Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still sti ... More >>
Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>
Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>
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So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkfDeluxeSeptember 16, 2011Loring Theater, MinneapolisThere was no doubt that Friday night's show at the Loring Theater was a little piece of history, and everything about the night's proceedings hearkened back to a bygone era of show business; the marquee that lit up Nicollet, t ... More >>
Shortly after Purple Rain put Minneapolis on the map of the music world, Prince formed a little short-lived band called the Family. They would only record one album and play one sold-out show at First Avenue before disbanding, but their impact is still felt to this day. Though the musicians occas ... More >>
There's something very old-school TV variety show-esque about this past week's "Drum Solo Week" feature on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Shout it from the rooftops - Bootsy is here to funk you Longtime funk admiral Bootsy Collins is in town tonight, and he has a message for Minneapolis on this the Official Day Of Funk at First Avenue (we just made that up but it might as well stand). Let your freak flag fly, he says. It's wo ... More >>
Photo via Edina RealtyPachyderm Studios, best known as the recording site of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, as well as the place where dozens of local bands holed up in the early- to mid-'90s to record their work, has gone out of business once and for all and the property is now for sale ... More >>
The holiday weekend wound down on a sad note with news that R&B icon Teena Marie passed away in her sleep yesterday at her home in Pasedena. Marie, born Mary Christine Brockert and known to some by her nickname Lady T, was 54 years old and was still actively performing in Las Vegas. She had j ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a mysterious press conference conducted by Prince in New York City in which he announced plans for a "series of events" called Welcome 2 America that would kick off on "a purple day in December" and include a range of collaborators. This week, more details ab ... More >>
What would a Prince press conference be without a little smoke and mirrors? Yesterday afternoon, the Purple One beckoned reporters to the Apollo Theater in Harlem for a brief press conference so he could unveil a new "series of events" in the odd and terse way only he can execute.
We just got word that on top of delivering an amazing set last night, Rachelle Ferrell invited Sheila E. on stage to join her for a few songs on the Dakota stage. Thanks to Sheila Anderson for sending us a report, here's what she had to say about last night's show:
Dig if you will this video of Sheila E. mimicking Prince.
We tell you what songs are thrilling us right now. And yes, there are 9 of 'em. Listen here.
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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 >>
Good taste and sobriety go down fighting at the music party of the year
Basement Jaxx's Rooty is a wild card in the traditional dealings of dance music
If a local CD falls into the retail bins, does it make a sound? Peter S. Scholtes reviews this month's batch of releases.