The majority of the music world was first introduced to the Flaming Lips in 1993. That year, their abstract anthem "She Don't Use Jelly" became an unlikely hit on MTV. Even the most distant observer could tell straight away that the Lips were weird. Really weird. These idiosyncratic sonic outlaws fr ... More >>
We all know it, but it's time to show it. Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we l ... More >>
If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win ticket ... More >>
In addition to providing the music world with Amphetamine Reptile's infulential record releases and album art for 27 years now, Tom Hazelmyer has also brought some of the best bars to the Minneapolis area with his Grumpy's franchise -- clubs that have also hosted some memorable AmRep-based performan ... More >>
Roster McCabe With Wiping Out Thousands, Steez The Cabooze, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Roster McCabe has that unmistakable, indescribable festival vibe, the kind that says everything's going to be okay -- even though the rain is threatening to flood your campsite. At their first show in Min ... More >>
Trampled by Turtleswith Actual Wolf and Fever DreamFirst Ave., MinneapolisWednesday, April 17, 2013Minneapolis isn't Trampled by Turtles' hometown, but this city sure loves the band. Opening the first of three sold-out shows at First Ave., the band celebrated their ten-year anniversary being togethe ... More >>
Gospel Gossip record release with Ex Nuns, Hollow Boys and Flavor Crystals 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, March 21, 2013We've missed you, Gospel Gossip. It's hard to believe it, but right around three years ago you seemed poised to break out of the local shoegaze scene you helped spearhead, r ... More >>
Even for those of us who are long past our days of cracking books and praying our way through quizzes, there are days where life seems to consist of nothing but school -- twisted hierarchical aspects, people who remind you of people you loathed in gym class, and so forth. It can seem like everything ... More >>
After all of the dust settled from the exciting athletic competitions staged over last two weeks, everyone turned their attention to the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics last night at Olympic Stadium in London. Billed as "A Symphony Of British Music," the loose and jubilant closing cerem ... More >>
IncubusThe Myth Nightclub, MaplewoodMay 9, 2012Not many bands are brave enough to take the stage with no opener to warm up the crowd, but alt-rockers Incubus needed no segue for their almost two-hour set that shared songs from all of their albums. With eyes closed and lost in his own world, lead sin ... More >>
For anyone who still gets a thrill every time Queen's Live At Wembley airs on TV, there is a show coming to Minneapolis just for you. On June 2, the Queen Extravaganza will roll into the Brick with an aim to reconnect old school Queen fans with the songs they hold so dear. The performance is ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessTapes 'n Tapes' Josh Grier never wanted to be your weekend lover.One of the surprises of the Current's 7th Birthday festivities at First Avenue this past weekend was undeniably Tapes 'n Tapes' climactic cover of Prince's epic hit "Purple Rain." Our Gimme Noise correspondent call ... More >>
If anyone can pull off this mad concoction it's the Flaming Lips. As if their idiosyncratic sound and the unhinged musical themes of their past albums wasn't enough, the Lips have now recruited a talented batch of disparate special guests to work with them on their new record. In addition to ... More >>
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>
When a band says that it took them a year to release their album, it is no doubt the culmination of a year's worth of sweat and tears that went into the effort. Now multiply that by output by three and throw in non-stop touring and you get the Sudden Lovelys. The band consists of Daniel Ferraro a ... More >>
Coyne talks festivals, stage antics, and what's in his fridge
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 >>
I'm gonna tell you somethin', and then you're gonna judge me. I really, really like Tool. Now that that's out of the way, I'm gonna tell you that Shooter Jennings, progeny of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, just put out a concept album under the band name Hierophant. I'v ... More >>
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.
Perhaps he didn't forbid condom use enough for their taste?
The Austin duo shake things up using capes and lasers and Mic Jagger-style moves.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
A band so good we can't even bear to listen to them.
Shaolin monks, Iron Men and one perplexed MTV News correspondent.
"What's That?" recreate some of modern rock's most complex songs
Watch this video: Local folk singer Matt Riehle covers Kanye's "Gold Digger," remixes it with "Lime and a Coconut" to awesome effect.
Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)
In honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, who died on Sunday, August 19, we asked local keyboard hero Mark Mallman for some thoughts on Moog and a list of his favorite Moog-driven or Moog-accented recordings. Here's what he came up with: My father took me to a dusty garage just off the Milwaukee R ... More >>
GST's opium den-meets-lobster shack instrumentals
Crossfaded's Electronica changes your Thursday-night routine
The Good Life and Azure Ray give love a wistful refrain
How much worse can Modern Rock radio get? You have no idea...
Another look behind the chilly surfaces of Michelangelo Antonioni's films reveals not the King of Pain so much as a well-informed sensualist
Twin Cities music embraces the stage act with a Hillbilly Porn Opera, a Clown Lounge cabaret, and a transgendered "Fin de Siècle" floorshow