There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. In the spirit of the Gimme Noise Mixtape series that ran on this blog, we now present to you a more focused album roundup, selecting three recently released albums by local rappers that deserve recognition ... More >>
RihannaWith A$AP RockyXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, March 24, 2013Does naming an album Unapologetic mean you never have to say you're sorry? Rihanna hit the stage at Xcel a little late (9:50 or so), but that wasn't the problem. The 10,000 devoted fans from around the upper Midwest would've wai ... More >>
The best winter warm-up drinks, cool concerts, must-see plays, and carnival activities in the metro
MadonnaWith Paul OakenfoldXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 3, 2012Nothing came easy while Madonna performed at Xcel Energy Center Saturday. For anyone other than the ticket-holding masochists in the crowd, it was two hours of uncomfortable boot-licking. The few, hard-won pleasures came ... More >>
By Will McClainThe Music Industry is a weekly column that dissects local and national music-business headlines with the help of local industry professionals and music fanatics.This month, dark lords of alt-hip-hop Death Grips emerged from the shadows to thrill believers by leaking their latest alb ... More >>
The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>
Pink is the latest stadium-sized pop star to add to what is going to be a busy early part of 2013 with a fresh tour. Lady Gaga's coming. Rihanna's coming! She's taking her brand-new sixth album, The Truth About Love, on the road for 25 dates throughout North America between February 13 and March 28. ... More >>
See Also:Lady Gaga plots Born This Way Ball 2013 tour -- St. Paul in FebruaryRihanna and Cee Lo Green at the Target Center, 6/16/11, SlideshowLive-Blogging The 2012 Video Music Awards: We Are Never Ever Ever Gonna Use Tonight As A BellwetherSo while many Americans were caught up in Thursday's politi ... More >>
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
BY LIZ SPIELMANIt seems hard to believe that it has been nearly three and a half years since Coldplay's last album made Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People possibly more iconic than it already was or provided that a church bell can indeed find a place on a rock album.
When it comes to deciding what to cover, our web traffic isn't everything, but it does give us a unique insight into what our readers like to read about the most. It turns out that our Gimme Noise readers love block party announcements (duh); Prince facts; that incessant Foster the People song th ... More >>
It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBritney Spears with Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and NervoJuly 6, 2011Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulAnother tour, another bloated, tepid, phoned-in performance from the persistently famous and persistently underwhelming Britney Spears.
Photos by Erik HessRihanna, Cee Lo Green, and J. ColeJune 16, 2011Target Center, Minneapolis"Do you realize I'm just foreplay for Rihanna?" Cee Lo Green asked the near-capacity crowd, taking a break from his lackluster set to attempt to rouse the bored audience. "Rihanna's gonna fuck you," he sai ... More >>
Cee Lo Green just called me gay on Twitter.
The Tweet Cee Lo Green doesn't want you to see.Cee Lo Green has become the latest celebrity to stick his foot in his mouth with an insensitive remark on Twitter, and this time it was directed at City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson, who tweets and blogs as Gimme Noise.It all started this morni ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band May 12, 2011 Xcel Energy Center "Today's music ain't got the same soul." Not a song I really need to hear for the ten-thousandth time, or for the thousand more times I'm likely to hear it in my lifetime, but I'll be damned if this lyr ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Tattoos have been fully in the mainstream for well over a decade now. No one is surprised by much in the way of body art these days - I've got some, you've probably got at least one, maybe on your hand or something. They're probably dumb (mine are, at least).Nope, nothing's really shocking anymo- ... More >>
If there's a Guinness record for "most pop artists performing on a pop single," it's probably held by "We Are The World" or its lame-ass sequel from earlier this year. But "All of the Lights" - the fourth single from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - boasts a longer and more random guest list t ... More >>
A lot of comedians like to justify their edgier material with an arrogant disclaimer: "I'm actually up here sayin' what you only think." Veteran provocateur Bill Burr might as well offer an addendum to that: saying the stuff that gets thrown around in his material is quite possibly a sign of comp ... More >>
Holy schnikes Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>
This won't be an anti-American Idol blog post, but I am taking aim at American Idol; it won't entirely condemn Rihanna, but it will subject Ri-Ri to some tough love. Idol and Rihanna are a mere jumping-off point, because watching the results show Wednesday night made me really confront something ... More >>
We all know as we watch that video that Brown is a lady beater, but somehow that horrific image disappears as that joyous wedding party boogies down the aisle.
Join the conversation with TD Mischke on today's 'In The Stream' live from 2 p.m.- 4p.m.
Hey may only be 19, but the Grammy-nominated singer has the domestic abuse habits of a man twice his age and half his income.
The Top 10 Songs This Week on B96
Ten Songs This Week on 101.3 FM, KDWB
The songs we can't escape
Top 10 spins this week at KDWB, 101.3 FM
Recommended albums from the first half of 2006
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city