• Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Six Reasons to Always Stagedive

    Recently, extremely dangerous pop-punk band Joyce Manor ignited controversy among true rockers everywhere after its members stopped one of their fans from stagediving on some small women. The band even later took to Facebook to condemn the practice. Although the move is likely motivated by positiv ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014
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    February 17, 2014

    The Best Love Is Free 5 at First Avenue, 2/15/14

    The Best Love Is Free 5 with Astronautalis, Psalm One, K. Flay, VAYNS, Allan Kingdom, False Teeth, and Symmetry First Avenue Mainroom and 7th St Entry, MinneapolisSaturday, February 15, 2014The fifth and final Best Love Is Free occupied both the First Avenue Mainroom and the 7th Street Ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Stereo Confession: We know the rules, but wish they didn't apply to us

    Make way for the youth of tomorrow. The three members of Minneapolis band Stereo Confession formed two years ago when they were merely 14, and while they may seem young, they are growing and quickly learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the industry. Their newest album, First Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Mid West Music Fest 2013 Day One: Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, and more

    MWFM Day One With Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, The Ericksons, Wildflower, Paulie Matushek and Wake Up Bedhead Winona, Minnesota Thursday, April 18, 2013 The fourth annual Mid West Music Fest got off to a bit of a shaky start on Thursday -- at least weather wise, as fans band bands drivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from the Starfolk, Toki Wright, SMMNR, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Transmission announces '90s-themed 12th birthday party at First Avenue

    The long-standing dance tradition in the Twin Cities known as Transmission is about to reach a dozen years in existence. Jake Rudh's new wave and goth party known for its delicious combing of '80s delights in that vein is celebrating its 12th birthday with a First Avenue Mainroom party in March!Rudh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks

    Related:First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete listFirst Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listEven if the ticket stubs are long gone, and the T-shirt purchased at the merch table didn't survive backpacking across Europ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    Five utterly frustrating songs: Odd Future, Of Montreal & more

    ​Sometimes a song comes along and you just hate everything about it. Everything is wrong: your sensors are howling, the hair stands up on your neck, and it's some nightmare shit where unless you can somehow get away from or destroy whatever device is causing the awful song to play, your head will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: "Are You Local?" Showcase, Punch Brothers, Galactic, Buddy Guy

    ​SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Cocktail history, Art Shanty Project: Freeloader Friday

    ​ Despite the cold, this weekend is filled with tons of free stuff to do. For example, after taking a year off the Art Shanty Project is returning to Medicine Lake with shanties offering fashion, live music, sports, family activities, and more each Saturday and Sunday through early February. Looki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Chris Bartels talks Morning's Gold and DIY recording

    ​Kudos to any artist that is courageous enough to release an album in December when it might get lost amongst all the end-of-year lists. Thus, kudos to Chris Bartels for releasing his new EP, Morning's Gold, a poignant collection of songs simply inspired by life.  At 23, Bartels may be young, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Zombie Pub Crawl 2011: Music set times

    ​What do we want? BRAINS! When do we want 'em? .....BRAINS!That's right, the time is nigh for throngs of eager young partiers to don their rattiest zombie apparel for the 7th annual Zombie Pub Crawl, which for the first time this year will expand to cover both St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Marc Anthony woos fans at the Minnesota State Fair

    Photo by Erik Hess​As part of our ongoing coverage of music at the Minnesota State Fair, we sent photographer Erik Hess to catch salsa kingpin Marc Anthony in the Grandstand last night -- and he returned with some incredible images. Click here for Erik's full slideshow, and see below for links to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, and Winnie the Pooh united in devastating cuteness

    M. Ward, Zooey, (and Tigger too!)​As if its empire wasn't vast enough, Disney is making eyes at the Pitchfork-reading crowd with some new soundtracks featuring the likes of Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, and Sondre Lerche. With the release of the hand-animated (vintage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Kill-Me Kare Bare shares the "fun" that went into their new album

    ​I think Rebecca Black sums up Kill-Me Kare Bare's music best with her world-famous quote, "Fun, fun, fun."  The band even made a video promoting their album release, Just For Fun (hey, it's also in the title of their album) at Cause parodying Ms. Black's video.   While many new artists ... More >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2011

    Al Church and State release mini-album Matter

    A satisfying record made on the fly

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Nicolas Cage, What's On Your iPod?

