The Disney darling convincingly plays a pregnant teen on the run
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 >>
The Voice kicked off yet another season this week, fresh from a Sunday-night Emmy win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.The reality show -- which focuses on judges creating super teams of talented singers based solely on contestants' voices -- enters its fourth season with all four origin ... More >>
In countless ways, youth has bypassed baseball as our national pastime. You see evidence of this fetish everywhere -- even in otherwise "normal" people who are suddenly being stricken with Bieber Fever, Taylor Swiftitis, or what could only be described as paranoid delusions of One Direction. (The ma ... More >>
The Voice viewers last night held their collective breath as the last top four semi-finalist of the evening was disclosed. Tension built as the camera bounced around the studio onto the judges and contestants for the final decision between Minnesota's own soulful singer Nicholas David and the vivaci ... More >>
If there's a show made for Nicholas "The Feelin'" David Mrozinski, it's The Voice. David isn't what you'd call a typical contestant on a singing show. He's got long, unruly hair and a shaggy beard to match. Rectangular glasses frame his 32-year-old face, and a slew of rings engulf his fingers hol ... More >>
The Voice recently announced that its celeb judges -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine -- would attempt a medley of Prince tunes in its second episode this season. No word on a guest appearance by the celebrated songwriter himself, but this is a refreshi ... More >>
City Pages was born before Heath Ledger and Aaliyah and has outlived them both. We're older than Christina Aguilera, Jason Schwartzman, and Cory from Boy Meets World. This week marks the 30-year anniversary of the name change from Sweet Potato to City Pages.The new name was simply and succinctly ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota TwinsEarlier this week, I wrote a piece about the recent disappointing changes to the music programming at Target Field, specifically since the organization swapped out previous music director Kevin Dutcher for new hire Dan Edwards from 96.3 NOW. Though I was hopin ... More >>
Longtime Twin Cities singer and songwriter Tim Mahoney recently auditioned for a new talent show on NBC, The Voice, which features coaches and judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton -- and judging by the first promo spot for the show, Mahoney is going to be promin ... More >>
DoritosIt's all about what happens between the playsWhile the Packers/Steelers game was actually exciting, there were plenty of entertaining food moments along the way for all of the nonsports fans watching. Though Christina Aguilera's national anthem mishap was quite the scene-stealer, many ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerHeart December 18, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino The power balladeers of my childhood, hard rock queens of my mother's adolescence, Heart weren't just role models for generations of young American women - they helped define for me and likely for many others the role of sexual ... More >>
Film squanders Xtina's talents
We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>
Twin Cities electronic music producer Gigamesh remixes dance pop and indie tracks like the average person changes clothes. Minneapolis dance floors and music blogs across the world have been the major beneficiaries, enjoying the crisp and bubbly Matt Masurka touch on tracks by everyone from Class ... More >>
The Lilith Fair was born of an odd doldrum in popular, female-fore music; the bulk of headliners for their first three seasons - before they suspended the festival for eleven years - were cut from the cheesecloth of alternative radio-directed acoustic-type pop (think Joan Osbourne, Indigo Girls, ... More >>
Update: Aguilera has canceled her upcoming tour.The United States Dept. of Ag moves away from boy-disdain to girl-love (who can blame her I guess) with a disappointingly staid and predictable track from Le Tigre, restrained vocals from Aguilera, and some Kobe-bashing flow from Peaches. I said of ... More >>
Odd that the first music from Le Tigre in years is a pretty straightforward club banger for Christina Aguilera, a reductive little ditty about using your butt to hate boys (they suck!) that love you (all men are dogs!). When the collaboration was announced last year, I don't think I was the only ... More >>
Holy schnikes Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>
Brooklyn buzz band's sultry singer previews tonight's show with Yeasayer at First Avenue
To our eyes, Christina's latest album bears a striking resemblance to the last album by Janelle Monae.
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.
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
If it were possible to pee one's pants twice at the same time, we would.
Amy Winehouse, Mika, porn trailers of the '70s and '80s, and more
Here are my least favorite songs of '05. The coming of a new year has a tabula rasa effect on radio, right? Please?
In the halcyon days of the early oughts, Pussycat Dolls were merely a kitschy dance troupe known for recruiting celebrity guest stars. The Dolls were Hollywood's sanitized take on the subversive neoburlesque movement; why watch zaftig suicide girls dance the hoochie-coochie when you can hire Carmen ... More >>
Sex Sparks Up the Fifth Annual Flaming Film Festival
A modest proposal for a New York Times critic who should let pop eat itself
Never mind the backlash: Love the Strokes. They're cuter, richer, and more drunk than you.
The Year's Best National Albums (A Wholly Objective and Statistically Sound List)
Har Mar, caught with his pants down, gets arrested in Oklahoma
It's a Hard Rock Life
Local TV news groupies, hormone-charged Midway mavens, and that old fall feeling
Korn's depressed rap-metal rocks freaks and saves geeks. But are they just yanking your leash?