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    February 7, 2014

    The story of an Elliott Smith Figure 8 tattoo

    In 2008, Tim Bass left his hometown of Champaign, Illinois in his band's van and headed to L.A. It was under the spell of a dream and his group's fame-crazed frontman, who Bass describes as a "real controlling, sort of dick guy." It was an ill-fated attempt rooted in idealism, as Bass quickly found. ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013
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    September 20, 2012

    Top ten country songs about farming -- ahead of Farm Aid this weekend

    David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The Felix Culpa's Marky Hladish talks about signing to No Sleep and writing 7-minute songs

    Courtesy of The Felix Culpa​Since the early 2000s, The Felix Culpa has steadily built a large grassroots following for their blend of post-hardcore, arty indie rock, melody, and dissonance. The Illinois/Wisconsin-based quartet recently signed with the West Coast-based indie label No Sleep Reco ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Now Now kick off two-month tour

    ​Local rock trio Now Now (formerly known as Now, Now Every Children) are one of the many Twin Cities bands who will caravan down to Austin, Texas this year for the SXSW festival, but they're getting a head start -- the band is already on the road and will complete a full lap of the US that won't f ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 9

    ​Howdy ya'll.  My name is Peter and I play music under the name We Are The Willows. Last fall I was on tour for 10 weeks and kept a diary of my travels on Gimme Noise. It's been about a hair or two over two months since I got home from my last tour and now I'm hittin' the ol' dusty trail agai ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    We Are the Willows kick off tour at the Varsity tomorrow night

    ​It's only been two months since Peter Michael Miller of We Are the Willows wrapped up his solo tour across the East Coast, and he's already itching to get back in the van for another stint on the road. We Are the Willows will play a tour kick-off show tomorrow night (Thursday, January 6) at the V ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 3

    ​Well, the third week of tour has passed.  I've had about 50 cups of coffee, spent about $300 on gas, eaten about seven square meals, and met a ton of cool people.  I've been in some really cool towns and some towns that I won't feel bad about never coming back to. 

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    August 13, 2010

    Jimmy John's hates tattoos (but not Jimmy John's tattoos)

    If your delivery man looks especially limp and bedraggled when he arrives with your Ultimate Porker on 7-grain, it might be because he's required to navigate the sweltering summer soup in pants and long sleeves.Jimmy John's, the Champaign, Illinois-based sandwich chain, has long had a policy requiri ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Lookbook, One For the Team plan tours

    Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.

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    December 14, 2009

    El Vez brings MeX-Mas to First Avenue

    El Vez and Los Straight Jackets do their best to stimulate the "Mexi-conomy" at this year's !Viva Christmas!

  • News

    September 30, 2009

    Picked to Click 2009: Red Pens voted Twin Cities' best new band

    Celebrating the 10 winners of this year's best-new-bands poll

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Wavves return to the Entry this September

    Who'da thunk it-- the kid stays in the picture.

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    May 6, 2009
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    April 29, 2009
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    April 28, 2009

    Ludacris blows away Food & Wine

    Chris "Ludacris" Bridges' Atlanta restaurant wins a "spectacular" rating from Food & Wine.

  • Music

    July 2, 2008

    Tell Your Children

    St. Paul's Eclipse Records offers live music for kids young and old

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    June 18, 2008
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    June 18, 2008
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    June 17, 2008

    Take that, grownups

    Eclipse Records announces its first restricted show: the Headlights performance next Tuesday will be open to youngsters ages 20 and under only.

  • News

    June 27, 2007

    Where the Ladies at?

    The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2006

    The big test

    A footnote to last week's CP story on whether the Minneapolis Police Department's recruiting methods lead to bias against certain candidates.

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    November 5, 1997
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    May 15, 1996