrow night's Best of the Twin Cities bash at the Varsity Theater. Tickets are still available for tomorrow night's show, which features Dessa and openers No Bird ... More >>
Hunting for Father reveals MC to be daring and visionary
(Pictured: Work from Wing Young Huie's "University Avenue Project")This week in Freeloader Friday we have an epic game of tag, a six-mile gallery show, and several outdoor festivals.
The Walker announced that the time-honored tradition of Music & Movies in the Park is on hiatus this year, which is a shame. We Minnesotans have a commitment to effective use of summer time that's ingrained in us at a cellular level, and nothing spoke to that quite like seeing a show AND watc ... More >>
Still scrambling to plot out your weekend? Allow us to assist you. Here are our top picks for shows to catch tonight through Sunday (click on the links to be taken to the calendar listing for each event):
Is Varsity Theater prepared for this mind-bending gig?
Download the track "Oh This Currency" off of their forthcoming EP.
Here is a quick list of things you could get into this weekend that don't involve sitting at home watching TIVO'ed episodes of "The Marriage Ref" with your dad.
Articles from this week's print edition.
The band's strength truly lies in their subtlety, with melodies often just an afterthought to mood, and those considerable talents were on full display last evening.
Come with us as we journey through the dark corners of the club and talk to the bands featured in this year's lineup.
See seven of the area's best new acts, all in one shot.