The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
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Despite the "Twin Cities hip-hop scene being oversaturated" this is the weekend that the Twin Cities hip-hop scene looks forward to the most. If you're thinking of heading down to Shakopee son Sunday for Soundset, better head there early or carpool; last year the traffic was held up for two hours. M ... More >>
Aerosmith will begin its 18-date summer tour this June at Target Center. Dubbed the Global Warming tour, the seminal Boston band will bring Cheap Trick along for the North American dates that carry between mid-June and early August."The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick ... More >>
I know, I know: I missed a couple weeks there, didn't I? Settling into a new year is always an awkward proposition for me - the date change, transitioning into a whole new set of releases, the January blahs. I'm over all that shit now, though, so let's kick off 2011 with a (belated) bang, shall w ... More >>
5th Ave. TheatreAnthony Federov as JosephIf the dashing blond in the colorful garb on the Ordway's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat billboards looks familiar, well, you're not crazy: Anthony Fedorov became a household name during the fourth season of American Idol (check out his p ... More >>
We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>
Brett Bullion finally steps up to the mic
This won't be an anti-American Idol blog post, but I am taking aim at American Idol; it won't entirely condemn Rihanna, but it will subject Ri-Ri to some tough love. Idol and Rihanna are a mere jumping-off point, because watching the results show Wednesday night made me really confront something ... More >>
No, we're not making fun of Carrie Underwood.
These Minnesotans snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with incredible panache.
Why is the voice of our generation just...so...lame?
Minnesota's two American Idol finalists from the Fox reality show's last season will perform tonight at the Minnesota Lynx game.
Congresswoman finds it an "interesting coincidence" that Dems are in power during flu outbreak
Jesse Langseth, one of two Minnesotans to advance in Fox's American Idol, has booked her first show since getting kicked off the show.
You thought your painfully bad and drunken rendition of "I Will Survive" would only lead to a couple boos and eternal embarrassment from your buddies. Think again.
Langseth will be singing for survival tonight against seven other wild card winners for a spot in the coveted Top 12.
We've still got one Minnesotan left in the race for pop star fame and she's actually got some street cred back home.
We had so much hope for Minnesota's next pop star and now it's over.
Our hometown hero Casey Carlson officially made it into American Idol's Final 36, despite screwing up!
Despite America's attempt to bastardize the Leonard Cohen song, Romantica gives it new life
The Songs We Can't Escape
Twin Cities playwrights
The ballad of Clark "Motown" Adams, man without a mic
The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy
More babies wanted less, using collection plate cash to buy breast implants, Dennis Quaid as W, the 2005 Punchy Awards, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Press release of the day: "Just released this week, 'U-Sing-It' -- an innovative CD release that lets buyers create their own versions of holiday songs to share with friends and family, powered by UmixIt's remixing technology -- is already a hit, an impressive feat given the 51 shopping days stil ... More >>
"Chris Curtin, general manager and vice president of the Muppets Holding Company, said the Disney-owned venture also is developing an 'American Idol'-style 'reality' TV series featuring Kermit and friends conducting a talent search 'for the next Muppet,'" reports Yahoo. Muppetcentral.com broke the s ... More >>
Text message my heart!By Amelia Huff, age 10 I know youv'e all herd the news by now. Mario Vasquez (the cute spanish guy!!!!11) quit American Idol. Rumor has it he is a Lesbian. I dont care if he is or he isnt, I will still ask my mom to buy his CD when it comes out. I am Preesbaterian and we don ... More >>
I know youv'e all herd the news by now. Mario Vasquez (the cute spanish guy!!!!11) quit American Idol. Rumor has it he is a Lesbian. I dont care if he is or he isnt, I will still ask my mom to buy his CD when it comes out. I am Preesbaterian and we dont mind if pepole are gay, only if they do not ... More >>
Never mind the bright lights--walk on water.
Thanks to cable, there was so much more than the Super Bowl