Most bands don't dare book studio time at Abbey Road before they've even written a song for their new album. But for the local Anglophile indie rock quartet Two Harbors working in that hallowed venue was a longstanding dream of theirs. So, frontman Chris Pavlich booked the studio time well in advanc ... More >>
Mumford & SonsXcel Energy Center, St. PaulWednesday, September 4, 2013There's no question that Marcus Mumford and his band of Sons are brilliant. In one way, at least. Finally someone has capitalized on American pop's two most-popular niches, twang and EDM. Unfortunately, this marketable and sta ... More >>
Do we really know what love is? Is it large amounts of chocolate? Is it a little fat guy with wings and an arrow? Is it my healthy, safe obsession with Jessica Alba? Or how about the love of music and live performance from a high school choir in Shakopee?On Friday night, the classic American band Fo ... More >>
The marriage of food trucks and local breweries is a logical one. Both businesses have boomed in recent years, and great food always tastes better with a perfectly crafted brew. We're confident these two will live happily ever after. For all those who are missing the mobile food vendors in these fri ... 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.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>
Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps With Mankwe The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Thursday, January 10, 2013Caroline Smith and her constant companions Arlen Peiffer and Jesse Schuster have always seemed to enjoy surprising their fanbase. Never content to rest on the thoroughly winning fol ... More >>
The Shawano Sturgeon has lived through a lot -- the tail end of reconstruction, the Spanish-American War, World War I, Hitler, The Beatles, Justin Bieber. Not only has she outlived every human currently on the face of the earth, but she's still fertile! The Wisconsin DNR discovered the record-settin ... More >>
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
Our annual Year in Music issue is online now, and hits stands tomorrow.As we were narrowing down the volumes of albums released this year for our Best Minnesota Albums of 2011 list, I couldn't help but be a little astounded at just how many high-quality releases were issued this year. And these a ... More >>
While it seems like tempting fate to already start looking forward to the tail end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair free stage lineups should help us ease our way into the beginning of September. On the lineup this year are early-'80s Prince cohorts Morris Day and the Time, Johnny Cash's longt ... More >>
Today Vega Productions, the nonprofit responsible for both volumes of the wildly successful Minnesota Beatle Project series, released their first official music video, and it highlights one of the more nationally recognizable indie names on the compilation, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. Chi ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
For the City Pages summer fashion issue we decided on the common theme of "sustainable fashion." In these times when our wallets are all a little lighter, being thrifty and making smart investments are two invaluable skills to have. Our two gorgeous models are fully clothed in vintage, thrift, local ... More >>
Every '70s rocker's "first favorite band" Kiss is known for being outlandish, over the top, dirty old man-like and typically first of a kind for many things. Kiss coffeeshops, blood in their comic book ink, or doing an online press conference for their fans, as they did Tuesday in full make-up ba ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekOnce you've finished reading today's cover story on Jeremy Messersmith, you might still be aching to learn more about the reserved, introspective, and talented singer-songwriter. Read on for additional quotes from my series of interviews with Messersmith that didn't make their ... More >>
New mashups including Daft Punk vs. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Deep Purple vs. Usher, the Doobies vs. Air France and more!
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While listening to Paul Westerberg's new album for this week's column, I kept a listening log. Enjoy the insanity of my ramblings.
England's Pipettes revisit the girl-group sounds of the '60s
The Beatles—what a bunch of slackers. In eight years, the Fab Four released just 10 hours of recorded studio music. Since January of 2004, Army Defense has released 25 hours of original music.
"Duke" Cunningham's property to be auctioned off, New Hampshire votes against banning gay marriage, juggling to the Beatles, James Lipton chugs a beer, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
In April, Bangle Sussana Hoffs and noted bauble Matthew Sweet are releasing "Under the Covers, Vol. 1," a duet album featuring the following '60s pop gems: I See The Rain (The Marmalade) And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles) It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan) Who Knows Where The Time Goes ... More >>
Man two rows behind me, browsing this film's description in the Sound Unseen guide: "140 minutes? Jesus!" You said it, guy. Two and a half hours is long for a band bio, not to mention a band manager bio. The film originally aired on the BBC in two one-hour parts and, being that this was the direct ... More >>
AC Newman suspends the hours with one big now
Rock makes an unruly return to the garage with a Rhino reissue of the Nuggets collection
In 1965, the field recordings of the Bahamas were an island unto themselves. Thirty years later, it's a small world after all.