"Yah, you betcha!" "Oh, fer gosh sake." "Awwww jeez." For better or worse, these are sayings that are associated with Minnesota. Although you'd probably have to go to your 80-year-old grandmother's church basement mixer to hear those in regular conversation uttered without a drop of irony. W ... More >>
Still don't have plans for Halloween? Have no fear! There's plenty of shows to catch this night of fright. First Avenue will be holding their annual Halloween party and costume contest while the Solid Gold hosts the night at the Turf Club. As for post-Halloween partying, Okkervil River plays the Fir ... 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 >>
The slow-burning career trajectory of the National is similar to their songs and albums themselves. What starts as a gentle wave of emotion and intrigue gradually swells to a point where the listener simply gets swept up in the raw sentiments of the track, eventually taken somewhere far different fr ... More >>
Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
By Bobby Kahn One would likely have to travel far and wide, and across many different scenes to find someone as universally liked and respected as Steve Seuling, better known to most Twin Cities techno fans simply as Centrific. While Steve has been DJing and throwing parties in the Twin Cities and ... 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 >>
New music came at us from all angles in 2012, to the point where we give something a cursory listen, hastily tweet out our opinion about it, then quickly move on to the next hot song/band of the moment. Within that constant deluge of music and the instant social media dissection of its merits (or la ... More >>
Owl City With Jayme DeeVarsity Theater, MinneapolisFriday, July 13, 2012Adam Young, aka Owl City, is learning to adapt to the music industry and playing to the still-recovering economy. After releasing All Things Bright and Beautiful last summer, his follow-up to breakthrough album Ocean Eye ... More >>
The Black Keys and Arctic MonkeysTarget Center, MinneapolisMay 15, 2012View a slideshow here. A day after celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the release of their debut record (and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach's 33rd birthday) the Black Keys rolled confidently into their biggest local headlining ... More >>
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Photos by Tony NelsonBruno Mars and Janelle MonaeMay 25, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThere's really nothing that compares to the exhilarating sound of an arena full of teenage girls shrieking. It's the sound of hearts breaking in unison, of ecstatic and un-jaded joy. And it was the sound ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPixiesApril 24, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThe career arc of the Pixies has been fascinating, to say the least. The seminal band formed, recorded, a toured to modest acclaim and then broke up, only to see their legacy grow exponentially in the years following their d ... More >>
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 >>
As with many Tuesday afternoons, the announcements keep pouring in today for some killer shows happening this spring and summer. In addition to the big Black Keys gig at Roy Wilkins on July 3, we also learned today that TV on the Radio are returning to the First Ave Mainroom for a pair of shows o ... More >>
Anna GulbrandsenWorth $70?DJ Tiesto is coming to Roy Wilkins auditorium for Sound In Motion on April 1 for $60-70 a head, and no, that is not an April Fool's joke in advance. Lady Gaga tickets last year were over $100, as were tickets to see Elton John and the James Taylor/Carole King double bill ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzArcade FireSeptember 22Roy Wilkins, St. PaulIf there were any remaining doubts, one thing should be absolutely clear after last night's show in St. Paul: Arcade Fire have grown up. The band who kicked off their world tour to a full and enthusiastic crowd at the Roy Wilkins ... More >>
Photos by Benjamin GrimesSchool of Seven Bells and Active ChildSeptember 19, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisDo the Twin Cities have an active enough concertgoing population to support three separate sizable touring bands on a chilly Sunday night? It turns out the answer is yes, judging from the fu ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonPavementSeptember 12, 2010Roy Wilkins AuditoriumIn the end, it was only the coordinated light show that didn't make much sense during Pavement's splendidly shambolic set at Roy Wilkins, as the band hit all the right (and wrong) notes during a nearly two-hour performance that ... More >>
They'll relive the '90s with you, but don't call them slackers
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 >>
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 >>
With Testament too? And guess what--tickets are $10.00 cheap.
Private Dancer announces national tour, Rob Zombie adds TC date & No Age performs Hüsker Dü songs with Bob Mould at ATP.
Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Steely Dan, the Stray Cats & Doomtree all announce TC dates & First Ave cancels Buju Banton.
Dillinger Four to play NXNE, Radio K makes changes & local Gays reviewed.
In Dexter Holland's world, $120 is a fair price.
Gay Witch Abortion play on the Miss, Slug and Murs to release new album & next week's best new releases.
New music from Gospel Gossip, Andrew Broder and Gay Beast, Fashion Week warms up & next week's best new releases.
Death Cab hits the road and arrives in St. Paul tonight, with other indie favorites in tow.
The Offspring to play the Roy Wilkins, Spin interviews P.O.S. & the Broken West hit the Current
A list of the songs Beck played at his show tonight in St. Paul.
The music of Matt and Bubba Kadane gets called a lot of names: slowcore, post-rock, sad core. The label I like best, after seeing them for the first time on Saturday night (after nearly a decade of listening to their music) is shoegaze.
St. Paul built a new hockey arena for the Wild and a new convention center for the city. Guess which one is losing money?
"The people at the Ordway who sponsored this show are very stupid and innocent.": Vietnamese Americans picket the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.