There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
The latest Barbara Stanwyck biography, reviewed
To most people, jumping into Lake Minnetonka on January 1 sounds like a bad dare. To Bill Wenmark, it's a tradition.Wenmark started the annual New Year's Day dive 24 years ago tomorrow. He's one of just three "Orca"-level divers: People who have made the dive for 20 years. As a seasoned whale, Wenma ... More >>
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 hamburger is a solid dish, but slap a slice of cheese on it and you have yourself an American institution. We were happy to learn that today is National Cheeseburger Day, a perfect excuse to tuck into our favorite burgers. Here are the local cheeseburgers we'll be celebrating today. See A ... More >>
When your name is also part of the moniker for one of the country's premier music schools, you have to be sure you're releasing an album on the right terms. For Jack McNally, co-founder of the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the process took 28 years to make sure everything was done exac ... More >>
For anyone who cares to own a piece of the 400 Bar's music history, the West Bank venue has put up several keepsakes from the space. Just last week, news came of the bar's closing after three decades of hosting live music officially -- and more years of being a Cedar Avenue landmark prior to that.An ... More >>
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Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea's "Pu$$y" has made her famous (calm down, it's just a song, guys). But if you take the striking blonde's raunchy subject matter at face value, then you've got it all wrong. At just 21 years old, the eager artist is surprisingly self-aware amidst the hip-hop game ... More >>
The Twin Cities are a pretty decent place to live thanks to our thriving art and performance scenes, our lakes and parks, and our cutting edge fried food at the Minnesota State Fair. Unfortunately, in order to enjoy these treats you must also survive our never ending winters of despair. But tak ... More >>
Dudes. (Specifically, dudes who came of age listening to country music in the 1990s.) Listen up: Mark Chesnutt is playing the Twin Cities' coolest suburban dive bar tomorrow night. This message warrants no further long-winded commentary from yours truly; if you liked '90s country, if you ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerDwight Yoakam February 11, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino Aw, sookie. My appreciation for Dwight Yoakam's live show, after his Friday night performance to a sold-out crowd at Mystic Lake Casino, has now passed through three phases.
Consider the Everly Brothers, consider the Delmores and of course, the Louvins; it seems near impossible to replicate the hauntingly close vocal harmonies of sibling singing duos. In this respect, and with consideration of their skin-prickling Baptist-influenced songs warning against the si ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
Longings and losses of a country boy
Punch PizzaJohn Puckett recoiled when I referred to him as the most prolific restaurateur in the Twin Cities, "Let's hope not." But the founder of Caribou coffee and partner in Punch Pizza can claim a hand in opening over 400 stores, easily eclipsing Famous Dave and his BBQ joints at 175. The ... More >>
The Minnesota State Fair may be over, but there are still opportunities to visit the fairgrounds. So if Princess Kay of the Milky Way isn't your idea of a celebrity and seed art isn't desirable memorabilia to you, then perhaps the Classic Movie and Music Memorabilia show and sale may be more ... More >>
After years of over-iced, artificially-colored, super-sweet, grocery store cupcake tyranny, we love that the Twin Cities is experiencing a Renaissance of sorts with this tasty treat. Cake Eater Bakery is our latest addition to the growing cupcake revolution. Some may already be familiar with ... More >>
El Vez and Los Straight Jackets do their best to stimulate the "Mexi-conomy" at this year's !Viva Christmas!
The new record features guest spots by Craig Finn and Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid.
The No-No's are breaking out of the punk clichés and making waves on their own terms
Rockabilly kingpin Dave Wolfe shuffles off to Texas
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
The old, the tired, the rejuvenated, and the dead
Anti-folk avatars the Moldy Peaches give lessons in good touch and bad touch.
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
Amélie Directs Our Attention to the Beauty of Everyday Details
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The inscrutable music, the unknowable man