On April 13, 2004, I stood in the balcony overlooking the stage at the Fine Line. Two friends from college flanked me, and we smoked cigarettes at a frantic pace. A life goal, one we thought would never be attained, was about to take place: we were going to see the Pixies live. We had talked about t ... More >>
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All apologies to the folks that cringe at the thought, but for kids my age, Last Splash by the Breeders was like a wonderful alt-rock version of the Muppets. From the technicolor album cover featuring delicious strawberries, to the easily accessible melodies delivered by Kim Deal's sweet, breathy vo ... More >>
Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
The boys in Free Energy are musicians who know what they want. And if they don't know what they want, the Philadelphia via Minneapolis power pop quintet has a knack for finding the production talent who does.Their meticulously crafted debut, Stuck on Nothing, came out of left field back in 2010. The ... More >>
The long-standing dance tradition in the Twin Cities known as Transmission is about to reach a dozen years in existence. Jake Rudh's new wave and goth party known for its delicious combing of '80s delights in that vein is celebrating its 12th birthday with a First Avenue Mainroom party in March!Rudh ... More >>
Back in 1788, poet Robert Burns wrote an anthem that's still more ubiquitous than Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" at New Year's. The lines to the kazoo-friendly "Auld Lang Syne" have summed up the "drinking to forget" philosophy ever since. What came in ensuing years is more complex. Now, w ... More >>
After hundreds of ballots and votes, the best of the best new bands have been chosen
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Thermals and Cymbals Eat GuitarsSeptember 30, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisIt was a fun night to be at the Triple Rock on Thursday, as both the Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars delivered enjoyable, satisfying sets to a responsive audience that were there t ... More >>
If you're like us, you probably had no idea that this past Sunday was Sister Day, a new holiday entirely fabricated by the Hallmark greeting card corporation. Even Hallmark's own website can't keep it straight, with some pages insisiting the "holiday" fell on last Sunday and others saying it will ... More >>
The split 7" is a punk rock staple.
Murs and Slug collaboration starts to take shape, Dan Wilson announces home town tour & next week's best new releases.
The Breeders are back in Minneapolis to spread their love of fuzzy guitar riffs.
New Mark Mallman, Pixies returning to the TC (sort of), Atmosphere announces summer tour & next week's best new releases.
Chickenfoot and KMFDM schedule TC dates, Atmosphere locks down a summer tour & the Pretenders clear up the Zoo/Orpheum mess.
Two members of the Pixies will hit the Twin Cities this summer.