Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>
Do we really know what love is? Is it large amounts of chocolate? Is it a little fat guy with wings and an arrow? Is it my healthy, safe obsession with Jessica Alba? Or how about the love of music and live performance from a high school choir in Shakopee?On Friday night, the classic American band Fo ... More >>
The name Glenn Danzig has lived in metal and punk fans' vocabularies since 1977, when he started the legendary horror-punk group Misfits. But to music fans who didn't dwell in the underground, Danzig became Danzig in 1988, with the release of his eponymous band's self-titled debut. That album was a ... More >>
Evil Elvis recording with members of Prong, Ministry, and Type O Negative
Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Choog ... More >>
The rise, fall, and imminent rebirth of the zebra-striped wonderpants
A small portion of the ugliness.The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>
Lead guitarist on posers, touring, and vegetarianism
A benefit with good tasteOrganizers had told the chefs to plan on about 350 people, but they were blown away by the crowd that attended last night's so called "Ramen-Off" competition, where local chefs vied for the title of best noodle soup. They might have guessed they were on to something when ... More >>
Photos by Rick MasonNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
Justin Townes Earle is everything that you'd expect from a Nashville born, country-bred, Americana singer-songwriter. Earle seemed predisposed to be a fantastically unrefined folk artist: his father, the legendary country singer, author, and playwright Steve Earle, has won numerous Grammy Awards, ... More >>
1988, Los Angeles. Poison's Open Up and Say...Ahh! peaks at #2 on the American charts. By the end of the next year the band will have become one of the top five best-selling hard rock bands of the 1980s, behind Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Gn'R and the Crüe. It don't get better than this.
Photos by Gunnar CookSelect Three at the Xcel CenterWhen Bon Jovi came through town a few weeks ago to play two back-to-back nights at the Xcel Center, three local acts were hand-picked through a KQRS-sanctioned contest to open up for the mega-stars. Up-and-coming rock group Select Three was one ... More >>
Photo: XOZ/FlickrTrevor Cook pleaded guilty today in federal court to leading a $190-million Ponzi scheme based in part out of the Van Dusen mansion in Minneapolis that obliterated the investments of at least 1,000 victims while he lived high on the hog and paid off gambling debts. Appearin ... More >>
by Steve CohenLocal media were all a-buzz when Jon Bon Jovi dropped in on the Minneapolis homeless shelter People Serving People before his concert yesterday. (See our slideshow of the concert here)"His visit opened the circle of people aware of our work much wider than we could have done in ... More >>
Photographer Steve Cohen went to the Xcel Center last night to capture some shots of Bon Jovi's first of two back-to-back nights. View his full slideshow of photos here, and sample mp3s from the two local openers who were chosen through a contest to play last night and tonight.
Photo by Steve CohenLocal pianist and singer-songwriter Allison Scott has been added as an opener at tonight's Bon Jovi concert at the Xcel Center. According to a press release, Jon Bon Jovi added Scott to the bill after reading CJ's column in the Star Tribune about Scott's disappointment with th ... More >>
Select Three, one of the winners of KQRS' Bon Jovi contestBon Gibroni (just kidding he's a solid dude) is playing two days this week, tomorrow and Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center for what will surely be a feathered affair. For his stop in the Cities he agreed to what could be a cool idea: a co ... More >>
Image: HikingArtistEmbattled foreign currency trader Trevor Cook, already confined to jail on a contempt order, was charged today with tax evasion and wire fraud related to an alleged $190-million Ponzi scheme that victimized more than 1,000 investors. The Strib reports that Cook may have rea ... More >>
"Mr. Cook has elected to disregard the court's orders and will now be a guest of the federal correctional system."
Get ready: Hulkamania is running wild all over the Mall of America tonight.
GZA commissions the Hood Internet for new track, Johnny Cash vs. QOTSA & more of the week's best mashups.
Doesn't have the same zing as playing Bon Jovi songs as Kurt Cobain, but it's something.
Sage Francis' label picks up Otter's 2008 release, Rebel Yellow
Flamboyant restaurateur finally focuses on giving diners what they want
Inside the secret world of the straight guise
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When it comes to podcasting in the land of 10,000 lakes, the first name that comes to mind is Garrick Van Buren. I decided to see if he could still type, so I sent him 5 Silly Questions and this is what he wrote...
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A blow-by-blow account of Slug's weeklong stand in the 7th St. Entry
In northeast, the Green Party attempts a long pub crawl to the state house
The first Tuesday in October, the first Tuesday in November
Mike Hallenbeck makes music in the watery world
Charlie's Angels fly off the summer-movie radar in 'Full Throttle'
Snow in Africa, thieving Santa, and porn under the tree
Photographers Lewis W. Hine and David Parker frame the debate over child labor
Hip hop invades Dinkytown; Semisonic slips into the Target Center; the Cows head for the punk-rock pasture
I Do Believe in Rock Stars! I Do Believe in Rock Stars!: Jon Bon Jovi never grows up in his maxi-video Destination Anywhere