The Pains of Being Pure at Heart With Fear of Men and Ablebody Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Kip Berman really must have wanted to take his new songs on the road. On a rainy Tuesday night at the Triple Rock, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman introduced a compl ... More >>
Duluth trio hits a 20-year high
Savages are currently in the process of kicking -- some would even go so far as to say saving -- rock 'n' roll's ass. The London-based post-punk quartet steamrolled the music world with a blistering initial live EP, I Am Here, before building on that promise with their fierce debut LP, Silence Yours ... More >>
One of the obvious highlights (or lowlights, if you ask this guy) of this past summer's Pitchfork Music Festival was Low. A clever inclusion of Rihanna and Mykki Echo's tear-jerker "Stay" proved once again that this Duluth trio refuses to become a predictable entity.Now Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, a ... More >>
Paste Magazine has a definite crush on Minnesota right now. They recently published a highly-complimentary article -- "12 Minnesota Bands You Should Listen To Now" -- which sings the praises of a talented bunch of area bands who deserve more national attention and exposure, adding to the magazine's ... More >>
Summer Set 2013 is aiming to give music fans throughout the Midwest something to match their tastes -- as well as hopefully expand upon them -- throughout the festival's three days at the Somerset Amphitheater. And now, festival attendees can plan out their entire weekend of music with Summer Set's ... More >>
The fragile existence of polarizing indie rockers Foxygen reached a new breaking point Monday night at First Avenue. The band's headlining set at the Minneapolis club lasted only about five minutes when singer Sam France -- often known for his full-bodied onstage antics -- jumped and fell into the b ... More >>
This past weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival was tremendous. From R. Kelly's cavalcade of hits to the muscular fury of Savages in the hot sun to Lil B's doting fans, there were thousands of indelible moments on display in Union Park over the three-day fest. With help from photographer Erik Hes ... More >>
Daughn Gibson With Merchandise Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis July 22, 2013 After the high-profile weekend Daughn Gibson had in Chicago, playing the tastemaking Pitchfork Music Festival and an exclusive afterparty show at the Bottom Lounge, you could forgive the recent Sub Pop signee for mail ... More >>
Last month, Low played a universally acclaimed set at Rock the Garden. Everyone in attendance -- and we especially mean everyone on Twitter -- eagerly applauded this 27-minute rendition of one song as an artistic triumph. And then, out of nowhere, the Duluth trio pulled a complete 180 this past week ... More >>
The cult of Lil B is often more engrossing to behold than the man himself. During the final day of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, the Bay Area rapper drew out thousands of impassioned followers who were ready to protect Lil B at all costs.The set featured feverish dancing across the s ... More >>
R. KellyPitchfork Music FestivalUnion Park, Chicago, IllinoisSunday, July 21, 2013For the many Twin Cities music fans who made the trek down to Chicago for this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, there wasn't much consensus over what to do about Sunday night. On the one hand, people w ... More >>
Low made hot-headed believers out of a large festival crowd Saturday at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. After a set that primarily featured songs from the band's 2013 release The Invisible Way, they decided to take things in a pop-oriented direction with a cover of Rihanna's slow jam "Stay. ... More >>
It's almost the Freakin' Weekend, and Burlesque of North America has us covered. Just in time for the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, the local design firm that created some bodacious visuals for our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival are back with a keepsake for those planning to get trapped in the closet ... More >>
BjŲrk has always seemed to be a few steps ahead of most musical trends -- so much so that it typically takes a while for her listeners to catch up to her radical shifts in direction and style. But when they do, it often inspires a devotion to her work -- spanning the fringes of pop, electronica, jaz ... More >>
Today another major Twin Cities summer festival decided to take 2013 off. The long-gestating First Avenue music festival, which was set to be held at Parade Stadium near the Walker Art Center on July 20, is postponed this year. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that the River's Edge Music Fes ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Bj√∂rk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
Japandroids With Birthday Suits Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, December 14, 2012 Heading into the first of two sold-out shows by the Japandroids at the Triple Rock, it was uncertain just how well the joyous, celebratory live show of the Canadian duo would go over on a night where ever ... More >>
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Photo By Erik Hess‚ÄčCymbals Eat GuitarsOctober 19, 20117th St. EntryPerhaps Cymbals Eat Guitars are so sonically inventive and explosive in the studio that their live show won't ever fully do their songs justice. Or, perhaps they just had an off night. Whatever the case may be, the young New Yor ... More >>
Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP
The Flaming Lips headline memorable summer festival
‚ÄčTV on the Radio were scheduled to play two sold-out shows at First Avenue this past April, but those shows were sadly canceled at the last minute when the band got word that their bassist Gerard Smith had lost his battle with lung cancer, a fight that had kept him off the road for their most rece ... More >>
An exclusive interview with the band that keeps showing up outside of every one of your favorite concerts.
Photos by Nick Wosika‚ÄčThe Pains Of Being Pure At Heart/Twin ShadowApril 25, 2011Triple Rock Social ClubTwo hotly tipped young bands both made their Minneapolis debuts at the sold-out Triple Rock on Monday night, as the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Twin Shadow delivered rousing, uplifting sets ... More >>
Photo by Nick Vlcek‚ÄčBefore we get to the whole lineup portion of today's Rock the Garden announcement, here's a quandary: How many tickets do you think the Walker and the Current could sell to this shindig without disclosing a single band on the bill beforehand?
Photos by Stacy Schwartz‚ÄčThe Thermals and Cymbals Eat GuitarsSeptember 30, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisIt was a fun night to be at the Triple Rock on Thursday, as both the Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars delivered enjoyable, satisfying sets to a responsive audience that were there t ... More >>
Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Recap from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.We are pleased to present the fruits of MPLS.TV's labor this past weekend at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out this fantastic recap video featuring interviews with Big Boi, Raekwon, Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork Media, Michael Showa ... More >>
‚ÄčNever underestimate a collective of geeks working towards a seemingly unmarketable goal fueled by passion alone. A decade and a half ago in Minneapolis, a couple of them created the online only music review site Pitchfork Media. Back then, the Internet was still in its infancy, a diso ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess‚Äč This is why people love P.O.S: You used to see Stef Alexander hanging around at punk shows. You used to see him hanging out at hip hop shows. The first time you saw him play guitar it kicked your ass. The first time you saw him rap it kicked your ass twice. And then, the ... More >>
‚ÄčAfter a series of Wheel of Fortune/word puzzle guessing games, Chicago summer fest Lollapalooza has officially revealed its 2010 lineup. With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus this year and Rothbury in Michigan canceled, Lolla is one of the closest large-scale festivals for Twin Cities music fa ... More >>
The Black Lips vs. Pharoahe Monch, George Thorogood goes reggae, Madonna vs. thrash & more of the week's best mashups.
Photos and updates from last weekend's indie fest.
King Khan's ludicrously funky rock'n'soul power hits the Triple Rock in May. Here's why you should be geeked.
Pat O'Brien reports on a memorable evening at First Avenue, in which Liz Phair performed her entire Exile in Guyville album from front to back.
The visual element of their latest album‚Äôs title, In Ghost Colours, completes a vivid picture of their catchy, deceptively simple and effortlessly danceable pop ‚Äď which sounded sharp ev ... More >>
The music of Matt and Bubba Kadane gets called a lot of names: slowcore, post-rock, sad core. The label I like best, after seeing them for the first time on Saturday night (after nearly a decade of listening to their music) is shoegaze.