Beau Phillips was a radio programmer at Seattle radio station KISW from 1978 to 1996, and was head of marketing at MTV for a few years. During this time, he was around some of the biggest names in music, at a time when the biz was at its financial apex. Phillips just self-published a memoi ... More >>
The transportive power of music never ceases to amaze me. Whenever I hear the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," it's suddenly 1997 inside my head; I'm back in high school, daydreaming while sitting on my bedroom floor, and my little blue boombox's dial is tuned to my favorite radio station, which pla ... More >>
In "Us and Them" off Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour sings, "Who knows which is which and who is who?" And for employees at a St. Cloud hospital, this question became quite pertinent when a Monticello man claiming to be the Floyd singer-guitarist checked in and ran up charges as mu ... More >>
Low With members of Trampled by Turtles Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul March 23, 2013 During the interview portion of Low's riveting show at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday night, Alan Sparhawk spoke candidly of the band's objective in approaching the evening. "We've played down here quite a few t ... More >>
Roger WatersXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, June 3, 2012View a slideshow here.Roger Waters rebuilt The Wall again on Sunday night for his dedicated legion of Minnesota fans, just to have the whole thing come crashing spectacularly down once more. Roughly a year and a half after treating longt ... More >>
By Rob ShererJane's AddictionWith Black Box RevelationThe Brick, Minneapolis Monday, March 19, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. Growing pains were on display last night as a new concert venue in Minneapolis made its debut and familiar faces from Los Angeles kept the party going. Th ... More >>
The temperature at the old Club 3 Degrees is heating up as the Brick finally added some more concerts to its schedule. When the March 19 Jane's Addiction show was the only thing on the schedule, Gimme Noise expressed some worry and concern about the Warehouse District venture. As things have fill ... More >>
B FRESH PhotographyPrepare your party guests for a roller ghoster of a nightIt's that time again: finalizing plans for your Halloween party, and getting your scares in a row. City Pages has saved you the trouble of putting together a spooky mixtape, as we present our Halloween Soundtrack Vol. 1.& ... More >>
Great drug songs are a lot like drugs themselves: there's usually more than enough to go around and to suit everyone's tastes. Reasoning that one good toke/drag/injection/ingestion deserves another, Gimme Noise took a second dig through the memory attic for songs about drugs, songs ... More >>
Here's some noise that a few Gimme Noise readers will mourn, but the majority of you might not: you won't have An Affront to Serious Music Criticism to kick around anymore. Or not quite as much, anyway. Why? Because yesterday, I started a full-time day-job after five and a half months of depraved ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRoger Waters' "The Wall" LiveOctober 27, 2010Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulSpoiler alert: despite the rumors, David Gilmour didn't make an appearance. Regardless, Roger Waters' front-to-back performance of The Wall was the ultimate in Pink Floyd fan indulgance, incorporating th ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenRatatatSeptember 11, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisREVIEW BY CECILE CLOUTIERThe Brooklyn instrumental duo Ratatat mix up rock, hip-hop, dub and electronica with cool abandon, and in retrospect it shouldn't have been a huge surprise that their live show was somewhere between a ... More >>
What with sushi showing up in school kids' lunchboxes these days, it's hard to remember that there was a time when Japanese food was foreign stuff. One of the local pioneers in the category, Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, located at 1333 Nicollet Mall, is celebrating its 30th anniv ... More >>
Concert photography from over the weekend.
This is way better than that whole Wizard of Oz/Dark Side thing.
Something old and something new-- in addition to announcing forthcoming album, the local pscyh-rockers make their 2008 album available for download.
Finally, a worthwhile remix of YouTube footage that doesn't involve stupid Nintendo cartoons.
Gimme Noise offers fair and balanced suggestions for presidential victory songs.
The drum-loving warriors of Patapon top this week's pop culture picks
The very attractive paranoia of Black Mountain
Show Review by Pat O'Brien The Xcel Center crowd was only about 6,000 strong last night--just more than half empty--and maybe that should have been a bit of a clue. Velvet Revolver, a band whose members used to be in Guns 'N' Roses (guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum) and S ... More >>
Bush's senior aides receive $4,200 in cost of living increases, women still prefer male bosses, Ernie and Bert come to terms with their relationship, Geek Squad double agent badge on eBay, the Minnesota Blog(s) of the Day, and more...
Polish sci-fi on acid
Dios Malos play California pop for the big-eyed kids away from the coast
Mark Thomas Stockert to country fans: "Shut up your cryin', cowboys are always alone"