They Might be Giants have definitely fallen out of the mainstream of alternative music. You're not likely to hear a lot of the new songs on heavy rotation on the Current or your alt station of choice. You don't hear a lot of covers of their songs, and especially not a shrill wannabe-Etta James teen ... More >>
Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... 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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... 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 >>
The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>
You can go see a good rock band, local or national, any ol' night of the week around here. Good country's a little harder to find within a stone's throw and on short notice. Drop that "good" before that "country" and I'd tell you to hoof it on out to The Rock Nightclub tomorrow night to see Jos ... 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.
We thought they were gone forever, for good, kaput. Then they came storming back into the limelight to blow our minds.
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
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.
Langseth will be singing for survival tonight against seven other wild card winners for a spot in the coveted Top 12.
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
We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.
Twin Cities playwrights
The ballad of Clark "Motown" Adams, man without a mic
'Devil' slaps the latest duds on the makeover movie
Why do TV execs bring the same ratty toys to show-and-tell?
The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy
WB news flash: Attractive young women want to make it in Hollywood
Never mind the bright lights--walk on water.
Thanks to cable, there was so much more than the Super Bowl