On the eve of their album release show, Anthony Iverson talks to Suzie’s frontman Mark Ritsema about the evolution of the band’s sound
In which Our Author draws parallels to the almost-equally-terrible year of 1980 to give comfort as 2016 rolls thankfully into the past and the terrifying future stretches out before us.
The return of our erstwhile music writer, long disheartened by 2016, here to offer his thoughts on the best music of the first year of the apocalypse.
On the eve of its release show, Anthony Iverson previews the local hip-hop/R&B icon’s solo debut album.
A hot, hot song premiere from Dream On Nilsson, our local Nilsson interpreters, and you heard it here first, folks: an astounding version of Nilsson’s seminal “Gotta Get Up”
Minnesota Opera ends its 2015-16 season in triumph with the world premiere of the fantastic and terrifying operatic adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic horror novel.
The multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member was found dead at his studio / home this morning.
Tomorrow night at the Turf Club: DREAM ON NILSSON, a great new band that’s a tribute to the genius of Harry Nilsson. Who was Harry Nilsson, you ask? Let us tell you.
Happy 50th to the “Pre-Fab Four” — and if you know anything about me, you know they’re one of our favorite bands ever. We take this opportunity to review and rank all their LPs — happy listening!
We say goodbye to another brilliant musician in 2016, the year of So Many Deaths — this time Phife Dawg from the genius rap group Tribe Called Quest.
On the eve of their forthcoming album release, Anthony Iverson chats with the acclaimed local rock duo on the band’s evolution.
Minnesota Opera proves it can deliver in the standard operatic repertoire with a thrillingly sung and conducted production of “Tosca.”
A collection of demos? Nah. Kendrick’s album might have had its roots in that, but has become something much rarer: a genuine masterpiece.
Our writer lives in the 1970s. Seriously: he does. He’s surrounded by 70s stuff pretty much all day, every day. It’s a little weird, we admit, but here’s why he does it.
Our local Black-History-Month-Celebratin’ radio station might not be playing ’em, but this trio of new releases by black artists proves that black current is just as awesome as black history, thank you very much.
The new Kanye record — admit it, you’ve already made your mind up, right? If not, please do read ahead — it’s a hell of an album.
In the wake of her sold-out Mainroom headlining debut at First Avenue, Anthony Iverson offers an appreciation to the current queen of the Twin Cities music scene.
Oh hey! It’s that time again — time for me to agonizingly churn through the iTunes Top 20 and see if there’s any gold. This week? Not really, but there sure are plenty of cute white YouTubers.
A special week-end bonus edition of We Will Rock You — we take a look at the career of Jefferson Airplane bandleader Paul Kantner. No, he didn’t write “We Built This City.” Yes, he was damn brilliant. Check it out.
So you miss David Bowie? Oh my god, you ask, who can I listen to who embodies David Bowie’s experimental spirit but maybe I’m not as familiar with their catalog? Let us help.
A selection of nifty reviews from this post-Bowie-death week, including a masterpiece from Anderson .Paak, a nifty punk salvo from the Last Conspirators and a metal slab from Sweden’s Witchcraft.
You know what? Here at l’etoile, we refuse to eulogize David Bowie. Instead, we’re gonna do what some terrible clickbait organization will do (but wrongly): rank all his albums as an excuse to listen to ’em and talk about ’em some more.
A trio of local reviews this week — playing catchup with recent albums by Fury Things and Pasadena ’68/Dakota Shakedown, plus looking to the future (the intense future) with Moors Blackmon.
In a bit of surprising (to some) news, the long-time radio fixture joins the Current’s Morning Show starting March 7.
If you’re like me, you love morning shows. Even if you don’t — well, you know they exist right? We’ve had some good ones in the Twin Cities over the years — and hopefully we’ll have more, if you get my drift.
l’étoile presents its annual list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities this year!
What? FILM? Yeah. Since Niles decided to do a little music writing, I thought “what the heck” — here’s my 10 favorite horror films of 2015. And believe me, I watch a lot of ’em.
After a 12 year hiatus, local space band Manplanet returns Saturday night to the Triple Rock, and we’ve received some special transmissions from them before they land back on earth.
ANOTHER good Prince record? So soon after his last one back in October 2014? Uh huh. And make no mistake, this one might even better that one. It’s good. Like really, really good. Find out how.