The Replacements made a huge splash on Tuesday evening's The Tonight Show. Leading up to this week's first Twin Cities show in 23 years, and a big concert in Queens at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the guys busted through "Alex Chilton" with poise. Announced just last week, the performance marks ... More >>
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Imp ... More >>
Imagine Dragons With the Naked and Famous and Nico Vega Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul March 12, 2014 There are few shows throughout rock history that have changed the face of music as we know it. The Beatles infamous appearance on Ed Sullivan. The Rolling Stones at Altamont. Hendrix at Woodstock. F ... More >>
If the excitement for Wilco's upcoming show with Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium wasn't already causing minor hyperventilation among the local Americana set, this past weekend's events added a new dimension. The accomplished Chicago band, fronted by the newly gleeful Jeff Tweedy, put on their own music ... More >>
Back in 2009, a band on the cusp of adulthood packed up their belongings and left their home in Minneapolis to strike out for the fabled greener pastures of the Pacific Northwest, whistling a traveling tune as they waved goodbye. The Lower 48 of that era had charmed hearts in the Twin Cities with fo ... More >>
SEE ALSO: 50 Reasons Minnesota is the best state in AmericaUsing Google's auto-complete function, blogger Renee DiResta recently investigated which characterizations are most often associated with each state.She entered 'why is [insert state here] so' and took note of which term came up. For 18 stat ... More >>
So much live music happening this weekend ranging the gamut of genres.
So this is kind of a weird time to be alive, when the President and the Republican Congressional leaders and the Democratic Congressional leaders are doing these press-conference showdowns where each faction is offer gentile smack-talk about the other factions, apparently en route to achieving a ... More >>
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>
All photos courtesy AlKooper.comINTERVIEW BY RICK MASONKeyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Al Kooper's uncanny presence and participation in landmark musical events over the past half-century have made him the rock equivalent of Forrest Gump or Zelig. His long association with Bob Dyl ... More >>
Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.
In 2005 a New Yorker piece about Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (and the sorely missed Lifter Puller) singled him out for writing songs "as though the point of making music is to communicate." It's a skill for which he has absorbed no shortage of recognition.
On the Occasion of its 25th Anniversary, We Offer a Requiem for the Much-Maligned Metrodome
Anti-techie Bob Dylan makes a great chill-out album
They scream. They wear tacos for underwear. Meet Faggot, rock's next big gay thing.
Eighteen thoughts concerning the Hives
After countless label droppings and lineup changes, the Lazy Cowgirls work their frenzied garage twang into middle age
Columbia recording artists Soul Asylum have a new record.
Best Buy announces that the CD-release party is over.
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.