Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
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Music is a family affair for Neil and Martha Weir
You really couldn't pick a better mascot for this oasis of the freaky in the Lone Star State than Black Joe Lewis, whose guitar-driven rhythm and blues sound crackles with down-home warmth and a few traces of heady psychedelia. Formerly known as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the group has tri ... More >>
There was no question that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to be part of the upcoming Replacements reunion shows to be staged at the three Riot Fests in the coming weeks. However, lead guitar and drums were up for grabs. On Friday, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider reported that ... More >>
The Minneapolis band celebrate their 10th anniversary and new record Home at the Triple Rock
The husband and wife duo explore light, nature, and death on Field Beat
Things get better with time, and so has Minneapolis band Street Hassle. The group has been together for ten-plus years, but are just now releasing their debut album. How do they describe their sound? Rock, indie, garage? No need to categorize the band, but their new album Feeling Machine creates a s ... More >>
The name Those Darlins may conjure up visions of sweet girls strumming out their feelings on an acoustic guitar, and the Nashville band are all of these things -- just swap the acoustic for an electric -- but they are definitely punk with a snarl. The band will be returning to Minneapolis on Novembe ... More >>
Throughout Mike Watt's 30 years in the music industry, it has become quite clear that the man can play a mean bass and pen some indelible, spirited songs. What also became quite clear when I chatted with Watt on the phone from his longtime home in San Pedro, California, is that he loves to talk abo ... More >>
Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
At 53 years old, Mike Watt is more sought after now than ever. The punk veteran and hugely influential bassist made his name in the early '80s as a member of the Minutemen, and he seemingly hasn't stopped touring since, lending his talents to a number of post-Minutemen projects like Dos (fo ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenBlack Joe Lewis and the HoneybearsApril 3, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIf I could only say one word about the Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears show, it would be "AWESOME." My faith in funk was restored; my passion for garage punk was reignited. Black Joe Lewis and his tight ba ... More >>
Barneys creative director Simon Doonan with Iggy PopLegendary Stooges front-man Iggy Pop just partnered up with Barneys New York's little sister store, Barneys Co-op to design a line of vintage inspired rock tees for the store's Archive 1887 line. Mr. Pop is definitely a style icon in his own rig ... More >>
They're a rail-whiskey cocktail of rockabilly, post-punk, and blues
Local music blog desperately scrambles for picture of Iggy Pop, Anni-Frid Lyngstad in same shot.
It's like a tourism video, but for hell.
Minneapolis label's proprietor, Paul Stark, is making a play for the future