There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
Albert Hammond Jr. Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Thursday, November 14, 2013 On Thursday, Albert Hammond Jr. and his band were uniformly dressed in all black. Although his solo album is set apart from his work as the founding guitarist of the Strokes, he isn't out to separate his image as much as ju ... More >>
The Bye Bye 17 musician brilliantly reinvents himself on his latest record
The musical chameleon that is Sean Tillmann has just changed his skin again with a new Har Mar Superstar jam called "Lady, You Shot Me." And without too much hyperbole, this song about a woman doing him very wrong is very fucking excellent. Like, career-defining stuff. Even for those of us who alrea ... More >>
Free EnergyTurf Club, St. PaulSaturday, January 26, 2013Saturday night's sold-out Free Energy show at Turf Club indicates that there are still plenty of feverish locals who can only be cured by more cowbell. It seems like a calculated decision by the band to start every show they play with cowbell ... More >>
America Give Up not burdened by big expectations
Photo by Erik HessHowler at First Avenue last weekendTwin Cities' surf rockers Howler released the first single, off of their forthcoming album America Give Up, set to drop in January of next year from Rough Trade. The song, "Back Of Your Neck," trots across the band's familiar rocky s ... More >>
In an opening sentence that simultaneously manages to name-drop the Replacements and the Strokes, a new press release by Rough Trade is trumpeting the release of Howler's first full-length record, America Give Up, due out this January.
Photos by Nick WosikaPearl Jam September 3, 2011 Alpine Valley Music Theater Pearl Jam kind of painted themselves into a corner with this one. The band that rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone spent their first few years as the biggest band on the planet (their sophomore release Vs. broke re ... More >>
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Pearl Jam announced last night that it will be hosting a full weekend of festivities called PJ20 -- and the festival's destination is only about a six-hour drive from the Twin Cities at East Troy, Wisconsin's Alpine Valley. All of the bands on the bill ... More >>
Let's cut right to the chase. The Strokes? The Strokes are not back, not in the sense that Bob Dylan stalker-types fire up a new Bob Dylan record and nod and purse their lips and say "Bob's back, man." The Strokes are back in a back-home-a-couple-years-after-stepping-out-for-a-pack-of-Marlboros w ... More >>
Coachella unveiled its 2011 lineup late last night after the now-customary month-long swirling of rumors;.headliners for this year's fest are Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and a reunion set by the Strokes. Coachella will take place April 15-17. Three-day weekend passes are $269 and go o ... More >>
InterpolAugust 14, 2010First AvenueThey looked a little bit different this time, but there was no mistaking it: Interpol are still Interpol. After now-former bassist (and by far the most recognizable band member) Carlos D quietly exited stage left this past May, it was a little unclear how that v ... More >>
After a series of Wheel of Fortune/word puzzle guessing games, Chicago summer fest Lollapalooza has officially revealed its 2010 lineup. With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus this year and Rothbury in Michigan canceled, Lolla is one of the closest large-scale festivals for Twin Cities music fa ... More >>
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