    ​Have you ever seen Leaving Las Vegas? If you have an alcoholism problem, Leaving Las Vegas will either cure that problem or encourage you to seek counseling. In the movie, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose life is falling apart because he can't stay away from the sauce. He's drinking everywhere: in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Halloween on the cheap, Poster Offensive 5: Freeloader Friday

    Revelers party at Bryant-Lake Bowl​ So, you blew all your money on that Lady Gaga costume. Or perhaps you were broke to begin with. Either way, there's no excuse to break the bank any further celebrating Halloween this weekend. Unlike upcoming Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, this holiday is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Triple Rock, 09/30/2010

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​The Thermals and Cymbals Eat GuitarsSeptember 30, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisIt was a fun night to be at the Triple Rock on Thursday, as both the Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars delivered enjoyable, satisfying sets to a responsive audience that were there t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    A Perfect Circle to resurface for short tour

    ​Be still, my teenage angst-heavy heart. News hit yesterday afternoon that A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan of Tool's side project with former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and omnipresent session drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Weezer, the Vandals, etc), among others, will re-emerge for a short tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Danny Chamberlain channels B.o.B. for Vikings tribute on Madden NFL 11 [VIDEO]

    YouTube videoDanny Chamberlain says the Vikings have the MAGIC​A Minnesota teen loves the home team so much he parodied B.o.B.'s "Magic" on YouTube--his version is all about the Vikings. Danny Chamberlain recorded his tribute over a Vikings match-up on the newly released Madden NFL 11 video game.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits sell out the Entry

    It was bloody, fruity and even a little hoppy...

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    April 8, 2010

    Surfer Blood's "Twin Peaks": demand it live

    ​Fess-up time: almost everything I know about Twin Peaks -- David Lynch's surrealist, televised take on fear, loathing, and murder in a fictional Washington state community -- I learned from Greil Marcus's excellent societal survey course The Shape of Things to Come. Here's what I do know for sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Bonnaroo announces lineup in most annoying way possible

    In tiny increments via social media.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: Sept. 4-10

    Lucinda to tie the knot on stage, Clapperclaw recap, Doomtree Blowout announced, more shows moving from the Myth & next week's best new releases.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Show review: Maudlin CD release w/ The Hopefuls, So It Goes

    Maudlin, The Hopefuls and So It Goes throw a CD release ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2008
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    June 4, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 6/4: Barack Star

    The buzz around town is all about one thing: our new issue. Oh, and the historic speech given by presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama last night at the Xcel Energy Center.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 4/18: Poems for Breakfast

    Poetry's like breakfast. It's best when you have it every day. Here's a new poem by a Minnesota writer, and a chance for you to submit some of your own. Plus, news: we breaks it.

  • News

    July 25, 2007


    In Willmar, Christian rock has become a major tourist attraction

  • Music

    March 21, 2007

    Dumb Ambition

    The slick power pop of the Wannabe Hasbeens

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2005

    The bad and the ugly

    Here are my least favorite songs of '05. The coming of a new year has a tabula rasa effect on radio, right? Please?

  • Music

    October 12, 2005

    Big Hits of Mid-America, Volume 412

    Five new local CDs Range from Spaghetti Westerns to pot paeans

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2005

    Actor Caught Playing Actor in Fringe Act

    Maggie Chestovich has that ineffable quality, sometimes called "presence" or "it" or "that ineffable quality," that makes you remember a performance long after the rest of the play has turned into brain ether. Originally from Falcon Heights, she's worked with most of the major theater companies in t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 27, 2005
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    July 13, 2005

    Ad Rock

    Failed frozen-waffle jingle leads to year's best 51-song album

  • Columns

    June 8, 2005

    Kill Your Idols

    For those about to rock: Do not watch 'Rock School'

  • Music

    February 2, 2005
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    November 17, 2004
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    July 21, 2004

    Olympian Heights

    Heavy sweating with indie-pop supergroup Olympic Hopefuls

  • Columns

    March 3, 2004

    Blitzed on Bliss

    In which I crack my ribs and discover a drug worth abusing

  • Music

    October 29, 2003

    Resistance Is Futile

    Never mind the backlash: Love the Strokes. They're cuter, richer, and more drunk than you.

  • Music

    June 11, 2003
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    November 13, 2002

    An Axl To Grind

    Guns N' Roses: Dying hard with a vengeance?

  • Music

    July 3, 2002

    Come On, Feel the Noise

    The music of Lightning Bolt and Erase Errata speaks volumes

  • Music

    May 22, 2002

    Rock 'N' Roll--A Love Story

    What it's like to get all flushed over a record

  • Music

    September 27, 2000

    Corporate Rock Still Sucks

    How much worse can Modern Rock radio get? You have no idea...

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