On April 13, 2004, I stood in the balcony overlooking the stage at the Fine Line. Two friends from college flanked me, and we smoked cigarettes at a frantic pace. A life goal, one we thought would never be attained, was about to take place: we were going to see the Pixies live. We had talked about t ... More >>
Neon Trees with Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Neon Trees assembled behind a massive white sheet placed across the front of the stage as the opening notes of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" plunked out on a keyboard, but it turned out to be jus ... More >>
A decade ago, the Pixies reformed at the Fine Line Music Cafe and set a course to play their perfectly aged alt-rock to the largest crowds they've ever seen. Now they're coming back to Minneapolis with new songs -- their first album in 22 years, Indy Cindy, just dropped -- and a new bassist.Even if ... More >>
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty condi ... More >>
A quarter of a century in any business is no small thing, but 25 years in the music business is really a thing of beauty. For its silver anniversary, the Fine Line Music Cafe -- a longtime staple in the the downtown music scene and Twin Cities tradition -- is throwing itself a quiet little party. Fi ... More >>
It has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as in an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle Sport, Brick Layer Cake). Shellac was fully formed when Alb ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete listFirst Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listEven if the ticket stubs are long gone, and the T-shirt purchased at the merch table didn't survive backpacking across Europ ... More >>
Trampled by TurtlesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, April 11, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Both Minneapolis and Duluth dedicated this day to Trampled by Turtles, and a rowdy crowd packed inside First Avenue to celebrate the festivities in earnest. Earlier, singer Dave Simonett had t ... More >>
An exclusive interview with the band that keeps showing up outside of every one of your favorite concerts.
Photos by Steve CohenPixiesApril 24, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThe career arc of the Pixies has been fascinating, to say the least. The seminal band formed, recorded, a toured to modest acclaim and then broke up, only to see their legacy grow exponentially in the years following their d ... More >>
Since the dawning of the Pixies in 1986, the alternative music genre has molded, shifted, collapsed and exploded. But one thing is for sure -- those early years had something that other generations didn't. When The Pixies first approached the music scene, mainstream success wasn't something that ... More >>
As the temperature plunges below zero, it can be hard to stay optimistic and remember why on earth we all decided it would be a good idea to live here. But here's something to warm the spirits: Minnesota is so far north that we're practically in Canada, right? So when the Pixies announce a 13-dat ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLeisure BirdsNew Year's Eve Cover Night featuring Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL December 31, 2010 Turf Club, St. Paul It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.
Last week? Last week was so several days ago. At this point - polishing off that third mug of crap, employer-subsidized coffee, valiantly procrastinating last week's leftover to-do items, beating yourself about the head and face to stay awake - you probably can barely remember what your name is, ... More >>
Joining the ranks of many other artists who have done tours performing seminal works (Mission Of Burma, Devo, the Pixies, Sparks, Steely Dan, Rush, Voyager...), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be bringing their multi-platinum, career-defining E. 1999 Eternal to the Mainroom in September.
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Where's Robert Stack when you need him? A compilation CD titled Live in Town has been showing up in the mailboxes of musicians, DJs, rock critics, and record store owners throughout the Twin Cities. The mix, comprised of bootlegs from various local venues, ranges from the Dead Boys recorded at a Lon ... More >>
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