I have exactly two commercially manufactured CDs in my car, and both are by Garth Brooks. I have his 1989 eponymous debut and the seminal No Fences. When nothing else sounds right, Garth always does. Garth Brooks retired from the music business in 2001. After touring relentlessly for years, he want ... More >>
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Bruno Mars Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, June 21, 2014 Bruno Mars is a real pro. Each aspect of his Saturday night performance of the Xcel -- his dancing, his singing, his guitar work and, of course, his songwriting -- displayed a broad, self-assured knowledge of pop history while slyly po ... More >>
Vancouver trio the Courtneys have fashioned a perpetual summer. It lives in the playful demeanor of their self-made workout videos, personality quiz and snapback caps. It lives in their ability to not take themselves too seriously. And it flourishes on the ramshackle joyride of their spirited self-t ... More >>
Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z has unveiled the lineup for his third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! and there's a familiar face for Purple Rain diehards in the mix. Apollonia Kotero, who played a character by the same name in the film and was subjected to the waters of Not Lake Minne ... More >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
The NFL and NBC have announced that the Boss will rock this year's big ol' televised sporting event.
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
Is it me, or is Prince looking more and more like artist Scott Seekins? During his first Saturday Night Live performance in 16 years (video here), Prince wore the trademark Seekins pencil 'stache, headband, and suit, but in dark red and black rather than all-white (what Seekins wears in summer) or a ... More >>
How often do you get to see two great Prince films on the big screen in one week in his hometown? The "psychobiographical" fiction known as Purple Rain screens tonight at 9:00 p.m. at the Regal Brookdale Center 20 theater (6420 Camden Ave N, Mpls., 763.566.3456). The classic and rarely screened conc ... More >>
A short tour of some of the Twin Cities' historic recording studios
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.
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
Who needs kissing? These non-nookie songs teach you more about love.
In the past year, Prince has become a Jehovah's Witness, bitched about the record industry, canceled a national tour, and delayed the release of his new CD. But he doesn't want to talk about it.
Basement Jaxx's Rooty is a wild card in the traditional dealings of dance music
How Prince's revolution was won--and where it got him
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