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 >>
Back in October, Gimme Noise spoke to the explosive Lizzo ahead of her Picked to Click win, and the release of one of 2013's most-heralded local albums, Lizzobangers. Her collaboration with Doomtree's Lazerbeak and Marijuana Deathsquads' Ryan Olson is the Chalice rapper's growth and raw potential ca ... More >>
As part of a forthcoming City Pages story about Numero Group's excellent collection of Twin Cities funk and R&B, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, Gimme Noise spoke to André Cymone.The pioneering artist was one of the earliest breakout stars of the scene, and has become a successf ... More >>
The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#1. Lizzo: 87 points"I'm so glad you ain't asked a question about being a woman in hip-hop," says Lizzo midway through a conversation with City Pages. That makes a whole music scene of us. Everything you need to know on that topic is addressed on her debut full-length, Lizzobangers. "I ain't your h ... More >>
The restaged show packed with hits still has that same infectious glory
Gossip With Magic Mouth and Bonnie Montgomery Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis October 6, 2012 Gossip picked the perfect night to make their grand return to Minneapolis, as the now Portland-based dance-punk band rolled through the Fine Line on a Saturday night and found a festive, packed house eag ... More >>
See Also: Prince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happening Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van Jones For those of you who are still bummed out that Prince's rumored St. Paul concert never materialized and don't have the time or the money to travel to see him play in ... More >>
Three men celebrate Cher, Tina, Whitney, and more
Gimme Noise gave up watching Hollywood movie awards ceremonies some time back, and Al Pacino is one of the reasons why. Al Pacino is awesome, but these days, Al Pacino is also old, out-of-sorts, bedraggled, confused. Spiffed and tailored and rattily tuxed, Al Pacino isn't aware that even though n ... More >>
Locally based, exceptionally talented hair stylist Adam Livermore just arrived back to our fair city from Couture Fashion Week in Paris. He was kind enough to chat with City Pages about Armani, haute couture, and what it is really like behind the scenes at fashion week in the city of lights.Livermor ... More >>
Photo via First Ave's TwitterFor as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>
At one point Beyonce somersaulted over the audience in a trapeze before being lowered onto a stage in the center of the room. Spectacle!
Excuse me. I seem to have had something stuck in my eye for the last 3 hours.
She broke his heart, now he wants his organ returned
The two-man spaz-punk-doo-wop-R'n'B dynamo run amok with rock'n'roll at the Triple Rock, at least when they're not ... More >>
Next month is gearing up to be a crazy time for live shows. Here's a list to help you plan out a successful Rocktober 2008.
Who Is Tay Zonday, and Why Is He the Hottest Thing on the Internet?
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
A Cuban Musician and His Band Give Their Audience Multicultural Jazz--and Multifarious Gimmickry
Glitter removes all remaining traces of Mariah Carey's humanity
In Gimme Shelter, a preening rock star's humility is just a stab away
L.A.'s BellRays recapture the experimental tension between rock and soul that once made punk more than a marketing strategy