• Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Mid West Music Fest 2013 Day One: Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, and more

    MWFM Day One With Astronautalis, Retribution Gospel Choir, The Ericksons, Wildflower, Paulie Matushek and Wake Up Bedhead Winona, Minnesota Thursday, April 18, 2013 The fourth annual Mid West Music Fest got off to a bit of a shaky start on Thursday -- at least weather wise, as fans band bands drivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Prissy Clerks, Why?, Ben Kyle, and more

    Welcome to the first installment of Local Frames of 2013! As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Best Coast, JEFF the Brotherhood, and Those Darlins at the Cedar, 7/28/12

    See Also:Those Darlins robbed after show at the Cedar [PHOTOS]Slideshow: Best Coast at Cedar Cultural CenterSoundTown and Minnesota's music festival fatigueBest Coast, JEFF the Brotherhood, and Those DarlinsCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisSaturday, July 28, 2012SoundTown's loss was Minneapolis's g ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2011

    The Boy Scouts' Police Problem

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should Scouts share the blame?

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    SoundTown Series: The Ericksons teach us how to fall in love

    ​Sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini, together with drummer Dan Kapernick, make up the Ericksons--a local roots band with hearty female vocals that lend well to their haunting Appalachian sound. The Ericksons have been around Minneapolis for less than a year, following the September r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Ericksons take up residency at the Aster

    ​The Ericksons base their music around one principle: simplicity. Less is more. Sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kochsiek cultivate a sound that is sparse and dark, a little Appalachian and a little bluegrass. Their lyrics are in the tradition of a storyteller, humble but with heart and sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Best Coast, Wavves, and No Joy at the Varsity, 02/11/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen​Best Coast, Wavves, and No JoyFebruary 11, 2011Varsity TheaterIt's not often that an opening band steals the spotlight from two far more prominent headliners, especially by playing what amounted to only a 20 minute set. But that is just what happened at the sold-out Var ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2010

    Chipotle fires Latinos

    ICE bears down and the fast-food chain reacts

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Chipotle fires at least 80 Latino workers in Minnesota

    sleepfordaysThe firings continue.​The Chipotle restaurant chain's mass firings of Latino workers at Minnesota restaurants continued this week, with workers at some locations fired yesterday at the end of their shifts.When we broke the story of the Chipolte firings last week, advocates for the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Best Coast & Male Bonding at the Triple Rock, 9/17/10

    Photos by Erik Hess​Best Coast and Male BondingSeptember 17, 2010Triple Rock, MinneapolisBest Coast puts on a really odd live show. I was a big fan of Crazy For You when it was first released, egged on by her solid EPs from last year. But then Bethany Cosentino started showing up everywhere, alway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Bethany Morton says Old Country Buffet booted her for breastfeeding

    Naked sushi at the now-defunct Temple​Most restaurants don't offer naked sushi, but that doesn't mean that diners might not encounter a bare breast from time to time. State statute 145.905 authorizes mothers to breast feed in public. It reads: "A mother may breast-feed in any location, publi ... More >>

  • News

    March 12, 2008

    Swindler is back after two years in prison

    Gabriel Francois stands accused of stiffing day laborers