Over the past two decades, Adam Levy's ear for a timeless composition has grown to scholarly proportions. Whether it's rock 'n' roll with the Honeydogs, funk and soul via Hookers $ Blow, Rose Room's swing and Tin Pan Alley vibe, stuff for the kids within Bunny Clogs, or going off on a psychedelic ja ... More >>
Phosphorescent With Strand Of Oaks Turf Club, St. Paul April 12, 2013 Early on in 2013, Phosphorescent's glorious new album, Muchacho, has been mentioned by many as being one of the young year's best records. Friday night at the sold-out Turf Club, it was the first chance for Twin Cities music fans ... More >>
When Ray Charles first released his seminal album The Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music in 1962, the record was considered at the time by music executives to be more than risky -- it was a career-killer. No one thought that country and folk songs could be reimagined in blues and jazz contex ... More >>
If you were to watch the Wizard of Oz in its entirety only backwards, that might properly demonstrate what the road is like. You start at home, then slowly lose contact with your friends following a black highway into a tornado. Along the way you bring witches back from the dead. Either story ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzRandy NewmanFebruary 21, 2011The Guthrie TheaterIn his recorded work, Randy Newman is a fractious figure. The top-flight composer working on commission rarely shares a sheet with the bright political satirist, and the vulnerable autobiographer never shares his regrets with ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganChooglin' has accomplished a lot in five years. The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs. After 2 ... More >>
Shahs performing at BSMT in Missoula, MTShahs is the one-man-band and project of Twin Cities expat, Tom Helgerson, who recently picked up his gear and headed out to live in Missoula, Montana. We don't hold that against him, though, as he has managed to put together one of the more accessible coll ... More >>
This week's Critics' Picks
Funky is not a four-letter word.
Hall & Oates, Lazerbeak? Really?
Gimme Noise offers some music tips to help you get through an afternoon of hair pulling and pant pooping.
The Family Guy spoof be damned-- Newman's contributions to the American songbook are perfectly invaluable.
Surveying the Katrina benefit albums
Interactive jazz history; hardcover ghost stories
...the scene is now
Doug Utter takes on Rick Santorum in bathtub brawl
Do jackasses have royalty? Meet the Kings of Leon
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
Jack Black touches kids' souls, Martina McBride touches a nerve, and Kobe Bryant touches the ladies
Placebo rediscover cro-magnon relics; culturcide revive 1985; Randy Newman says the past ain't what it used to be
First Prize Killers pulse with the beat of pastoral pop
The Raveonettes pull out the big guns, A.R.E. Weapons sing one for America, and the Dixie Chicks start a war
A Hangdog Comeback From the "Other" Dylan
Arena Theatre storms through Albee; Cockpit and Rhombus theaters stumble through Shepard
Randy Newman's trenchant songs of West Coast excess give his Bad Love a good name
A Pilgrimage to Pleasant: Sean O'Hagen (center) channels Brian Wilson's California dream on the High Llamas'