Every year the doomsayers and cynics crawl out of the woodwork and grumble that the Twin Cities punk scene is dead. But if you subscribe to that bullshit in 2013, it's pretty clear that you're old, narrow-minded, or simply not paying attention. True, it might be a little harder to find, but that's b ... More >>
Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They're on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone's actually listening, and have a particular stool wit ... More >>
The Darkness First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, January 29, 2013The relatively full Tuesday night crowd swelled to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop," Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," and some sort of Irish-tinged choir intro music warmed the speakers. The fist-banging audie ... More >>
The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli is undoubtedly smarter and deeper than the internet. He connected a love of R&B's brutal underbelly and the visceral outbursts he had inside decades before Napster turned everyone's music tastes into rotisserie fare. Still, a steadfast fa ... More >>
Rock the GardenWith the Hold Steady, Trampled by Turtles, Doomtree, tUnE-yArDs, and HowlerWalker Art Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 16, 2012Related:10 gorgeous GIFs from Rock the Garden 2012Slideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: MusicSlideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: People/ScenesReverence for the Twi ... More >>
Roger WatersXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, June 3, 2012View a slideshow here.Roger Waters rebuilt The Wall again on Sunday night for his dedicated legion of Minnesota fans, just to have the whole thing come crashing spectacularly down once more. Roughly a year and a half after treating longt ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
The DarknessFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday, February 12, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.Something about the Darkness band feels a little like Jurassic Park: Use the genetic code ripped from the monsters of rock and make it roar and stomp again, consequences be damned. The men i ... More >>
Heartless Bastards are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Arrow on February 14. It just so happens that Arrow is the band's strongest record to date. It features a more versatile mix of psych, glam, classic rock, porch blues, R&B, funk and spaghetti-western. Singer/guitarist ... More >>
The Supersuckers7th St. Entry, MinneapolisJanuary 31, 2012In less capable hands, this would have been just another aging, veteran rock band rolling through Minneapolis, looking to get paid for nothing, and eager to get the hell out of the Minnesota winter as quickly as possible. But we're talk ... More >>
Dennis Lane is impressive, catchy sophomore album
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 >>
Local cable access icon adds a live element to the show
Photos by Alex UncapherModest MouseJuly 14, 2010The Orpheum TheaterAlthough Modest Mouse front man and sole constant Isaac Brock just turned 35 years old, he already feels like a relic from another musical era in terms of his career arc. He's one of the last bon a fide rock stars to travel what w ... More >>
The semi-local (or are they?) band gets props in SPIN.
Dust off your fancy speckled twenty-sided die and spend a few minutes exercising your devil horns--it's metal week at the Turf Club.
The glamtacular history of 1980s heavy metal in the Twin Cities
Wallow in the mire of the year's best scuzz rock
The Hold Steady come down, burn out, and blow up
They scream. They wear tacos for underwear. Meet Faggot, rock's next big gay thing.
Missing Numbers talk about their heroes, invent new form of genital torture
Duluthian barbarians attack Twin Cities with whammy bars, Thin Lizzy riffs, and foot-stomping bluegrass
Puckish Hockey Night frontman Paul Sprangers opens up
Storming the stage with postpunk pirates Lifter Puller