About six years ago, Ibrahim Al Said and James Muschinski created a booking company, which according to Al Said "booked all the bands that people didn't want to see." The company, Empirical Booking, supported primarily hardcore bands. The two had met at a mutual friend's apartment. Their friendshi ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine ahead of Thursday's First Avenue show. On the Lou Reed/John Cale song about Andy Warhol called, "Images," Lou sings: "I'm no sphinx no mystery enigma, what I paint is ve ... More >>
Just like we did last year, here are a selection of GIFs highlighting the many unforgettable sights of Rock the Garden 2013. As it turned out, the Walker Art Center's lawn and parking garage, thanks to Dan Deacon, proved crucial to this year's event. Photographer Anna Gulbrandsen braved the puddle ... More >>
In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>
Japandroids With Birthday Suits Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, December 14, 2012 Heading into the first of two sold-out shows by the Japandroids at the Triple Rock, it was uncertain just how well the joyous, celebratory live show of the Canadian duo would go over on a night where ever ... More >>
It's hard to believe that it's already been six years since the institution of rock was turned on its face, the fame of the Beatles reduced to mere peanuts in the presence of something so much more important and the inhabitants of the planet rendered lemmings to the Doomsday ticking of Dethklok. Ok ... More >>
Ringo Deathstarr is far more than just mere shoegaze. Sure, the elements are there -- the pedals and apathy are too -- but the Austin trio's reverb-soaked noise pop is a design that's completely their own, and with a stop at the Turf tonight and their sophomore release Mauve gaining international mo ... More >>
Photo By Stacy SchwartzThe Civil Wars November 9, 2011 State Theatre The Civil Wars walked out onto the stage of the State Theatre last night in absolute darkness, and when the lights came up, there stood the power duo: John Paul White and Joy Williams, dressed in a smart tux and a savvy lit ... More >>
The band hired him to piece together their story
Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Riccardo Tesci's art for their freshly announced single "H.A.M." seems a love-it-or-hate-it type situation. Rotts, nautical stars (remember high school, when the seniors started to get tattoos?), scopa crowns, and platinum does not a consensus make, apparently. All up in that ... More >>
Bedroom Databank Vols. 1 & 2, the first two entries in a new series of recordings from Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox.
The quartet expands on their sprawling sound and stage set, turning up the smoke machines as well as the amplifiers.
Singer reunites with her band in honor of their 20th anniversary
Lovable duo makes art that's unpolished and berserkly intense
The electro pop band rocks it up the second time around
Mouthful of Bees Could be the Next Big Thing, but its Members are Already Flying in Different Directions
This one goes to 11!
Broken Social Scene's new album plays what the band members hear in their heads
Have Milwaukee duo the Frogs abandoned their shady ways?
An artist of the accidental, Jim Ruiz croons a lounge music of personal loss.