Dolly Parton

  • News

    February 19, 2014

    50 things to do in the Twin Cities before you die

    Your Twin Cities bucket list from lawn bowling to parades

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The 12 Best Country Albums of 2013

    The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones, country legend (1931-2013)

    To begin a remembrance of George Jones, one need look no further than his song lyrics. "He stopped loving her today, they placed a wreath upon his door." "Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone, and so are you." Jones died this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after being hospitalized the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Zach Sobiech at Varsity Theater, 2/16/13

    Up, Up, Up: A Benefit for the Zach Sobiech FundWith Vicci Martinez, Apollo Cobra, Kevin Bowe & the Okemah Prophets, and moreVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSaturday, February 16, 2013Forgive the heavy hearts at the Varsity Theater on Saturday. Zach Sobiech, a prodigious 17-year-old singer-songwrite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The ten most depressing country Christmas songs

    Country music is a genre of dysfunction -- between the drinkin' and the cheatin', the relentless (and borderline creepy) adoration of one's "mama" and the occasional stint in the can. And yet, for as much as country artists love singing about the holidays, these themes rarely creep into country Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Kenny Rogers at Mystic Lake Casino, 12/16/12

    Kenny Rogers With Billy Dean Mystic Lake Casino Sunday, December 16, 2012 Kenny Rogers is... kind of a piece of work. And bless him for it. In the course of his career, he's hopped genres from jazz to folkcountrydelia (that's the word for First Edition, right?), to the middlebrow soft-country bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Real-Phonic Radio Hour welcomes Amanda Shires for first anniversary show

    "Erik told me it would never succeed, and so I bet him twenty bucks that it would," asserts a somewhat facetious Thom Middlebrook from a carseat-turned-couch in the practice space of illustrious Erik Koskinen and Molly Maher bands. The "it" he is speaking of is the Real-Phonic Radio Hour, a live mon ... More >>

  • Movies

    August 15, 2012

    Whitney Houston, Actress

    With the release of Sparkle, her final film, we survey the great diva's checkered movie career

  • Music

    June 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Brandi Carlile at the MN Zoo Amphitheater, 6/20/2012

    Brandi Carlile with Jeremy MessersmithMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleyWednesday, June 20, 2012Brandi Carlile is an artist that can inspire an undying loyalty in their fans -- fans who will sell out two shows during the week in a suburb and sit in the rain for two hours just to hear their favorite a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Puscifer at the State Theatre, 11/14/11

    Photos by Nikki Miller​Puscifer November 14, 2011 The State Theatre Puscifer, as far as I could tell prior to their Monday night show at the State Theatre, was a clothing line. I'd heard tell of two friends, who while traveling the great, dry, weird American Southwest had ambled upon the Pusc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 sibling acts in country music history

    ​On this day in country music history - July 14, 1973 - Phil Everly threw a dang old fit, smashing his guitar after performing the song, "('Till) I Kissed You" and walking off the stage, effectively breaking up the Everly Brothers while performing at Buena Park, California's Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Jeremy Messersmith's 'Works for Words' at the Fitzgerald, 4/9/11

    "Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Kenny and Dolly and Christmas reminiscences

    I dedicate this to my mother, who has for nigh on a quarter of a century nursed my unhealthy fixation on a particular Christmas album.

  • 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

    February 27, 2007
  • News

    July 17, 2002

    Body Vs. Soul

    This branch of the rainbow family includes women rebuilt as men, gals who were born guys (some of them lesbians in male bodies), cross-dressers, drag queens, and some folks who say gender no longer means much

  • Arts

    May 30, 2001

    Damned Ole Opry

    With their croaking vocals and enormous belt buckles, Nashville's neglected veterans seek shelter at the Midwest Country Music Theater-- a little bit of Branson back home

  • Movies

    May 9, 2001
  • Music

    October 18, 2000

    She's Leaving Home

    With The Sugar Tree, New York scenester/ songwriter Amy Rigby looks to put down new roots in Nashville

  • Music

    September 6, 2000

    Man! I Feel Like a Woman!

    The Kinleys and Shelby Lynne offer womanly alternatives to Nashville's bombast of latter-day chastity

  • News

    August 4, 1999
  • Feature

    June 3, 1998

    Size Matters

    Little big man: Jakob Dylan's cover of "Heroes" is the most abject mis-reading of a song this decade

  • Movies

    August 6, 1997

    National Stage

    More Songs About Buildings and Food: Robert Altman's Nashville.

  • Sports

    February 26, 1997
  • News

    October 9, 1996


    You'll know them by the glittering pom-pom tipped wands that bulge from their pockets.

  • Music

    May 1, 1996