Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miran ... More >>
Unlike our gridlocked national bureaucratic bodies, effecting change on the local airwaves can be as simple as buying pint at Amsterdam Bar & Hall and having the liquid courage to speak up. The second running of 89.3 the Current's Music Meeting happens tonight in St. Paul, and it's an opportunit ... More >>
Todd RundgrenVarsity Theater, MinneapolisMonday, May 20, 2013There were signs hung all around the Varsity Theater on Monday night that, if you gave them a moment's pause, did plenty to set the tone for the evening. "Warning," they said, in big, black, capitalized letters. "There will be strobing lig ... More >>
Foals With Surfer Blood and Blondfire First Avenue, Minneapolis May 20, 2013 There are a few different ways for musicians to approach the dreaded Monday night show, where typically fans and bands alike are still feeling the effects of the weekend and the obligatory drag of the start of the work wee ... More >>
Finally! The weather is starting to catch up with the time of year. Just in time for Northeast's annual celebration, Art-A-Whirl. Featuring creative works from all over Minneapolis, the 331 club will be hosting local favorites such as Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Prissy Clerks, Crimes and more. Minneapol ... More >>
There's no question that since it's arrival on the local airwaves eight years ago, the Current has changed the musical landscape here in the Twin Cities. With their adventurous playlist, top notch in-studio performances, and sharp focus on Minnesota music, there would be few who would argue that the ... More >>
The Drums Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisApril 30, 2012With two stellar local shows already under the Drums' collective belt (opening for Surfer Blood at the Varsity in '10, and selling-out the Entry last October), there was a bit of a worry that their show at the Fine Line would be a small let do ... More >>
iTunes' miserly propensity to give away a pittance of free mp3s by new and emerging artists is a sort of open secret, a veritable whisper in the blogosphere's never-settling echo chamber of mp3s and streams and tour-date listings. It'd be nice to be able to tell you that everything Apple has dole ... More >>
via NoisevoxChristopher Reimer, guitarist for the Calgary avant-pop act Women, died in his sleep on Tuesday, according to reports. His work with the band over two acclaimed albums, the 2008 self-titled debut and 2010's Public Strain, was coarse, intense, and sonically challenging. But within all ... More >>
Someday, Diana Nyad will swim all the way from Cuba to Florida - or she'll die trying, going down in a fit of fins and shark teeth and blood and waterproof flashbulbs on some Jaws 3D ish.
It's hard to believe 10 years have passed since I picked up my first Radio K Stuck on AM compilation, because I still remember it vividly.
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 >>
Photos by Erik HessSleigh Bells, Pictureplane and SundellesOctober 25, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisNoise-pop duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells have been the buzz of conversations ever since their demo EP was released in 2009. And if the sold-out show at Triple Rock wa ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessWhen Surfer Blood came through town to play the Varsity Theater earlier this month, we were quick to post a recap and photo slideshow of their performance -- and now we're excited to share even more documentation of the rising indie band's local appearance.Thanks to our friends ... More >>
The Body prepare to pummel the raddest drum kitBetween Pitchfork's eyeball-stealing #Offline Fest and the unmitigated excitement surrounding Kanye West's surprise appearance, the runaround given to badgeholders (the things cost $500 and come with no guarantees), the far-and-wide distribution of t ... More >>
Jaill joke around at Webster Hall's the StudioThere's something to be said for sleep deprivation amidst towering talent and charming people. Thursday's marathon was completely dominated by women; shredding, bellowing, musing, and farting. Day three was a doozy.
Photos by Dajana BartulovicThe MPLS.TV crew went to the Varsity last week to film a special live "touring band" version of City of Music with Surfer Blood, who happened to be passing through town. The video won't be ready until next Monday, but you can preview a few photos from the Surfer Blood s ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessSurfer Blood and the DrumsOctober 13, 2010Varsity TheaterWhat better way to shake off my post-GBV hangover than to see two young, talented bands at one of the most stylish venues in town, as the Floridian quintet Surfer Blood and the Brooklyn quartet the Drums both delivered sh ... More >>
Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Recap from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.We are pleased to present the fruits of MPLS.TV's labor this past weekend at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival. Check out this fantastic recap video featuring interviews with Big Boi, Raekwon, Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork Media, Michael Showa ... More >>
It was bloody, fruity and even a little hoppy...
Fess-up time: almost everything I know about Twin Peaks -- David Lynch's surrealist, televised take on fear, loathing, and murder in a fictional Washington state community -- I learned from Greil Marcus's excellent societal survey course The Shape of Things to Come. Here's what I do know for sure ... More >>