Today is the day that longtime fans of the Replacements have been waiting anxiously for. At 10 a.m. Twin Cities time, 250 limited-edition copies of what the Songs For Slim website is calling "the first new Replacements release since 1990's All Shook Down," goes up for auction. The exclusive 10" viny ... More >>
As the excitement continues to build around the Replacements' new benefit EP, Songs For Slim, more information about the project continues to filter out. In addition to the full track-listing for the EP as well as the Chris Mars designed album art (featured above), details have also emerged about wh ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Just off the wheels of Marathon IV: Road Rogue, a week-long song performed during a trek from New York to Los Angeles, performer extraordinaire Mark Mallman has unveiled his latest CD, Double Silhouette. Renowned for his high-energy dramatic performances and marathon song cycles, Mallman has won a h ... More >>
Paul Westerberg recently confirmed that he and Tommy Stinson reunited as the Replacements to record four covers for a benefit EP to help their pal Slim Dunlap. A longer interview with Rolling Stone has emerged today, and included in the details is some updated news about the condition of Dunlap, who ... More >>
After six years apart, the Replacements' singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson have officially reunited. As tipped back in June, when Stinson said the old bandmates were working on a track together, the plan has expanded into a limited edition 10-inch vinyl EP, according to Roll ... More >>
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 >>
Kevin Bowe has seen it all in the Twin Cities. After cutting his musical teeth opening for the Replacements and Hüsker Dü in the '80s, Bowe later directed his talents towards songwriting for artists as diverse as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 3 Dog Night. He ... More >>
As Twin Cities music fans wait patiently for any sign of stirring from Paul Westerberg, there is a small bit of creative activity from the former 'Mats frontman on the forthcoming new record from renowned Minneapolis songwriter/producer/guitarist Kevin Bowe and his band the Okemah Prophets. Bowe ... More >>
On their new album, Everyone's Looking, Minneapolis duo the Parlour Suite cut a deep path of their very own right from the start; high and steady, bright and scintillating. Some bands lose their songs through over-complication; but this husband and wife team of Joel and Inga Roberts know that car ... More >>
Daniel Levy, 21, took his own life in January
Paul Schrader wrote the script to Taxi Driver while living in a station wagon. Such is the myth of the suffering artist. But beautiful crazy Van Gogh bastard established the archetype. We might stumble onto a kick-ass something in the morning, but by bedtime, the artist suffers by choice.
Michael Dermot comes from an eclectic background in music; influences ranging from Disney soundtracks, Hüsker Dü, to Weezer, are all reflected in the new album, Distance Reawakens, by the Eden Prairie native.DIY to the core, Dermot does everything himself: booking, promoting, and managing.&nbs ... More >>
While it may have seemed like the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group were a part of the lounge and swing music revival of the '90s, Jim Ruiz, his brother Chris and then wife, Stephanie Winter were more enthused with European pop, mod culture, new wave punk and two-tone ska music of the '80s.
The Honeydogs have a long history behind them, with 10 studio releases under their belt and 16 years' worth of time well-spent laying down bricks in the Minnesota music scene. They are the sort of band that are always the right choice when you are grinding your teeth for a new song, because t ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessSome of us may remember when our friend Mark Mallman decided to do his first "Marathon" in 1999. Knowing Mark, it didn't seem weird that he would attempt such a stunt. The man has far too much energy and tends to be one of those creative juggernauts that fill the Twin Cities mu ... More >>
Accomplished guitarist Ben Connelly releases new album of indie folk, seeks Buddhist enlightenment
On Polara's new record, Ed Ackerson wrangles a swarm of bees into submission
A birthday bash exposes our highly incestuous scene
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Mallman's agonizing, ecstatic 52.4-hour song
Was it something in the water? Kraig Johnson talks about the unlikely rock incubator of the west metro and leading his own band.
Much-hyped local bands Alva Star and the Domo Sound look to censor the writer and conquer the scene
The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll
Charting a path between electronica and the old one-two-three-four, Polara's intrepid space-rock earned them a coveted deal with Interscope Records. As the band learned, it won't cure all their ills. But it beats a sharp stick in the eye