Saul Williams @Triple Rock on March 19, 2012

Just got tickets for dynamic (+ bizarre) poet / musician Saul Williams performance at Triple Rock in Minneapolis on Monday, March 19 2012. Tickets on sale through link.

Posted 2445 days ago in Audio

Social Distortion in the studio

“The band is headed back into the studio in January for its first studio album since 2004′s ‘Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Ness said he’s found that he can’t write while on tour, but that the music comes when he’s out living life. He said the band is excited about heading back into the studio.” – PE.com

Read the full interview here

Posted 3289 days ago in Audio

Laws that Choke Creativity

One of my favorite TED talks speaks to the REMIX Manefesto culture and the distortion of copyright laws

I know it seems long but you don’t have to watch most of it – works just as well to let it be the background music to 20 minutes of surfing.. If nothing else (if you’re NOT interested in this topic) at least fast forward to 9min and 30 sec and watch a seriously funny 2 minutes of (illegal) remix entertainment ;)

Posted 3300 days ago in Audio, Geek

Taking the Uptown Out of Uptown

Switchblade Comb, Star Tribune and City Pages all reporting that the end is near for one of our city’s most iconic live venues, the Uptown Bar – at least in Uptown..

“The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved the Uptown Bar owner Frank Toonen’s application that would allow him to tear down the bar and replace it with a three-story retail unit. The proposed retail building is being developed by Urban Anthology who are responsible for Victoria Secret and American Apparel opening in the Uptown neighborhood. The last chance the bar has for staying in its present location is if the Heritage Preservation Commission intervenes at their next meeting on September 1.”
- Switchblade Comb

UPDATE 09/11 :
“November 1 ends it. I suggest keeping your evenings free and plan on going into work late from October 1 – November 1. There are gonna be some amazing shows that last month that the bar is open. Bands that you would never imagine playing the Uptown Bar will be playing the Uptown Bar.”

Posted 3316 days ago in Geek

Engineers: Three Fact Fader

If you haven’t heard Engineers yet..

They’re a UK band that released their first effort (a mini-album) Folly in 2004, their first full-length (self-titled) in 2005 and their latest album, Three Fact Fader, this year.

I recently become obsessed with their wall-of-sound single, Clean Coloured Wire [listen to the serious music-lover's extended version here] and then got the new album – highly recommend it :)

Listen to tracks from Three Fact Fader (Myspace)
Download Three Fact Fader (iTunes)
Buy a physical copy (with Bonus singles)

Posted 3333 days ago in Audio

Them Crooked Vultures

FINALLY! The collaboration between Josh Homme (QOTSA/EODM/Kyuss/Etc), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) has been named, recorded and booked.

Them Crooked Vultures will be performing on Sunday, August 9, at Chicago’s Metro (one of the best venues in the world) at midnight. The show is, of course, sold out.

UPDATE from ANTIQUIET: “The promo poster and YouTube clip we presented yesterday are fake; both seem to be part of an elaborate hoax.. So the release date is not necessarily October 23rd. The album title is not Never Deserved The Future.”

Posted 3335 days ago in Audio

Benefit for Dean Magraw

Our long time friend Dean is suffering from cancer. A benefit to raise money for his medical / living expenses will be held on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul.

If you have never experienced Dean live, you’ve really missed something…

There is a suggested donation of $15, but any support is appreciated. If you cannot make the show but still would like to make a donation, please email helpdeanmagraw@yahoo.com.

Sunday, August 30, 2009
12:00pm – 11:00pm
@ The Celtic Junction

12:00—12:30 DAKOTA DAVE HULL
12:30—1:00 EASTSIDE
2:00—2:30 ERIC JAHN TRIO
2:45—3:15 AXIS MUNDI
5:00—5:30 MARCUS WISE/Nirmala Rajesakar
9:30—10:00 BOILED IN LEAD

Please spread the word.

Posted 3336 days ago in Audio

arctic monkey

i know i’m late to the game but i just fell in love with arctic monkey..

catch them performing tracks from their forthcoming 3rd album, ‘Humbug’ in a Web Transmission on Thursday 30th July 2009 at 4pm ET (3pm local) or catch them live at First Avenue on Friday, September 25th (18+) – tickets ($25) here

Posted 3345 days ago in Audio

dead weather

You know that band with the SUPER ANNOYING pop-up ads that block content on all your favorite sites.. Dead Weather? Yeah well, despite that, they kinda rock – and they’re coming to First Avenue next week: Mon, Jul 27 / Doors @ 7:00 PM / get tickets here ($29)

Thanks @TENEBRINI for the heads-up :)

