Three in the Key is Chris Koza's column exploring a musician's life as a basketball fanatic. The Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-composer leads the band Rogue Valley. Get him on the court, and he's trouble.Not all rivalries are created equal. The Rolling Stones versus the Beatles has a differ ... More >>
Still don't have plans for Halloween? Have no fear! There's plenty of shows to catch this night of fright. First Avenue will be holding their annual Halloween party and costume contest while the Solid Gold hosts the night at the Turf Club. As for post-Halloween partying, Okkervil River plays the Fir ... More >>
Do we really know what love is? Is it large amounts of chocolate? Is it a little fat guy with wings and an arrow? Is it my healthy, safe obsession with Jessica Alba? Or how about the love of music and live performance from a high school choir in Shakopee?On Friday night, the classic American band Fo ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>
The Dandy WarholsFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday June 9, 2013 Sometimes a veteran rock band will perform one of its old albums in concert, beginning to end. You know this happens. It's no longer a trend or phenomenon to be excited or annoyed by, it's just an inescapable fact of the 21st century liv ... More >>
Longevity is an elusive eel that is difficult for bands to grasp. Together since 1994, Deerhoof have been able to find something unique that most bands have not been able to discover. Maybe that uniqueness comes from a single person -- drummer Greg Saunier certainly is unique. Long in prose, the mus ... More >>
"It's alright," Jeff Tweedy sings on "I Might," the boisterous lead single from Wilco's latest record, The Whole Love. "I've done a lot of crawling around outside, and I heard it's alright."
Photo by Alexa JonesChan Poling at last year's "Musical Salute to Bruce Allen" at First AvenueGimme Noise contributor P.F. Wilson spoke to Chan Poling as part of a print preview of the Suburbs' gig this Friday night with the Suicide Commandos; what follows is the entire transcript of P.F.'s conve ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Go-Go'sJune 14, 2011Minnesota Zoo Weesner Amphitheater, Apple ValleyThe Minnesota Zoo's annual "Music in the Zoo" series got off to what could have been a downright miserable night last night, as the persistent rain, lightning and thunder rumbled ominously over the out ... More >>
This won't be an anti-American Idol blog post, but I am taking aim at American Idol; it won't entirely condemn Rihanna, but it will subject Ri-Ri to some tough love. Idol and Rihanna are a mere jumping-off point, because watching the results show Wednesday night made me really confront something ... More >>
Screw that $100 cover charge. These parties are free.
Friday night, the Turf Club was home to a top-notch local bill.
Dressed as colonial pirates, no less.
All he wants to do is dance.
"... and this little indie rocker cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home. "
Back in the mid '70s, The Godfather of Soul had his own TV show. (And his own mustache.)
Joy Division portrait proves the exception to the rock biopic drool
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
George Lucas gets his 'Revenge' in Cannes
Man becomes a diapered monkey. College art rock becomes an MTV sensation. And Chuck Statler becomes the rock video director who started it all.
A spirited non-conversation with Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt
The old, the tired, the rejuvenated, and the dead
How I spent my 10-year vacation from City Pages
Anchorhead prove there's a country outside Nashville
Frank Black relinquishes his larger-than-life Pixies persona to embrace the quirky sound of...classic rock?
Hollywood's holiday menu is impeccably presented but predictably low in nutrition
The inscrutable music, the unknowable man
Jack Logan brings a grizzled naiveté to the role of rock outsider on his new album, Buzz Me In
Rock makes an unruly return to the garage with a Rhino reissue of the Nuggets collection