In some ways Josh Grier still doesn't know what hit him when Tapes 'n Tapes unexpectedly blew up seven years ago. On the strength of their ragged-but-right debut album, The Loon, they surged from little local band to toast of the blogosphere seemingly overnight. "We made a record in a friend's bas ... More >>
New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music
Mid West Music Fest, Day Two: Featuring the 4onthefloor, Rogue Valley, Ruben, and Midwest DilemmaWinona, MNFriday, April 20, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Three: Kimya Dawson, the MelismaticsFriday at the Mid West Music Fest brought sunny skies ... More >>
Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Featuring Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private EyeWinona, MNSaturday, April 21, 2012See also:Mid West Music Fest Day One with Tapes 'n TapesMid West Music Fest, Day Two: the 4onthefloor, Rogue ValleyThe final day of the Mid West Music Fest found the gra ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
Erik Appelwick, Martin Dosh, and James Buckley drop fourth album
America Give Up not burdened by big expectations
With holiday shopping season in full swing, the folks behind the Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3 album are releasing a series of music videos to keep their charity compilation at the very front of our minds. Last week we saw Solid Gold donning moustaches and Let It Be-era Beatles attire for thei ... More >>
The first installment was named the Best Local Music Compilation of the year, and the second was listed among our top Twin Cities albums released in 2010. So it's not too shocking that the third volume of the wildly successful Minnesota Beatle Project series is packed with big names from our loca ... More >>
"Oh how I feel alive and through autumn's advancing / We'll stay young, go dancing."-Death Cab for Cutie
Photo by Jayme Halbritter for City PagesThe Current's program manager Jim McGuinnThough this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen a Current-sponsored show sell out in a heartflutter or watched them dominate the "indie" music scene in the Twin Cities, a recent report has shown that the st ... More >>
Band comes rocketing out of limbo
Photos by Erik HessWe had an insanely fun time yesterday afternoon throwing the first ever Gimme Noise day party in Austin in partnership with First Avenue. The party was hopping from the get-go, thanks in part to the free beer offered up by Tiger, and we were thrilled to see a huge contingent of ... More >>
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
We had our photographers out in full force this weekend to catch everything from Warren G at Epic to Saturday's popular Lowertown Music Fest to the Menergy DJ night at the Kitty Cat Klub. Here's a sampling of some of the new music photography we have up on our site.
photo via the Walker Art CenterThis Sunday the Walker Art Center's Teen Arts Council is hosting Open Exposure, an all-day mini-festival taking place on the Walker's green grounds. Featuring Eyedea & Abilities, Tapes 'n Tapes, Total Babe and three high school bands hand-picked by the Council o ... More >>
July appears to be the season where bands put out new music for you to buy, and let's face it, nothing says fun like a record release party. This weekend is chock full of record release shows, as well as some fine local music, touring acts, and outdoor festivals. Submitted for your approval:
Music articles from this week's print edition.
Friday night was one for the history books.
Sample a few clips from last weekend's intimate gig at the Music Box.
Live shots from the weekend.
Start planning for next weekend's big block party.
"Pre Med (Just In Case)" is exciting and adventurous, even if mildly derivative.
New Brother Ali collaboration, Bob Mould hits NYC & interviews with Heiruspecs, Romantica and Dan Israel.
Macalester College Springfest lineup announced, Aerosmith and ZZ Top to play Xcel & Prince loves him om Selma Hayek.
Stream new Bob Mould, Dan Auerbach played the Current, Tapes 'n Tapes in DC & reactions to Brother Ali's new EP
Stream the new Brother Ali single, Eels cover Prince, & Olson, Louris and Martin Devaney interviewed.
Cecil Otter releases a new music video, Muja Messiah freestyles for B96 & new M.anifest
NME shows love for Solid Gold, No Doubt to play Xcel, Tapes 'n Tapes interviewed & Last of the Record Buyers footage
Lykke Li plays the Varsity, Artist Meets Artist announced and new music from Mouthful of Bees
The hometown indie rockstars played to a sold-out crowd at First Avenue Friday night.
He likes it! Hey Mikey!
Lily Allen to play First Avenue, P.O.S. appears on B96 & Josh Grier talks gastronomy
New Muja Messiah, a new Hootenanny podcast & updates on Tapes 'n Tapes & Mark Olson and Gary Louris
In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, local music blog Culture Bully will blog 60 times in 60 hours.
With the convention days away, the Turf Club rocks for change
Told you we read it for the articles: Playboy.com's "A-List" (we swear we called dibs on that name long ago) lists Minneapolis's own First Avenue as one of the ten best rock clubs in America. The big black bus station joins the likes of the Empty Bottle in Chicago, Emo's Austin, and the Mercury Loun ... More >>
Trolling for hooks in the office clutter