By Kyle Imes Thinking back on Minneapolis DIY venue the Church now, my memory is a little hazy. What I do remember is a huge, open room with what you could hardly call a stage in the middle of it, and a tiny exposed kitchen off to one corner. All of the windows were covered by huge sheets of fabric ... More >>
Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps With Mankwe The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Thursday, January 10, 2013Caroline Smith and her constant companions Arlen Peiffer and Jesse Schuster have always seemed to enjoy surprising their fanbase. Never content to rest on the thoroughly winning fol ... More >>
The third City Pages West Bank Music Festival is this week! As in years past, Cedar Avenue will be packed with performances inside the bars in the West Bank neighborhood, and the street itself will host an outdoor stage of some of the area's most captivating live performers.Leading the way are punk- ... More >>
We all know there are fewer and fewer places where smokers can light up these days, including anywhere indoors other than a private dwelling or tobacco store.Now, the Minnesota Twins are taking the smoking crackdown to the next level. Fox 9 reports that before Monday's home opener, the designed smok ... More >>
As the holidays bring about good times between families and long lost friends, drummer and electronic musician Martin Dosh is busier than ever preparing for his annual year-end show to the Cedar Cultural Center.
Laura Kennedy, the original bassist and co-founder of seminal no wave band Bush Tetras who has spent the past 12 years living in Minneapolis, passed away on Monday afternoon.
Photos by Erik HessBlack Moth Super Rainbow with Dosh and the Marshmallow GhostsSeptember 10, 2011Turf Club, St. Paul"It's so nice to see the Turf Club full!" was the sentiment shared by many at the St. Paul club on Saturday night, as patrons flooded the bar in droves for the first time in recent ... More >>
After six years, three full-lengths, and two European tours, Gay Beast has announced an "indefinite hiatus" following the departure of keyboardist/saxophone/vocalist Dan Luedtke. Earlier this spring, Gay Beast recently released To Smithereens on Skin Graft Records.
T.V.B.C in 2011: Freddy Votel, Adam Linz, Paul MetzgerThere are really just two types of music people in the Twin Cities.There are those that undyingly love the band T.V.B.C. completely with every essence and fiber of their soul after first hearing the band sometime since they started back in 198 ... More >>
With 31 releases in 10 years, Rainer Fronz has learned a bit about the music biz: namely, to keep putting out records that he loves. Learning Curve started in 2001 and Fronz has maintained a steady stream of almost exclusively Twin Cities-based releases in the new millennia.He's seen bands like ... More >>
Photo by Tigger LunneyEach weekend during their February residency, Marijuana Deathsquads shared the stage with a variety of guests from the Twin Cities and elsewhere at varying levels of notoriety. One constant every week has been a give-til-it-hurts performance by Har Mar Superstar, co-res ... More >>
As part of Marijuana Deathsquads' month-long residency in Los Angeles, the band was able to invite some friends out to play as well. Here's Skoal Kodiak (who share drummer Freddie Votel with MDS) taking on LA last Friday night with bleach bottle in hand and light show ablaze.
Photo courtesy Zack KlineZack Kline and Orange Mighty Trio kick off the new season of 416 Club Commissions this SundayThe Twin Cities has a knack for hoisting up local artists and treasuring them as darlings of the local music scene. No matter how many great national acts roll through town, we in ... More >>
Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more
As national acts realize that winter in Minnesota is here to stay (and subsequently stop touring our way for a few months), local bands are still playing nonstop for our enjoyment. Check some of the major billings happening this weekend from some of our best talent.
Photo by Nikki MillerVelvet Davenport, Vampire Hands, Magic Castles and Camden July 15, 2010 Turf Club Thursday night, as Thursday nights oft do, brought a bevy of good shows to the Twin Cities, and not the least of them was the show at the Turf Club in support of local label Moon Glyph's fi ... More >>
As I type this Regolith, Vol. 1 is spinning around on my record player, a terrific white full moon slab of vinyl with contributions from Leisure Birds, Magic Castles, Dante & The Lobster, Velvet Davenport, Camden, Vampire Hands, Daughters of the Sun, The Blind Shake, Skoal Kodiak and Moonston ... More >>
Long-awaited double LP is meticulously crafted
Photo by Adam Bubolz Slapping Purses' Jason Power is a conundrum, an exercise in opposites. He's a lanky kid with a perpetual smile on his face who's rumored to be a successful amateur mixed martial artist; a wildly expressive audio artist who, by his own admission, hates talking ab ... More >>
(This guy escaped from Coney Island) This week we have gallery show homage to Coney Island, a benefit for MN Fashion, and free music at the Triple Rock.
Art-A-Whirl weekend is upon us. Here's your guide to all the live music highlights this weekend, many of which are free. See anything we missed? Add your own Art-A-Whirl music events in the comments.FRIDAY, MAY 14Hoolie FestShuga RecordsFree; all agesIndoor stage:12:00 p.m. Acting Normal1:00 p.m ... More >>
In anticipation of today's Best Of the Twin Cities issue, we asked our @gimme_noise Twitter followers to sound off on their picks for a few of our music-related Best Of categories. See below for our tweeps' picks for the "Best Local Concert of the Past 12 Months" category, and click here to read ... More >>
The band will release their highly-anticipated 7" with a little help from Blackcloud Stallionheart and Tips for Twat.
As you may or may not have gathered from previous posts, local art, fashion and events blog, l'etoile magazine has formed a cool collaboration with City Pages and The Dressing Room. We'll be sharing select arts and culture content with each other and each Friday, we'll be pointing out five cool even ... More >>
Dear Aunt Gladys: I am writing because Mom said I should thank you for the wonderful Easter basket full of Marshmallow Peeps, generic Crème Eggs, and stickers of bunnies you sent me. I certainly liked these when I was five or six, so of course you would send me some now that I'm a grown adult. A ... More >>
It's a big issue this week -- check out what we have in store.
Don't be alarmed--your eardrums are SUPPOSED to bleed.
10 of you were there. This means that 658,990 of you missed one of the most spellbinding local shows in weeks.
Original bass player Laura Kennedy suffering complications from Hepatitis C
Our favorite albums released in Minnesota this year, with a handful of honorable mentions
As the RNC descends, local and national musicians arise
The Heliotrope Festival showcases local experimental acts that fly under the radar
Boob tube news swings hard to the right