Download Dead Weather’s “Treat Me Like Your Mother (Diplo Remix)” here

Posted 3351 days ago in Audio

rock the garden

the Current & The Walker Art Center present Rock the Garden 2009 this Saturday.. gates open 3pm – 11pm

of course, the show is sold out – but for those who have tickets, here’s the schedule:
4:30 – Solid Gold
5:45 – Yeasayer
7:00 – Calexico
8:30 – The Decemberists (pictured here)

parking will suck (for me, no matter what, since i live right behind the walker :( so walk or bike it (they’re bringing in 500 bike racks)

Posted 3383 days ago in Audio

bat for lashes

bat for lashes is playing @ the varsity on august 7th – tickets on sale now

Pre-sale available from June 10th using the code: ’PEARL’ [Code is not case sensitive].. buy them here

don’t know them?
check out the website here | listen to music here

Posted 3392 days ago in Audio

Lovelee Buttons presents

if you’re looking for something fun to do tonight, check out Dearling Physique, Lookbook and To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie @ intermedia arts

“An immersive evening of performance, where the music of three Minneapolis based bands will be elevated through collaborations combining lights, video, actors and specially constructed art pieces. Featuring Dearling Physique, Lookbook and To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie.”

and happy birthday mr bolyard :)

Posted 3396 days ago in Audio, Visual

fever ray remix download

fever ray is a favorite of mine (the chick from “the knife”)

RCLB offers tons of streaming Independent music to share and daily free downloads (links emailed to you).. today they’re offering the allez-allez remix of Triangle Walks – download it here – and listen to “if i had a heart”, “when i grow up” and more

Posted 3397 days ago in Audio

girl talk album – dl it now

remix master girl talk has released his latest album as a “pay-what-you-want” download on illegalart.net

With hours of material collected from two years of live shows, Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) meticulously edited together a seamless album that combines 300+ samples - get it here

girl talk is also the focus of the (freakin awesome) opensource film RIP: A Remix Manifesto.. download the film on opensource cinema and remix it ;)

Posted 3404 days ago in Audio

holy fuck

get ready for some psychedelic analogue electronica (canada-style).. holy fuck is coming to minneapolis :)

if you haven’t heard them, check out their music on their myspace page or just take my word for it – they’re well worth heading out on a sunday night..

7th Street Entry (18+)
Sunday May 31 @ 8PM
tickets $10

Posted 3405 days ago in Audio

Gig Poster Sale

Magers and Quinn (independent bookstore) are inviting folks down for a poster sale to celebrate the release of Gig Posters Volume I: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century

if you aren’t familiar with the 11-by-14-inch paperback of rock art, it features gig posters from a ton of cool artists – including local favs: DWITT, Squad 19, Tooth, Amy Jo, Lonny Unitus and Burlesque of North America – and their rock posters created for First Avenue, 7th Street Entry, 400 Bar, Triple Rock Social Club and other music venues across the country..

Sunday June 14, 6pm-9pm
Magers and Quinn Booksellers [uptown, 3038 Hennepin]

Posted 3407 days ago in Audio, Visual

RIP: A Remix Manifesto

take-up productions & Sound Unseen are bringing minneapolis a great opportunity to view the controversial and award winning sxsw hit, RIP: A Remix Manifesto [click to view the film trailer] on the big screen..

In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

to boot – the film will be screened in minneapolis’ newest cool film venue – the Trylon screening room… “The Trylon is a small experimental cinema, and is equiped for both digital cinema and 35mm film presentations.”

when: Thursday May 28 at 8pm
where: The Trylon screening room (3258 Minnehaha Ave)
Tickets: $5 (or punch card) – since the theater only seats 60, best get your tickets now

Posted 3413 days ago in Audio

free solid gold

solid gold is playing a free show @ the uptown bar tonight..

Posted 3416 days ago in Audio

Danger Mouse + Sparklehorse + David Lynch

this is one of the coolest things i’ve run across this year.. **EDIT** buy / download the album here

the new album,”Dark Night of the Soul” was written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, but feature a different singer on each track. The album won’t be released until July, and only 5,000 copies will be made available [packaged with a book of photos by director David Lynch] – and read the review

“In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists (..) include: James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils” – NPR

Posted 3419 days ago in Audio

solid gold

if you blew it and didn’t score tickets for gene ween @ the entry this week *jealous sucka?* there is still a chance for you to catch some great live music..

local dark & dreamy synthpop [think LCD soundsystem / love & rockets] solid gold are playing in the mainroom @ first avenue next friday (15th) w/Look Book, Marijuana Death Squad, and DJ Real Jaguar… doors @8pm ($15) | get tickets here

i hate to send anyone to a myspace page but it’s all they have – so – listen to solid gold here

if you can’t make that show (or if, like me, you really dig their dj sets) catch them at the uptown bar “west rocks” party on the 23rd (10pm – prob $5)

Posted 3425 days ago in Audio

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