Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August. Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been repor ... More >>
To say that Minneapolis writer and musician (and City Pages vet) Jim Walsh has a special connection with the Replacements is a massive understatement. Walsh literally grew up with the band, sharing in their legendary hijinks and witnessing countless shows during their ten-year run as one of our most ... More >>
For rock 'n' roll road trippers, Rolling Stone has assembled a list of spots around the country that are worth a peek. This is everything from Chess Records in Chicago to Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit to the Park Hill Houses in Staten Island, where the Wu-Tang Clan formed.As you might expect, a trio o ... More >>
If you talk to the locals, the Replacements are already hall of fame. The non-locals spoke up, though. Among the Class of 2014 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- alongside Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A., Hall & Oates, among others -- you'll find a recently reformed band that came together ... More >>
Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
Ricky Skaggs is not old -- he'll turn 59 in July -- but his actual chronological years belie the elder statesman status he's achieved in country, bluegrass, gospel and neo-traditional music. Rare talent, a bevy of stories, an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for performing have a lot to do with i ... More >>
The Michigan bond between Bob Seger and Kid Rock is a deep one. Rock spoke at great length about his admiration for Seger in his recent profile in The New Yorker, and now this bond takes an extra weight as the pair will hit the road together for a couple of shows nearby. This March, the guys' varyin ... More >>
Plenty of music going on the the Twin Cities this week! The Dakota welcomes Motown legends Martha and the Vandellas for a two night stay, Wednesday and Thursday. Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps will be headlining at the Cedar. First Avenue will be hosting a Best New Bands Concert featurin ... More >>
Rap music is an omnipresent sound in the country's earbuds today because acts like Public Enemy refused to fold. With two albums released this year, Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire of Everything, this has been a vital time for the 25-year-old group and its mercil ... More >>
While Metallica fans were either super pumped or totally confused and über-pissed off about the new single released, "The View," from the upcoming Lou Reed collaboration, Lulu, there was another element of bittersweetness in the hearts and mind of fans this week, as Tuesday marked the 25th annivers ... More >>
Even more surprising than the idea of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica is that the first single from it, "The View," might actually really not suck.
Photo by Christopher Wray-McCannOver the years, Maroon 5 has become a household name. It seems like every time we turn on the radio we hear another #1 hit single. They've been on top long enough to stake their claim and headline national arena tours, producing a menagerie of catchy songs; it's h ... More >>
One of the greatest guitar players of all time comes to the State
As we reported last week, BET is awarding Prince a "Lifetime Achievement" award during their televised awards ceremony this Sunday evening. To prepare, we've amassed a selection of our favorite moments from Prince's lengthy and often astounding career.Dig, if you will, a handful of Prince's fines ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenNow entering his fifth decade in the music biz, Tom Petty has reached that enviable point in his career where he could be easily forgiven for resting on his laurels and calling it a day. He'll turn 60 later this year and has already sold 60 million records and been inducted t ... More >>
The lead guitarist for the seminal surf band died over the weekend of lymphoma.
The drummer best known for playing with the 'Mats will be recognized during this year's induction ceremonies.
Newsted agreed to be there, but calls to Dave Mustaine are still going straight to voicemail.
90s nostalgists take heart: Hanson and Smashing Pumpkins at last find an excuse to collaborate.
Bassist Larry Graham ear-tests the Sly and the Family Stone reissues
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.
Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head
Before Pere Ubu, before the Dead Boys, there was Cleveland's Rocket From the Tombs
The old, the tired, the rejuvenated, and the dead