There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get Local Frames going with a striking new video from Red Mountain, an intriguing experimental musical collective out of Duluth. We're also featuring clips from ... More >>
One of the many joys of attending Winona's Mid West Music Fest is the chance to discover young, up-and-coming bands from the area that haven't quite made waves in the Twin Cities music scene. This year, my favorite discovery of the entire festival was Neon, a band of talented teenagers from LaCrosse ... More >>
Devendra Banhart With Rodrigo Amarante Mill City Nights, Minneapolis May 30, 2013 It took until the encore before Devendra Banhart fully let his guard down and started to celebrate his birthday. And even then, he looked a bit lost and confused as to what to do, as his band serenaded him with a rams ... More >>
Jack Douglas has enjoyed a legendary career in music. After starting on Robert Kennedy's senatorial campaign, Douglas worked with a Who's Who of rock luminaries, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Aerosmith. Last weekend, he was in town recording a new single with The Oddfathers at Terranium Studio, w ... More >>
Plenty of music going on the the Twin Cities this week! The Dakota welcomes Motown legends Martha and the Vandellas for a two night stay, Wednesday and Thursday. Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps will be headlining at the Cedar. First Avenue will be hosting a Best New Bands Concert featurin ... More >>
The holiday season is underway this weekend! Minneapolis native, Lorie Line visits for a three day performance at the State Theatre. Local modern rockers Maudlin will be hosting the Fourth Annual Worst Christmas Pageant Ever at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall. On the not holiday special front, Prissy C ... More >>
Friday is the night of tribute shows. We Are Not Ween rocks the mainroom of First Avenue, while The Big Pink performs their annual homage to The Band's last show known as "The Last Waltz". If you're in St. Paul, stop by the Amsterdam to hear Jonny James & the Hall of Fames cover The Be ... More >>
Weaver at the Loom is primarily one man, Dan Smith. It's a common name, but he creates lush new songs that are brilliant individually, and collectively tell a more incandescent story. Concocted in his basement, his new album, Before Now, Was Then, Dan blends sounds that are what being in love should ... 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 >>
Photos by Nikki MillerThe Beach Boys July 31, 2011 Mystic Amphitheater The year is 1993, 30 years after the birth of John Stamos. My best friend Amy and I are sitting in her family's basement rec room, arguing again. Amy is pro-Beach Boys. I'm pro-Beatles. And we're each anti- the other. I ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLeisure BirdsNew Year's Eve Cover Night featuring Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL December 31, 2010 Turf Club, St. Paul It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.
The third Rock the Boat fundraiser, produced by Minnesota non-profit VEGA Productions (who gave us the Minnesota Beatle Project compilation) and benefiting music and art programs in Saint Paul public schools, takes place tomorrow night aboard two connected Padelford River Boats that launch from Harr ... More >>
83 years ago today, Buck Owens, originally Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., was born in Sherman, TX, just months before the onset of the Great Depression. As the story goes, he assigned himself the name "Buck" at the age of four - his family owned a mule by the name of Buck, and he decided he wanted t ... More >>
The 7" Review blog has seen its share of punk bands of late--in large part because that's a genre that utilizes the short-play format more frequently. This edition brings a little more variety to the table in Milwaukee's The Goodnight Loving. The band just released a full-length companion t ... More >>
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
Jay-Z goes Hawaiian, Amanda Blank gets with 'Ghosts 'n Stuff' & a celebration of the Beatles (or Beastles, as the case may be).
"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard," "My heart is like an artichoke," and "I want a little sugar/in my bowl..."
Gimme Noise offers four helpful hints about how to hate on the scourge of the music underworld.
Edina Cinema, starts Friday
With their debut LP, White Light Riot kick off the training wheels, peddle straight pop
Negativland @ First Avenue From today's A-List: "While they've sidelined the spectacular antics that earned the ire of sundry recording-industry bigwigs back in the 20th, plunderphonics pioneers Negativland haven't stopped challenging consensus notions of 'intellectual property'--and being engaging ... More >>
Spiritual musicians lead their followers to the boat
How the Batson Brothers changed my life and helped start an endless garage revival
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here
How much worse can Modern Rock radio get? You have no idea...
A documentary retrospective of the Maysles Brothers puts the focus on both sides of the camera
Blah Blah Blah: The Spice Girls get what's coming to them in Spice World.