While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.This week we lead off with an Alice In Wonderland nightmare clip from the atmospheric Minneapolis garage rock quartet, Crimes, taken from their new record, Thin Sunlight, whic ... More >>
Ah, New Year's Eve. The biggest party night of the year -- and arguably the biggest headache. So many spots, so little time. Planning your NYE is on the same level as devising a tactical strategy for tax evasion or creating a really sick Halloween costume. How can you guarantee you won't end up in s ... More >>
If popular indie music were a respectable black-tie affair, then Sleigh Bells are the guests who start shattering glasses...on purpose. Since fate joined New Yorkers Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller together musically in 2008, they've developed a sound that's truly their own. It's angry, earsplitting ... More >>
Star-clogged film degrades rock and musical theater
By Nicole CrosbieFormer Poison frontman Bret Michaels has kicked off his solo summer tour, and will perform at the Medina Entertainment Center this Saturday. See what Michaels has to say about reality television, his health, his new album, and reuniting with Poison in his interview with Gimme Noise.
MaLLy's The Last Great... CD Release Party With Tribe the Big Cats, 925ve and Jimmy2Times. 7th St Entry, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012It was one of those downtown nights. Rick Ross was a couple blocks away backing up a Brinks truck; Mayer Hawthorne was in the next room with the crowd packed to ... More >>
Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Featuring Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private EyeWinona, MNSaturday, April 21, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Two: the 4onthefloor, Rogue ValleyThe final day of the Mid West Music Fest found the gra ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Photos by Erik HessMötley Crüe, Poison and the New York DollsJune 24, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisOne of the biggest tours of the season, the triple glam rock assault of Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls blew through town Friday night to a sold out Target Center. Adding to the circ ... More >>
Voytek are set to transfer the party from the stage and into your household. That's right: the two year-old band is releasing their first piece of wax, and the celebration will be both dirty and ridiculous when they hit the Hexagon on Friday for their release show, take two. The band's firs ... More >>
It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>
Yesterday the news leaped forth from the Internet that everyone's favorite (hopefully not only in retrospect) latchkey simpletons Beavis and Butthead are returning to MTV sometime later this year, part of a top-to-bottom restructuring of MTV's corporate posture. While the news wasn't entirel ... More >>
1988, Los Angeles. Poison's Open Up and Say...Ahh! peaks at #2 on the American charts. By the end of the next year the band will have become one of the top five best-selling hard rock bands of the 1980s, behind Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Gn'R and the Crüe. It don't get better than this.
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