Plenty of musicians have impressive back catalogs and prestigious songbooks to their credit. But the exalted 50 year oeuvre of Sir Paul McCartney is something else. He's bringing a fraction of those celebrated songs to a sold-out Target Field on Saturday night, for the first full-stadium rock 'n' r ... More >>
Back in October, Gimme Noise spoke to the explosive Lizzo ahead of her Picked to Click win, and the release of one of 2013's most-heralded local albums, Lizzobangers. Her collaboration with Doomtree's Lazerbeak and Marijuana Deathsquads' Ryan Olson is the Chalice rapper's growth and raw potential ca ... More >>
The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>
The undeniably white and nerdy Weird Al Yankovic has received the blessing of umpteen pop musicians for his humorous pursuits over the past three decades. "Smells Like Nirvana" victim Kurt Cobain even called him "America's modern pop-rock genious [sic]" in his journals. As a result, we have a lifeti ... More >>
Opening up about everything from new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color to politics and religion
Of all the things associated with the '80s in music, there is perhaps nothing more synonymous than big hair and keyboard synthesizers. Howard Jones embodied that look and sound like no one else. As a true pioneer of electronic music from that era, he can be credited as someone who combined the moder ... More >>
Related:Prince is 54 today: Some required reading The legacy and longevity of Prince's landmark album, Purple Rain, will forever be preserved thanks to the recent efforts of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And now we can all celebrate the 28th anniversary of the release ... More >>
Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from f ... More >>
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and 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 >>
And the feeling is mutual.Apparently, Barack Obama is a huge fan of Bob Dylan. In a Q & A featured in the Oct. 15 issue of Rolling Stone, Obama tells magazine co-founder Jann Wenner that Dylan is a perennial on the presidential iPod. That is, of course, when he's not listening to Nas and Li ... More >>
Critics' Picks for this week
Minneapolis's favorite talk show host takes a tour of music-industry hell.
Kanye West gets an honorary degree in Afro-American studies
Pleading for redemption, R. Kelly steps back into the light
God created the world in six days, so why does it take eight weeks to pick an NBA champion: A City Pages dialogue
Much-hyped local bands Alva Star and the Domo Sound look to censor the writer and conquer the scene
A radio pirate-turned-country rocker who doubles as a nanny. A newspaper that rips the establishment. A deconsecrated church. And a very quiet band called Low. Notes on a tiny counterculture.
With her comic new play, Minneapolis writer Bridget Carpenter gives new meaning to the term "Blue Christmas"
One of the Twin Cities' brightest pop hopefuls, Eller Lynch proves that opposites attract.