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 >>
Agent Orange with The Architects 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, October 2, 2014 On paper, it's tough to make a case for groups like Agent Orange continuing to bang it out on tour in 2014. Their first record, Living in Darkness, was a seminal touchstone for '80s punk, inadvertently mappin ... More >>
Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music was created in places like Los Angeles, New York, and London in the mid to late '70s. Aside from the music, either live or on record, the big screen provided another medium to convey what punk truly stands for: not giving a fuck what anyone el ... More >>
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 >>
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Against Me! First Avenue, Minneapolis Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Conventionally structured punk anthems sometimes feel manipulative. There's a kind of shout-along chorus that tickles the underside of your brain, triggering some long ago muscle memory and launching your fist upward with a defiant pump ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
Due to the 102° fever of singer Fat Mike, tonight's NOFX show at the Cabooze has been postponed. The celebrated Los Angeles punk band were set to play the West Bank club this evening along with local luminaries Dillinger Four, but the show has been called off. Ticket holders should contact the Join ... More >>
City Pages was born before Heath Ledger and Aaliyah and has outlived them both. We're older than Christina Aguilera, Jason Schwartzman, and Cory from Boy Meets World. This week marks the 30-year anniversary of the name change from Sweet Potato to City Pages.The new name was simply and succinctly ... More >>
There's something to be said for a scene that is as easily identifiable as it is unified. Over the past seven years the self-described Twin Cities electropunk scene has done an impeccable job of branding itself to outsiders via a series of free compilations.
Maygun and LisaPunk rock prides itself for an inclusive environment--as a place for misfits and alienated souls to come together, despite differences. Of course, it only takes a few minutes at a concert to recognize that the crowd itself isn't as diverse as its philosophy. Despite the egali ... More >>
Twin Cities prepares for busiest RSD yet
It's no big secret that Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is invested in the Twin Cities -- after all, he met his wife, Adrienne, at a show in Minneapolis, and has long cited both the Replacements and Hüsker Dü as major influences.
Lookbook, Grant Hart, Gay Witch Abortion, Off With Their Heads, and many more blaze their own trails at the festival
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 classic Monday formula--bowl a little, drink a little, punk a little.
Black Blondie and M.anifest team up to make your Friday night a little smoother and a lot smarter.
Original bass player Laura Kennedy suffering complications from Hepatitis C
Sweaty bodies, PBR, and cigarettes: My first underground punk show was everything I'd hoped
A tree-swingin' monkey lover tops this week's pop culture picks
It might be awhile before Against Me! play another basement
The Clash's Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on
The Clash and Carbon/Silicon guitarist talks about life after Joe
Doc-making punks discuss their decline of Midwestern civ
This one goes to 11!