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  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer: My dad thought we were playing THE Shea Stadium

    The buzz surrounding Prissy Clerks has grown so steadily that this spring the Minneapolis indie rockers even played a show at Shea Stadium. Granted, it wasn't the same Shea Stadium that the Beatles and the '86 Mets made famous -- no, this was an underground club in Brooklyn that "borrows" its name w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Wiping Out Thousands, Teenage Moods, Mayda, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2012

    Inaugural Knotfest brings metal to Somerset

    Slipknot promises apocalyptic chaos and stink

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list

    ​Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11

    ​Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from fertile local soil? For those times that worrying that people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Other Lives and Halloween, Alaska at the Entry, 02/09/12

    Photo By James Rhodes​Other Lives and Halloween, Alaska7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 9, 2012The music of Other Lives has such a classic, timeless quality to it that even the band's new songs sound instantly familiar. The Stillwater, Oklahoma quintet treated the sold-out Entry to a sweeping ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2012

    The real R.T. Rybak

    Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayor

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Michele Bachmann quits presidential race

    Michele Bachmann has officially quit the 2012 presidential race. After a dismal sixth place finish in the Iowa caucus last night, Bachmann has finally read the enormous writing on the wall and effectively ended her ill-fated campaign. "Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice ... More >>

  • 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

    December 9, 2011

    Donald Trump calls Michele Bachmann disloyal for skipping Iowa debate

    Michele Bachmann - Donald Trump 2012?​Michele Bachmann is now the fifth Republican candidate to announce she will not participate in the December 27 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, and Donald Trump is not taking it well. Trump, who is slated to moderate the debate, said he was "very disappointed" in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Even without gay marriage, Minnesota has 1,300 married gay couples

    Next November, Minnesota will put on its most heterosexual clothing and head to the voting booths to finally vote down gay marriage in a state that already doesn't allow it.But! Oh no! Gay Minnesotans have found a loophole that is already devastating the sanctity of blah blah blah: Just dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Robert Harding stars in "To punch a predator"

    Robert Harding: Very honest, slightly injured, seriously disturbed.​Robert Harding had a bad, bad idea in his head. Now he has a headache. Harding, 48, attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into an alley near her house in Des Moines, Iowa, last Wednesday. The girl went inside and told her mom, Holl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Pawlenty books Playboy-endorsed folk-rockers, Auto-Tuned Christians for Ames Straw Poll

    SONICFLOOd: Probably not Pawlenty's first choice for Ames.​Tim Pawlenty has booked two musical acts for the Republican Straw Poll in Ames next weekend: The Nadas and SONICFLOOd. As you might guess, his choices aren't exactly about the music. Otherwise he'd have probably booked Lady Gaga and B ... 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

    July 8, 2011

    Pink Mink set sail tonight with an airtight, joyous full-length debut

    Photo by Ben ClarkPink Mink at the Electric Fetus on Tuesday​Our Picked to Click 2010 champions Pink Mink are in the midst of a flurry of CD-release celebrations this week, culminating with tonight's Sunset Cocktail Cruise and Album Release Party that will set sail on the Mississippi River in St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Michael Swanson smiles at murder conviction

    Swanson, not smiling during his mug shot, now faces life in prison.​Michael Swanson laughed for the cameras when he was arraigned after a grisly double homicide in Iowa last fall, and the 18-year-old from St. Louis Park smiled today in court when he was convicted of killing Sheila Myers, one o ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Michele Bachmann in Iowa to "set the table" for 2012

    Bachmann's headed south of the (Minnesota) border.​Our very own Rep. Michele Bachmann is off to Des Moines today to break bread with Republican big wigs, "set the table" for the 2012 presidential election cycle, and remind everyone there that she's not really Minnesotan, she's Iowan. Maybe she'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 17, 2010

    Flight of Fancy

    You are now free to move about the mind

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Pavement at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 9/12/2010

    Photos by Tony Nelson​PavementSeptember 12, 2010Roy Wilkins AuditoriumIn the end, it was only the coordinated light show that didn't make much sense during Pavement's splendidly shambolic set at Roy Wilkins, as the band hit all the right (and wrong) notes during a nearly two-hour performance that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Atmosphere drop free mp3 for "Freefallin'"

