Muzak just joined the ranks of words like aspirin, brassiere, cellophane, escalator, granola, kerosene, linoleum, trampoline, yo-yo, & zipper. These were brands that became the colloquialism for the thing itself, and the word lives on well after the brand itself has gone to that great Piggly Wi ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. re-emerged stronger than ever with with I Bet on Sky, their tenth record, and third since they reunited back in 2005. Beginning in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. pioneered alt-rock with their metal-tinged grunge and post-punk and thrash rock, creating an entirely new sound ... More >>
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
Los Campesinos! with Parenthetical GirlsVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, January 29, 2012Los Campesinos! is an indie-rock band that hails from Cardiff, Wales -- which is pretty far removed from anything Latino-related implied by the name. The seven-piece ensemble drew a pretty big crowd for a ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenShonen Knife November 11, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis When a band embarks on it's 30th Anniversary Tour--assuming the band makes it long--it's often nothing but a money grab, an excuse to double ticket prices and knock the t-shirt prices up another 10 dollars. Sure, ... More >>
Let's not kid ourselves: our national fiscal house isn't anything close to in order these days. By all rights, our government should be shut down right now. Congress is perpetually fighting tooth and nail to figure out which budgetary sacred cows to sacrifice. And it's hard to make it through new ... More >>
Aw, just look at him. That there is Justin Beaver, so named after the Bronx Zoo held an open vote - in other words, an open door to the inevitable. He's the second beaver to take New York in 200 years, keeping Jose company whilst they free-float down the Bronx River (which if you've never smelled ... More >>
Gimme Noise offers four helpful hints about how to hate on the scourge of the music underworld.
A little something to remind us why Minnesota shouldn't be a national laughingstock.
Deranged, degenerate garage-scuzz mayhem (Brendan Fraser and bad CGI not included).
Alienation equals authenticity in Sound Unseen's rock docs
Praise and blame for the season's multi-disc collections
Nocturnal transmissions from Perfect Sound Radio
Franz Ferdinand make music that girls (and winking rock stars) can dance to
Orchestra Baobab bring Seventies Senegal to modern America
Theater Mu Presents One Nisei's Hawaiian Life; Jerungdu Dress Up Like the Ramones
With Black and Blue, the Backstreet Boys' grand cultural moment may have come to an end. And yes, it was so a grand moment.
Son of the Beach floats on the unlikely premise of offering a less serious Baywatch