Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
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Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>
Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, September 7, 2013I'll admit, I wasn't prepared for all the red. Yes, I knew Taylor Swift's most recent album was called Red and that this was "The Red Tour" but it hadn't occurred to me that those titles would dictate her fans' dress code quite so ... More >>
The weather has cooled down, but the music hasn't. Plenty of acts, large and local, are hitting up the Twin Cities this week. Mumford & Sons leave their mark on St. Paul Wednesday at the Xcel while Taylor Swift stops by later for the weekend. Alt-J plays a sold out two night show at First Avenue ... More >>
Jimmy Eat World with X AmbassadorFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, July 8, 2013"Thank you guys so much, First Avenue. God damn, we love this place," Jimmy Eat World's lead singer Jim Adkins expressed from the stage on Monday night. The men of Jimmy Eat World looked like your average guys, but don't l ... More >>
Muzak just joined the ranks of words like aspirin, brassiere, cellophane, escalator, granola, kerosene, linoleum, trampoline, yo-yo, & zipper. These were brands that became the colloquialism for the thing itself, and the word lives on well after the brand itself has gone to that great Piggly Wi ... More >>
Country crossovers didn't begin with Taylor Swift; the genre's embraced its pop side for almost as long as folks have been laying bow to fiddle. And for that reason, today we eulogize Patti Page, the pop/country/R&B singer and onetime Benny Goodman band singer who passed away Tuesday.
The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>
See also: Taylor Swift at the Xcel Energy Center, 6/14/11 and 6/15/11 Taylor Swift sells out Xcel Much has been made this week of Taylor Swift's Monday night video chat, in which 72,000 fans tuned in to watch the totally-pop, maybe-kinda-country songstress discuss her upcoming record, Red, with a ... More >>
The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>
Florence the MachineState Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here."This is such a beautiful venue," Florence Welch said to her assembled subjects midway through Friday's performance. And indeed the ornate State Theatre is one of the few spots worthy of the ... More >>
Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>
If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... More >>
Hearing 21-year-old Ohioan Lydia Loveless' Bloodshot release Indestructible Machine, your immediate association upon taking in her rich, steady and intense voice is "Neko Case. She sounds like Neko Case." But no, that's not quite right. It's got a rougher edge than that. Stay instead within the Buck ... More >>
Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>
The zombie apocalypse might very well begin in Des Moines, IA. I can see em all now, loping out of the cornfield, eyes glaring like lost Wal-Mart dads. This guy at the show the night before claimed Iowa to have the highest level of radon in America. In the morning Aaron Lemay was watching Shaun ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenTaylor SwiftJune 14 and 15, 2011Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulThe best spectacle of Tuesday night's Taylor Swift show at the Xcel was Swift performing "Love Story" standing on what looked like a floating balcony, suspended by wires and soaring like a UFO over fans' heads. But t ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
Since its inception as an advertising gimmick for a shoe wax company, Twister has come a long way. Almost 50 years later, it's been played by 65 million people, and everyone from Johnny Carson to Keanu Reeves to Taylor Swift has been tied in knots on its colorful game board. Here are some of the ... More >>
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
via @XcelEnergyCtrIt's a big day for ticket on-sales in the Twin Cities -- both the Gayngs Affiliayted Showcase and Adele went on sale at First Avenue, with Adele selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul opened its box office doors for legions of Taylor Swift fan ... More >>
Courtesy of jameyjohnson.comSo you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wi ... More >>
Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.
MATT LAUER: You remember what he said? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist. A brief excerpt has been posted of Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, set to air this Monday night on Matt Lauer Reports.For a man who dammed the river of scientific prog ... More >>
Screengrab via TwitPicTaylor Swift and Target: Kissing the dog means inking a deal. We know what Taylor Swift saw from the stage last month at the Target Center, and now we know her performance in front of Big Red's army had an even bigger upside than a quick paycheck. Swift has signed a dea ... More >>
The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>
Via TwitPicTaylor Swift gives Bullseye a kissTaylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias Charice and other A-list artists added some star power to Target Corp's annual national company meeting yesterday at the Target Center. Backstage, Swift and Legend schmoozed with Bullseye, t ... More >>
What happened to May? Is it seriously almost coming to an end? If you need a little refresher on one of the busiest music months in recent memory, head over to our Month in Music slideshow, which recaps photos of Gayngs, the Lyn-Lake street fest, Taylor Swift, Dessa, Romantica, and more.
Photo by Tony NelsonPop-country megastar Taylor Swift returned to the Twin Cities (less than a year after playing the Target Center) to charm the Xcel in St. Paul. Tony Nelson got up close and personal with the singer and delivered an amazing slideshow of photos; click here to check them out.
Photo by Steve Cohen SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT. I'm worried for li'l Taylor Swift. Her last American tour sold out all across the board. In fact, she sold out Staples Center and Madison Square Garden in less than two minutes. This tour? Also sold out sold out sold out. Appears the next show wit ... More >>
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