The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... More >>
Betty Who With Sombear and Step Rockets 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Saturday, January 18, 2014 Some shows simply click. Due to a perfect confluence of the right artist, audience, night, and venue, some performances take on a transcendent quality that surpasses the mere sum of their parts, elevati ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>
Icona Pop with K. Flay and SirahVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, September 10, 2013When you have the word "icon" in your band name and your album (their EP Iconic), you better be able to live up to the hype. A cross between the Spice Girls -- albeit more subtle -- and Abba, Swedish duo Icona Pop ... More >>
Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>
Talk to certain people, and they'll all tell you: Eugene Hütz is the stuff of legend. Catch a glimpse of the Gogol Bordello frontman on the street, and you'll notice his mustache waxed into a permanent curl, a mess of unkempt shoulder-length hair, and a unique sense of style that can only be descri ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess Stephin Merritt's comments about John Lennon enraged Curtiss AIt turns out that Curtiss A has almost as much distaste for the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt as Merritt has for "Imagine" by John Lennon. In a Gimme Noise interview conducted by Monica LaPlante last year, the droll ... More >>
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
There's a certain bond between music and a listener. We can all relate to it, but everyone has a different way of expressing it. For Matt Latterell and Chuck Terhark, that way of expression is through a massive cover album. Absolutely Cuckoo is a statewide ode to the quick-witted, New York band ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields With Gal Musette First Avenue, Minneapolis November 13, 2012 Anyone who goes to a performance by the Magnetic Fields should be prepared to have their heart broken a time or two during the set. God knows that the band sure has experienced it over their distinguished 20-plus years ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields' frontman and songwriter Stephin Merritt can be best described as the Eeyore of indie pop. Perhaps it is his deep, baritone voice or melancholy, yet clever, lyrics that suggests there's a little raincloud following him constantly. In many interviews Merritt is notorious ... More >>
After all of the dust settled from the exciting athletic competitions staged over last two weeks, everyone turned their attention to the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics last night at Olympic Stadium in London. Billed as "A Symphony Of British Music," the loose and jubilant closing cerem ... More >>
Fifteen years ago on Saturday, Radiohead released a follow-up to The Bends -- which two years earlier had essentially cemented them as the new leaders of Brit Pop. Called OK Computer, the album almost single-handedly destroyed the Brit styling as we knew it. (The Spice Girls helped too.) The Bends w ... More >>
Girl power without the Spice Girls is alive and well these days, and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be celebrating this weekend with the Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul. If you're feeling young, stop by Station 4 to check out pop-punk group Go Radio with This Providence; if not, St. Vincent and C ... More >>
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
Where would we be without women in music? Specifically, where would we be without the women in the Twin Cities music scene? On Wednesday, the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be hosting Celebrate Women in Music, an event that aims to shed light on the hard work and talent of some of the mo ... More >>
Howdy ya'll. My name is Peter and I play music under the name We Are The Willows. Last fall I was on tour for 10 weeks and kept a diary of my travels on Gimme Noise. It's been about a hair or two over two months since I got home from my last tour and now I'm hittin' the ol' dusty trail agai ... More >>
Screwface PattonIf you don't recognize Patton Oswalt by name, you'll recognize him by his voice or face. The popular comedian nailed roles like Remy the rat in Pixar's Ratatouille and his unique mug is splashed all over Comedy Central like he's the sole breadwinner. Patton is returning to Minneap ... More >>
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"Fleetwood Mashed," team9, Oasis vs. Beyonce, and the unfortunate return of the Spice Girls.
Chad Fjerstad and his pornstar girlfriend move to L.A. to make it in the skin trade
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'TRL' feeds thin gruel to its audience; kids beg for more
CITY PAGES BLOGS Steve Monaco has the answer to and the winners of last week's Monday Movie Quiz at Couch Pundit. THESE DAYS The mayor of an Austrian town called Fucking is urging tourists from Britain to refrain from removing the road signs. Boston's beloved pair of swans -- feted by city leade ... More >>
In the halcyon days of the early oughts, Pussycat Dolls were merely a kitschy dance troupe known for recruiting celebrity guest stars. The Dolls were Hollywood's sanitized take on the subversive neoburlesque movement; why watch zaftig suicide girls dance the hoochie-coochie when you can hire Carmen ... More >>
Opposite aesthetics would seem to spell splitsville for indie cinema's power couple
Charlie's Angels fly off the summer-movie radar in 'Full Throttle'
With Black and Blue, the Backstreet Boys' grand cultural moment may have come to an end. And yes, it was so a grand moment.
A flimflammer takes responsibility for the future of his past in Bruce Sterling's Zeitgeist
Every weekend, Minneapolis's young and lubricated professionals descend upon downtown clubland. Undo your first five buttons and join them.
The Guthrie Lab's Lysistrata withholds the loving that launched a thousand ships; Hidden Theatre's The Dying Gaul wields sex as a weapon
Meet piano man Mark Mallman: part shut-in, part showman
Who needs Paris when there's haunted mini-golf, moonlight bowling, and a wild, wild river right in your back yard?
35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.
Little big man: Jakob Dylan's cover of "Heroes" is the most abject mis-reading of a song this decade
Rosie the riveting: Crimson #1 exaggerates the obvious with its Rasta-talking vampire
Blah Blah Blah: The Spice Girls get what's coming to them in Spice World.
We list the best of the best of 1997.
Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.
Daughters of the Revolution: De'Yona and her cousin in Girls Like Us.