Pete Townshend

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Psych Rockers Waveless Rise From the Ashes of Total Trash

    Waveless | Hexagon Bar | Friday, November 21It's a Friday night in New Orleans and Waveless are stuck without a show. A friend of a friend has an idea. She tells the slower and dreamier reincarnation of former Minneapolis hardcore band Total Trash to meet her at a French Quarter bar at 1 a.m. It wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    13 songs Paul McCartney should play at Target Field, but probably won't

    Plenty of musicians have impressive back catalogs and prestigious songbooks to their credit. But the exalted 50 year oeuvre of Sir Paul McCartney is something else. He's bringing a fraction of those celebrated songs to a sold-out Target Field on Saturday night, for the first full-stadium rock 'n' r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Alice Cooper: I'm woven into Americana

    Alice Cooper has been the reigning king of the shock rock genre now for nearly 50 years. He essentially defined the genre and a generation of heavy rock fans that delightfully thrive on the grotesque and extreme theatrical splendor that is the typical Alice Cooper performance. Notorious for throwing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Prince at 55: Career-revitalizing lessons from other icons

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate Prince's 55th birthday. And while the Purple One's prodigious back catalog and outsized persona will always be one of the charismatic beacons for the Twin Cities music scene (and the world), there is no question that as of late, his output has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Atmosphere at Soundset, 5/26/13

    AtmosphereSoundset, Canterbury ParkSunday, May 26, 2013Soundset has come a long way from its humble origins in the shadow of the Metrodome back in 2008. Skyrocketing ticket sales -- reportedly 28,000 this year -- and a subtle demographic shift over its six-year run have allowed Rhymesayers to grow a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    The Who play Quadrophenia at Target Center, 11/27/12

    The WhoTarget Center, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012Parsing out the good and the bad from the Who's performance at Target Center has an added gravity to it. Here's a band that has spent nearly 50 years shaping the structure that we call rock 'n' roll today -- not only the speaker-puncturing a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2012
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    November 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    The Who announce North American tour dates 2012-13 -- Minneapolis in November

    See Also:The Who Sell Out--ReallyOne of the loudest, most boisterous (and oldest) rock acts in the business, the Who, has just revealed details for their first tour in four years to touch North America. A stop in Minneapolis at the Target Center is included.The 1973 double album Quadrophenia gets sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    RIP Jim Marshall: Interview with the Marshall stack cake baker

    Jim Marshall, the man behind one of the most iconic images in rock history, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His black Marshall amplifiers were corded to some of the greatest guitarists to pick up the instrument: Jimi Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and countless others. And then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Replacements Archives: Pow! Go the Replacements

    ​Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Roger Daltrey's 'Tommy' show bumped to tomorrow night to make way for the Lynx

    ​Minnesota sports fans are finally getting some good news this year with the success of WNBA team the Lynx, who are playing in the finals for the first time in their franchise's history. The team are already up 1-0 over the Atlanta Dream (the finals are a best out of five competition), and will fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Hard Rock Cafe closing September 30. What will replace it?

    ​Hard Rock Cafe's story is as quaint as it is homespun, or at least, that's what their website is shucking.  Local hero and folksy humble-as-pie British megastar Eric Clapton donates his guitar to his favorite London restaurant, a quaint hangout called the Hard Rock Cafe...A week or two later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Superchunk at First Avenue, 12/1/10

    Photos by Alexa Jones​SuperchunkWednesday, December 1, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIt was a dicey afternoon for Superchunk as they arrived here from Raleigh and lead singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan's guitar did not arrive with them. After much chatter on Twitter and a few phone calls they found a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    The Top 9 sellingoutest musicians in pop history

    ​ Proudly gay pop icon Elton John last month played Rush Limbaugh's most recent wedding, obviously bringing into question Elton's valuation of morals over-- do we really need to spell this out for you? Bottom line is it was a sellout for the record books. Here's some other sad cases of how th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Hartnett, Prince, Keillor: 10 local celebs we loved this decade

    These folks did well in the Aughts, and you can't have them, Hollywood. At least not for keepsies.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    The Popstream: The Who, "5:15"

    When in doubt, smash everything and flip everyone off.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    The Popstream's Underrated '08: Bad Dudes

    This week, the Popstream gives dap to those who've gone lar ... More >>

  • Movies

    October 24, 2007

    Dan in Reel Life

    Cobbled together from better movies, Steve Carell's latest is strike two

  • Movies

    August 22, 2007

    Younger Than That Now

    Only Eight Years Old, Sound Unseen Shrinks for 07, But Still Puts on the Ritz

  • Unknown

    June 6, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    SXSW updates from our foreign (read: Texas) correspondents

    Music writers from our sister paper, The Dallas Observer, headed down I-35 to catch the acts, including Pete Townshend, The Truck ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2006

    A Beautiful Mind

    Minnesota-born Paul Nelson was a '60s folk revival pioneer and a founding father of rock writing

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2006

    An Interview with John Fogerty

    John Fogerty is an AC/DC fan. That's one of the revelations in this interview I conducted with the former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who proved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2005

    Link Wray, R.I.P.

    The foreign press is reporting the death of guitar legend Link Wray at the age of 76.

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2005

    When I go deaf

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    Last month brought this announcement from the department of "duh": "Researchers at the University of Minnesota have determined th ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 22, 2003

    I Feel Ya

    Sometimes karma needs a nudge

  • Music

    September 11, 2002

    The Who Sell Out--Really

    Pete Townshend repackages the Who and goes on tour--again

  • Music

    July 10, 2002
  • Arts

    September 26, 2001

    Sonic Outlaws

    The second annual edition of Sound Unseen highlights the subversive side of music making in the era of media consolidation.

  • Arts

    July 25, 2001

    Song Of Songs

    Barbara Sibley's all-encompassing love of music has inspired her to sacrifice her time, her blood, and a whole lot of shelf space. A look at record collecting as a metaphor for life--and life as a metaphor for record collecting.

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    Picked to Click

    The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll

  • Movies

    August 11, 1999


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  • Music

    October 22, 1997
  • Arts

    April 16, 1997

    Crazy Wisdom Masters

    The Jungle Brothers' careful return to hip hop.

  • Music

    March 19, 1997