Diggity Drive Up, the new fast-casual concept by the folks who brought you Tavern and Atlas Grill, is out to revolutionize the way we order food. Their method? They're eliminating waitstaff altogether. Instead of impatiently waiting for your server to return, only to change your mind over what kind ... More >>
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>
Over nearly four decades, Nick Cave has been far from a typical rock star. His ever-changing artistic whims have colored music -- from the Birthday Party, to Grinderman, to his work backed by the Bad Seeds -- that is only tied together by its brooding passion. His last couple years have been focused ... More >>
Mean girls, with teeth
After reading the horrific story of Mark Andrew's brutal mugging at Starbucks for his iPhone, a reader asks a plaintive question in a Letter to the Editor:"Why did no one help Mr. Andrew?"
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After moving back and forth between Minneapolis and Chicago, Brainerd-bred Nate Eisland is relieved to return to his home state. Recently, his band On an On rose from the ashes of now-defunct Scattered Trees. Since then, he, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing have received a burst of attention during th ... More >>
You decide it's time to donate to charity. So what do you do? Likely reach for your wallet or try to squeeze a couple of volunteer hours into your busy schedule. That's simple enough, but what you probably don't know is that giving back is now as easy as going out to eat. Thanks to a new local orga ... More >>
A cell phone app can tell you where the nearest Starbucks is, or when's the best time to leave a movie for the bathroom. Thanks to Minneapolis computer programmer Ed Williams, there's also an app to help you record messages. Messages from ghosts.See Also:- Minnesota's Most Haunted Places- City Pages ... More >>
Don Samuels is the City Council member who represents Ward 5, better known as north Minneapolis. But on Sunday morning, he used a long editorial on the front page of the Star Tribune's opinion section to suggest he might also be the closest thing to Walker Texas Ranger you're going to find in City H ... More >>
See Also: Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, the Chalice, Beat Detectives, and more Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the musi ... More >>
As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on the calendar when venturing out anywhere to do anything out of the usual is sado-masochistic at best ... More >>
Apparently, not everyone spends St. Patrick's Day being drunk and generally worthless. According to Paul Streitz, a parade-goer who captured the whole thing on his iPhone, volunteer firefighters from Sedan were about to drive their rig in a St. Paddy's Day parade when a vehicle caught fire nearby. ... More >>
Aren't these phones cool? Thieves think so too.Attention, idiots who walk down dark Minneapolis streets at night while obliviously staring at your fancy phones -- thieves are out there, and if the opportunity presents itself they may leave you iPhone-less.A police alert issued this afternoon by t ... More >>
What a difference 48 hours can make in the life of the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Sunday night welcomed a positive showcase of local talent headlined by I Self Devine, but Friday night's sixth annual TC Hip-Hop Awards proved to follow a now-familiar theme of violence during its event at First ... More >>
If you were to watch the Wizard of Oz in its entirety only backwards, that might properly demonstrate what the road is like. You start at home, then slowly lose contact with your friends following a black highway into a tornado. Along the way you bring witches back from the dead. Either story ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has a new e-mail blast out, and a new campaign "ad" on Youtube, both of which make it pretty clear that her campaign is totally, absolutely, utterly out of money. Over the last few weeks, Bachmann's fundraising e-mails have grown more desperate, and her videos are about the cheap ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessDoomtree at SXSW 2011In keeping with their current rigorous schedule of record, release, tour, repeat, the seven current members of the Doomtree crew are heading back into the studio this week to record their second full-length, full-crew album, which will serve as the follow-up ... More >>
Rubio's still tweeting under his Barcelona colors. Let's get some Wolves garb on this kid, stat.Ricky Rubio is finally in the house. The hoped-for savior of the Minnesota Timberwolves is scheduled for a media roll out this afternoon, fresh off the plane from Barcelona, and he's tweeting his a ... More >>
Matt DrudgeHere we are, two years into Al Franken's first term as a U.S. senator, and Matt Drudge is still making jokes about Franken's former career as a comedian. Or maybe the famously conservative news aggregator is irked that Franken, an unapologetic liberal, is dogging tech companies that h ... More >>
Al Franken wants Apple, Google at privacy hearings.Sen. Al Franken is wading ever deeper into the controversy over whether smartphones are secretly tracking their user's locations. As chairman of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, he's calling on Apple and Google representati ... More >>
Steve Jobs, the object of Al Franken's ire.We took note yesterday that Sen. Al Franken has fired off a nastygram to Apple boss Steve Jobs over published reports that iPhones and iPads were tracking and storing the movements of their users for some purpose yet to be revealed. Now we're wonder ... More >>
Al Franken targets Steve Jobs.Did you know that every time you use your iPhone or iPad, Apple is collecting your exact latitude and longitude, and storing the data in an unencrypted format, without asking you first? It's news to Sen. Al Franken, and he's just fired off a scathing letter to Appl ... More >>
It's 1961, and life is goodWe're mad about the Twin Cities. Why? Because it's 1961, and it's a great time to be living the American Dream.Like the TV series Mad Men, this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue takes you back 50 years: Two new sports teams--the Twins and Vikings--are playing at Metr ... More >>
FacebookSydney Max, of Chicago, representing Wisconsin.Thousands of horny bros at the University of Wisconsin probably started fingering their iPhones at this news: Playboy has named the land of Bucky Badger America's No. 6 party school. And before you ask, no, the University of Minnesota di ... More >>
Are you being followed?The next time people bump into you downtown while they finger their iPhones, or sit slumped over a laptop at a free-wifi coffeehouse like so many oldsters at casino slot machines, there's a good reason. They're helping Minneapolis become the 4th most socially networked ... More >>
onlyicecream.comIce cream gets an Eastern upgrade.Anytime science and sweets join forces, we know delicious revelations like iPhone dessert apps are on the horizon. As we say goodbye to January, the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) mixes a few nerdy stats with a lot of yummy findings to brin ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekAll right, Little Monsters, it's only six days until Lady Gaga descends on the Twin Cities for a pair of back-to-back shows at the Xcel Center. Don your blond wig, get gussied up, and slide on your cigarette glasses as we guide you through some of the most outrageous and jaw-dr ... More >>
Producer's solo debut features "stuff too weird for a rap beat"
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I kinda think the Grammys are like Katherine Kersten -- as objectionable as they are, giving them any attention (including negative) will only encourage their existence. But sometimes I just like sharing in our common cultural experiences. So I watched the Gramcast -- and caught Prince, the Time, an ... More >>
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