• BritPop

    Thanks!

    As we head into Thanksgiving, I just have to give a shout out and say thanks to the Leeds band, The Kaiser Cheifs. Last summer, the band released their fourth album and it came out in the most unique way…

  • Funk

    Still Wishin’

    I had all but given up checking the news wire for the new release from the original members of The Time.  Jimmy Jam told us it was “coming soon” when I saw them in June of 2010 and I think the last time…

  • Rock

    Autumn Delights

    There is something magical about this time of year. It’s hard to put my finger on it but the changing colors, the crispness in the air, and the mood of the people all combine wonderfully for me in a near…

  • Rock

    How Did I Survive, Survive, Survive, Survive…?

    Early last year, Brooklyn’s great new band The Drums released an EP entitled Summertime! Later that year, just before summer, they released their first full length, self titled album. Both have been in regular rotation ever since. Their latest offering,…

  • BritPop

    Widescreen Music

    As the dog days of summer wind on, my thoughts have turned to the disc that I have been obsessed with since its release last May. Pala by St Albans, Hertfordshire band Friendly Fires is an astounding record that achieves…

  • Rock

    A North Woods Blessing

    The debut album from a new band is always something special. When it is a band from my hometown, it’s even more exciting. If that disc completely blows away all my expectations, it’s shovel to the head stunning. Having listened…

  • Rock

    This House Is A Circus, Berserk As Fuck

    In what now has become a bi-annual tradition, The Arctic Monkeys descend on First Avenue and remind the Twin Cities why they are the Colossus of UK Banks. Last night’s show was unique in several ways. To begin with, First…

  • Rock

    Some Kind Of Fine

    People make fun of me because I like the band Heart. Actually, I don’t just like them. I love them. I love Heart. I ♥ Heart. There, I’ve said it. Heap your crooked looks and gas faces all over me if…

  • Rock

    Here We Go Again…Again…

    Every couple of years it happens. Each time I think it will be different. My expectations are high and, as I listen, I lie to myself. “This is the one. It’s good. Finally, they are back.” But it’s not the…