Lil DebbieFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisSaturday, March 1, 2014 Urban Dictionary defines ratchet as "a diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason so believe she is every man's eye candy. Unfortunately, she's wrong." In LL Cool J's song "Ratchet," he uses to word as a name for a g ... More >>
The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, September 7, 2013I'll admit, I wasn't prepared for all the red. Yes, I knew Taylor Swift's most recent album was called Red and that this was "The Red Tour" but it hadn't occurred to me that those titles would dictate her fans' dress code quite so ... More >>
Diana Ross Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Oh, Diana Ross. Even at the ripe age of 69, she's still reminding us that there was a time before Beyonce. Indeed, without Diana Ross, we might not know to call these modern starlets "divas." At her show last night at the Orpheum ... More >>
Mumford & Sons have a brand new music video out for their song "Hopeless Wanderer," and this one, folks, this is one for the books. With the help of actors Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, a silly beard-wearing Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis, the passion of the Mumf reaches a new plateau.See Also:Mumf ... More >>
Nataly Dawn is probably best known as one half of the indie pop duo Pomplamoose, a California-based band that may be one of the best modern examples of wielding the power of the internet. The band skyrocketed to social media stardom with a cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on YouTube in 2009, and b ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One Featuring the 4onthefloor, the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, Chastity Brown, and John Mark Nelson (with special guests Nicholas David and Zach Sobiech) First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013 While the Current's 8th Birthday party lacked ... More >>
Claire Boucher is in every sense a product of buzz. Two years ago Grimes (Boucher's stage name), though already active and putting out material, didn't quite hold the same resonance that it does today. She signed to 4AD records and proliferated quickly through blog endorsements without all that much ... More >>
The electro-synth-pop musician talks inspiration
See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>
Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea's "Pu$$y" has made her famous (calm down, it's just a song, guys). But if you take the striking blonde's raunchy subject matter at face value, then you've got it all wrong. At just 21 years old, the eager artist is surprisingly self-aware amidst the hip-hop game ... More >>
Disco legend Donna Summer has passed at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer. TMZ reports that Summer was in Florida at the time of her death.She received opera training before she exploded onto dance floors around the world in the early '70s, and her voice is among sizzling best to groove t ... More >>
Duo consists of Malian guitarist and Israeli keyboardist
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview following the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin held March 29 at the University of Minn ... More >>
Turf Club in for a big surprise
Photos by Erik HessCSS at First Avenue in May 2011Brazilian disco-punks CSS are a very charismatic band. They all have hip haircuts, cool tattoos and adorable Portuguese accents. Even if you didn't know who they were and you were sitting by them at a restaurant, you'd eavesdrop on their conversat ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Christy HuntElliot Hill, best known locally as the drummer for the Softrocks, passed away on Monday, July 25, at the age of 26. Hill was diagnosed with colon cancer last September, and the cancer advanced to an untreatable stage and was diagnosed as terminal in April. In a ... More >>
Radiohead has a long history of music video weirdness.Anyone who has seen Radiohead's latest music video for the song "Lotus Flower" knows one thing is certain: Thom Yorke has some moves. The five-minute video off the recently released King of Limbs is comprised entirely by tight shots of ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click for slideshowOzzy OsbourneJanuary 12, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisComing up from Mankato on a cold Wednesday night, 10-year-old Grady Wolters and his dad, Todd, were anxious to see the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Ozbourne, finally perform. Grady's old man firs ... More >>
Hear exclusive new songs from the troubled rapper
Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.
Two opinions crossing my mind at the moment: Kanye West is ridiculous, and Twitter is dumb. Highly unoriginal opinions to be sure, but still, I possess them. Hey, remember when Kanye pulled that stunt with Taylor Swift at the VMAs like a year ago? Of course, we all do. Is it worth talking ... 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 >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration
Odd, that a pop star would appear vapid under the microscope. Lynn Hirschberg, longtime writer for The Grey Lady, may be best known for her super smackdown of Courtney Love, pointing out Courtney's drug abuse while pregnant (and which ended with an attempted bludgeoning by an Academy Award). Hirs ... More >>
Lady Sovereign is no stranger to Minneapolis.
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We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.
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The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
I went to CMJ Music Marathon 2000 and all I got was this lousy tote bag