Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton have injected a raucous edge to the Twin Cities music scene for years. Their last group, Prissy Clerks, placed high in our 2012 Picked to Click poll and won Best Rock Band in City Pages' 2013 Best Of issue. The pair are shifting gears a bit with a new project, Whatev ... More >>
Happy Holidays, internet pals! While not too many acts are playing venues this Christmas, plenty of bars are still open for business. There's also plenty of places to ring in the New Year, including First Avenue's Dance Night, The Turf Club's Cover Band Show, Davina and the Vagabonds at the Dakota o ... More >>
In a digital age driven by social media, an artist can make a song and a name for themselves over the course of a single afternoon. With the assistance of some prominent shares and retweets, things can move quickly. With Picked to Click, Gimme Noise's ultimate aim is to give some well-earned attenti ... More >>
The Rhymesayers Entertainment family just got a little larger. On Tuesday, the Minnesota hip-hop label announced the signing of Dem Atlas, who hails from St. Paul and is a native of Akron, Ohio, and has been on the cusp of breaking out for a bit now. He hit number 27 on the 2013 Picked to Click tall ... More >>
A year ago, the We Don't Even Live Here era officially began. P.O.S. snagged City Pages' Best Album of the Past 12 Months, and hit a new creative plateau with the fiery collection.On Tuesday, October 22, the collection gets new life as the POS/WDELH/MDS/RMX in the capable hands of Stef's frequent co ... More >>
The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#8. Southwire: 43 points Southwire have emerged out of the fertile music scene in Duluth with a blend of plaintive folk and a vibrant backbeat rooted in hip-hop. Songs that were born modestly around the elegiac strains of frontwoman Jerree Small's piano blossomed in the studio under the deft, gritt ... More >>
#3. GRRRL PRTY: 65 points The three entertaining ladies of GRRRL PRTY are captivating enough to host their own hip-hop version of The View. Instead, these friends' in-jokes and convivial banter color one of the area's most exciting new rap acts. Here, Lizzo's joined by Sophia Eris, her cohort from ... More >>
#2. Greg Grease: 81 points Over the past 12 months, we've gotten to know a lot about Greg Grease, but this could be just the jump-off. The rapper, producer, storyteller, and musical collaborator won't let himself be confined to any one thing. "I really just want to show people that there's more tha ... More >>
#1. Lizzo: 87 points"I'm so glad you ain't asked a question about being a woman in hip-hop," says Lizzo midway through a conversation with City Pages. That makes a whole music scene of us. Everything you need to know on that topic is addressed on her debut full-length, Lizzobangers. "I ain't your h ... More >>
The Walkmen kick off City Pages' inaugural music festival in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
Doing it big is the only way for Totally Gross National Product. The Twin Cities label had a pretty quiet 2012 -- that is, aside from putting out Polica's Give You the Ghost, hosting one of the freshest parties of the summer to celebrate a Marijuana Deathsquads mixtape, and Solid Gold's Eat Your You ... More >>
With temperatures in the Twin Cities starting to head consistently north of freezing, chatter regarding summer music festivals is also on the rise. So it's as fine a time as any to proudly announce that City Pages has a live music event of its own coming up -- the inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds Festiv ... More >>
The fortunes of one of three burgeoning Twin Cities bands are about to change dramatically, as Vita.mn just announced the trio of groups that won this year's Are You Local? contest. Bad Bad Hats, Carroll, and one of our Picked to Click standouts, Audio Perm, have been selected out of hundreds of app ... More >>
Everyone's a critic -- except in Minnesota, of course. Well, we're just as judgmental if not worse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but you'd hardly detect it from any publicly circulated opinion on the matter with a byline. Actually, I take that back. Those charged with writing criticism often get shun ... More >>
Welcome to the first installment of Local Frames of 2013! As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more local ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
A music scene as intimate as the Twin Cities has seen genres and styles bleed into one another, and rarely is such hybridization unwelcome. With this mindset, Wide Eyes producers Dimitry Killstorm and DJ Name have concocted a mash-up project that combines a lot of Picked to Click alums, like local r ... More >>
