One of the longest-standing public radio traditions in the U.S. is undoubtedly our home state's A Prairie Home Companion. The past 40 years went quick, didn't they? Garrison Keillor's variety show with a heaping serving of folksy wisdom and humor is celebrating four decades with a weekend concert co ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with an imaginative video from Skittish, who cleverly work themselves into some old-time archival footage to craft a truly original clip. In ad ... More >>
St. Paul has announced plans to invest in its existing downtown real estate to pull more concertgoers. In a press conference held Monday morning, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman described a $12 million renovation of the long-shuttered Palace Theatre located within the West 7th Place plaza, which is als ... More >>
Minnesota Monthly has released a list of the Twin Cities' most powerful leaders calling the shots, and a few names from the music realm popped up there. The most recognizable to a regular Gimme Noise reader would be Doomtree rapper Dessa, who was the final entry in the 75-person tally.And we're not ... More >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
After submitting to an interview (with a now-passionate comments field) regarding Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith's comments about them, the 4onthefloor is back today with a song named after his description of the band. "Mock Duck/Mumford & Sons Crap" is set to the tune of the far-more-famou ... More >>
Photo by Dave CarrollThe rising Duluth folk-bluegrass outfit Trampled by Turtles performed five songs, including a Bob Dylan cover, on this past weekend's episode of A Prairie Home Companion. The long-running public radio sketch show, helmed by the Lake Wobegon staple Garrison Keillor, migrated n ... More >>
Publicity photo via MPRTom Keith, a.k.a. Jim Ed Poole (right) with Morning Show co-host Dale ConnellyTom Keith, who radio listeners will recognize as Jim Ed Poole, co-host of MPR's long-running roots-heavy Morning Show, passed away unexpectedly last night of unknown causes. He was 64 years o ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenWith only a couple of weeks left until the release of their reunion record, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are flying into overdrive with a series of promotional shows, downloads, and appearances, including a recent stop at Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion last wee ... More >>
Two greenhouse tomatoes: Which is tops?My tomato plants have flowers, but, alas, no fruit. It's just a little to early in the growing season to savor the juiciness of a homegrown Sweet 100 or Cherokee Purple. In anticipation of August, I had a hankering for tomato-cucumber-chickpea-red onio ... More >>
Keillor plots retirement.Garrison Keillor may well have told Minnesota Public Radio privately about his plans to retire in 2013 from "A Prairie Home Companion." Still, it was a little jarring to hear the news via AARP instead of, say, wrapping his ride into the sunset into an episode of "Th ... More >>
covilha via Flickr.com As the seasons change, so do the types of events happening around town. This weekend we have two different Oktoberfest festivals, a block party (bring an umbrella), and free films.
Photos courtesy A Prairie Home CompanionMidnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>
Image Courtesy of: Kris Drake "Stuck Between Stations." Stuck Between Stations. One is the name of a song by Brooklyn band the Hold Steady (whose singer is at work on a movie project of his own, adapting Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs). The other is the name of a film conceived, ... More >>
Comedic jazz singer returns to the Dakota Jazz Club with mates
The outdoor concert will feature the Pines, Pieta Brown, Ray Bonneville, and more.
The Minnesota author passed away this Wednesday.
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Garrison Keillor, the host of American Public Media's Prairie Home Companion, has bloggers fuming over a recent edition of his syndicated column The Old Scout.
A Prairie Home Companion, the new film written by Garrison Keillor (who also stars) and directed by Robert Altman, was a crowd-pleaser at The Berlin International Film Festival, and is considered a strong contender to win its Golden Bear award. (The winner will be announced Saturday the 18t ... More >>
Where's Robert Stack when you need him? A compilation CD titled Live in Town has been showing up in the mailboxes of musicians, DJs, rock critics, and record store owners throughout the Twin Cities. The mix, comprised of bootlegs from various local venues, ranges from the Dead Boys recorded at a Lon ... More >>
Shortly after news came that A Prairie Home Companion would leave St. Paul (more links here), the following arrived in our email from "Prairie Ho" blogger Rex Sorgatz, who runs the essential MNSpeak: "Hello friends, ...this is a pre-emptive note to hopefully tell you before you hear it elsewhere: Ye ... More >>
If you're like me, you couldn't get enough "Prairie Home Companion" movie news! And how about "North Country," which was filming, um, up north? Charlize Theron was in our state!!! Woody Harrelson is in both movies! Crazy! Anyway, to hell with both of them. Between showing the backstage antics of som ... More >>
Not old enough to be in the First Avenue crowd for the "Purple Rain" finale? Weren't lucky enough to be Courtney Cox when The Boss shot his "Dancing in the Dark" video here? Here's your chance to be a Hollywood footnote: The "Prairie Home Companion" movie wants extras tomorrow, Friday, July 8. PHC n ... More >>
The big entertainment news around these near-Wobegon regions yesterday was that Robert Altman will direct Lindsay Lohan and her protruding body parts in the film version of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. More than 29 news outlets put out clarion calls like "Altman movie to be filmed in ... More >>
*Lindsay Lohan and her blonde tresses (that's Hollywood speak for "drugs," I think) are still weeks away from descending on Minneapolis to film A Prairie Home Companion, which should cause bar sales to skyrocket and C.J. to start foaming at the mouth. In the meantime, celebrity gawkers can check out ... More >>