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Since they opened in 2003, the Triple Rock has become one of the big destination punk, indie rock and underground hip hop clubs in the Twin Cities -- a good-sized music venue catering to pretty much every cool kid in town. Arrive to shows early to grab a booth at the bar, which boasts one of the metro's best vegan-friendly menus.
With Rocky Votolato. 18+.
The Triple Rock is always a great place to grab a beer and chow, with a good selection of booze and some of the best diner food in town. Portions a...
A night of bingo may sound pretty square, but Blingo brings out the big pimpin', glamorous side of the game. How? Rather than being held in a cold,...
With Kev Choice, MaLLy. 18+.
With BNLX. 18+.
With a catchy but enigmatic sound that somehow works the seams among rock, country, pop, and folk, the Kopecky Family Band have steadily built a buzz over the past five years via extensive touring, festival appearances, a handful of EPs, and... More »
Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum... More »
Detroit rapper Danny Brown once recorded a mixtape with G-Unit roughneck Tony Yayo. He also claims Love's Forever Changes as his favorite album of all time. This (ostensible) paradox goes a long way toward explaining why Brown is one of the more... More »
With all due respect to Daft Punk -- who are technically humans dressed as robots anyways -- the best mostly-automaton band in existence is Captured! By Robots. I say "mostly" because their frontman/hostage, JBOT, is flesh and blood, some of... More »
As many a college student can attest, getting buzzed on beer and playing video games is an excellent and entertaining way to kill an evening. This weekend, folks will have two opportunities to do so in public thanks to Tipsy Pixels. Each event... More »
Event Review: The Vaccines
There is no way this show will be anything other than excellent. Come Of Age is such a golden album; I can't wait to see the songs live! Grab yo wife, grab yo kids, and get em to The Vaccines' show!
Last year the Triple Rock took this category on the basis of its accessible versatility--a place where you could catch a pre-show drink and meal next door to kill some time before crossing over to the perfectly sized music room to get a dose of some high-wattage jams. That still holds this year, but there's another important factor to keep in mind when bestowing top honors on the now-venerable Triple Rock: It's cheap. Not "cheap" as in busted-ass, second-rate, or shoddy--in its... More »
There aren't as many dedicated all-ages venues in the Twin Cities as there ought to be, which is a shame for a place with such a vibrant music scene for grown-ups. The good news is that many of the clubs recognize that the children are our future and open up their doors for all-ages shows on a regular basis. The Triple Rock on the West Bank is great about this, offering a steady stream of local bands and national tours to the younger set. Fresh-faced whippersnappers couldn't get their... More »
So, you imbibed a little too much last night. This morning you woke up with a raging headache, insatiable thirst, and a missing shoe. It happens. Check your phone for anything worthy of Texts from Last Night, and then call up your friends to join you for the best hangover cure: a gut-buster breakfast. We recommend the Triple Rock Social Club on the West Bank. Though it's mainly known for its punk-rock and hip-hop shows, the other side of the bar dishes up excellent eats. Portions are served... More »
One of the few Twin Cities locations that offers poutine (fries smothered in salty gravy and cheese curds), plus free bacon on Wednesdays, is the best place for vegetarian and even vegan food? Seems counterintuitive, but trust us: The Triple Rock silences with one slice of the vegan meatloaf. The mock duck po' boy has a reputation as large as the Triple Rock's portions, though maybe vegan pigs in a blanket are more your speed? If so, you'll find that breakfast features a hearty selection of... More »
You can do a bunch of things at the Triple Rock that you can't do at any other music venue: order a vegan-friendly mystery meal ("The Cook's Revenge"), drop a few quarters into a Zaxxon game while tipping back a Surly Bender, or set up an all-N.W.A./Thin Lizzy/Discharge playlist on its famous jukebox. But those are just the finer points of the best place in town to pull an afternoon-to-curfew music night. The big picture is the music room, inaugurated in 2003 with a legendary three-night... More »
Death to digital jukeboxes! Those 50-cents-per-Top-40-single vending machines are proof that digital distribution of music really can be evil--and we ain't talking about LimeWire or BitTorrent. The real jukebox experience is one that lets you browse album covers, offering up every track (at four for a buck, dammit) and reflecting honestly the stripes of whatever bar it occupies. The Triple Rock's long-heralded jukebox is the city's best example of this because it bears a remarkable... More »
We admit that when we first visited the Triple Rock, our insatiable urge to see a show was trumped by our insatiable urge to eat a burrito. But now that countless other local haunts also resemble Chipotle (we dare you to check out Tonic's sterile silver walls and not thirst for a gin-and-taco-sauce cocktail), it's clear that our attraction to this place owes as much to the crowd as the decor. Since expanding from a small drinking spot into a full-fledged concert venue last June, the T-Rock's... More »
Back in the late Eighties, a cultural divide was bridged when metal fans who listened obsessively to Metallica and albums like Slayer's Reign in Blood were coerced into putting N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton into the tape deck. This landmark event prompted an eye-opening exposure to rap, a genre they'd previously scorned. In the process, these folks learned not only that the album was pretty damn clever, but also that the cathartic nature of angry music spanned a far wider range than... More »
The temptation to give this category to some vintage jukebox spinning old 45s is strong, but the Triple Rock's giant, impossibly diverse trove of CDs represents something a bit more salient: a challenge. Find another jukebox where you can program Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl," Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You," Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype," and Desmond Dekker's "Israelites" and we'll buy you one of the Rock's patented Big Ass Meatwiches--plus a vegan white russian to... More »