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 >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we lead off with another uplifting video from inspirational signer/songwriter Zach Sobiech. "Sandcastles" is a collaborative duet with Sammy Brown that only adds t ... 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 South By Southwest Music Conference seems perfectly timed each year with the exact moment when bands and music fans from the North have reached their collective breaking points with the interminable winter months, and communally head down to Austin, Texas in a grand, musical migration. Despite ... More >>
Plenty of shows going on in this last full week in February. Friday and Saturday prove to be the most busy. Friday, indie rock band Eels takes the First Avenue stage while psych poppers Ruby Suns play at the 7th Street Entry. ZZ Ward will be playing to a sold-out crowd at the Varsity and California ... 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 >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... 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 >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
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.
Big Trouble's favorites could teach all of us a few things about behaving musically.
Beyonce thrills at the Target Center, Mark Mallman releases new music video & next week's best new releases.
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