After hundreds of ballots and votes, the best of the best new bands have been chosen
#10. Audio Perm: 32 points"We haven't done one photo shoot where every member has been in it," says Audio Perm rapper 80H20 with a laugh. That's because the AP crew, which has risen to prominence putting in work and a fresh approach to the Twin Cities rap sound, is more than 10 members deep. Each Au ... More >>
The Basilica Block Party marks the beginning of July and the end of weeks of promotion for presenting radio station Cities 97, who bring soft-rocker Mat Kearney and Train on Friday and alt-country group The Avett Brothers on Saturday night. 311 will be swinging through Minneapolis on their national ... More >>
This is definitely a weekend reserved for rock with Rock for Pussy, a tribute to David Bowie at First Ave. on Friday and Rock the Vine, a day reserved for music and wine tasting, on Saturday. Minneapalooza will be taking over Nick & Eddie's and Joe's Garage on Saturday with many local musicians. ... More >>
Girl power without the Spice Girls is alive and well these days, and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be celebrating this weekend with the Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul. If you're feeling young, stop by Station 4 to check out pop-punk group Go Radio with This Providence; if not, St. Vincent and C ... More >>
Andrew W.K.First Avenue, MinneapolisThursday, March 22, 2012Click here for the slideshow One thanks the stars that Andrew W. K., who has spent a bit more time in the last five years curating an inscrutable public identity than releasing significant music, decided to tour his debut LP I Get Wet fo ... More >>
Say what you will about Howler, but they can probably say it better. For all of the local criticism the Minneapolis surf-garage act has received for not paying their dues or being too forthright, none of it seems to focus on their abilities as a live act. After personally experiencing them for th ... More >>
The local band the Cloak Ox had a ripping 2011. After all, they won last year's City Pages "Picked To Click" by a landslide as one of the most promising band's from our fair State. As any reader of Gimme Noise can attest, we've covered them extensively as they maintain their status as one of the ... More >>
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Settle down with some local music this weekend.
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
The Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and more
Sarah White has certainly kept busy since she left Minneapolis for Brooklyn back in 2007. Though many in the Twin Cities may still know her best as one of the founding members of Black Blondie, she's actually spent far more time now as a solo artist, and her new Space Madness, is the se ... More >>
"Always strive to excel, but only on weekends."-Richard Rorty
So here's to all those summer nights when my feet hit the sand, the waves break my fall, and all my friends outnumber the stars.
An extra day to the weekend? We'll take it!
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Photo by Jen Boyles Beastie Boys DJ and and mad professor of all things turntablism Mix Master Mike is coming to Epic next month for a headlining show celebrating Mardi Gras. The show, scheduled for March 4, was just announced Thursday afternoon. Mike was last in the Twin Cities stumping for Bara ... More >>
Mally, Pink Mink, Grant Cutler, and more
Got your Star Trek costume all laid out, belly full of candy, pumpkin carved, and still don't know what to do with yourself this Halloween weekend? Don't fret, we've got a host of musical options at your disposal. Here's a rundown of some of the best Halloween-themed concerts happening this weeke ... More >>
Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll
We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>
Photo by Betsy Munro Photography.Domino Davis of Dearling PhysiqueIt's Wednesday, hump day, rainy-then-sunny day -- and above all else, it's that day of the week when a new issue of City Pages hits the stands. Here's a quick rundown of all the great music content we have in store for our readers ... More >>
The lineup for this year's showcase has been announced, featuring more than one Picked to Click winner.
Sole hollers at us with a new MP3 and, oddly, a list of his favorite books.
The hip-hop powerhouse invited several local acts to join him in the big room.
Red Pens win 2009 Picked to Click, Radio K goes FM, new Gigamesh & Bill Mike's guitar goes missing.
Free yourself this weekend.