I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
Blink-182 might release their seventh album this year. Please try to contain your excitement. I'll be the first to admit that Blink-182's last album was a steaming pile of overproduced shit, but I love the dudes. In fact, they're the best band in history. They provided the soundtrack to millions of ... More >>
Brendon Urie is only 26, but the lead singer of pop-punk band Panic! at the Disco has lived many lives in those years. Turns out that 2013 was a banner year: Urie got married, released his fourth studio album with his band that contained many of his personal stories, had some beef with Fiona Apple, ... More >>
Paramorewith Metric and HellogoodbyeRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulSaturday, November 23, 2013For some, Paramore will be remembered as a group that had a hit a few years ago. For everyone else at the Roy on Saturday night, the pop-punk act is still a way of life.So how do you move on when former ba ... More >>
And then there were three. For any band to be successful without controversy is a novelty, and Paramore certainly falls in that category. Recently, founding members Josh and Zac Farro split from the Franklin, Tennesee pop-punk band. No matter. Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York forged on ... More >>
Originally hailing from the Second City, pop-punk world-beaters Alkaline Trio are quickly approaching two decades in a scene that isn't known for aging gracefully. Weathering the ebb-and-flow of their style's popularity, the Trio have stayed the course and continued to deliver incredibly catchy, emo ... More >>
The annual pop mega-concert that is the 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball has solidified. This year's show, which hits the Xcel Energy Center on December 10, will feature the owners of two of pop's biggest hits in 2013, Michele Bachmann impersonator Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. The "We Can't Stop" and "Blurr ... More >>
A Day to Remember With All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, The Wonder YearsRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulTuesday, October 1, 2013What do bands on the regular Warped Tour circuit do when they're not on Warped? They throw a house party, that's what -- or at least that's what Florida band A Day to Remembe ... More >>
Warped Tour 2013Canterbury Park, ShakopeeSunday, July 22, 2013Warped's tagline this year was "Best Day Ever." For some kids who wait all year for this day, that motto certainly rings true. The Vans Warped Tour plays out a little like a high school lunch room, but only with more misfits and kids that ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World with X AmbassadorFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, July 8, 2013"Thank you guys so much, First Avenue. God damn, we love this place," Jimmy Eat World's lead singer Jim Adkins expressed from the stage on Monday night. The men of Jimmy Eat World looked like your average guys, but don't l ... More >>
Fall Out Boy with New PoliticsMyth Nightclub, MaplewoodWednesday, June 26, 2013Fall Out Boy sure know how to keep their fans waiting. First with a new album, then Wednesday night at the Myth as the sold out room waited -- and waited -- to see a reunion of their favorite band four years in the making ... More >>
Danish punk rockers New Politics have grown substantially since their move to New York just three years ago. Since then, the trio developed a sound that incorporates pop and punk, and a bit of their pissed-off leanings when it comes to the issues of the day. Tonight, they are thrilled to open for F ... More >>
Late last fall, the members of New Found Glory got the idea to do a tour commemorating the ten-year anniversary of their Sticks and Stones album. Even without any "big hits" in recent years, the Florida pop-punk band has been touring constantly and continuously building their fanbase on the road. Du ... More >>
Girls Got Rhythm Fest night one With the Avengers, the Gateway District, the Pinsch, Total Trash Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Friday, May 10, 2013 While our local summer festival circuit seems to grow exponentially with every passing year, the 2012 maiden voyage of St. Paul's Girls Got Rhythm ... More >>
Coheed and Cambria With Between the Buried and Me and Russian CirclesFirst Ave., MinneapolisSunday, February 10, 2013Coheed and Cambria are metal to the core, but at that core lies a collection of songs that have underlying melodies that pull the parts together. Through a haze from the fog machine - ... More >>
You may hear traces of Yellowcard in Minneapolis band All the Right Moves -- perhaps it's the violin implemented by both bands. The young band has crafted an album that hits the spot if you're looking for a guilty pleasure pop-punk to get lost in. When Your Compass Breaks is All the Right Moves' ven ... More >>
See Also:The Promise Ring's Dan Didier: "Never say never" about recording new materialThe Promise Ring With Grant Hart and Mark Mallman Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 27, 2012 The Promise Ring is back together, but the time is fleeting. They aren't on tour per se, but are doing a seri ... More >>
The Promise Ring are largely considered standard-bearers for the 1990s "emo" movement, if you want to call it that. But listening to their albums alone -- to say nothing of the other bands lumped in under that title -- mostly unravels what that word might actually mean within the scope of creating m ... More >>
Yellowcard with Every Avenue, Go Radio, Small Town HopeOctober 18, 2011The Varsity Theater, Minneapolis"You guys stay right there -- we're going to play some rock and roll songs for you," Ryan Key of Yellowcard states to a crowd that is old enough to drive, yet not old enough to drink. So ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBlink-182September 7, 2011Xcel Energy CenterWho's up for a night of circle pits, poop and masturbation jokes, and poignant reflection? Anyone and everyone in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center for Blink-182 sure was. Despite the many empty seats in the arena (although ge ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaWarped Tour 2011July 10, 2011Canterbury Park, ShakopeeGive me your tired, your cynical youth, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...and gather them all at Canterbury Park for Van's Warped Tour. Despite the government shutdown and races being cancelled, the sche ... More >>
Another item to add to the ongoing list of why getting hooked on Oxy is a bad idea: It might lead you rob a Walgreens with a fake bomb threat and then attempt a getaway by hailing a taxi. At least, that's how Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd decided to kick off his leave of absence from th ... More >>
The Young Professionals: a lawyer, a politician, a business consultant, and a marketing manager by day, rock stars by night. Sounds like a joke, but in all seriousness, it's the story of how four friends came to form a group that shared a love for music. Manifesting in 2009, the quartet det ... More >>
(Photo by lovelihood)Though we're very sad to see Arise! Bookstore close, we really dig the project that will be taking over the space briefly. For the next ten weeks the building will be rented out by the week, with temporary tenants hosting fun parties, workshops, gallery shows, and festivals o ... More >>
As Traffic Street Records continues the Dangerous Intersections series of four-band 7" compilations, they also continue their run of Minneapolis affiliations. On IV, the recently defunct Strait A's start things off with "Go Away," a hyperspeed poppy number with some incredibly catchy, and al ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkAndrew W.K. at SXSW 2010The Twin Cities date for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour has been announced: The tour will stop at Canterbury Park on Sunday, August 1, with a few unexpected names like Andrew W.K. and the Alkaline Trio thrown in amongst a smattering of pop-punk bands. See belo ... More >>
Strait A's are a grower and the peppy energy will drive the melodies into your skull.
We sat down with singer/guitarist Ryan Young for a quick five questions about what it means when you spend more time in a van than in your hometown.
The California festival runs April 16-18.
As we near the brink of a new decade, we look back with fondness on the Soviettes.
We'd tell you more but we'd have to kill you.
You might get lucky tonight and "land" on some free parking. har har.
Is 26 too old to be wearing a puffy-painted t-shirt and moshing?
The God Damn Doo Wop Band, Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels, and a few dozen PBR Tall Boys made the Hexagon swoon on Friday night.