I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>
By Mike Seely Shitting on the Eagles is basically a national pastime for hard-core Americana fans. In fact, while there are several brilliant artists that alt-country loyalists are apt to bond over, dislike of the Eagles may be the single most prevalent and unifying force. Yet while there is ample ... More >>
Late last fall, the members of New Found Glory got the idea to do a tour commemorating the ten-year anniversary of their Sticks and Stones album. Even without any "big hits" in recent years, the Florida pop-punk band has been touring constantly and continuously building their fanbase on the road. Du ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
Fun.With Miniature TigersMyth, MaplewoodFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.In the early going, frontman Nate Ruess alerted the audience at Myth that this show was "the biggest headlining show Fun. has ever done" -- and the proceedings played out that way. After initially be ... More >>
This is not an ideal time to work, live, or even to be within a stone's throw of Egypt. Why? It's complicated.
photo by: Steve CohenEels mastermind Mark Oliver Everett clearly was in no mood on Sunday night to admit that summer was indeed over, turning back the calendar with both his song selection and his sunny demeanor during a spirited 95-minute set that made everyone in attendance forget about the rec ... More >>
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
The best of Britain's commercials screens again this year at the Walker.
Gimme Noise offers four helpful hints about how to hate on the scourge of the music underworld.
The Chicago music critics opine on writing, journalism, iPods, and the future of the industry.
One of the most done-to-death archetypal rock songs in history gets a radical transformation.
The album that ruined sampling for everyone will get a brush up and a full-fledged re-release. Is it a necessary face-lift or 20th anniversary cash-in?
Devotees have been waiting years for the new GNR album
Bush's senior aides receive $4,200 in cost of living increases, women still prefer male bosses, Ernie and Bert come to terms with their relationship, Geek Squad double agent badge on eBay, the Minnesota Blog(s) of the Day, and more...
In which the Star Tribune's black-and-white-and-unread-all-over columnist weighs in on the hedonism of the Rolling Stones and Johnny Depp, and reminds us why reading her is like watching an old-school nun who chaperones too-close teen dancers with a ruler and "Make room for Jesus."
Here's a Friday afternoon time waster that I first ran into on the "I Love Music" discussion group. Pick a favorite musical act that you think has made (at least) five truly great albums, and rank those albums in order of preference. Lists cannot exceed five albums! There won't actually be any conse ... More >>
Local brass band gets Midwesterners to forget what it means to miss New Orleans
I need to get to know it a bit better, but my first impressions of the Ponys? forthcoming album are favorable. Recommended to fans of Richard Hell, the Only Ones, the Rolling Stones, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I?m also being pleasured by the new Queens of the Stone Age album. Recommended to fa ... More >>
Hear that sound?
On the road with Faux Jean, rock star daydreams surrender to real-life drudgery
A Suburbs reissue in every garage!
In Gimme Shelter, a preening rock star's humility is just a stab away
U Film's "Sound Unseen" festival projects our mythologies of music onto the screen
A documentary retrospective of the Maysles Brothers puts the focus on both sides of the camera
Sprint's latest ad campaign promises CALLERS WHO SWITCH first crack at Rolling Stones tickets. The ads don't mention that customers have to sign up before they can see the deal's fine print.