When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.See also:The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella
Our favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies recently celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and this week, archivist label Shout Factory is releasing the 29th volume of episodes from the sho ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
After 20-some years, Tommy Stinson has returned to the house where he and his bandmates in the Replacements were photographed for the cover of Let it Be. As we noted earlier this week, the Stinsons' childhood home in Uptown has been a hallowed spot for 'Mats fans -- even house painters -- ever since ... More >>
Guillermo del Toro's latest film is summer entertainment with a pulse
By Steve CohenIan McLagan The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, Minneapolis July 5, 2013 Minneapolis welcomed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan on Friday for his first ever appearance in the Twin Cities as a solo artist. "Mac" made note of Minneapolis's warm welcome after his leadoff tune "Hello Old ... 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.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... 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 >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
A tremendous amount of creativity and talent has been fostered by the funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board's arts and cultural heritage fund since it was passed by the state's voters in 2008. Countless musicians and artists from all over Minnesota have received much needed support from the fu ... More >>
Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue
The soulful singer Alison Scott is about to release her latest studio album, Hiding Under the Covers, Volume II, a collection of covers that includes pieces by Elliott Smith, Radiohead, and Elton John to name a few.Deciding to intersperse her original releases with cover albums came as a natural de ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #20-11Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory about Minnesota without ever becoming full-time residen ... More >>
Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from f ... 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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerIn this week's issue of People magazine, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell and his wife Kim reveal that Campbell's battles with short-term memory loss have been diagnosed as symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Photos by Steve CohenTommy StinsonMay 20, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisThese are strange times we're living in, so the modest turnout at Friday night's Tommy Stinson show shouldn't have come as a surprise. But scanning the Mainroom this weekend, it was hard not to think back to last fall's Replac ... More >>
T.V.B.C in 2011: Freddy Votel, Adam Linz, Paul MetzgerThere are really just two types of music people in the Twin Cities.There are those that undyingly love the band T.V.B.C. completely with every essence and fiber of their soul after first hearing the band sometime since they started back in 198 ... More >>
It's no big secret that Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is invested in the Twin Cities -- after all, he met his wife, Adrienne, at a show in Minneapolis, and has long cited both the Replacements and Hüsker Dü as major influences.
Photos by Steve CohenOn May 22, Gary Louris returned to home to Minnesota from a solo acoustic tour, joined by friends Marc Perlman & Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks), Jim Boquist (Son Volt, Paul Westerberg) and vocalist Janey Winterbauer (Astronaut Wife, Janey and Marc) at the Broadway Theater in ... More >>
Goodbye, Uptown Bar. We'll miss you.
Husker Du drummer announces Hot Wax for early October release.
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
Rick Fuller turns his back on MTV to preserve the history of the local music scene.
Charles De Gaulle bring anarchy under control on Tennessee Is Not Kentucky
The downtown Minneapolis music venue is apparently closed for good
The Gleam reminisce about their creepy rural childhood
Seven new local releases for jazzheads, historians, and fans of Bob
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 >>
Workaholic college kids make prog rock for clean-cut punks
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Singing the victory anthem of the "loosers" on Nov. 3
Singer-songwriter, music teacher, and new father Pete Hofmann sprouts his maritime lullabies behind locked doors
The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003
Lynne Truss delivers us from our sins, Johnny Cash finds redemption, and Kurt Cobain loses Nirvana in the afterlife
Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!
After a 19-year hiatus, punk legends Mission of Burma reach for their revolver again
The dean of local rock writers, Jim Walsh, goes back to school
Road-tripping to Texas for South by Southwest