If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win ticket ... More >>
Janelle MonáeSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisTuesday, October 22, 2013The word "transcendent" gets thrown around much too often these days, but in the case of Janelle Monáe, it actually fits. What it should mean is something more than just a good performance, or even a great one. It should reach out be ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One Featuring the 4onthefloor, the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, Chastity Brown, and John Mark Nelson (with special guests Nicholas David and Zach Sobiech) First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013 While the Current's 8th Birthday party lacked ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
The electro-synth-pop musician talks inspiration
See Also:Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about youBlack Sabbath at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12M83 at Lollapalooza, 8/3/12The first of three days of music in the hot cauldron of Grant Park in Chicago is now one for the history books. Black Sabbath (or at least three-quarters of them) got back toget ... More >>
The helpful folks at Livability.com have chosen "Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA," and trusty Minneapolis came in second. It does not seem as if Howler's Jordan Gatesmith or people who went to Jane's Addiction at the Brick were polled for this, but it's st ... More >>
On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>
It's one thing to talk about Minnesota pride, but it's another altogether to ink it permanently to your torso. St. Paul resident Sean Kelsey is the new champion in that department with an Ork Poster-esque tribute to many of our local cultural landmarks and heroes that he can show to his friends o ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonU2 with InterpolJuly 23, 2011TCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisThese reviews are inevitably for fans, yet I find myself writing for U2-haters. One friend left a message during the show on Saturday wondering why I was there. Would anyone at the TCF Bank Stadium that night have aske ... More >>
Photo via Edina RealtyPachyderm Studios, best known as the recording site of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, as well as the place where dozens of local bands holed up in the early- to mid-'90s to record their work, has gone out of business once and for all and the property is now for sale ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessDiddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and TygaApril 13, 2011Epic NightclubFor this write-up, I could have skated by making jokes about how Diddy changed his name three times during the show or whatever -- but I'm a journalist dammit, not Jay Leno. I came to check out the Dirty Mon ... More >>
Photo: Nic McPheeBlizzard PeopleThe blizzard unleashed a deluge of snow, and you unleashed a torrent of comment on Twitter. Sometimes it was to share shovel strategies, sometimes it was to bitch about about the snowplows. Sometimes it was to find humor in the mess. Here's some of what flew ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzOf Montreal and Janelle MonaeSeptember 23, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisMuch like Janelle Monae's performance earlier this year at the Varsity Theater, it took the funk-fusion diva a few songs to fully engage with the audience, but once she was halfway into her set she had ... More >>
DJ Rap and her angry slipmats Imagine showing up to work every day and each of your coworkers are drunk and shouting demands in your face. Hopefully this is not commonplace for you, but it happens nearly every night to those who claim DJing as a profession. I know what you're thinking -- someth ... More >>
First, a bit of backstory: One of the biggest internet memes of the week (aside from His Purpleness declaring the internet "over" and giving everyone online a big LOL) is a video of a man freaking the fuck out about a double rainbow that appeared in front of his house. Shortly after the video wen ... More >>
Photo by Sarah SanduskyThere's always been one consistent thing about First Avenue, throughout the years: the staff comes with a deep love of music. From the door person who frisks you at the door to the booking agent in the office, the staff has always been made up of people who liked the music ... More >>
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
According to MJ's former dermatologist, anyway.
Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.
Tailgating, Seventh Street-style
The great Minnesota brain freeze: 82 chances to cheat with Google and win valuable prizes!
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
The untold story of local hip hop: 1981 to 1996
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
Can condos and entertainment venues make a neighborhood out of the city's core?
With the shuttering of the Riverview Supper Club, black Minneapolis loses its premier meeting place--and a foothold on the future of the Mississippi
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
For years, local R&B's Best Kept Secret have stayed true to their name
From Sly Stone's roughhouse to the Artist's clubhouse, groundbreaking bassist Larry Graham finds new power in Minnesota