Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer's garage-freakout art-noise bonafides are ironclad (see also: The Coachwhips; Pink and Brown), and it usually takes only one album-length dose of his most enduring and best band to start craving more. And more there is. The San Francisco-based act has released nearl ... More >>
Dan Wilson Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 4, 2014 As one of the best songwriters to come from these Land of Lakes, Dan Wilson has had an amazingly long and consistent career. Wednesday, he kicked off the first of three sold-out nights at the Cedar Cultural Center. Billed as "Wo ... More >>
Betty Who With Sombear and Step Rockets 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Saturday, January 18, 2014 Some shows simply click. Due to a perfect confluence of the right artist, audience, night, and venue, some performances take on a transcendent quality that surpasses the mere sum of their parts, elevati ... More >>
Pink Target Center, Minneapolis Tueday, January 7, 2014 Pink's The Truth About Love tour returned to the Twin Cities for a victory lap on Tuesday night. After selling out the Xcel last March with an excellent, acrobatic performance, why not? Showing an unencumbered spirit and relentless athleticism, ... More >>
Happy 2014! While most will take New Year's Day off, bars and some venues will be open in the evening including Curtiss A's tribute to Hank Williams at the Dakota. Friday night the Turf Club will be hosting And the Professors, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be at the Cedar. The Blind Shake wil ... 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.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul Monday, October 14, 2013 "I'm not crazy," Fiona Apple told us. Twice. The second time she added, sweetly, "Just a little daffy." The audience, its devotion edging toward reverence, didn't need the reassurance. And yet, given the scrutin ... More >>
A great romance between Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow elevates a sex-addiction drama
At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live. Some the most deeply fe ... More >>
PinkXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, March 19, 2013Alecia Beth Moore is strong as an ox, powerful as a locomotive, tough as nails, cold as ice, hard as steel, mighty as the Mississippi, badder than Old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog, etc. No matter how she's described, know that Pink is e ... More >>
A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>
Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the ... More >>
The Darkness First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, January 29, 2013The relatively full Tuesday night crowd swelled to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop," Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," and some sort of Irish-tinged choir intro music warmed the speakers. The fist-banging audie ... More >>
By Kyle ImesThere has always been an underground music scene in the Twin Cities in some capacity, but it's easy to overlook. Before Facebook and MySpace, finding the basement, loft, or re-purposed public space was largely word-of-mouth. Thanks to a friend's older brother, I was allowed to tag along ... More >>
Zammuto With Eluvium McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis November 10, 2012 Nick Zammuto made a triumphant return to the Walker Art Center on Saturday night. This time, the former member of the Books brought his new project, Zammuto, to the McGuire Theater, delighting the crowd with an ... More >>
The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>
Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue
This Sunday's Big Gig at the Ted Man Concert Hall has been canceled. The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra and the Current, was to feature performances from Solid Gold, Jeremy Messersmith, Halloween, Alaska, Charlie Parr and others, both indoors and outside the U of M's Ted Mann Concert Ha ... More >>
Want to celebrate this Halloween country style? Head on down to the Hexagon Bar come Monday night for the Hot Roxx Halloween Hoedown Hextravaganza.
When you think of rapper/singer/walking-psychologist's-desk-reference Nicki Minaj, the notion of getting your nails did probably doesn't spring to mind. Now you don't have much choice, because in January the Cash Money/Young Money queen is partnering with OPI to release six nail polishes named af ... More >>
Dom the Frontman still won't give up his last name
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
It's a big week for Alecia Beth Moore, a.k.a. the uber-talented pop star P!nk. Not only is she releasing a career retrospective, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!, but the internets have been on fire with rumors of a "burrito-sized baby bump," most likely the result of her on-again, off-again marriage t ... More >>
Another week down, fam! 2011 is that much closer. Trust.
The Books and Black Heart ProcessionOctober 30, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterIf writing about music is indeed like dancing about architecture, then describing the music of the Books is a bit like waltzing about Gaudí, as their elusive, entrancing sound is liquid and stylish, just like the work of th ... More >>
SeriouslyOn Friday we 'examined' Kesha's recently released "Sleazy", which comes off as a talent-divorced Nicki Minaj pose; affectation lacking experimentation. Today our mostly unprayed prayers get answered, as Minaj releases a single from her upcoming Pink Friday, featuring Eminem in full fuck ... More >>
Eyedea's favorite sneakersPhoto by B Fresh Rapper, writer, poet. Eyedea was all of these things, and on Saturday when he left the world he so fearlessly captured in his lyrics, it seemed there were no words to do him justice.In his 28 years, Micheal Larsen carved his initials indelibly in Twin ... More >>
The name "Jackalope Jesus" pretty much says it all. Here's a delightfully odd video from one of the most delightfully odd, wild, up-and-coming rock bands in town.The Goondas are releasing their debut album on June 5 at the 331 Club, or you can catch 'em live this weekend at the Pink Rock Prom V: Pre ... More >>
"Every Never Is Now" tour with P.O.S. ripping through the country
"I don't mean to be immodest, but we may be the best troupe of touring jump-ropers in the contiguous United States."
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
You go to war with the military you have, I guess.
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
From the bottom of the bottle to the top of the throne.
In anticipation of his show tomorrow night at the 400 Bar, Kathryn Savage interviews folk musician A.A. Bondy.
At SXSW, fresh air and stale beer come to an industry's rescue
Plan to catch the Tori Amos show at Northrop Wednesday night? Check out this interview by D.X. Ferris at the Cleveland Scene, where Amos talks about the characters she's created to sing her songs.
Pink proves she's not just another Britney in a bottle
In a pair of wretched new titles, Oliver Stone and Gus Van Sant show off their bookish sides--and it ain't pretty.