YA saves summer
I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>
The Minneapolis punks gear up for this weekend's celebration
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 >>
The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli is undoubtedly smarter and deeper than the internet. He connected a love of R&B's brutal underbelly and the visceral outbursts he had inside decades before Napster turned everyone's music tastes into rotisserie fare. Still, a steadfast fa ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
Photos by Ben ClarkThe Soft PackThe Soft Pack with Kurt Vile and Purling HissNovember 1, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisLast weekend, during a conversation with a friend of mine, I asked what I should expect from a Kurt Vile show."It's psych rock," she replied. "You know, it sounds like ... More >>
Photos by Nick VlcekGorillaz with N*E*R*DOctober 17, 2010Target Center, MinneapolisWell, that's it. Seeing an arena show will never be quite the same after tonight's complex and ceaseless hour-and-45-minute Gorillaz show at the Target Center.
In addition to an all-star "Plastic Beach" band featuring De La Soul, Little Dragon, Bobby Womack, and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash, Gorillaz have announced that they will be bringing along Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's N*E*R*D as their opening act. The tour stops at the Target Ce ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess"Ben is kind of The Dude....he's a maniac and he holds it down so hard." High praise from Stef Leron "POS" Alexander, but drummer Ben Ivascu lives up to the hype every single time he plays. And chances are that he's playing right now. In a set of cities blessed with some o ... More >>
Lil Wayne might be embarrassing himself with his rapper-doing-rock schtick, but it gets just as ridiculous when it's the other way around.
In anticipation of Girl Talk's show tonight at First Avenue, Gimme Noise cooks up its own amusing mash-up titles.
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.
Eva Washburn used to be the only French horn player in ska. "But now there's another one," she says--a guy in the Wisconsin ska-thrash band Hired Geeks. "I guess I'm what happens when somebody who loves the Suburbs, Walt Mink, and the Clash just keeps playing French horn because this is the instrume ... More >>
Country-blues-folk musician Joe Ely has been performing for roughly four decades. He's probably best known for his work with the Flatlanders, the Lubbock, Texas bred band that also includes Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. The trio recorded a single album in 1972 that became legendary, in part ... More >>