Speedy Ortiz 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Last night was missing something. Like a sense of urgency or chance of surprise. Technically tight, the members of Massachusetts indie rockers Speedy Ortiz played 7th St. Entry well enough so that sonically you understood their status ... More >>
The OrwellsTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisWednesday, April 2, 2014 The Orwells have been on an extensive tour since the 2012 release of their debut LP Remember When. It's a record made by 17-year-olds, and it's garnered them much attention out of the gate -- including a fairly memorable spot o ... More >>
As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothere ... More >>
By Ian S. Port"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork."Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a living. Along with the fact that Donovan usually works o ... More >>
The band's third album verges on masterpiece-status
Destroyer with Sandro Perri Cedar Cultural Center Monday, June 25, 2012 View a slideshow here.The multifaceted Dan Bejar, who performs as Destroyer, debuted the jazzy, chamber pop tracks from one of last year's best releases, Kaputt, at the Cedar Cultural Center l ... More >>
â€‹Psychedelic freak-show Oklahomans Flaming Lips are nothing if not daring and insane; winding down an autumn that's seen them release limited-edition, imaginatively packaged six and 24 hour-long songs, front man Wayne Coyne announced a series of esoteric, cracked-out extra-musical stunts for 2012 ... More >>
Bedroom Databank Vols. 1 & 2, the first two entries in a new series of recordings from Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox.
Photos by Tony Nelsonâ€‹PavementSeptember 12, 2010Roy Wilkins AuditoriumIn the end, it was only the coordinated light show that didn't make much sense during Pavement's splendidly shambolic set at Roy Wilkins, as the band hit all the right (and wrong) notes during a nearly two-hour performance that ... More >>
They'll relive the '90s with you, but don't call them slackers
The compact disc has been like a trinket, a toy, a candy bar or a tabloid placed at the checkout counter to snake a bit more bread out of your near-empty wallet.
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
The aughts saw indie rock go mainstream. Here's the top 5 indie songs we couldn't escape this decade.
Former members of Sleater-Kinney and Pavement unite on 'Real Emotional Trash'
The Songs We CanÕt Escape
Tapes 'n Tapes are in the mood for love
Silver Jews, indie jazzmen, solo Malkmus, and the Pavement legacy
Barring liver failure, this club-crawl column will appear every two weeks
Underground movies and rebel music hook up in the Sound Unseen Festival
With Queen's Sprechstimme and oysters in tow, Stephen Malkmus eclipses the Jicks
Har Mar, caught with his pants down, gets arrested in Oklahoma
We sent a team of trained researchers and documentarians into the wilds of the Twin Cities in search of music in its native habitat. Here are the field notes from Friday, February 15--the day that would not end.
With an ambitious novel that centers on an ordinary family dinner, Jonathan Franzen sits down at America's table and feasts on dysfunction