As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.The pioneering artist was one of the earliest breakout stars of the scene, and has become a successf ... More >>
Credited as the inventor of the funky "slap bass" style, pioneering R&B star Larry Graham has lived in Minnesota for the past 15 years. Graham first established himself internationally as an original member of Sly and the Family Stone in the '60s. He continued with his own group Graham Central Stati ... More >>
For many, Prince remains an enigmatic character, larger than life. This month, the star comes a little closer to Earth in a new book by journalist Touré in I Would Die 4 U. In three long essays, Touré explores Prince as a talented kid from Minneapolis in "Prince's Rosebud," a sex symbol in "The K ... More >>
See Also: Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van JonesPrince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happeningPrince look-alike contests were so much better in 1985Prince has a new BFF. The Cameroon-born, Sacramento-based soulful songstress Andy Allo has toured extensively with ... More >>
The SpinnersDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisWednesday, August 22, 2012It's interesting to note that Detroit's legendary soul singers, the Spinners have gone through 17 members in their 50-year history. Of the original five only three are still alive -- with Bobbie Smith and Henry Fambrough still active ... More >>
AerosmithWith Cheap TrickTarget Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 16, 2012View a slideshow here.It was fitting that Aerosmith and opener Cheap Trick would spark off their Global Warming tour in Minneapolis. Considering the two bands jammed together across the street in 1998 at First Avenue -- for a ... More >>
Eels August 6, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis Mark Oliver Everett (or just plain E to his fans), the one constant member of Eels, is the very definition of enigma. Over the course of 15 years Eels has taken on many genres, various tones, and dealt with things both great and small with equal intens ... More >>
The Honeydogs have a long history behind them, with 10 studio releases under their belt and 16 years' worth of time well-spent laying down bricks in the Minnesota music scene. They are the sort of band that are always the right choice when you are grinding your teeth for a new song, because t ... More >>
Living for the love of the ride
So hush now, little babies
The California festival runs April 16-18.
The funny, sad, refreshing 'Definitely, Maybe' has the courage to admit that love doesn't come without disappointment
Maybe you can bottle genius and sell it in a store
Bassist Larry Graham ear-tests the Sly and the Family Stone reissues
Video games help brain dead kids, whiny kids become conservative adults, TPS Report coversheets, Childress disses Culpepper, Diablo on Dave, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Side One (Manic Side): Skip James, "I?m So Glad" Sly and the Family Stone, "Fun" R. Kelly, "Happy People" The Young Rascals, "Groovin'" Sam Cooke, "Good Times?" The Beach Boys, "Good Timin'" Al Green, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Sun Ra Arkestra, "Nothin? from Nothin'" Blur, "Song 2" Big Jay McN ... More >>
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
Patti Smith nominates Ralph Nader; Penelope Houston stumps for Howard Dean; Liz Phair endorses copulating barbies
From Sly Stone's roughhouse to the Artist's clubhouse, groundbreaking bassist Larry Graham finds new power in Minnesota
Full-court basketball used to be a Twin Cities parks mainstay. Then the neighbors complained.
Organized confusion: Billy Holloman runs the show at the AQ's loose, lively evening of standards,B-3 Organ Nite
Hometown favorites Tina & the B-Side Movement blossom on Salvation.