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1-800-BAND is a name you aren't likely to forget. That's right, we said name. Don't try calling it as you would a toll-free number -- you won't get an answer. What you will get is an onslaught of catchy power pop tunes cooked up by a foursome of seasoned musicians bred of Brooklyn dive bars, sharp h ... More >>
A factor in the decline of decent art was recently dragged onto center stage by the New York Times in an article called "Brooklyn Communal Cool: The Brand." The piece, authored by a person who spells "mic" like "mike," focuses on a communal-living quarters in Brooklyn called the Clubhouse and its ti ... More >>
On the same day that Kanye West unveiled his dates, Jay Z has announced he's bringing his Magna Carter World Tour to North America in late 2013 and early 2014. Still hanging on and dominating after two decades in the rough-and-tumble rap game, Mr. Shawn Carter did it by becoming one of the best perf ... More >>
The slow-burning career trajectory of the National is similar to their songs and albums themselves. What starts as a gentle wave of emotion and intrigue gradually swells to a point where the listener simply gets swept up in the raw sentiments of the track, eventually taken somewhere far different fr ... More >>
The twisted, lo-fi rock of Neutral Milk Hotel is about to get its most widespread live dissemination as Jeff Mangum's band will reuinite for several months of touring starting later this year. A band known for its neutrality -- a good 15 years worth -- has dates scheduled between October and June of ... More >>
The Walkmen kick off City Pages' inaugural music festival in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
According to our own cover story, Bobby "Rock Eagle" Drake (above) was an auto mechanic at Brookside Amoco in St. Louis Park just before he joined the Hold Steady in 2005. Since then, Drake's fortunes have changed -- drastically. Later this year, he and some of his New York pals in other bands, incl ... More >>
Punch will be expanding its mini empire of seriously good Neapolitan-style pizzas when it opens its eighth store in Woodbury, the company announced on its Facebook page. Punch says it has signed the lease and expects to open in June. Here's where you can find it.
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes February 25, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis The noise at First Avenue on Friday night was ramped up to surprising levels, and by the time hometown favorites Tapes 'n Tapes took the stage at 11:20 p.m., the crowd was more than ready.
Look deep into my olives and tell me what you see When Dan Esrig graduated with a degree in geography from Macalester College last year, he realized what he wanted was in his own back yard. He wanted to open a sandwich spot that would serve the student's need for late night, affordable food ... More >>
Courtesy Twilight: EclipseAh, the glory of Photoshop's desaturation tool Yesterday marked the opening of Twilight: Tweengasm, and no power in the universe can stop a seething mass of blond 12-year-olds from streaming into theaters across America, where they will squeal in unison for two hours u ... More >>
(This guy escaped from Coney Island) This week we have gallery show homage to Coney Island, a benefit for MN Fashion, and free music at the Triple Rock.
flickr/yummyporkyHead-to-tail dining now includes eating fish spine. Tasting Table rounds up a list of New York restaurants that are serving up fried fish bones, described as tasting "crunchy and delicate as potato chips." Sushi restaurants in Japan have been in the habit of serving leftover ... More >>
Brooklyn buzz band's sultry singer previews tonight's show with Yeasayer at First Avenue
Tick tock, stop watching the clock. It will only make you miserable. Instead, fill your head with all the awesome shows you've got to pick from this weekend. Here's our tops: Friday Red Sparowes (Los Angeles) like to say that they're "epic without the bombast and heavy without a single barre ... More >>
We just received word from Nyteowl that his CD-release show at the Hexagon Bar this Saturday is shaping up to be a fantastic lineup. In addition to the local electro-pop artist's headlining set, he will be joined by popular duo Lookbook, Foodteam, Cepia, and Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis electro ... More >>
Surly Brewing was named the number one brewery of the last decade by the online web series "Beer Nation."
The Traveling Wilburys of retro-funk and the single that got Jay-Z's attention.
The Hold Steady's latest release Boys and Girls in America was released on Vagrant Records yesterday. Check out a live version of track one, "Stuck Between Stations."