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  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    Why Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" Is Bullshit

    The first thing you notice about Taylor Swift's New York is that the East River has somehow been turned into a 16-mile-long flowing trench of frozen yogurt. Is it Pinkberry? Is it Red Mango? It's impossible to tell, but don't get close enough to find out, because if you fall in, there's no escaping. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    The National's Scott Devendorf: No one wants to put out a shitty record

    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 >>

  • Feature

    June 19, 2013

    Your guide to 10 Thousand Sounds Festival

    The Walkmen kick off City Pages' inaugural music festival in the heart of downtown Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    The 14 Twin Cities college bands you need to hear

    Gimme Noise's fondest memories from college aren't set in $100 million athletic centers or on perfectly manicured lawns, but rather in dingy basements and coffee shop stages. The student music scene has always made big contributions to the Twin Cities as a whole -- local immortals like the U of M's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Hotpants on their 5th anniversary, record dreams, and Twin Cities funk & soul

    Brian: The midwest is where these parties are happening, this is where it's at. The New York and L.A. scene where they're playing five figure records sometimes, real deep records, they can't always get a hundred people in the door. Here, we're packing the house, in Chicago they're packing the house, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Bachmann campaign, embroiled in controversy, loses another staffer

    ​Hours after Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign co-chairman surprisingly defected to Ron Paul's camp, her campaign was rocked by a second high-profile departure.Political Director Wes Enos "no longer works for the campaign," said Alice Stewart, Bachmann's press secretary. 

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Bob's Holiday Office Party at Camp Bar and Cabaret

    ​Bob's Holiday Office Party is wrapping up its Minnesota run over at Camp Bar in St. Paul this weekend. The show, written by expatriate Midwesterners Rob Elk and Joe Keyes, has developed a bit of a cult following in Los Angeles. Its Minnesota run, produced by Actors Theater of Minnesota, features ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty, $454,000 in debt, needs help paying Nick Ayers, everyone else

    Tim Pawlenty, Nick Ayers: Debtor, creditor.​Tim Pawlenty's campaign ended more than two months ago, coming to an abrupt stop that was like when a party host throws on the lights at midnight and says, "Party's over, everybody out!"Now that we all had our fun at his expense, Pawlenty is stuck with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Bachmann leads Romney 25-21 in Iowa

    Bachmann and Pawlenty are running first and distant-third in Iowa.​Michelle Bachmann has a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in Iowa.Bachmann got 25 percent support from likely Iowa caucus goers in a late-June poll by the Iowa Republican. Mitt Romney finished second, with 21 percent support, and Tim Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Michele Bachmann presidential announcement [VIDEO]

    Bachmann makes it official again.​To the surprise of exactly no one, Michele Bachmann walked out onto a stage in Waterloo, Iowa, this morning to announce again that she's running for president, just in case anyone missed it the first time, or the second time. Here's America's Craziest Congresswom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Did Pawlenty staffer Ben Foster lie to police about driving drunk?

    These guys are all about personal responsibility.​Benjamin Limbaugh Foster made political headlines for all the wrong reasons this week when the 24-year-old Pawlenty campaign staffer was caught drunk, vomiting, and attempting to break in to a residence in Ankeny Iowa at 3 am. Apparently Foste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Michele Bachmann gushed bunk about Obama oil drilling permits

    The former federal tax attorney strings together some fuzzy math.​"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office," Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Conservative Principles PAC on March 26. It was a great red meat line. It helped her st ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2010
  • Restaurants

    April 29, 2009

    Mike Phillips hopes his handmade salami cures local food woes

    Pork shoulders are bought directly from Fischer Farms and Hidden Stream Farms

  • News

    July 16, 2008

    A new wave of gay seminarians prepares to take the pulpit

    The Lutheran church struggles with its policy on homosexuality and the meaning of "all God's children"

  • News

    July 25, 2007

    Trials and Stribulations

    Staffs gutted. Secrets stolen. A traitorous publisher forced to defend his actions in court. The future has never looked bleaker for the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

  • News

    February 21, 2007

    Mission: Impossible

    A radically retooled Minneapolis School Board tries to stop the bleeding and start over

  • News

    March 15, 2006

    The Wanted Man

    When a couple of students objected to the course materials in Stephen Philion's race and culture class at Hamline University, he thought the trouble would pass. Wrong.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2005

    Hail to the man who lost to the chief

    To the sound of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," Senator John Kerry hopped on a stage before a cheering crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2005

    Look who bought the myth

    Dr. Dean's image, the MSM and the Strib Howard Dean's slight return to the political pulpit at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night yielded few surprises, but a note or two of inspired rhetoric. The flourishes were largely ignored in the Star Tribune's account of the evening, and what repor ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2004


    How the Twin Cities Pride fest helped turn Minneapolis into the San Francisco of the wheat belt

  • News

    January 21, 2004

    If a Dean Falls in the Woods

    Picked-up pieces from Iowa

  • News

    November 7, 2001

    Cult Status

    In which the author struggles to escape the psychological shackles of a self-help seminar

  • News

    November 15, 2000

    Sharkey Mania!

    Eddie Sharkey has wrestled champs, chumps, and chimps. Now the tough guy turned trainer drops knowledge on Generation WWF.

  • Music

    July 15, 1998

    The No Show

    One missing performer. Two angry promoters. One thousand irate fans.

  • Arts

    April 1, 1998

    Turning the Tables

    Meet the Minneapolis DJ who might take the men's club out of clubland

  • News

    March 4, 1998

    The Player

    From West Bank radical to White House insider, he's remained the most powerful man you've never heard of.

  • News

    January 29, 1997

    The Lore of the Pines

    Politics, myth, and money in Minnesota's dwindling north woods.