Okkervil River With Matthew E. White First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, November 1, 2013 It seems that every time Will Sheff brings Okkervil River through the Twin Cities, it's a celebratory homecoming of sorts for the former Macalester student. And Friday night at First Avenue -- a venue Sheff clai ... More >>
Leave it to Lou Reed. In the hours since the legendary Velvet Undergroun singer died in his Long Island home, at the age of 71 from apparent liver disease, the tributes have come pouring in. As far as influential figures in popular music go, they don't get much bigger, but it's hard to know just how ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Concept records get a bad rap, a really bad rap. I blame it on Yes. On paper, something that mixes 17th-century blank verse and the crown prince of t ... More >>
It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching ov ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>
If the drool-worthy posters shown above haven't already pulled you in, the rest of the story of Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined certainly will. Just released this month, the book features 200 freshly created concert posters recalling the nascent shows of some of the finest unde ... More >>
Genius is a hard thing to live up to; once someone bestows you with its thorny crown, it's a crippling burden that can sometimes make you even more the stuff of legend. My Bloody Valentine is that stuff of legend. 1991 was a time both namby and pamby, with New Ja ... More >>
Hyper-violent Brad Pitt film takes a cynical view of Obama's America
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 >>
Singer-songwriter Ryan Traster was born and bred in Minneapolis, and moved to Brooklyn three years ago to further along his music career. Regardless of the move, Traster -- always a Minneapolis folk and roots scene favorite -- has been frequenting the Cities; it appears you can take the boy o ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonJolie Holland July 14, 2011 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Jolie Holland's fifth record, the recently released Pint of Blood, stands out in many ways, especially for its diverse range of subject matter (from bittersweet loss and despair to covering Townes Van Zandt's ... More >>
Stylish singer-songwriter blushes when compared to Prince
A mesmerizing sophomore album
Since the dawning of the Pixies in 1986, the alternative music genre has molded, shifted, collapsed and exploded. But one thing is for sure -- those early years had something that other generations didn't. When The Pixies first approached the music scene, mainstream success wasn't something that ... More >>
Oh, so you thought Gimme Noise was done filleting Atlas Sound's for-free-on-the-Internet Bedroom Databank series? You thought the notion of a follow-up to my lukewarm evaluation of the first two volumes was lost in a turkey-drunk fugue and familial-buzz haze? Wrong. In fact, Gimme Noise spent the ... More >>
This design isn't as spikily abstract as Dr. Seuss . . . by the show at CTC is There is a passage in Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf when the novel's protagonist reaches such a state of jaded cultivation that a musical passage by his hero Beethoven suddenly sounds trite and pat. It happens to all of ... More >>
Celebrating the 10 winners of this year's best-new-bands poll
Sadly, "Wilco (The Album)" is a bore.
Hear ye, hear ye, if you're not deaf by now-- the godmothers and fathers of screechy noise rock will headline our Holiest of Holies on July 21.
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
Hey, you got darkness in my sugar pop!
Art Brut have come to bury rock 'n' roll--and deliver a rollicking eulogy
Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.
Seven new local releases for jazzheads, historians, and fans of Bob
'Last Days' wanders the woods of grunge
What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?
Bleeding Hickeys and the art of not sucking or biting
Electrelane get their guns, David Denby misfires, and Two Poets should be shot
Before Pere Ubu, before the Dead Boys, there was Cleveland's Rocket From the Tombs
Underground movies and rebel music hook up in the Sound Unseen Festival
Laptop drone artist Datura 1.0 hacks in through the doors of perception
Jacques Demy's worldview extends well beyond the French New Wave
Monster Magnet's new alloy of heavy metal salvages the most unholy of musical forms
Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.
U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.