Howler With Frankie Teardrop and Whatever Forever Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis March 20, 2014 Those wondering where all the guitars have gone in the modern Twin Cities music scene would have been best served by heading down to the Triple Rock last night. The small club was appropriately dec ... More >>
The secluded Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls has seen some of the most celebrated groups of the past 30 years roll into town and bash out some of the best records of the modern rock era. As the studio enters a new era with Duluth's Trampled by Turtles recording their latest album there wi ... More >>
Yuck With Prissy Clerks and Fury Things Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Monday, January 20, 2014 For Yuck's celebrated return to Minneapolis at the Triple Rock last night, they wisely paired the London quartet with two local bands who share their same indie spirit and influences. Prissy Clerks ... More >>
Desaparecidos With Birthday Suits First Avenue, Minneapolis August 28, 2013 Over the years, it has become quite obvious that Conor Oberst loves playing in Minneapolis. He has strong ties to the city through his former manager (and former 400 Bar owner) Bill Sullivan, and each riveting show he puts ... More >>
This week, Grumpy's Downtown hosts a celebration of one of Minneapolis's most influential labels, Amphetamine Reptile. Bash 13 features a wealth of artists associated with the label over the years, including Mudhoney and the Melvins (who play an album release show on Friday, as well). This week's Ci ... More >>
Just like we did last year, here are a selection of GIFs highlighting the many unforgettable sights of Rock the Garden 2013. As it turned out, the Walker Art Center's lawn and parking garage, thanks to Dan Deacon, proved crucial to this year's event. Photographer Anna Gulbrandsen braved the puddle ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a fresh, raucous new video from Prissy Clerks, who just celebrated their first ever live appearance in New York City, and are now starting ... More >>
New indie label collective combines talents from four local bands
Last November, a talented array of modern musicians (including Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler) gathered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to celebrate and pay tribute to the music of Bob Mould. Those of us who weren't able to travel to the West Coast to ... More >>
See Also: Bob Mould is rock-solid Sugar back catalogue to be re-issued on Merge Records Bob Mould with All Eyes West First Avenue, Minneapolis September 15, 2012 There was a moment at the end of Bob Mould's show at First Avenue on Saturday night where the legendary songwriter with enduring local t ... More >>
Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams e ... More >>
See Also: Bob Mould bringing Copper Blue to First Ave in September Craig Finn and Bob Mould agree that rock is often noisy There has been a flurry of activity from Bob Mould as of late. In addition to the just-released remasters of the entire Sugar catalog, and a lengthy U.S. tour which finds Moul ... More >>
Fresh off of recently announcing a long-awaited series of remastered reissues of the Sugar back catalogue, as well as a forthcoming record featuring his first brand new material since 2009, Bob Mould thrilled Twin City music fans by announcing that he would finally be bringing his celebrated Copper ... More >>
By Dave HoenackFive years passed between They Live We Sleep, the second album by Milwaukee quartet Brief Candles, and last year's Fractured Days. Five years! That's fairly five lifetimes in the Minneapolis scene. In 2006, the winner of the City Pages "Picked to Click" poll was the Alarmists. A ... More >>
Photo via Edina RealtyPachyderm Studios, best known as the recording site of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, as well as the place where dozens of local bands holed up in the early- to mid-'90s to record their work, has gone out of business once and for all and the property is now for sale ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWu-Tang Clan at Epic this past JanuaryOur sister paper, the Village Voice, typically hosts a free day party during SXSW, and the lineups have been pretty fantastic -- last year brought together the xx, Superchunk, Surfer Blood, and more. But this year, they are cranking up the ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesSuperchunkWednesday, December 1, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisIt was a dicey afternoon for Superchunk as they arrived here from Raleigh and lead singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan's guitar did not arrive with them. After much chatter on Twitter and a few phone calls they found a ... More >>
Mac McCaughan reflects on the re-emergence of his seminal '90s band
In today's issue of City Pages, we printed an interview with Mac McCaughan of Superchunk in preparation for tonight's show at First Avenue. The following is the complete transcript of our email interview with Mac, including a few additional quotes that didn't make the cut for the print edition.
Unlike his heroes Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Abba, who "wrote incredibly simple songs with extremely well worked arrangements giving every song an iconic quality you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before," Stephin Merritt has remained an enigma and somewhat still obscure genius of conte ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonTricky at the Fine Line, 20092010 has been a big year for mid-'90s revivalism. Pavement reunited and toured the country. Liz Phair played her 1993 breakout album from start to finish. Bone Thugs are back. Superchunk put out a new album. All things considered, aren't we about d ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessTokyo Police ClubAugust 19, 2010Varsity TheaterThe blogosphere can be a fickle mistress. Toronto quartet Tokyo Police Club went from teenaged basement band to playing every major music festival of 2007 pretty much overnight on the strength of the instantaneous blog buzz that gr ... More >>
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 freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
South by Southwest is about a month and a half away, which means that it's time to start getting inundated with showcase announcements.
Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech still manning local label and website
Prince sales numbers, Bloc Party re-schedules First Avenue date & Black Blondie reviewed.
The former Husker Du and Sugar frontman is still crazy after all these years.
Santigold and the Sounds to return to the Twin Cities, Big Quarters announce CD release show & Sick of Sarah @ Hot Topic.
After a series of sabbaticals, guitar gurus TVBC return to their flock
Trail of Dead revive pure punk energy with Madonna
The Get Up Kids combine hard playing with hard feelings for a new "emo" audience
Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.