    ​In anticipation for their "To All My Friends" tour, which kicks off next week in Madison, Atmosphere have just released an mp3 of a new song, "Freefallin'." Like much of Slug's newer material, "Freefallin'" is a slower jam driven by a meandering electric guitar and echoing, sparse beat. The track ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Dan Savage wants you to make a day-trip to Iowa

    ​Note: the author's sole motivation for posting this is to pay homage his home state trick you into believing Iowa is more awesome than it actually is. Really, though, visit Iowa. And make sure to bring your tourist dollars.Our annual 'Best Of' issue is set to hit newsstands next week, and among t ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2010

    Haze reunites over funky mystery record

    Discarded album revives forgotten chapter of Minneapolis music history

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    The Big Queasy: Vikings fall to Saints in OT, 31-28

    A slew of costly mistakes block the Purple's chance at their first Super Bowl appearance in over 30 years. Screw that brutal Prince song -- we need The Cure today.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Michele Bachmann's minions storm capitol

    Bachmann and her merry mob of Tea Baggers are launching a crusade against health care reform, facts.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    DJ Q&A: Nick Gunz on his last night in the VIP Room

    Local house music expert Nick Gunz talks about his most elated and embarrassing moments as a promoter and about becoming a dad.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Gay marriage ... in Iowa

    If the midwest can embrace gay marriage, the rest of the nation won't be far behind.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008
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    July 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008
  • Feature

    May 21, 2008

    Indie comedy label Stand Up! has produced the edgiest comedy in the country

    The Twin Cities-based laugh factory offers smart hope in dumb times

  • Feature

    January 9, 2008

    A raucous Iowa caucus

    The Wizard of Odds: Iowa begins the road to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007
  • News

    March 7, 2007

    A Kinder, Gentler DWI

    State lawmakers consider making it easier for convicted drunk drivers to get back behind the wheel

  • Books

    May 11, 2005

    Just Don't Call Him the Tooth Fairy

    Turning street dentistry into gold

  • News

    October 27, 2004

    Let Me Finish...

    W in his own words

  • Music

    December 10, 2003

    Music To Make Love To Your Alien By

    Halloween, Alaska play electronic pop to seduce the cylons

  • News

    July 16, 2003


    For the homeless, sleeping under Twin Cities bridges is no longer an option

  • Music

    January 8, 2003

    Democracy Is In The Beats

    Meet the greatest Togolese Afrofunk bandleader in Minnesota

  • Arts

    June 13, 2001

    Raw Power

    Spilled blood, blown fuses, and perforated skulls: the unlikely rise of American Head Charge

  • News

    February 16, 2000

    Bury My Heart

    For years it has been whispered that the 1976 slaying of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash was an inside job. Now a new rash of accusations aims squarely at local heroes Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt.

  • Restaurants

    May 26, 1999
  • News

    March 31, 1999

    Sherlock Homes

    Minneapolis's Victorian gems have endured boom times, bad times, and some godawful weather. Now they face their greatest danger yet: government ownership and a new brand of antique "collectors."

  • News

    January 6, 1999

    Is He Nuts?

    Turncoat. Chickenshit. Radical. Minnesota's senior senator has been called a lot of things. But president?

  • Restaurants

    October 14, 1998
  • Restaurants

    April 29, 1998

    C'est La Belle Vie

    I had become emotionally involved with the turnip ravioli--giddy, protective, strangely proud. You've got to taste this, I kept telling my dinner companions. But only one bite. Back off!

  • Feature

    March 11, 1998

    The Book Scout

    No job? No personal hygiene? No permanent address? No problem. Today's rare-book trade is the sort of wild treasure hunt that can transform an ordinary hobbyist into a full-time bottom feeder.

  • News

    October 29, 1997

    Bill of Goods

    Ten years ago Minneapolis officials turned the heart of downtown into a parking lot. Now they've got an even better idea

  • Music

    July 24, 1996
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