Carrie Underwood

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    September 2, 2014

    The biggest pop crossovers in country music history

    The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Country music needed Maddie & Tae's "Girl In a Country Song"

    If you listen to country music, it's almost assured that you feel like everyone is dumping on your favorite genre as of late. As "bro-country" increasingly becomes the butt of the joke for serious music critics and old-school fans alike, this unfortunate plague on country music's artistic house cont ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    The 12 Best Country Albums of 2013

    The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Dustin Muscha convicted of child porn charges after losing phone at Carrie Underwood concert

    Moorhead resident Dustin Muscha now faces up to 80 years in prison, but he might still be a free man if he hadn't lost his phone at a Carrie Underwood concert in Fargo last September.SEE ALSO: Rory Koch was busted for child porn possession while running for Ramsey County commissionerMuscha's phone, ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    How undercover animal rights activists are winning the Ag-Gag war

    Behind the scenes of the death match between big agriculture and animal-rights supporters

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Country Music Festivals: The good, the bad and the smelly

    Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Rock the Garden 2013 lineup

    The 2013 Rock the Garden lineup is out there. The Current and the Walker Art Center have unveiled a grouping of bands that hopefully will not raise the ire of too many local op-ed writers, and two the big names for the spectacle are staples of the station, Metric and Silversun Pickups.The event take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Ten country songs 'bout Jesus

    I've been told a lot of things about Jesus. For one, he evidently looked a lot like Kenny Loggins. Or Kenny Loggins looks a lot like him? Apparently dinosaurs were created and then roamed the earth around the same time as mankind, so I guess Kenny Loggins could be Jesus after all. "Danger Zone" is a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Country singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

    The troubled life of country singer Mindy McCready has come to a close with the Cleburne County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Office stating that officers were dispatched to her home Sunday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. There they found McCready on the front porch of her home, dead at the scene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The 2013 Grammy Awards played it safe and got it wrong

    If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012

    By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Silversun Pickups at State Theatre, 9/21/12

    Silversun Pickups with School of Seven Bells and Atlas GeniusState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, September 20, 2012 If the Smashing Pumpkins were the grandfathers of indie rock, then the Silversun Pickups are a bit like the love child of that '90s band. With a set heavy with songs from their new alb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Silversun Pickups' Christopher Guanlao on horror music, Carrie Underwood, and "selling out"

    The Silversun Pickups have found that ever-elusive sweet spot, where radios play their music and real fans still listen to it. The band's third release, Neck Of The Woods, is their best album to date -- and one that stands alone in a category that most music has left behind. On it, a template heav ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    American Idol ISO country judge: our predictions

    The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Bon Iver curses, but Bonny Bear is deadly (VIDEO)

    Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.​The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Toby Keith tops Forbes' "Highest-Paid" list

    Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!​No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    10 country musicians to watch in 2011

    ​As I culled through lists of new and upcoming releases from new and up-and-coming country artists, I couldn't help but notice a pattern: many were by women, and most of those by women who seemed to be taking country in a slightly new direction (occasionally, the "new" direction one that count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top 10 most ridiculous country songs of 2010

    ​We combed the Top 40 to bring you the bad, the badder, and the baddest of country music's biggest hits of 2010. You don't listen to country? Here's what you've been missing out on. (Quietly, though, I'm hoping this won't turn you off of nu-country; I kinda like some of this stuff. Shhhhh... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Best Country Shows of 2010

    ​Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Jamey Johnson to play benefit at Fine Line Friday

    Courtesy of​So you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Miranda Lambert leads CMA nominations; Carrie Underwood scratches, yawns

    Photo by Nikki Miller​This week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Rosanne Cash at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/31/10

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Rosanne Cash August 31, 2010 Minnesota State Fair, Leinie Lodge Bandshell On a summer night that brought two of music's biggest female artists to stages in St. Paul - Carrie Underwood at the State Fair Grandstand, and Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center - it was on a thi ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Rosanne Cash, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to play Fair for free

    Photo by Nikki MillerNitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Medina, March 2010​Country music fans possessing abundant wealth - be sure to check out Tim McGraw (Saturday 8/28 7:30, $37-67) and Carrie Underwood (Tuesday 8/31 7:30, $39-59), both playing the Grandstand during the initial days of the State Fair ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2010

    Bluegrass Hindu

    Falling in Love with the Yogi Mountain Breakdown

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Carrie Underworm makes Sesame Street debut

    No, we're not making fun of Carrie Underwood.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Are You Ready For the Country: Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

    Blame it on your lying cheating cold deadbeating two-timing double-dealing mean mistreating loving heart.

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    November 21, 2007

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    Top Ten Spins This Week on KEEY 102.1 FM

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    October 17, 2007


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    September 18, 2007

    New publication: 'Twin Cities Radio Magazine'

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    Spreading its text thinly and in large type over 68 pages, the glossy debut issue of Twin Cities Radio Magazine i ... More >>

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    August 1, 2007
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    January 10, 2007

    The Devil You Don't Know

    Fifteen Star Tribune reporters look to the future of the paper

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2005

    Best Karaoke in the 'Burbs

    Now you too can play at being Carrie Underwood (or Mikalah Gordon, or even just an anonymous drunk who can almost hit the high C on that new Mariah Carey song.) The Breakaway in Robbinsdale is fast gaining a rep in the northwest suburbs (or as we tragically unhip denizens affectionately call the are ... More >>

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    May 26, 2005

    I Can't Stop Balling! By Amelia Huff, Age 10 1/2

    I have been balling since last night. I cryed so hard my pillow got wet and so did Bunny and my very special Vermount teddy bear that my Dad got me for Childrens Day last year. (Every day is Childrens day at my dad's house!!! :-) Do you want to know the reason why Im sad? Well Ill tell you. Carrie ... More >>

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    March 17, 2005