I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
The theater delivers a short, sharp, and shocking show
In addition to providing the music world with Amphetamine Reptile's infulential record releases and album art for 27 years now, Tom Hazelmyer has also brought some of the best bars to the Minneapolis area with his Grumpy's franchise -- clubs that have also hosted some memorable AmRep-based performan ... More >>
One of the many joys of attending Winona's Mid West Music Fest is the chance to discover young, up-and-coming bands from the area that haven't quite made waves in the Twin Cities music scene. This year, my favorite discovery of the entire festival was Neon, a band of talented teenagers from LaCrosse ... More >>
How Minnesota United FC's diehard soccer fanatics became a force to be reckoned with
Of all the legendary figures and over-the-top characters to come out of New York's '70s punk scene, there were few who were more influential than Richard Hell -- and probably none who were as mercurial. He was a founding member of three groundbreaking bands -- Television, the Heartbreakers, and his ... 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 >>
It has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as in an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini (ex-Just Ducky, Big Black, Rapeman) and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer (ex-Rifle Sport, Brick Layer Cake). Shellac was fully formed when Alb ... More >>
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Following last Friday's yearly tribute to the Replacements at First Ave--this year's headline featured a star-studded performance of the Replacements' debut album, Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash--we thought it would be interesting to dig through the CityPages archives and look at some o ... More >>
Fucked Up had barely hit a note before Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham, an overweight hairy man, began bashing his mic over his head.
The mysterious singer songwriter will release an album in 2010 on Drag City, and will play the Cedar this April.
The Clash's Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on
A new production of 'Richard III' paints an intimate portrait of Shakespeare's famous villain
Let It Be Records Is Closing Faced with news that his building would be turned into 46-story condo tower later this year, Let It Be Records owner Ryan Cameron had two choices: relocate or close. "It was me who made the decision not to relocate," he says, speaking over the phone Thursday afternoon. " ... More >>
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
Jonathan Richman, modern lover
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The Walker's eighth "Women with Vision" series offers global cinema as a form of self-understanding
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Hollywood shifts to the slopes for another week of reeling opportunities
Cloud 9 sexes God, queen, and country; The Tomorrow Project creeps in its petty pace
English pop's square peg finds a new circle
How Amphetamine Reptile changed American music--and then went into the bar business
The music industry released 30,000 albums in 1998. You can live without 29,990 of them.
Yanni rocks the keyboards--and other odd tales from the Twin Cities' glam-rock scene
Rock makes an unruly return to the garage with a Rhino reissue of the Nuggets collection
...if it ain't got that swing. But is this dip into the past just a blip on the screen or a full-blown movement?
35 concerts to soundtrack your summer.