In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, it's with L.A. songwriter, Eleni Mandell, who performs at the Turf on Friday. I first met Eleni Mandell, in 1999, at The Turf Club in St. Paul. She was in a summer dress, and I was wearing an old sailor un ... More >>
They Might be Giants have definitely fallen out of the mainstream of alternative music. You're not likely to hear a lot of the new songs on heavy rotation on the Current or your alt station of choice. You don't hear a lot of covers of their songs, and especially not a shrill wannabe-Etta James teen ... More >>
Prince kicked off what should be an epic week with a storming of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. It was announced earlier this year that he'd be collecting the Icon Award at the ceremony, and he did, with Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe presenting the honor.He also performed a me ... More >>
This week marks several musical events in the Twin Cities. Duluth folk-bluegrass stars Trampled by Turtles celebrate ten years with three sold out shows (Wednesday - Friday) at First Avenue/7th Street Entry. Saturday, April 20 marks a very special occasion that is celebrated internationally, that's ... More >>
Ex Cops Opening for Blessed Feathers and Young Buffalo 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, February 28, 2013 Touring in support of their excellent 2013 release True Hallucinations, Brooklyn-based Ex Cops made their first appearance in Minneapolis last night, opening for Young Buffalo and Blesse ... More >>
After all of the dust settled from the exciting athletic competitions staged over last two weeks, everyone turned their attention to the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics last night at Olympic Stadium in London. Billed as "A Symphony Of British Music," the loose and jubilant closing cerem ... More >>
Very few bands are capable of putting out quality content years into their careers. For many artists, a new release can leave the fan base longing for past glories. From 1978 to 1989, the duo of Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, with long-time support players Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper, ha ... More >>
The Radio Dept.February 9, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisIf the sold-out Radio Dept. show at the Entry last night surprised anyone, it would have to have been the Radio Dept. itself. The Stockholm-based band, producing synth dream pop for over a decade now, have been celebrated and beloved all ov ... More >>
Regina Spektor, Pet Shop Boys and Todd Rungdren all play the State, Ani DiFrano speaks & next week's best new releases.
The Fiery Furnaces announce TC date, Mason Jennings plays for Rolling Stone & Bob Dylan shows his art.
Pet Shop Boys announce State Theatre show & "Purple Rain" turns 25
Lily, Bird & Kristofferson hit MPLS, Prince begs for cash, Solid Gold headliners & next week's best new releases.
Stylish one-hit wonders soldier on
Minotaur Shock and Jason Forrest's beat collages for non-dancers
The crystalline beauty of Air's 'Talkie Walkie' doesn't get lost in translation
Good taste and sobriety go down fighting at the music party of the year
Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates
The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll
The inscrutable music, the unknowable man
A decade ago, Derrick May helped invent a dance music that complemented a hollow city, Detroit. Now that May's music has colonized two continents, its maker has disappeared.
Life is hard and then you dance
Pet Shop Boys warm up with Bilingual.