Two decades ago, I would have laughed if you'd told me that the author of "Cows," the Suburbs song that memorably leered at the lower extremities of livestock, would one day be teaching "Songwriting for Pop Musicians" at the MacPhail Center for the Arts. But Chan Poling may be the most "established" weirdo to emerge from the local late-Seventies new-wave scene that blossomed around the Suicide Commandos (whose guitarist, Chris Osgood, happens to be Poling's co-instructor at MacPhail). Having co-founded and played keyboards in the 'Burbs, one of the most hilarious and addictive Minnesota dance-pop bands this side of the Time (and far more oblique), Poling went on to compose acclaimed works for theater and movies, and he now runs a company producing... More >>>