They're back! After 11 years apart, 12 Rods are re-aligning for a one-off reunion show. "Through three albums and a rotating cast of band members, the group won over fans and frustrated publicists with a sound too tech-savvy to be grunge, too soulful to be synth pop," Lindsey Thomas wrote in 2004 a ... More >>
The husband-and-wife duo release their debut album, Lubymaya
During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their forthcoming album. We've also got new clips from Ménage Quad, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Marz Lovejoy, and ... More >>
Live sound engineers are the unsung heroes of this song-and-dance routine we call rock 'n' roll. They show up first, leave last, and sometimes don't even get paid as much as the bartenders they work with. Their work day consists of battling complex and fickle equipment, soothing volatile egos, and h ... More >>
Dear internet, Mark Mallman is on his way to making some sort of musical history this week. Known for his feats of technological and musical mayhem, Mallman and his team are heading cross-country to create a seven-day documentary song in a pimped-out 1992 Vandura conversion van. The project began in ... More >>
Record aptly titled How'd It Get This Late?
Desolations may sound like the landscape during a Minnesota winter, but in actuality it's the name of Minneapolis electronic musician Jon Davis, a.k.a. Ghostband's, new album. Influenced by Coltrane, Sun Ra, Ayler, and Hendrix, Ghostband leaves out the lyrics in his music, but not the imag ... More >>
It sounds like the '80s but it's hardly a throwback
Photo by Louisa PodlichJesse Stensby, We Became Actors frontman, peers at me across from a bounty of eggs and home fries at the Triple Rock and blinks as I ask him about the band's creative process.
Band boils songs down to their essential components
After a whirlwind trip to New York, the successful dream-pop band returns to First Avenue
Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger wasn't that great a friend to Native Americans
The whirlwinds and warped dichotomies of Mystery Palace's debut album
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
12 Rods, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Quentin Tarantino, Garrison Keillor, MF Doom, Lawrence Lessig, Randi Rhodes...
We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.
A blow-by-blow account of Mark Mallman's agonizing, ecstatic 52.4-hour song
They got hassled by the FBI. Todd Rundgren drank all their Foster's. And now they're breaking up. After teetering on the edge of big-time success for over a decade, 12 Rods remember what it's like to be a popular Twin Cities band--and what it's like to pa
At the same time as 12Rods parts with its longtime friend and drummer, the band also releases the ultimate breakup album
Art rockers 12 Rods make their musical parents proud
The 1997 City Pages New Music Poll
Moon's Over Minneapolis: Brother Sun Sister Moon rise in the north
That's a bigger question than usual in our 1996 new music poll.