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Lee Ranaldo's inventive guitar work with Sonic Youth brazenly took music in an imaginative new direction. But the talented musician has also proven to be a skilled writer, visual artist, and composer, with Ranaldo consistently challenging himself artistically throughout his long, pioneering career. ... More >>
Justin Vernon's Grammy-winning run with Bon Iver has pushed his other side projects and random guest appearances to the forefront. Whether he's recording with Kanye, the Flaming Lips, or P.O.S., Vernon's involvement always seems to add an ethereal indie cache. Now comes word that Vernon's long-simm ... More >>
The River's Edge Music Festival will not be back in 2013, Live Nation officials say. The $4.8 million, two-day event on St. Paul's Harriet Island debuted last June with headliners Dave Matthews Band and Tool, as well as the Flaming Lips, Scissor Sisters, Diplo, and several others spread over multipl ... More >>
See Also:15 gorgeous GIFs from River's Edge Music Festival 2012Review: River's Edge Music Festival Day 1, 6/23/12 Slideshows: Music Day 1, Music Day 2, People Day 1, People Day 2Kudos to the diligent folks at MPLS.TV for capturing the variety of concert-goers at the recent River's Edge Music Festiv ... More >>
The "1234" singer speaks ahead of Minnesota Zoo show
The fiery local group BNLX have pulled off some interesting covers over the course of their seven different EPs, but their take on Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" has caused more raised eyebrows and nodding heads than anything they have tackled since their blistering, distortion-filled rendition of Pri ... More >>
Related:River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupSoundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.Slideshow: Skrillex at Skyway TheatreU2 at TCF Bank Stadium, 7/23/11 The inaugural running of the River's Edge Music Festival will bring Tool, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, the Flaming ... More >>
Photo by Reed FischerDr. DogFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFebruary 17, 2012Dr. Dog turned the Mainroom stage into their own cozy living room Friday night at a sold-out First Avenue. They decorated their immediate surroundings with numerous lamps, afghans, and other random comforts of home including ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
So the first rapped lyrics on "I Got AIDS" are, indeed, "I got AIDS." This isn't a song that fucks around; it straddles the elephant in the blog comment box and starts beating that sucker on the ears with a spiked riding crop. This is significant in a number of ways, not least of which are these: ... More >>
Bassist Mikey Welsh, best known for his time spent playing with Weezer from 1998-2001, passed away on Saturday from causes that are yet to be determined. He was 40.
The beats never stop for the tireless crew of Doomtree. It was barely six months ago that Sims released his sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo, to overwhelming support from critics, peers, and fans. His smooth delivery and the intelligent persistence of his rhymes make Doomtree's youngest partner ... More >>
Alan Palomo, musician/synthesizer wizardThese days, it's not surprising to find bands offering increasingly elaborate album packages available for pre-order. T-shirts, posters, 45 rpm singles, and even marijuana-flavored gummy skulls (by the Flaming Lips, of course) are all par for the course ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonThe Goondas performing at Best New Bands at First AvenueContinuing with our SoundTown Series, the Goondas gladly signed up for an in-person interview. Following the release of their self-titled debut album in 2010, the band has sprung up as one of the Twin Cities' best liv ... More >>
Dennis Lane is impressive, catchy sophomore album
Photo by Steve CohenNick Urata of DeVotchKa performing at First Avenue last AprilAs Somerset's SoundTown inches closer to its fun-filled weekend (August 19-20), Gimme Noise will be conducting a series of email, phone, and in-person interviews with many of the artists lined up for the festival ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPixiesApril 24, 2011Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. PaulThe career arc of the Pixies has been fascinating, to say the least. The seminal band formed, recorded, a toured to modest acclaim and then broke up, only to see their legacy grow exponentially in the years following their d ... More >>
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
Holiday weeks are hell on columns like this one. Not because nothing happens, but because nobody's around to report on what's happening. In any event, here's what we were able to find out about what went down while we were hanging Christmas lights, getting sick, and stuffing ourselves full of tur ... More >>
photo by: Jonathan BehmMuse have come a long way from the feisty club band that played the Quest back in 2004 as if they had a point to make and a country to conquer. At the Target Center on Tuesday night, it seemed as if the Teignmouth trio (who are joined by multi-instrumentalist Morgan Nicholl ... More >>
Photos by Benjamin GrimesSchool of Seven Bells and Active ChildSeptember 19, 20107th St. Entry, MinneapolisDo the Twin Cities have an active enough concertgoing population to support three separate sizable touring bands on a chilly Sunday night? It turns out the answer is yes, judging from the fu ... More >>
Band is one to top with its prolific output
Photo by Nick VlcekOnce you've finished reading today's cover story on Jeremy Messersmith, you might still be aching to learn more about the reserved, introspective, and talented singer-songwriter. Read on for additional quotes from my series of interviews with Messersmith that didn't make their ... More >>
GZA commissions the Hood Internet for new track, Johnny Cash vs. QOTSA & more of the week's best mashups.
The Wars of 1812 announce break-up, Doomtree sets vinyl releases, Har Mar Superstar prepping HBO show & next week's best new releases.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
Their latest tour is pointing them homeward bound
Cloud Cult peer into the foggy border between this world and the next
The City Pages Media Taster lets you actually hear the great music you read about in City Pages—just launch, click, and listen.
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
Spiritual musicians lead their followers to the boat
Five new local CDs Range from Spaghetti Westerns to pot paeans
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Dallas Orbiter sets its own course to the ether
Mink Lungs: One band, a dozen hallucinogenic pop songs, 2,000 biting red ants
Yoshimi battles the pink 'bots while Wayne Coyne struggles against his previous masterpiece
Charting a path between electronica and the old one-two-three-four, Polara's intrepid space-rock earned them a coveted deal with Interscope Records. As the band learned, it won't cure all their ills. But it beats a sharp stick in the eye
Born in Louisiana, the Elephant 6 collective herald a new rock underground.
Nothing more than feelings: Billy Corgan channels teenage angst