A decade ago, the Pixies reformed at the Fine Line Music Cafe and set a course to play their perfectly aged alt-rock to the largest crowds they've ever seen. Now they're coming back to Minneapolis with new songs -- their first album in 22 years, Indy Cindy, just dropped -- and a new bassist.Even if ... More >>
As 2013 winds down with a wintry bang, the unforgettable live music moments from the second half of the year are enough to still keep us warm. Some of the bands who were included in our best concerts list from the first half of the year came back to rock our stages with equally potent -- if not bett ... More >>
Paramorewith Metric and HellogoodbyeRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulSaturday, November 23, 2013For some, Paramore will be remembered as a group that had a hit a few years ago. For everyone else at the Roy on Saturday night, the pop-punk act is still a way of life.So how do you move on when former ba ... More >>
A Day to Remember With All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, The Wonder YearsRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulTuesday, October 1, 2013What do bands on the regular Warped Tour circuit do when they're not on Warped? They throw a house party, that's what -- or at least that's what Florida band A Day to Remembe ... More >>
In 1991, My Bloody Valentine transfixed shoegaze fans with the masterpiece, Loveless, but then retreated into the hazy shadows and eventually dropping off the musical map altogether. The prolonged wait for a follow-up finally came to an end earlier this year with their third full-length, m b v. Opin ... More >>
Sigur Roswith Oneohtrix Point NeverRoy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulWednesday, April 3, 2013Midway through Sigur Ros' set at the Roy Wilkins last night, Jonsi Birgisson broke out of his thoughtful repose to address the audience. He hadn't spoken the entire night, but this was important stuff: today w ... More >>
The decade-old phenomenon that was the Postal Service is coming to the Twin Cities later this year. A little while back, the team of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) announced they'd reform, play some shows, and Give Up would receive a deluxe 10th anniversary reissue in ... More >>
FUN.Roy Wilkins Auditorium, MinneapolisWednesday, January 23, 2013FUN. mastermind Nate Ruess has always seemed destined to play in front of crowds like Wednesday night's 5500-person gathering at St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Back when he fronted a more exploratory pop outfit with the Format in ... More >>
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol with Jake Bugg Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul Wednesday, October 31, 2012 The pairing of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Wednesday initially didn't seem that odd but as both the sets played out it ... More >>
The Smashing Pumpkins with Anberlin Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul Saturday, October 20, 2012 Sometimes, you go to a show and get much more out of it than you expected to or even hoped to. Other times maybe you expect too much and are left disappointed and with a bad taste in your mouth. The Smas ... More >>
See Also:44 Smashing Pumpkins-related things we'd rather do than audition to be a Smashing PumpkinThe Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 is essentially Billy Corgan and a bunch of people you've never heard of. And so when the band hits the road this fall, you will hear his voice, and his raging guitar, and t ... More >>
Minnesota music fans who were left despondent when Oasis broke up in 2009 got a bit of a boost when Liam Gallagher hastily assembled the remnants from his former group to form a new band, Beady Eye, who rolled through First Avenue in December. And now we finally have word that Liam's brother Noel, w ... More >>
The story behind the iconic St. Paul venue
"Every now and then we hear our song, we've been having fun all summer long."-"All Summer Long," The Beach Boys
Photos by Erik HessThe Black KeysJuly 3, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MNAfter the remarkably successful year that the Black Keys have had, they certainly have earned (and now require) a bigger venue for their raucous, garage-rock sound. Not surprisingly, most of the people that have p ... More >>
"Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless."-Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
Since the dawning of the Pixies in 1986, the alternative music genre has molded, shifted, collapsed and exploded. But one thing is for sure -- those early years had something that other generations didn't. When The Pixies first approached the music scene, mainstream success wasn't something that ... More >>
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
As the temperature plunges below zero, it can be hard to stay optimistic and remember why on earth we all decided it would be a good idea to live here. But here's something to warm the spirits: Minnesota is so far north that we're practically in Canada, right? So when the Pixies announce a 13-dat ... More >>
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzMumford & Sons at the Varsity Theater last MayNow, before you get all bent out of shape with this list, let me point out that just because I feel a band or an artist is overrated doesn't mean I don't like them or their music. It just conveys my belief that the massive ... More >>
Exactly a month after announcing that LCD Soundsystem would play the Roy Wilkins Audiorium this fall, the venue has finally released details about the ticket price and sale date. The LCD Soundsystem show, which features openers Hot Chip, will take place on Saturday, October 23, and tickets will g ... More >>
For those about to tweet: We salute you. Twitter has become a phenomenal way to stay in the know on the latest make-ups and break-ups, stage antics, and "secret shows" (yeah right) in the Twin Cities. Here's a list of 10 fascinating local music peeps we enjoy following on Twitter, from musicians ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerJust another hot, hot summer of our lives... This past weekend was packed from end-to-end with local shows of every variety, from Friday night's Rogue Valley CD-release show at the Mainroom to Saturday's Pizza Luce Block Party and Loring Alley Party and Sunday's marathon hoot ... More >>
Arcade Fire just announced the first leg of a tour in support of their new album, The Suburbs, and it will kick off right here in Minnesota with a show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on September 22. While we have expressed our reservations about Roy Wilkins' sound issues before (some bands sound like ... More >>
National music blog Consequence of Sound is reporting that LCD Soundsystem will hit the road this fall for tour of Australia, the US, and the UK with Sleigh Bells and Hot Chip. The dance-tastic indie band, led by James Murphy, will come through St. Paul on October 23 to play Roy Wilkins Auditoriu ... More >>
(Photo by hiddedevries)Think of it as the World Cup of slam poetry. Each year, hundreds of performers from all over North America come together to compete for top honor. This year's final event will be held at St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
The indie rock pioneers will come to Roy Wilkins on September 12.
The grand expression of metal at its most unseriously serious hits the Xcel's second stage tonight.
Liked Whip It? Check out the real thing.
In Dexter Holland's world, $120 is a fair price.
"Battle of the Broads" promises to be brutal.
Where's Robert Stack when you need him? A compilation CD titled Live in Town has been showing up in the mailboxes of musicians, DJs, rock critics, and record store owners throughout the Twin Cities. The mix, comprised of bootlegs from various local venues, ranges from the Dead Boys recorded at a Lon ... More >>
What do the Rollergirls read to pass the time in the tour bus, the penalty box, and the hospital?
St. Paul built a new hockey arena for the Wild and a new convention center for the city. Guess which one is losing money?
Is the white minstrelsy of the Insane Clown Posse more than skin-deep?
"The people at the Ordway who sponsored this show are very stupid and innocent.": Vietnamese Americans picket the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.