Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
Connan (rhymes with con man) Mockasin's intimate relationship with his tape machine has yielded some of the gauziest pop psychedelia of late. Last year's Caramel (Mexican Summer) will delight Prince fans with the slinky soul "I'm the Man, That Will Find You" and the pitch-altered pleasure of "I Wann ... More >>
The Parlour Suite is a little different from the last time we heard them. Now with drummer Josh Caro, the group that began as a husband and wife duo of Inga and Joel Roberts teamed up with producer Grant Cutler (Wolf Lords) to bring out a darker side of the band. If their last album, Everyone's Look ... More >>
The Minnesota connections to the NBC talent competition The Voice both were shown the door on Monday night. In the knockout rounds, 19-year-old Holly Henry and 23-year-old Ashley DuBose failed to advance. Neither singer went down without a fight, though.
Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>
The twisted, lo-fi rock of Neutral Milk Hotel is about to get its most widespread live dissemination as Jeff Mangum's band will reuinite for several months of touring starting later this year. A band known for its neutrality -- a good 15 years worth -- has dates scheduled between October and June of ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
Ask a Failed Musician is a new column from our sister music blog at Dallas Observer, in which Daniel Hopkins helps struggling musicians make sense of their careers and offers advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work for him. But then again, he was on Kimmel once, so t ... More >>
See Also:Top 20 best Minnesota SongsTop 20 best Minnesota musiciansRadiohead at Sprint Center in Kansas City, 3/11/12Earlier today Pitchfork unveiled it's grand social music experiment, The People's List, a reader generated ranking of the top albums during Pitchfork's first 15 years, 1996-2011. 27,9 ... More >>
See Also:SoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetSoundTown 2012 lineup: Jane's Addiction, Florence the Machine, & moreMore cancellation news coming across today: SoundTown 2012 is indeed not happening, and artists are starting to s ... More >>
Related:First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete listFirst Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listEven if the ticket stubs are long gone, and the T-shirt purchased at the merch table didn't survive backpacking across Europ ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
No one should be particularly shocked that the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup circulating yesterday that we thought was fake turned out to be... fake.Today, however, the real deal emerges. And, aside from the notable absence of Prince (and Corrosion of Conformity), the thing is still remarkably similar to ... More >>
It is with a bit of skepticism that we present the 2012 Bonnaroo lineup, which has yet to be officially confirmed by anyone aside from "the internet." has since been confirmed, and the real lineup can be found here.It would be impressive to see Prince emerging from an enormous purple tent wearing ... More >>
Photo By James RhodesOther Lives and Halloween, Alaska7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 9, 2012The music of Other Lives has such a classic, timeless quality to it that even the band's new songs sound instantly familiar. The Stillwater, Oklahoma quintet treated the sold-out Entry to a sweeping ... More >>
The Darkness' Justin Hawkins.In the summer of 2003, the Darkness' eventual quadruple-platinum seller Permission to Land had just been released. Before anyone knew quite what to think about it, they believed in a thing encompassing skintight spandex jumpsuits, Ziggy Stardust, and Freddie Mercur ... More >>
Hey! Yo! What's up? The Week That Was is back. Sure, we've been away for a good long while, but too much crazy shit's gone down this week. Enjoy!
Photos by Nick WosikaWeezer with Motion City SoundtrackAugust 3, 2011Minnesota State Fair GrandstandThey just don't make 'em like Weezer anymore.
The Flaming Lips headline memorable summer festival
Photo by Tony NelsonJust when you're ready to write of Weezer as the perpetual party band, so extraordinarily tongue-in-cheek that maybe their whole take on surfy indie rock was just a parody, dear god, WE HAVE BEEN DUPED, they drop this little bomb on us all: A video of the band in the studio la ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekJeremy Messersmith poses for the cover of his exciting new albumIt's a strange day, April 1. Every blog post, tweet, and Facebook status update is met with cynicism, every reader's BS detector turned up to 11.But that shouldn't stop bands from having a little fun, should it?
Radiohead has a long history of music video weirdness.Anyone who has seen Radiohead's latest music video for the song "Lotus Flower" knows one thing is certain: Thom Yorke has some moves. The five-minute video off the recently released King of Limbs is comprised entirely by tight shots of ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekOnce you've finished reading today's cover story on Jeremy Messersmith, you might still be aching to learn more about the reserved, introspective, and talented singer-songwriter. Read on for additional quotes from my series of interviews with Messersmith that didn't make their ... More >>
The video for Brandspeakeasy shows the grim and gritty four-piece in their natural habitats-- on-stage, in-studio, and at church.
White Rabbits conquer the underground rock scene, one thick novel at a time
The Songs We Can't Escape
Local man brings you the Howard Jones revival you never knew you wanted
A case for a much-maligned band's respectability
Beautiful (mostly) and all yours, our sneek peek at the 6th Annual 'Sound Unseen'
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
Underground movies and rebel music hook up in the Sound Unseen Festival
An experimental hip-hop duo that's not just for horn-rimmed white boys
Much-hyped local bands Alva Star and the Domo Sound look to censor the writer and conquer the scene
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.