Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with new videos from Allan Kingdom and Astronautalis to promote their upcoming appearances at the final Best Love is Free show on February 15 ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-olds sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play basketb ... More >>
Minneapolis rapper Sean Anonymous is living proof that getting older is akin with getting better. Now in its seventh year, Sean's annual birthday show is getting a massive upgrade to the First Avenue mainroom. Also part of Saturday's festivities will be the release of a new 7-inch, "Cold Shoulder" w ... More >>
From an early age, Femi Kuti got a crash course in music and the chaotic adventures that came along with having a politically outspoken and celebrated father. As a 15-year-old, he began performing with Fela Kuti, and absorbed raw energy of Afrobeat music.Continuing the Afrobeat tradition, Femi has ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
Now that the year is new, it's time again for 89.3 the Current to herald its lengthening life with a weekend of shows at First Avenue. The tastemaking radio station has revealed the lineup for the two-day bash being held January 18-19. The wunderkind John Mark Nelson, who finished tied for third in ... More >>
Richard Carlbom's fiance just had the best birthday party ever. Around 1:45 a.m., Carlbom -- campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families -- addressed an exhausted crowd at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, claiming victory over an amendment that would have constitutionally banned gay marria ... More >>
If all of your friends are friends of love, then all of your friends are friends of Martin Dosh. Well known around town, Dosh will be holding a birthday party at the Turf Club tonight -- his first annual 40th birthday party, to be exact. You heard right: first annual 40th, and everyone is invited. T ... More >>
The incomparable Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell turns 68 today. And while her own stirring music certainly stands proudly on its own, some of the most famous recordings of her songs have been done by other musicians. The list of artists who have covered Mitchell's songs over the years is a ... More >>
Michele Bachmann wishes Elvis "Happy Birthday" on the anniversary of his death.Michele Bachmann wished Elvis Presley "Happy Birthday!" on the anniversary of his death, providing yet another glimpse into how oblivious she really is behind those wild eyes."Before we get started, let's all say happy ... More >>
Photo by Ralph AlfonsoCanadian rocker Dave RaveTireless local rocker Curtiss A, the man behind the annual marathon John Lennon tribute shows, is celebrating his 60th birthday this weekend with a stellar show at the Entry that features the Tisdales, the Mad Ripple, and Canadian rocker Dave Rave, w ... More >>
Now that the show is good and sold out, the Current has unveiled the final two acts of its five-band local bill in the Mainroom on Saturday, January 29. Brother Ali and Roma di Luna will join Free Energy, Jeremy Messersmith, and Cloud Cult for the station's sixth birthday party, which sold out in ... More >>
Each week we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant--it's up to you to guess which one. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (be sure to leave your email address--it won't be visible), will be entered into a pool, and periodically we'll draw names and award a ... More >>
The Chambers Hotel, where D'Amico Kitchen is run by chef Justin Frederick.Here's the final installment of our chef chat with Justin Frederick of D'Amico Kitchen. (Here are parts 1 and 2 of the interview, for the latecomers.) Today Frederick talks about his favorite restaurants across the cou ... More >>
If you're familiar with P.O.S's song "Optimist" you'll remember a shoutout to a woman who taught the rapper "the thing with the cups." She's the one over there in between Nas and Ludacris, looking very judgy. Well that lady can also put together a pretty amazing birthday celebration too.
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You know that annoying friend of yours who is really into her birthday?She walks around all day in a tiara and demands everybody pay extra attention to her, because its her day?Michele Bachmann is that annoying friend.April 6 was the Crazy Congresswoman's 54th birthday, and she celebrated with a ... More >>
We didn't get this in time for Flyer of the Week, but WILL YOU LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. Eclectone Records head honcho and Crossing Guards frontman Martin Devaney, a.k.a. the unofficial mayor of St. Paul, lording over his kingdom. The mayor is celebrating his 30th birthday this weekend with Big Troub ... More >>
Happy birthday to our close personal friend.
The influential and prodigious guitarist of Birthday Party and numerous collaborations died of liver cancer this morning.
When 11-year-old Amanda Smith slid and fell last summer during a kickball game on a Mankato school playground, breaking her ankle, she also hit a little paydirt.
Friends answer: Damn straight
If you like Crunch then you better put a ring on him...
Tria, Max, and Pazzaluna treat birthday celebrants to something more sophisticated than the sparkler-topped slice of cake.
When moving to a new country, there are always a bunch of funny little differences you have to get used to. For Somalis, one of those things is our American tendency to focus on our birthda ... More >>
Low, Dosh, Sims and Vampire Hands play First Ave tonight in honor of the U of M's independent radio station.
It's no secret that the Twins need a hitter (and are still looking for one). What no one seems to agree on is why, exactly, the plane has crashed into the fucking mountain. But it hasn't; not yet. The Twins lost a string of one-run games to the Angels, and half of Twins Territory is ready to pack ... More >>
Hillbilly no more-- Jethro today Max Baer, Jr., who stole the show on The Beverly Hillbillies as Jethro Bodine, is fightin' mad at Ron Howard, the director formerly known as Opie. Max claims that Ron's new movie, Cinderella Man, is unfair to his father, boxer Max Baer, who is portrayed in the film ... More >>