Ross Raihala

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Local critics, Gimme Noise included, converged on the Local Show

    It's most opinionated time of the year. Thus, 89.3 the Current's studios opened up for a few gatekeepers from the Twin Cities music media to air out the wares they've been pushing all year long once again before moving onto the 2013 models. This is the Critics Pick edition.In an episode that aired S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Bon Iver ninth-best in Pazz & Jop 2011 Poll

    ​Bon Iver's Bon Iver was obviously a bit of a local success story, and we rightfully felt the need to put his bearded, thoughtful mug on our cover last fall. (Read Andrea Swensson's cover story here.) Our beloved sibling paper the Village Voice showed some serious (but not ultimate) dedication to ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2012

    Andrea Swensson departs City Pages for the Current

    Gimme Noise founder says farewell after four great years

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Mary Ellen Smith, local music writer and editor, passes away at age 60

    Photo by Marcia Edwards via Facebook​Mary Ellen Smith, who spent 17 years as the music calendar editor at the Twin Cities Reader and later worked at, City Pages, and the Star Tribune, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 60. Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer just six short weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    The Current hosts 'Critics' Picks' show recapping year in local music

    ​With year-end retrospectives gushing out of every local publication in town, the Current's Local Show decided to invite a crew of local music writers to gather with host Dave Campbell and discuss the best records and trends to sweep the Twin Cities this year. I had the pleasure of joining Chris R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Picked to Click 2010: Complete list of ballots

    ​We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Myth Nightclub closed

    Seriously? Another one?

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Xcel Center to make ominous show announcement tomorrow

    The Xcel will hold a press conference tomorrow ... More >>

  • Music

    October 17, 2007


    The Women of Sick of Sarah Stand Ready to Confront the Music Machine

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007
  • Unknown

    January 17, 2007

    Wait Till We Get Our Haines on You

    Canadians leave me speechless; luckily, a new Radio K comp speaks for itself

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2005

    Your guide to the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards

    Like the Oscars, the Minnesota Music Academy's "Minnies" (or Minnesota Music Awards) at First Avenue tonight will be fun to participate in, fun to watch, and fun to make fun of (and I say this as someone onstage being made fun of). Somebody back me up: Aren't these things, you know, culturally inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2005

    Ross By Rosswest?

    According to this morning's Pioneer Press, music critic Ross Raihala will be blogging from the South By Southwest festivities in Austin, Texas. The result? Hard to say. So far nothing has been posted. (Note to Pi Press editors about this whole blogosphere thing: You might want to post some content ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you