For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>
In 1991, My Bloody Valentine transfixed shoegaze fans with the masterpiece, Loveless, but then retreated into the hazy shadows and eventually dropping off the musical map altogether. The prolonged wait for a follow-up finally came to an end earlier this year with their third full-length, m b v. Opin ... More >>
JD McPherson with the Cactus Blossoms First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis May 4, 2013 Forget what you think you know about rock 'n' roll. Until you've seen JD McPherson play, you don't know the genre. McPherson is modern music's unequivocal leader in rock 'n' roll revivalism, and on Saturday night a ... More >>
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
The Jesus and Mary Chainwith Psychic Paramount and Chatham RiseFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSeptember 18, 2012"I got a bit of a sore throat," Jim Reid said around the middle of the Jesus and Mary Chain's set in the Mainroom Tuesday night. He was introducing "Some Candy Talking," and offering up what pro ... 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 >>
Baths, ready to go at the Cake ShopA panel discussion with some of the best and brightest in music writing, much disappointment, and an ex-straightedge legacy act. What is he talking about?
For the Voiceless (self-released)
The best of the best music events for December 31.
The Raveonettes put on an cool, assured display of their signature noise pop at First Avenue Monday night.
Howard Hamilton III and Laura Bennett are the ultimate DIYers
To Shoegaze or Not to Shoegaze?
Dig the Psychedelic Democracy of First Communion Afterparty
England's Pipettes revisit the girl-group sounds of the '60s
Our teenage American alt-rock dream: The triumphant return of the Pixies
Talking long-distance relationships and Ian Curtis lust with Minneapolis's Revolver
A brooding duo slays the new skinny-tie crowd
The Beautiful South serenades the English in all their shabby splendor; Black Box Recorder finds the sad side of sadism
Trans Am crosses the sentiments of a low-budget skin film with the sound of Rush processed through an Atari 2600
Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing
An encounter with the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, the surliest conversationalist in indie-rock
Aussie pop legends the Go-Betweens return for another round
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.