‚ÄčThis is a weekend to explore new bands that are experimenting with new sounds. New pieces are created daily; included in this weekend's CD releases are Chastity Brown's highly anticipated album, Ghostmouth's brash collection, along with Janiva Magness and Josh Mogck's contributions to new music.
St. Paul singer/songwriter and guitar-wizard sideman Terry Eason has two big landmarks to celebrate this week. Not only is he turning 50, but he will be completing his massive "Song-A-Day" project that he has successfully kept up this past year.
Terry Eason has long been a part of the Twin Cities music scene. Hailing from Saint Paul, Eason has played in several of his own bands, including the legendary North Equator Nine, Ultrasonics, Pronounced Eggtree and Eason as well as handling six-string duty with Wendy Lewis's Rhea Valentine, ... More >>
This week's Critics' Picks
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Ten local albums that kept the home fires blazing— then burned down the house
Rounding up the best jazz records from six fruitful months
A dozen discerning film fest picks
Walker show inspires chat about scary bugs and nature of reality
Writer-director Craig Brewer talks about how a white man can make a personal movie about a black pimp
R. Kelly TP.3 Reloaded Jive/Zomba I was more than a little conflicted about hard I fell for 2003's Chocolate Factory and 2004's Happy People/U Saved Me, R. Kelly's one-two punch of flawed masterpieces. So in a way I'm relieved to report that his new one, TP.3, mostly ranges from dull to dire. "TP" ... More >>
Karl Mueller, the bass player for Soul Asylum, died this morning of throat cancer. Look for more about Mueller either in this space or in next week's paper. Below are two columns written by Jim Walsh during Mueller's illness. -- Dylan Hicks Let's Go Crazy Ooh La La
Jim Scott writes: The Jessehoneys: "Pajama Face" off of "Persona Non Grata". It's not really a single, what with never being on an official album, but it's still my favorite Mark Herr-drummed song ever (no offense*). If that doesn't count, "(Don't Go) Chelsea" from National Dynamite's "Give it Up Fo ... More >>
Here is the set list from Ornette Coleman's fabulous show at Ted Mann Auditorium Friday night. Call To Duty Song World Minor Business Once Only Jordan Waiting For You Mob Job Follow the Sound Sleep Talking Song X (Encore) Lonely Woman Coleman's quartet included a pair of bassists and his son Denardo ... More >>
There are a number of New Simon Le Bons out there right now, but only one New Boy George that I know of, and the best part is that he's not all that much like Boy George and maybe a little bit better. (And Boy George was good, maybe even a revolutionary.) Transgender art-pop singer-songwriter Antony ... More >>
Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby
Scissor Sisters' disco pop delivers a queer ear for the straight guy
12 Rods, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Quentin Tarantino, Garrison Keillor, MF Doom, Lawrence Lessig, Randi Rhodes...
...and other equally valuable varieties of popular music
CP reporters interviewed early voters around the metro area on Tuesday morning. Hereís what some of them had to say about whatís at stake.
Sweatin' to the local oldies with our favorite reissues
Filmmaker Benno Nelson parlays his trippy 'method' into a retrospective
Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.
Kim Randall never planned on becoming an indie record impresario, but coincidence left her No Alternative