This past Christmas, Gimme Noise asked a handful of local musicians to help us make sense of a holiday where the accompanying songbook seemed to be guided by all things commercial. Valentines Day has those talking points a bit reversed.There's no magical tradition built around Valentine's Day. Many ... More >>
KDWB's Jingle Ball With Psy, Train, Ed Sheeran, One Republic, Owl City, Cher Lloyd, Ellie Goulding, and Conor MaynardXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, December 4, 2012If a venue hands out earplugs as you are walking in, make sure you take them and use them. With as many screaming tweens as there ... More >>
A new type of cold war has taken over the tech world
Andy Williams, we hardly knew you. To a generation you're the man in tinted glasses on dozens of albums we wouldn't buy for a quarter, yet you were an enormous figure in American music from your earliest hit, a hillbilly cat cover of "Butterfly" inspired by Elvis, to your long, graceful goodbye in B ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, and fourth installments.1/20/2012 Butte: 37 degrees. Bearmouth: 38 degrees. Missoula: 40 degrees. Since the beginning of the week, before leaving Minneapolis ... More >>
Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>
Examining the death of a family
A few personal favorites herein.
This is not an ideal time to work, live, or even to be within a stone's throw of Egypt. Why? It's complicated.
Nearly one year ago I was, along with hundreds of others, sitting on the internet while Steve Jobs revealed the iPad to a sniggering and goose-pimpled public. Chatting with my boss, I explained how underwhelming this giant iPod was to me, a sentiment so painfully shortsighted it's awkward to talk ... More >>
Rachel HuttonDavid Bedford in the fieldYou may not know David Bedford's name, but you've certainly tasted his work. As one of the inventors of the Honeycrisp apple--also known as Minnesota's official state fruit--his job entails tasting (sometimes up to 500 apples in a day) and creating the p ... More >>
Brother Ali wants you to crack the booksHow do you persuade kids who've dropped off the Minneapolis school district's radar to get back to class? Enlist the help of a Rhymesayers hip-hopper they're probably listening to on their iPods instead of answering the school bell. Brother Ali cut thi ... More >>
Cesmat, 42, apparently killed himselfRaymond Cesmat was found dead, hanging from a bed sheet Friday afternoon in the Dakota County jail. Authorities say he was alone in his cell, and was found during a routine check performed on inmates about every 25 minutes. Cesmat was the South St. Paul g ... More >>
Treehouse Records owner Mark Trehus's new record label is a labor of love
Film presents world as post-apocolyptic ghetto
It's time to get hacked, boys.
Hall & Oates, Lazerbeak? Really?
New music from Gospel Gossip, Andrew Broder and Gay Beast, Fashion Week warms up & next week's best new releases.
"Pre Med (Just In Case)" is exciting and adventurous, even if mildly derivative.
Now solo after her partner winds up in jail, Shunda K. talks to CP about keeping the Yo! vibe movin'.
With this many choices of local, handcrafted treats, why go anywhere else?
The Songs We Can't Escape
Even with the Mac kid at his side, John McClane is just...old
SXSW gives a girl more music than she could possibly need—but not as much as she wants
In penance for Britney Spears, radio stations will play 11 hours of local tunes
The city of Minneapolis takes a flyer on taxes
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Assault with a sex toy, carpooling with fetuses, law-abiding condom-carriers, Apple anime t-shirts, the "Anderson Effect," the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
From our email, here are a series of Top 7 lists compiled by the hosts of Radio K's various specialty shows, from punk to hip hop to world music (770 AM, 100.7 FM, 106.5 FM): Radio K International -- World Music Sundays 10am-Noon Radiok.org 1 Seu Jorge "Cru" (Wrasse) 2 Amadou & Mariam "Dimanche a ... More >>
For the past eight months, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been adding spyware to its CDs. A computer security expert named Mark Russinovich discovered that playing his Van Zant CD on his computer had installed a secret program deep into its system, the kind of "rootkit" used by virus writers. And ... More >>
Notes from a pro who solves pizza emergencies, seven nights a week
I listen to MPR mainly for the fine elocution, but the other day I learned a new word in the bargain. Driving to work I caught about 10 minutes of Kerri Miller's Midday interview with a panel of "trend watchers" (i.e., product marketing consultants) as they mulled pod-casting--they was fer it--and ... More >>
The 10 (or 28) best local albums of 2004
Maybe all I need is a cleaner window on the world