Peter S. Scholtes

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  • Though its every song, character, and line of dialogue has entered the pop-cult lexicon, this MGM musical from 1939 still carries the impact of a tornado-tossed house. Based on L. Frank Baum's renowned American fairy tale, the movie has been...

  • 4 years ago | Theater

    Jersey Boys is such a complete dream of a musical that breaking it down into particular feats of stagecraft and rock performance does the experience a disservice. The show is so fluid, so consistently fun and funny, that it casts a spell--only the...

  • 5 years ago | Reviews

    Maybe the recent spate of Jayhawks reunions/reissues had an effect, but Mark Olson is rocking again. The Minneapolitan Californian's first solo album, 2007's The Salvation Blues (subtitled, no kidding, A two-year journey through the heart of loss ...

  • 5 years ago | Reviews

    One thing about Trama, he got his name out there: Before announcing a genuine, non-Jay-Z-style retirement this year, the chunky-voiced Minneapolis rapper from Queens independently released four albums of progressively greater promise starting in 2...

  • 5 years ago | Reviews

    With all respect to Alexs Pate's inspired arguments to the contrary, rap is not poetry, and poetry is not rap. Lyrics function differently when isolated from music, which is why "Surfin' Bird" is a great lyric and not great poetry. Yet poetry-with...

  • 6 years ago | Reviews

    Listen to the 30 years of pop since "Rapper's Delight" in a certain way, and you hear music being pulled slowly, irrevocably southward, in both geography and register—from northern megalopolises to Atlanta and Memphis, from Minneapolis trebl...

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