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 >>
Miranda Lambert Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Friday, October 10, 2013 Miranda Lambert excels at what Kool Moe Dee used to call "sticking to themes," and the video intro she's whipped up for her current tour lays those themes out with a stylish lack of ambiguity. First, a clip of Lisa Davis singing ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRobert Plant and the Band of JoyApril 12, 2011State Theatre, MinneapolisWhen Robert Plant opened with a funky, schmaltzy version of the Zeppelin classic "Black Dog," I was worried that the show would be a series of classic rock songs made palatable for the adult-contemporary ... More >>
Rock icon Robert Plant will bring his Band of Joy, featuring Patty Griffin, to the State Theatre in Minneapolis on April 12. Though known for his righteous rock wailings in Led Zeppelin, Plant has toned it down of late, collaborating with Allison Krauss for a folk duo album in 2007 and releasing ... 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 >>
Emmylou and the Red Dirt Boys' performance, from their musicianship to stage banter, felt intimate and engaging even in front of what can often feel like a ho-hum casino audience.
We have a new "jump the shark," folks. Call it "the Partridge Family scene." It happens midway through the wretched Must Love Dogs, when the cast inexplicably breaks into the Partridge Family theme. I saw it Tuesday night. I turned to my wife and said there are no words for how bad this is, how insu ... More >>
What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?
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