Tom Loftus

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Top 10 best record labels in Minnesota

    One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Rana May on punk rock, standup comedy, and informative speaking

    ​It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes Rana May, the West Bank comedian (who actually doesn't live on the West Bank anymore), so hilarious. Is it the scribbled graphs she makes to accompany her "informative" speeches on why we never should have had the American Revolution because England is awe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: The ballots

    ​​As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    'Bon Iver, Bon Iver' leaked by iTunes: What happened?

    ​Late last week, Reddit broke the news of Bon Iver's sophomore album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, leaking (flooding) to the internet. A snafu somewhere along the many-linked chain of digital distribution ultimately caused Apple to make the entirety of the record available for purchase instead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Modern Radio's co-owners talk about the ever-changing record industry

    ​In 1999, Tom Loftus quietly released the Misfires' Dead End Expressway on CD and vinyl. Over 11 years and 52 releases later, Modern Radio Records is still rolling, with 45 of those 52 releases still in print.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Turf Club New Year's Eve cover night, 12/31/10

    Photo by Nikki MillerLeisure Birds​New Year's Eve Cover Night featuring Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL December 31, 2010 Turf Club, St. Paul It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Picked to Click 2010: Complete list of ballots

    ​We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    501 Art features band photos

    Tom Loftus by Greg Schaal​The 501 Club will launch their 501 Arts fall program this Saturday with a band photo exhibit featuring Minneapolis-based photographers. From mid-performance snapshots to posed band portraits, the medley of photos in the exhibit will be intriguing, to say the least. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Whose kitten is this?

    ​Here's a little Friday fun for our readers: We've noticed that folks in the Twin Cities music scene have some pretty goddamn adorable pets. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, we now have the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of a musician's life, right down to the animals who share th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Last night at the Turf the Bust Buddies, a group of close girlfriends from St. Paul, pulled together an impressive lineup to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 60 mile, 3-Day Walk for the Cure. With live room sets by Sean Na Na, Martin Devaney Band, Puppies and Trains, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Rockers for Knockers at the Turf tomorrow night

    ​"For our mothers, sisters, wives, and ladyfriends" is the tagline on this lovely piece of phoenix art with heart. This show has pulled together a motley gang of local talent, including a return of sorts for Sean Na Na -- what ever happened to Lucky Jeremy anyways? Rockers for Knockers is a benefi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Modern Radio celebrates 10 years at Turf and Cedar

    Two nights of shows vegan cupcakes and cookies discounted wieners hot young groupies paparazzi = Modern Radio 10-year anniversary celebration.

  • Music

    January 20, 2010

    Modern Radio celebrates 10 years as Twin Cities mainstay

    Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech still manning local label and website

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Dessa, Modern Radio, CLAPS featured in this week's City Pages

    It's a big issue this week -- check out what we have in store.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    DJ TRL's Circus inaugural night in the Turf Club's Clown Lounge

    Dance Dance Evolution-- Tom Loftus to turn the Clown Lounge into debauched dance club on weekly basis.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Modern Radio launches Twitter feed

    The local label behind Vampire Hands, His Mischief and Daughters of the Sun keeps you abreast of their daily minutia.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Triple Rock 2-4-1's and Staraoke Karaoke Save The Day

    logo.gifWhere would Tuesday be without them?

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Picked to Click XVII: complete ballots

    Here are the 84 ballots counted in this year's Picked to Click poll, alphabatized by the voters' names. Ballots without numbers attached, or without otherwise specifying an order of preference, were counted "in no particular order," with each choice getting 3 points. (First choices got 5 points, sec ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Tell Us What You Really Think...

    Picked to Click Voters spew forth their most vehement opinions about the local music scene

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you

  • News

    September 17, 2003

    Everybody Wins

    Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    Picked to Click XII

    Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists