While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
The Black Keys. Coldplay. Kings of Leon. Imagine Dragons. The Lumineers. Does this sound like the headlining stage of a cruise ship plummeting through a Disney movie portal into hell? Perhaps. However, what they actually represent in this case could be far more alarming. These are all bands named al ... More >>
About 14 years ago, I read Legs McNeil's infamous book, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. That's how I first encountered the Velvet Underground's Lou Reed. I was a tall and gangly high school freshman in New Jersey with a mouth full of metal. My boyfriend and constant compan ... More >>
Chris Cornell With Bhi Bhiman O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul October 30, 2013 Eight months after Soundgarden's electrifying reunion show at the Orpheum Theatre, Chris Cornell returned to the Twin Cities to play a sold-out O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. The raucous bombast of Cornell's back catalog o ... More >>
When is listening to and loving music just not enough? At what point does a song or a band speak to their fans so directly that they feel the need to form a deeper, more permanent connection with the art and the artist? Or, to put it simply (and personally), why did I decide to get a Pearl Jam tatto ... More >>
The talk among Major League Baseball fans tends to focus on two items: the win-loss column and fantasy league stats. Gimme Noise, however, takes other notes when watching the game. After hearing about Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jared Burton's jam session with Pearl Jam icon Eddie Vedder earlier ... More >>
Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams e ... More >>
With Saint Kurt gone for 18 years now, it's important to remember grunge wasn't just Nirvana. It was a movement, and though each year it seems a little bit sillier than it did the last, it was important. Most of the bands (and sadly many of the people themselves) didn't stand the test of time, some ... More >>
Burn Fetish's latest album, Psychonauta, shows a band striving for both their and our fulfillment. They labor over the years that span the ending of childhood and the introduction into adulthood.Musical talent must be in the blood; lead singer and guitarist, Sam Frederick's mother is Mary Jane Al ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaPearl Jam September 3, 2011 Alpine Valley Music Theater Pearl Jam kind of painted themselves into a corner with this one. The band that rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone spent their first few years as the biggest band on the planet (their sophomore release Vs. broke re ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessWhat a weekend! We kicked summer right outta town this long Labor Day Weekend by attending as many events as we could, from Blondie at Mystic Lake to Weezer, Dr. John, and Maroon 5 at the Great Minnesota Get Together to Minneapolis dance nights Get Cryphy and Too Much Love. As w ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmEddie Vedder and Glen Hansard July 2, 2011Orpheum TheaterEddie Vedder's stated goal in picking up the ukulele over a decade ago was to make that happy little instrument sound as sad as he was. And while there certainly was plenty of sorrow imbued in Vedder's songs Saturday ni ... More >>
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Pearl Jam announced last night that it will be hosting a full weekend of festivities called PJ20 -- and the festival's destination is only about a six-hour drive from the Twin Cities at East Troy, Wisconsin's Alpine Valley. All of the bands on the bill ... More >>
Two critically acclaimed frontmen from divergent rock backgrounds will converge to play solo sets at the Orphuem on July 2: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who is touring in support of his new solo album, plus the Swell Season and the Frames' Glen Hansard (perhaps best known to mainstream audiences for ... More >>
Please be thinking "bacon" please be thinking "bacon"The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. ... More >>
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