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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Erik HessAs 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A satisfying record made on the fly
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe 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 >>
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 >>
YouTube videoDanny Chamberlain says the Vikings have the MAGICA 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.
It was bloody, fruity and even a little hoppy...
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 >>
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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 >>
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