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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo By Adam WeissWill 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Photos by Rick MasonNew 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 >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon 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 >>
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 >>
Another week down, fam! 2011 is that much closer. Trust.
Photos by Stefanie Odberg for 96.3 NOWBY HANNAH SILK CHAMPAGNEWhen is a listening party not just a listening party?When it's a Kanye West listening party.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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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