As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>
It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun out this week and is in the midst of releasi ... More >>
Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August. Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been repor ... 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.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>
Sadistik is a Seattle rapper who was among the many profoundly moved by Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, a beloved rapper and figure in the hip-hop community. Gimme Noise is proud to premiere a tribute he created called "Micheal" and an accompanying video featuring old photos, and many of Larsen's family an ... More >>
Gotye and Kimbra's music video for "Somebody That I Used to Know" is perhaps the break-up experience of the year. Watching will leave the viewer wrapped up in tantalizing, emotional excitement, or at least fascinated with this man's teeth. Overtly nostalgic for the '80s, the song is also a gateway i ... More >>
Joseph Arthur is a low-key type of guy, having gone vastly unnoticed and living humbly as the existence of a shy folk-star; one whom everyone's heard of, but nobody really knows.
A decade ago, in the immediate aftermath of Al Qaeda terrorists commandeering passenger airplanes and piloting them into New York City skyscrapers, an unknown young musician cut a 17-minute-long, eerily prescient song in his bedroom, somewhere in the wilds of California. This uncouth, possib ... More >>
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
Unlike his heroes Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Abba, who "wrote incredibly simple songs with extremely well worked arrangements giving every song an iconic quality you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before," Stephin Merritt has remained an enigma and somewhat still obscure genius of conte ... More >>
Let's not get it twisted. Bon Iver's "Woods" is an amazing, mesmerizing song, a sort of Daft-Punk-gone-acapella existentialist mediation on loneliness and self-doubt that deftly exploits repetition and Autotune to make a gothic, isolationist point about how every man is, ultimately, an island.
So hush now, little babies
Featuring Cusack, of course.
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
Dust off your fancy speckled twenty-sided die and spend a few minutes exercising your devil horns--it's metal week at the Turf Club.
Allow us to end the debate-- she's barfing the gold.
The year's best action pic tops this week's pop culture picks
Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear sip mint juleps and lemonade out at their yellow house
Blind Boys of Alabama @ Guthrie From today's A-List: "The Blind Boys were supposed to give the final musical performance at the old Guthrie last March, but bad weather scuttled the gig. Now they're back at the new joint with a holiday show based on their 2003 Christmas album Go Tell It on the Mount ... More >>
Stylish one-hit wonders soldier on
Busdriver laughs through car troubles and a struggling career
TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe takes on Trump and Bush
Halloween, Alaska play electronic pop to seduce the cylons
TV on the Radio watch from their bedrooms as Williamsburg dissolves around them
A world-music star from 1970s Senegal finds his place in the age of hip hop
Terry Eason transmits ingenious basement pop Via Satellite
From playing for the Pope to inaugurating The Body, Guinean-born master drummer Fodé Bangoura is both international legend and local discovery
It's an odd, autonomous, anomalous year for the 1998 City Pages New Music Poll.