While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
The festivities for Sound Unseen's 15th annual Film Music Art Festival kick off in grand -- if a bit bittersweet -- fashion this year. Leading the impressive slate of films just announced is the Minnesota premiere of Nickolas Rossi's film, Heaven Adores You. It's an intimate look at both the life an ... More >>
Indie rock guitar god J Mascis has a load of side projects, including a solo joint under his own name. Yes, the Dinosaur Jr. frontman still shreds on Tied to a Star, and his wry sense of humor is on display in the cult-themed video for the lead single "Every Morning," starring Fred Armisen. Ahead o ... More >>
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RatDog Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis Friday, July 13, 2014 Bob Weir and the incredible RatDog kicked off what was to be a bizarro weekend Friday night on the University of Minnesota campus. On a gorgeous summer evening underneath the "honey moon," folks were hanging outside the newly renovated N ... More >>
Temples With Drowners and Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis April 24, 2014 It's both a blessing and a bit of a curse for a band's show to move to a bigger room in order to accommodate demand. Sure, the group's popularity is increasing at an unforeseen rate, but some folks bought tickets to see ... 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 slow-burning career trajectory of the National is similar to their songs and albums themselves. What starts as a gentle wave of emotion and intrigue gradually swells to a point where the listener simply gets swept up in the raw sentiments of the track, eventually taken somewhere far different fr ... More >>
Fourth of July weekend has plenty in store for Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday, First Avenue will be hosting Bathysphere, a two day psych rock festival featuring bands such as A Place to Bury Strangers and Dean & Britta doing Galaxie 500 songs, and locals such as Pony Trash, Flavor Crystals, Pa ... More >>
Drinking in the new local breweries sprouting up around town
They Might be Giants have definitely fallen out of the mainstream of alternative music. You're not likely to hear a lot of the new songs on heavy rotation on the Current or your alt station of choice. You don't hear a lot of covers of their songs, and especially not a shrill wannabe-Etta James teen ... 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 >>
It goes without saying that country fans and foes alike love Zac Brown Band in all their genre-bending glory, and many will no doubt turn out in droves to see them when they play the Target Center on Saturday.Fronted by a robust, bearded man by the name of, yes, Zac Brown, the band was established ... More >>
Norah Jones with Cory ChiselOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012An evening with Norah Jones is not limited to one genre of music. On a cold, blustery night -- to which Jones said, "I wasn't prepared for [the cold]." -- Minneapolis was treated to rock, pop, country, jazz, and folk alon ... More >>
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We've written about Marty Robbins here before, most notably on the anniversary of his recording of the Western revival, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs -- click on over to learn about the history of that seminal album. But this dude's so cool, he warrants mention more than once so today, w ... More >>
Kill the baked potato
Those of you who were wondering if and when Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z would ever pull a J.Lo/Marc Anthony and collaborate on a full-length album? You folks can keep right on wondering about that while the rest of us figure out how to digest the (alleged) news that the first couple of urban pop ar ... More >>
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hearken back to a time when folk/country rock was pouring out of California and everyone was covering everyone else and especially covering Dylan.
Gimme Noise spoke with Tea Leaf Green's guitarist ahead of tonight's show at the Cabooze.
I dunno ladies, he ain't that skinny. But he sho' can sing.
Band prepares promising limited-run EP
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
On the Occasion of its 25th Anniversary, We Offer a Requiem for the Much-Maligned Metrodome
Paisley swirls sell, but where is the soul of San Francisco?
People with personal-space issues: meet your nightmare
A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods
Congress thinks the RAVE Act is a natural high for the War on Drugs. But ravers aren't smiling.
Twang's Eastern philosopher Jimmie Dale Gilmore weaves his strange life into an Endless Night
The Source suggests that beatness is in the eye of the beholder
Pavement may spit on their audience, but their aim is true
Fascist Firestarters?: Prodigy's rock & roll revolution.