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 >>
Making lists of things is important. Lists are great for grocery shopping, keeping track of irresistable kisses if you're Daryl Hall, remembering things you're supposed "To Do," and the corralling of the finest albums of a musical year. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn knows this, and has added an extra ... More >>
The memories of Lifter Puller jostling the Twin Cities in the late '90s can hopefully live on -- via film. The group's guitarist-keyboardist Steve Barone is making one last push to find archival video of the group for a short documentary. One nugget that he has just shared via YouTube is Craig Finn' ... More >>
Related:Review: Rock the Garden at Walker Art Center, 6/16/12Slideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: MusicSlideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: People/ScenesGimme Noise decided to add something different to the usual slideshow song and dance for Rock the Garden's 2012 running at Walker Art Center. Perhaps it ... More >>
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This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
A hilarious exchange between two Minneapolis favorites unfolds in a new "interview" of sorts between Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and Hüsker Dü/Sugar kingpin Bob Mould. This chat comes along with the promotional push for Finn's first solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes -- an album Pitchfork g ... More >>
There are never enough days in the weekend.
Craig Finn sure has been busy lately. In addition to putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, the "Friday Night Lights" inspired, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and plotting a subsequent solo tour, he and guitarist Tad Kubler took part in a Replacement's tribute show Wednesday night at ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWith a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.
The New Pornographers are one of those bands that seem like they will just quietly endure, continually putting out quality from the indie-pop front lines. Since the 2010 release of their fifth studio album, Together, various members of the Canadian supergroup (a term which the band seems to p ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessOrion Treon of Phantom TailsPizza Luce Block Party 2011August 13, 2011Pizza Luce Uptown, MinneapolisThough there are still a few worthy contenders left this summer (especially next weekend's double-header of the SoundTown Music Festival in Somerset and the West Bank Music Fest ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonSam Roberts Band June 6, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis There is something to be said for music that embodies straight-ahead rock 'n roll in 100% pure form. Actually, there is a lot to be said for it. In this era of bands sounding like a mixture of [insert 2-3 bands of ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWe sent writer Jeff Gage out on a fun assignment this week, tagging along with seven-piece band Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles for an excursion at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. It'd been two years since we'd caught up with Michelle and her gang -- they hadn't been profiled sinc ... More >>
Zoe Lister Jones, Sam Rosen, and Brady KiernanTwin City actors, musicians, and the city itself are prominently featured in Stuck Between Stations, an indie flick directed by Brady Kiernan. The trailer includes shots of First Avenue, the Walker Art bridge, bike riding, and music by the dearly depa ... More >>
Totally Spoked by Aesthetic ApparatusLace up your quickest sneaks, and dash on over to St. Paul, because Aesthetic Apparatus is having a mega sale you won't want to miss. Today only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you'll be able to get your grubby little hands on some of their coolest poster and ... More >>
Who says climate change doesn't exist? It's been a week full of tropical sweat and torrential downpours that have been keeping us inside where it's nice and cool, and we're all about to burst. Let's make this weekend all about rocking and rolling no matter what the weather! Don't worry about the ... More >>
Photo via First Ave's Facebook pageThe Depot Tavern's Diamond Dog Eating Contest big winners Femme Eat All, Le Tenia, Pigflesh, and the Veterinarian.With all that was going on in the Twin Cities this weekend for the 4th of the July there was another first of hopefully a yearly holiday traditi ... More >>
Photo by Kris DrakeLocal director Brady Kiernan knows how to work. Since finishing his film degree in 2002, he's made his mark on the Twin Cities scene the old fashioned way, through blood, sweat, and skill. Working his way up has paid off with project after project: he's produced multiple ... More >>
The local label will be putting out works by Chooglin', the Dexateens, and the Bombay Sweets.
Speaking to Spinner, the Hold Steady front man looks back on his first incarnation in Lifter Puller.
Between Finn's droll, incisive word gift and Chuck Klosterman's source material, this should keep rock nostalgists sated for years to come.
The Bryant Lake Bowl theater was packed to the gills for a stripped-down performance by Mallman.
The new record features guest spots by Craig Finn and Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid.
Watch a live clip of the Hold Steady playing "Chips Ahoy" at South by Southwest.
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Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.
Eyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.
Why are Twins fans so polite and reasonably sober?
Tonight opens the retrospective show for poster artist Amy Jo Hendrickson, and we have a slideshow of our favorites from her. Also new: an interview with the eclectic, challenging and Breakfast of Champions: 12/6
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Here's Radio K's Top 77 albums of the year, based on listener votes. Since the email didn't distinguish between band name, title, or label, let us know if there are any errors below: 1. Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) 2. Low, The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop) 3. Gorillaz, Demon ... More >>
Hurricanes, war, avian flu, locust plagues, that annoying song you couldn't get out of your head. It wasn't the greatest of all possible years. Nor was it halfway decent. But to prove that it wasn't all bad, we asked 29 writers to rave about the ar
With devotees frantic to save the club that introduced the world to the Ramones, the Talking Heads, and Blondie, we decided to ask for an opinion closer to home. Coincidentally, a few TC bands (come on, the Hold Steady are just as much ours as Brooklyn's) played their first (and maybe last) show at ... More >>
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