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    March 31, 2014

    Perfect Pussy at 7th Street Entry, 3/30/14

    Perfect Pussy 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Sunday, March 30, 2014I wish I hated Perfect Pussy. Not because I want to join the inevitable backlash already kicking in against the most critically acclaimed punks of the moment. Ill-wishers may credit the Syracuse band's sudden rise to shock value (thei ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Lady Gaga, will you please put on some pants?

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013
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    October 1, 2013

    Twin Cities music fan of the week: Nine Inch Nails edition

    In the Twin Cities Fan of the Week series, Gimme Noise showcases fellow concertgoers in their natural habitat.Event: Nine Inch Nails and Explosions in the Sky (Review | Slideshow)Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulDate of Discovery: Saturday, September 28, 2013

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    June 20, 2013

    Communion techno dance night finds a new home at Insert Coins

    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 >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Electric Fetus announces 45th Anniversary lineup

    Area music fans never really need much of an excuse to stop into the Electric Fetus. The renowned Minneapolis record shop has something to suit the needs of anyone and everyone, no matter what styles of music you are into or who your favorite band is. And now, the Fetus is set to celebrate their 45 ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013
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    March 8, 2013

    How I burned the guys who wanted me to burn my KISS records

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Minnesota Twins should pick a Bob Dylan song for a new anthem

    Summer un-officially began this month as pitchers and catchers reported to Florida to mark the start of another season of trying to survive in Twins territory. Even though about 12 inches of snow covers Target Field, we can still daydream of April 1 when the skies will be blue, and Joe Mauer and Jus ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is the greatest simile in rock 'n' roll

    Tyler Flory is a teacher at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins. His Music Class column ties together his job and his music fandom in a neat little package. "I believe [Bob Dylan's] 'Like a Rolling Stone' is the greatest rock and roll simile of all time," I state to my 4th block 9th G ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Hymie's announces winter in-store performance series

    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 >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Taylor Swift unveils 2013 U.S. tour -- St. Paul in September

    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 >>

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    October 3, 2012

    The Replacements doc Color Me Obsessed coming to DVD

    Director Gorman Bechard doesn't live in Minnesota, but his documentary subjects are frequently part of the musical fabric of the area. Earlier this year, we published an update about his project involving Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart, but this one got off the ground because he was already in town gather ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2012

    Gay bullying must end

    In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny

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    April 4, 2012
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    March 7, 2012

    Bullied Anoka-Hennepin students: It got better [VIDEO]

    ​In a press conference yesterday morning, six students who were bullied for being gay in the Anoka-Hennepin school district gathered with their parents and legal team to announce they've settled with the district. Among them was 15-year-old Brittany Geldert, who talked about a time when her peers ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    City Pages: A history of our editorial design

    ​It's about time. This month's stem-to-stern editorial redesign is the first since 2001.As with most large newspapers, complete redesigns are infrequent. In this publication, it's occurred roughly every eight-to-ten years. The decision to update our look was made over a year ago, and it's the res ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 9: November rain

    ​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 >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Trampled By Turtles and Motion City Soundtrack cover each other on new split 7"

    ​Talk about Minnesota Nice. There is an unlikely new split 7" about to be released by much loved (but wildly different) Minnesota bands Trampled By Turtles and Motion City Soundtrack. The 7-inch features the Turtles tackling the MCS track "Disappear," and the Motion City boys returning the favor b ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Will Hermes in Minneapolis to read from 'Love Goes To Buildings On Fire'

    Photo By Adam Weiss​Will Hermes is currently a senior critic for Rolling Stone, as well as being a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," but he has a distinguished history with the Twin Cities music scene as well. Mr. Hermes began writing for the City Pages in the early '90s, and b ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Frances Bean Cobain turns 19 years old today, making us all feel very old

    ​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 >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Jake Manders releases a collection of songs 15 years in the making

    ​Dubbing Minneapolis native Jake Manders as a songwriter is partially accurate; he is also a raconteur who has carefully crafted a collection of songs that narrate his life. Manders' self-titled project is rooted in 1994, when he first picked up the guitar and harmonica. A prolific writer, ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Chris Wallace asks Michele Bachmann: Are you a flake? [VIDEO]

    ​If you want to be president of the United States, like Michele Bachmann does, voters need to be assured that you've got the necessary brains, common sense, and principles to run the country. So Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace laid out some of Bachmann's more recent noteworthy gaffes, lies, and i ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Michele Bachmann presidential announcement [VIDEO]

    Bachmann makes it official again.​To the surprise of exactly no one, Michele Bachmann walked out onto a stage in Waterloo, Iowa, this morning to announce again that she's running for president, just in case anyone missed it the first time, or the second time. Here's America's Craziest Congresswom ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    Greil Marcus talks Bob Dylan at Magers and Quinn

    Photo by Thierry Arditti​When it was time for Greil Marcus to start his reading last night at Magers and Quinn, he suddenly realized that his emcee had gone missing--off, he later suggested, to use the bathroom. So the 65-year old author, perhaps the most famous of all living rock critics, walked ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Bob Dylan's 70th birthday celebrations start this weekend

    ​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.

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    May 13, 2011

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Notes and photos from the field

    Photos by Rick Mason​New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Bon Iver announce release date, track listing for new album

    Photo by D. L. Anderson​Bon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    David Petraeus wants to know if Al Franken was brainwashed

    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 >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Gucci Mane's ice cream cone and other lovely tattoos

    ​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 >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Week That Was: Wild Flag kicks off tour, P!nk is Preggers, Fiery Furnaces to Own 2011

    ​Another week down, fam! 2011 is that much closer. Trust.

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    November 8, 2010

    Kanye in Minneapolis: A superfan reflects on her experience

    Photos by Stefanie Odberg for 96.3 NOW​BY HANNAH SILK CHAMPAGNEWhen is a listening party not just a listening party?When it's a Kanye West listening party.

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    October 12, 2010

    Top five musical idols who need to drop autobiographical tell-alls, stat

    ​Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Hymie's, Electric Fetus recognized by Rolling Stone

    ​Rolling Stone listed their "Best Record Stores in the USA" this week, and amongst the winners were two local shops: Hymie's Vintage Records on Lake Street and the Electric Fetus, which has stores in Minneapolis, Duluth, and St. Cloud.

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    August 25, 2010
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    July 1, 2010

    New Prince album, '20Ten,' due out July 22

    ​Prince has a new album nearing completion (album artwork is above), which will be released July 22 in the US and July 10 in the UK. The 10-song collection, 20Ten, will be dispersed throughout in the UK via daily newspapers and magazines, with issues of England's Daily Mirror, Scotland's Daily Rec ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010
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    May 13, 2009
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    April 8, 2009

    MTV News clip from exactly 15 years ago today

    A chilling report from April 8, 1994, the day Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home.

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    January 16, 2008
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    January 18, 2006

    Mourning Meal

    What to serve when interring a loved one, and other culinary tips from the afterworld

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    June 8, 2005

    Kill Your Idols

    For those about to rock: Do not watch 'Rock School'

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    April 13, 2005
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    May 12, 2004

    Shake Your Tits

    Gogol Bordello, Peaches, and Neung Phak show us their good stuff

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    August 27, 1997

    Puffy's Money?

    No Way Out: Is bean-counter-turned-chart-topper Sean "Puffy" Combs tragically fated to success?

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