Today, HarperCollins Publishers and their Dey Street Books imprint announced the impending arrival of a new book on American EDM culture. Written by highly regarded journalist Michaelangelo Matos, it's called The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America and is due out i ... More >>
Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is a very special room," she told us. "Years ago, right here, a man by the name of Vincent Furnier wrote for this school ... More >>
After the massive, epic tangle of 2012's Tempest, Bob Dylan could be in a blue mood for his next studio album. Today, the legendary Minnesota-bred artist unveiled a cover of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and what could be the cover of his next album.Above, we see what looks a ... More >>
For all of the volatile conversation within pioneering rock and pop act Fleetwood Mac, there's plenty of disagreement among fans too. With Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie all significantly shaping the vocal contributions of the group, it's hard not to pick favorites. Following ... More >>
The purple outpouring the past few weeks has included a couple of Paisley Park parties and a new video, and perhaps it finally comes down to this. Prince has just unveiled The Breakfast Experience EP for the completist fans among us. We know you're out there because we can smell the 3121 perfume waf ... More >>
You can cut the anticipation surrounding Prince's upcoming show at Paisley Park with a purple sword. Hand-clenching Minnesotans want to make sure they get the most out of such an experience. Thus, "How can I do this thing right?" was the overall feeling lurking in the comments section of yesterday's ... More >>
Chances are, if you spend some quality time at First Avenue and see enough shows within its hallowed black walls, you are bound to develop an affinity for the club that goes beyond just the music itself. The place becomes a part of your history, and each time you step through First Ave's doors, that ... More >>
The accolades for First Avenue keep rolling in courtesy of the many permutations of Rolling Stone's "Venues That Rock" series. The club already received the honor as the number three "big room" in the country, but now yet another high rank is bestowed. Yes, the pollsters have spoken, and only one cl ... More >>
Much like Nickelback performing in arenas while "real" rock bands grind it out in much smaller clubs, a new crop of more-mainstream producers and DJs have sprung up and exploded. Acts like the Swedish House Mafia and Avicii create endless amounts of interchangeable, formulaic EDM music that is devoi ... More >>
Within the sagging music industry, vinyl sales represent a rare sign of growth during the past few years, and that trend is healthy in the Twin Cities. Here, a plethora of independent record stores meet the local music community's demand for records -- and then some. They stock Record Store Day excl ... More >>
Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin's underground following has gone quite overground during the past few years. If you know their music, you probably consume it with rabid satisfaction. On their new album, Heartthrob, the two channel '80s synth pop and bring a dance vibe to their indie-rock aesthetic. ... More >>
It seems that the only part of the music industry that is showing any signs of improving is vinyl sales, which rose 17% in 2012, with 4.6 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. throughout the past year. The best news of all found in the recent music industry report is that independent music stores b ... More >>
Because there will never be enough heartfelt folk-rock with swelling harmonies to sate us, it is a heart-bursting delight to announce that Los Angeles-based indie darlings Dawes have a third album on the way. Titled Stories Don't End, the collection arrives April 9 of this year. And that title says ... More >>
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
Girls Got Rhythm Day 2With Ronnie Spector, The 22.214.171.124's Nikki Corvette, Little Girls, Midnite Snaxxx, L'assassinsAmsterdam Bar & Hall, St. PaulSaturday, May 12, 2012Related:Slideshow: Girls Got Rhythm FestivalGirls Got Rhythm Fest Day 1 at Amsterdam Bar, 5/11/12As far as local music productions ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
Days of no consequence. Minneapolis edged November. My turmoil was a batholith hidden deep within. The new record was closer to "The Red Bedroom" than anything I'd written in 10 years. Brad was forced to cancel our mix session in Kentucky, so tracking it round Minneapolis would be a new change. I ... More >>
Aretha FranklinOctober 7, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNIn an evening fit for a queen, what comes first is the purse. As her massive (and partially Minnesotan) backing band assembled themselves on stage, a well-dressed man who was presumably the Queen of Soul's handler scurried out o ... More >>
Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBlondie September 4, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino I was 16 when Blondie reunited in the late 1990s. I have a memory of reading about their plan to do a few shows and record an album in Spin or maybe Rolling Stone; I was definitely sitting in the waiting area of my hairstylist ... More >>
When Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994, after the initial shock and sorrow faded away, what I was left with was a deep concern and sympathy for his baby daughter, Frances Bean, who was only a year old at the time. Not only would she grow up without a father in her life (and constantly be ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerToots and the Maytals July 9, 2011 Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater Opening with "Pressure Drop" and closing just about an hour later with "54-46 (That's My Number)," Toots and the Maytals socked a brief but energetic performance to the intimate, family-friend ... More >>
Next Tuesday, May 24, Minnesota's oldest enigma turns 70 years old. Not surprisingly, there are a few celebrations planned around town, and some reminiscences elsewhere as well.
Petraeus: Serious about an investigation.Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Afghanistan, has ordered an investigation over a report last week that alleges a military psy-ops team tried to play mind tricks on visiting U.S. lawmakers -- including Sen. Al Franken. The goal, acco ... 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 >>
Photo by Nicole Ankowski for the Village VoicePrince's Welcome 2 America "tour" (he's playing in New Jersey and New York) kicked off last night in East Rutherford, New Jersey's IZOD Center (like the pants, yes...and no, it's doubtful the Minnesnowta Yoda's full-length purple leather coat will be ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBuddy Guy and Quinn SullivanOctober 16, 2010State Theatre, MinneapolisFor a taste of Minnesota's finest seasonal weather and the Midwest's greatest portrayal of the blues, it would be safe to say the best place to be this past Saturday evening was in downtown Minneapolis a ... More >>
One of the greatest guitar players of all time comes to the State
The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>
Totally Spoked by Aesthetic ApparatusLace up your quickest sneaks, and dash on over to St. Paul, because Aesthetic Apparatus is having a mega sale you won't want to miss. Today only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you'll be able to get your grubby little hands on some of their coolest poster and ... More >>
We can't believe we're saying this, but it was actually good.
In a glowing review, Jennings' latest album is proclaimed his "best work yet."
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Couple in Mississippi gets super-freaked by BMX bandits, ubiquitous catchphraseAccording to the New York Post (and who doesn't believe that veritable tome of truth?) Chappelle's Show fans in Hattiesburg, Miss., are stealing yard signs endorsing Rick James, a candidate for city council in the souther ... More >>
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