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 >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory ... More >>
The tenth installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, is coming on Saturday, June 16. And the lineup is now officially public!Updated: The tickets are all sold!One of the notable acts this year is the wild and oh-so-colorful Merrill Gar ... More >>
Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>
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 >>
via Instagram @centralalleySome people are mad at hair metal 'n' NBA critic Chuck Klosterman at the moment. This has to do with "The Pitfalls of Indie Fame," published yesterday on ESPN-offshoot commentary site Grantland regarding the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop 2011 album of the year, Tune-Ya ... More >>
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 >>
With 31 releases in 10 years, Rainer Fronz has learned a bit about the music biz: namely, to keep putting out records that he loves. Learning Curve started in 2001 and Fronz has maintained a steady stream of almost exclusively Twin Cities-based releases in the new millennia.He's seen bands like ... 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 >>
Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate the occasion and to get all of us psyched for the postseason (as if we weren't, already), avid Twins ... 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 >>
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 >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
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