Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
The Beatles played Minnesota exactly once. During their 1965 U.S. tour, the legendary rock band played the since-demolished Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Due to safety concerns, promoter Big Reggie Colihan decided no one was allowed on the field, which meant few close-up photos were taken. Ho ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Nuance, delicacy, and poise are things that you expect to come with age, or time, or both -- not necessarily from some former music students residing in Minneapolis. SCHOENBURG -- made up of Billy Schoenburg, Graham Barton, Dane Hoppe, and Alex Leeds -- describe themselves as pop-rock, but they are ... More >>
When you're entering La Belle Vie, several things catch your eye. There's the elegant chandelier dripping with crystals, the stately lounge with plush carpet and a swanky bar, and often, there is a tall man with dark hair, elegantly dressed, awaiting your arrival. Bill Summerville, wine expert and m ... More >>
DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
On Sunday, the final Vikings' game will take place at the Metrodome, their indoor football home since 1982. And beginning shortly afterward, the Dome will be demolished in order to build the new Vikings stadium. In addition to all of the unforgettable (but mostly frustrating) sports' memories that h ... More >>
One of the many joys of attending Winona's Mid West Music Fest is the chance to discover young, up-and-coming bands from the area that haven't quite made waves in the Twin Cities music scene. This year, my favorite discovery of the entire festival was Neon, a band of talented teenagers from LaCrosse ... More >>
Each December, you can bet your bough of holly that if a retail space has a PA system, it will pause its cheaply licensed Muzak in favor of Christmas' more expensive, but consumer-enabling, catalogue. Radio stations will cease regular programming for weeks, often witnessing an increase in listenersh ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Zac Brown Band Target Center, Minneapolis Saturday, November 10, 2012 See also: Ten reasons Zac Brown Band will never win us over No seriously. See also: Ten reasons why Zac Brown Band will never win us over. Never! Read that, and then you'll appreciate why writing this review of Zac Brown Band's ... More >>
Those of us who were lucky enough to witness the Joy Formidable's incendiary show at the Entry last April agree that the North Wales trio's raucous performance was clearly one of the best live shows of 2011. Thankfully, the band didn't make Twin Cities music fans wait too long for a return en ... More >>
A small portion of the ugliness.The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
What is it about environmentalism that ruins songwriters' abilities to express themselves subtly and poetically? There are some cheesy-ass Earth Day songs out there. Luckily, none of them made it onto this list. In honor of Earth Day, here's a list of some songs that remind us to be kind to ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLeisure BirdsNew Year's Eve Cover Night featuring Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL December 31, 2010 Turf Club, St. Paul It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.
The Damn Audition, Kill Will, and others
Toussaint, 71, to play Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer
Prince needs a new hip, Sick of Sarah release digital EP, P.O.S. has a new video & Paul McCartney reaches out to Bob Dylan.
Jake Nyberg jumps into social experiment created by his tubular coif
The Hood Internet mashes Solid Gold, Patrick Wolf to play the Fine Line & Dylan wants to play with McCartney.
Minneapolis's favorite talk show host takes a tour of music-industry hell.
At 42, the baby-faced songwriter ponders his mortality
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
Making a Good Impression with Celebrity Impersonator Dale Preston
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson leaves the California shore to journey into a darker state of mind
We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life
Dan Scott Makes Unmerry With a Night of Melancholic Christmas Tunes
Thirty years later, the Beatles' animated Yellow Submarine is still an excellent way to get high