It has been nearly 11 years since the world lost Joe Strummer. But his lingering influence around the world hasn't diminished in the least. Here in Minnesota, we keep Strummer's restless spirit alive not only in the inspired songs that ring out in venues all over the Twin Cities and beyond, but also ... 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.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
You're going to South by Southwest, right? Or you're already there? One of those things is bound to be true. Well, our sibling paper pals at Dallas Observer have got some advice for you, and managed to format it all into the style of commandments, because one of their favorite things to do is preten ... 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 >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
Adam DeGross has come a long way since he first brought his camera to a show as an 18-year-old. Without formal training, he's captured thousands and thousands of shots at local concerts and, come January 5, he will release 400 of them in the form of Pay Attention, a collection of photos of Minnesota ... 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 >>
Writer-director-actress takes on everything that's wrong with movies—and she's bringing Chris Rock
It has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as in an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle Sport, Brick Layer Cake). Shellac was fully formed when Alb ... More >>
DesaparecidosWith Little Brazil400 Bar, MinneapolisThursday, August 9, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Desaparecidos at 400 BarDesaparecidos' Denver Dalley on writing Read Music/Speak Spanish and the artistic use of racial slursConor Oberst can pack good-sized theaters playing his folkier, more precious Bri ... More >>
Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
For every kid who has ever left their hometown and moved to LA in search of "something more," Mark Foster is an inspiration. Originally hailing from Cleveland, Foster made a life-changing decision to change his direction at the age of 18; he headed west toward the land of opportunity, and never t ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Nato ColesNato Coles has been involved in the Midwest DIY scene for several years, first gaining notoriety with Milwaukee's Modern Machines before moving to Brooklyn and recently settling in Minneapolis. In his first year in the Twin Cities, Coles has established the "borderline ... More >>
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 >>
T-Pain autotunes Obama, Lady GaGa smells of Teen Spirit, the Ting Tings go disco & more!
Rancid wear their hearts on their (heavily tattooed) sleeves.
Original bass player Laura Kennedy suffering complications from Hepatitis C