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 >>
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 >>
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.
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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 >>