Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
America's last movie star sealed his fate on Oprah's couch
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow -- and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
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 >>
The critics' picks from best film to best performers
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias with Frankie JTarget Center, MinneapolisWednesday, August 1, 2012See Also: Slideshow: Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias at the Target CenterA couple of Latin musicians whose personal lives are more interesting than their musical lives took over Target Center on ... More >>
See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>
A look ahead at the season's hottest films
Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>
Harry Potter, Cars 2, and more
Well isn't this just precious. A slew of indie darlings have joined Lou Reed, Patti Smith and even a former Beatle to pay homage to influential early rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly on new tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, which is streaming in its entirety today over at NPR. Holly was only 22 years ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
On this day in country music history, Bob Dylan brought about the dissolution of one of the most influential bluegrass bands of all time. Well, that might be an overstatement. Read on.
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Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
So is the jury actually still out on whether "Breaking News" was fake or partially fake? Gimme Noise never had any doubts about its veracity: fake, fake, fake, and a C-side quality tune besides. One could argue that it was actually a not-so-clever parody of the "fuck the media for picking on poor ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
If there's a Guinness record for "most pop artists performing on a pop single," it's probably held by "We Are The World" or its lame-ass sequel from earlier this year. But "All of the Lights" - the fourth single from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - boasts a longer and more random guest list t ... More >>
Not what it looks likeTwo of pop's most reviled (by critics) and popular (to people somewhere) ladies released some content this week. Kesha's "Sleazy" leaked today, while Katy Perry released a new video for her song "Firework." So different in mien, so similar in milieu; so where in the 'tw ... More >>
Somewhere, right now, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez are listening to some Glee-adoring teenage outcast absolutely slaughter a Lady Gaga standard and wondering - maybe not so much Jackson, but definitely the other two - "what am I doing here, and what the hell happened to my bril ... More >>
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>
Screengrab via TwitPicTaylor Swift and Target: Kissing the dog means inking a deal. We know what Taylor Swift saw from the stage last month at the Target Center, and now we know her performance in front of Big Red's army had an even bigger upside than a quick paycheck. Swift has signed a dea ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis 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 >>
Via TwitPicTaylor Swift gives Bullseye a kissTaylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias Charice and other A-list artists added some star power to Target Corp's annual national company meeting yesterday at the Target Center. Backstage, Swift and Legend schmoozed with Bullseye, t ... More >>
Proudly gay pop icon Elton John last month played Rush Limbaugh's most recent wedding, obviously bringing into question Elton's valuation of morals over-- do we really need to spell this out for you? Bottom line is it was a sellout for the record books. Here's some other sad cases of how th ... More >>
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Jimmy2Times gets us in the Dre Day spirit with a new mix featuring Dre, Snoop, NWA, Lady of Rage and more.
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
You go to war with the military you have, I guess.
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
Over the past decade, bubble gum pop stars from Taylor Swift to Mariah Carey drew crowds as large as 15,000 people to the mall's rotunda.
The most unintentionally hilarious lyrics of 2009
Counting down the 10 most interesting events in the last 10 years of athletics
Life is tough for a Favre fan in the city of Frasier Crane.
A Seattle television reporter shows his true colors.
In just a couple weeks, No. 4 has shot up to the top of the sales charts.
At one point Beyonce somersaulted over the audience in a trapeze before being lowered onto a stage in the center of the room. Spectacle!