Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer's garage-freakout art-noise bonafides are ironclad (see also: The Coachwhips; Pink and Brown), and it usually takes only one album-length dose of his most enduring and best band to start craving more. And more there is. The San Francisco-based act has released nearl ... More >>
Benjamin Booker | Turf Club | Monday, September 29Singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker's signature "Tent City Rivival" sound is what hipsters play to their children instead of lullabies. Booker's gravelly voice evokes a chipper Tom Waits with the timeless vocal simplicity of Bruce Springsteen (had T ... More >>
Failure Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, May 21, 2014 After a ten-minute film intro (there was no opening band) that included clips from, among other things, the 1975 Russian art-house film The Mirror, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic "Space Madness" episode of Nickelodeon's Ren and Stimp ... More >>
The post-punk rockers forge a new identity and get ready for a national tour
Picture it now, if you can. Ice-cold Aquavit is buzzing through your over-21 body, and meatballs and chilled crayfish are populating your stomach. Come Saturday, August 3, this will all be a reality at the Kräftskiva block party held at the Minneapolis restaurant the Bachelor Farmer. While you bury ... 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 the strikingly gorgeous new video for the Ocean Blue's soaring new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" which was deftly directed by vete ... More >>
In addition to the terrific slate of music-related films and documentaries that Sound Unseen has scheduled for their 2012 festival, organizers have also just released their eclectic music lineup for this year's festivities. All of these scheduled performances are 21 and absolutely free, and are set ... More >>
See Also: Antibalas: Who Is This America? Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12 Antibalas with Malamanya First Avenue, Minneapolis September 11, 2012 With the dark anniversary of 9/11 hanging over everyone's head, Antibalas proved to be the perfect remedy for any sad memories, a ... More >>
See Also: Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy at the Minnesota State Fair, 9/1/12 Sound Unseen 12: From Sid & Nancy to Sigur Ros The 13th Annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival has just announced the dates, film lineup, and venues participating in this year's festivities. Sound Unseen will r ... More >>
See Also:Slideshow: Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural CenterCedar Cultural Center named best World Music venueThe Cedar's African Summer Music Series begins tonightTwo musicians from Mali and a footloose cosmopolitan chart the peaks and valleys of globalism Amadou & MariamCedar Cult ... More >>
So far the spring has been a bit of a buzzkill for reggae in the Twin Cities. Both the Itals who were set to play the Cedar Cultural Center in March and the Meditations that same week were to perform in the Seventh Street Entry but had their gigs cancelled. Word was in each case it had something to ... More >>
Interview with drummer Jaleel Bunton
TV on the Radio were scheduled to play two sold-out shows at First Avenue this past April, but those shows were sadly canceled at the last minute when the band got word that their bassist Gerard Smith had lost his battle with lung cancer, a fight that had kept him off the road for their most rece ... More >>
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
Gerard Smith, the bass player for TV on the Radio, passed away this morning, just a month after the band revealed that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Smith was not performing with the band on the most recent leg of their tour, which brought them to Toronto last night.
Photo by B FRESHThough we mostly know Stef Alexander, a.k.a. P.O.S., for his rap skills and punk rock chops, he's also been making a name for himself lately as a talented remix artist. A few months back, one of P.O.S.'s remixes, "No Scrubs," was included on Doomtree's Gayngs regrind album, Affili ... More >>
As with many Tuesday afternoons, the announcements keep pouring in today for some killer shows happening this spring and summer. In addition to the big Black Keys gig at Roy Wilkins on July 3, we also learned today that TV on the Radio are returning to the First Ave Mainroom for a pair of shows o ... More >>
Can you hear us, mainstream audiences? It's us, Women.In any given year, we are bombarded with so much new music that sometimes albums and artists that deserve a lot more attention somehow fall through the cracks, and don't quite get the careful consideration their work is entitled to. So, the ba ... More >>
Craiglist and calling cards birth Fake Places, one of the Cities' most exciting new bands
They'll knife youIt's such an ego stroke when tours start in our fair little city, especially when they feature tastemaking current acts like The Glitch Mob. Fresh off a run of European gigs, Justin, Ed and Josh are coming to First Avenue tonight to show us exactly how they cornered electronic mu ... More >>
Dirty Projectors & TV on the Radio's Malone set TC dates, Manson & Snow Patrol leave Myth & TC print/site on the outs?
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Beastie Boys, Animal Collective and Depeche Mode to rock Chicago's Grant Park this August.
A chilling new video accompanies Slug's tale of addiction and redemption.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
As a preview to the Cal Surf shoe party fronted by three of my favorite Doomtree members, here's an interview with Sims abo ... More >>
There's a good reason why TV on the Radio was able to fill up First Avenue two nights in a row, and it isn't their new backup singer.
Next month is gearing up to be a crazy time for live shows. Here's a list to help you plan out a successful Rocktober 2008.
Why Lemons is like Tom Waits for Prince Fans
What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition.
The year in unfair shares
TV on the Radio return to deliver the punk gospel
Scissor Sisters' disco pop delivers a queer ear for the straight guy
TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe takes on Trump and Bush
Special absurdity of the media present, ineffability of the aesthetic past edition
Smoking like Dre, rioting against junior high, singing in the parking lot
TV on the Radio watch from their bedrooms as Williamsburg dissolves around them