Every year the doomsayers and cynics crawl out of the woodwork and grumble that the Twin Cities punk scene is dead. But if you subscribe to that bullshit in 2013, it's pretty clear that you're old, narrow-minded, or simply not paying attention. True, it might be a little harder to find, but that's b ... 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.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>
NOFX With Teenage Bottlerocket, Banner Pilot, Arms Aloft Wednesday, December 5, 2012 The Cabooze It was a temperate, perfect outdoor night at Cabooze Plaza on September 14, and only one thing was amiss: Fat Mike 100 fever. The rare Midwestern NOFX tour date was cancelled, and eventually reschedule ... More >>
Public Image Ltd. Mill City Nights, Minneapolis Monday, October 22, 2012 It's funny how some bands surface at a particular time and are always associated with that time, while others surface and manage to transcend it and stay timeless in a way. Public Image Ltd. falls squarely into the latter cat ... More >>
Eleven music films showing at Ritz Theater
Wire with Arcwelder April 10, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday night was a bit like a trip in a time machine -- but one where nothing gets screwed up in the future and the past has actually aged better than you thought.
Photos by Erik HessPeelander-Z with Birthday Suits and In DefenceOctober 17th, 2010Turf Club, St. Paul, Minnesota"We come from the Z area of planet Peelander, we don't need food! We come to eat your smiles!" - Peelander YellowPeelander-Z. Where do I start?
Update: Aguilera has canceled her upcoming tour.The United States Dept. of Ag moves away from boy-disdain to girl-love (who can blame her I guess) with a disappointingly staid and predictable track from Le Tigre, restrained vocals from Aguilera, and some Kobe-bashing flow from Peaches. I said of ... More >>
Henry Rollins talks like deep sea divers explore--he dives in, he brings you with him, and he puts the pressure on right away and never comes up for air. This skill's been honed by over 30 years of live performance, from his early days in the DC music scene and his years as the most mercurial lea ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess This is why people love P.O.S: You used to see Stef Alexander hanging around at punk shows. You used to see him hanging out at hip hop shows. The first time you saw him play guitar it kicked your ass. The first time you saw him rap it kicked your ass twice. And then, the ... More >>
As we near the brink of a new decade, we look back with fondness on the Soviettes.
A little something to remind us why Minnesota shouldn't be a national laughingstock.
At last, Minneapolis and Denton, TX set their affections on record.
What would happen if Patti Smith gave birth to Hamlet? Something like 'God Save Gertrude'
Go home with Mise en Place, wake up in Edina
The Suicide Girls are supposed to be a triumph of sex-positive feminism, but what's wrong with this picture?
Minotaur Shock and Jason Forrest's beat collages for non-dancers
GST's opium den-meets-lobster shack instrumentals
We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.
The Rapture may not mean the end of the world, but the end of the moment is upon them
Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!
Are the Crush the next big pop-punk band?
With Black and Blue, the Backstreet Boys' grand cultural moment may have come to an end. And yes, it was so a grand moment.
With Good News for Modern Man, Grant Hart pulls away from his past--while keeping an eye on the rear-view mirror
Computer wizards leave their bedrooms, rappers reach the stage, and the Mason Jennings Band creates the bar buzz of the decade. In the ninth annual City Pages New Music Poll, 60 local music fans pick the bands that made the biggest noise.
Rock makes an unruly return to the garage with a Rhino reissue of the Nuggets collection
Five skeptical spin doctors probe for local music's pulse -- a City Pages roundtable
Sleater-Kinney and the dichotomies of rock & roll