While grunge broke out of the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s, there was something different happening in the Twin Cities. Bands here were far more influenced by what was happening in the U.K., and a vital and volatile shoegaze/Krautrock/dreampop scene materialized. Sadly, many of those bands we ... More >>
Local music vets work with the legendary Steve Albini on Empire Inward
There might be as many recording studios as there are venues in the Twin Cities -- from the world famous to basement operations. In our new series, Behind the Boards, Gimme Noise will introduce you to some of the extraordinary talent that helps create the sounds that make our Cities famous. Flowers ... More >>
The long-standing dance tradition in the Twin Cities known as Transmission is about to reach a dozen years in existence. Jake Rudh's new wave and goth party known for its delicious combing of '80s delights in that vein is celebrating its 12th birthday with a First Avenue Mainroom party in March!Rudh ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Wits featuring Maria Bamford and Brandi CarlileThe Fitzgerald Theater, MinneapolisNovember 30, 2012Seeing Wits isn't like attending an ordinary concert. This is the recording of a radio show, which lends a certain formality and artificiality to the proceedings.SEE ALSO: Maria Bamford puts on her fun ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr.with ShearwaterThursday, October 18, 2012The Cabooze, MinneapolisThursday night at the Cabooze found the crowd witnessing both the beautiful path music is currently taking, and one where music has been and likely always will be. Austin, TX natives Shearwater represented the former; stalw ... More >>
Related: Chris Mars records new song to benefit Slim DunlapBrief, but exciting news for fans of Replacements reunion conspiracies: Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are working on a song together. Similar to the recent Chris Mars single, these two 'Mats members are reuniting to rally for their old b ... More >>
Corporate Callosum rages against the machine
Photos by Tony NelsonSebadoh November 2, 2011 400 Bar, Minneapolis "I'm not crying, but you're going to be in a minute." mused Sebadoh's bassist Jason Loewenstein at the beginning of Sebadoh's formidable two-hour set Wednesday night at the 400 Bar, underscoring what Sebadoh is and always has ... More >>
Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>
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 >>
You can peep the interwebs regularly, check those flight controls with neurotic consistency (you know who you are), and still have days (days!) that yield nothing worth looking at. Good content doesn't grow on polygonal trees, you brats. Luckily, today wasn't one of those boring ones.
Photo by Jim WrightWhen Rolling Stone hailed Pete Yorn as one of "Ten to Watch in 2001," it marked the beginning of a steady uphill climb for the young artist. Yorn's first full-length album, musicforthemorningafter, went gold, solidifying his place in our music libraries. Fast-forward through ne ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click here for slideshowLiz Phair January 20, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThe controversy surrounding Liz Phair's supposed "selling out" some years back still rests in the forefront of many peoples' minds. She was a reluctant sex symbol (the very best kind for a s ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonClinicNovember 12, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisFriday night at the 7th St. Entry, Liverpool natives Clinic brought their odd brand of -- well, there are no clear reference points for Clinic's sound, really, and for that they should be applauded.
If you're like us, you probably had no idea that this past Sunday was Sister Day, a new holiday entirely fabricated by the Hallmark greeting card corporation. Even Hallmark's own website can't keep it straight, with some pages insisiting the "holiday" fell on last Sunday and others saying it will ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the artistsBY CINDAL LEE HEARTBand of Horses have spent the the past few years growing a remarkable fan base and proving their worthiness in the indie world, opening up for influential artists like Pearl Jam, Iron & Wine, She & Him, and more recently the Irish pop/indie- ... More >>
Atmosphere drops free EP, Bob Dylan gets mashed, Taste of MN recaps & the 400 Bar closing?
New Mark Mallman, Pixies returning to the TC (sort of), Atmosphere announces summer tour & next week's best new releases.
We've got some Twisdom to throw your way. Check out what kind of "genius" some locals had to spew this week on Twitter.
DJ Girl Talk is the maddest scientist in the mash-up lab
Children pressured to learn classic rock songs; writer leaves town in protest
What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?
Love is a hot dog from Hell on the race track set of the new Bukowski film
I'm not a rapist, I'm a pedophile: Chaos Theories' seasonal cheer
Luke's Angels: Sweet, innocent, modest... but don't call them 'nice girls'
TV on the Radio watch from their bedrooms as Williamsburg dissolves around them
It's been a bad year for Lucky Jeremy, but bad years make great albums
André's simply singing; Big Boi blows your brain into outer space
Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town
Mink Lungs: One band, a dozen hallucinogenic pop songs, 2,000 biting red ants
David Thomas channels the ghosts of Edward Hopper, Orson Welles, and his own past
After a 19-year hiatus, punk legends Mission of Burma reach for their revolver again
Arlo break our hearts before their fans can break their faces
Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing
In a sad, familiar pattern, Mollycuddle release their best album, then break up
Honky-tonkers Accident Clearinghouse create a country for punks
Can a St. Paul musician help a Canadian chanteuse turn Americans on to the Toronto music scene?