Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by the proliferation in "Bear" band names. What exactly drives this musical fascination with these fur ... More >>
Spring graduation season is big business here in the U.S., fueling the flip side of the back-to-school retail push and encouraging fond nostalgia for those carefree college days in all of those that were lucky enough to finish. Roughly a year ago, across the pond in northern England, the members of ... More >>
This week's Beer of the Week is Brother Vesper, a "whiskey barrel blessed" Belgian Strong Dark Stout from Pour Decisions Brewing Company, which recently merged with start-up distillery Bent and will be known as Bent Brewstillery going forward. The beer itself is a limited edition, whiskey barrel-a ... More >>
English folk-punk journeyman Frank Turner has seen his stock skyrocket over the past few years, especially in his beloved home of the U.K., where's he's now selling out arenas and moonlighting in Olympics opening ceremonies. Not bad for a foul-mouthed, tattooed ne'er-do-well who made his first mark ... More >>
The struggling, 0-3 Vikings are playing the struggling, 0-3 Steelers this weekend in England, in an attempt to show the mother country that American football is actually worth watching.But it appears the British are not coming around to our way of thinking.
Kristen England and B.J. Haun have a lot of home-brewing experience between the two of them. When they decided to take the next step, they spent two-plus years drafting a business plan and choosing a location for what became Pour Decisions, the city of Roseville's first brewery. First scheduled to o ... More >>
See Also:Steve Albini on 20 years of Shellac, handling hecklers, and AC/DC's brillianceIt has already been 20 years since Shellac came together in Chicago in 1992 as an informal collaboration between engineer and guitarist Steve Albini and Minneapolis-based drummer Todd Trainer. Shellac was full ... More >>
Director Joel Sass and cast take on one of the funniest plays ever written—and deliver
It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>
Unchained #8: Black Ale release is October 24Those who believe that Minnesota craft-beer pioneers August Schell and Summit Brewing Company are sitting back and resting on their laurels now have another reason to re-think this position. Last week both breweries announced the latest releases in ... More >>
"We just want a small affair..."For those of you living under a rock, you may be surprised to learn that, this weekend, England's Prince William will marry and the world will have a new princess. For most people who do not spend the majority of their free time watching reruns of Say Yes to ... More >>
Mottaqi Stadium, IranWhat might have happened had the Metrodome roof collapsed during the Vikings game against the Giants on Sunday? What might have happened if the roof had slowly sagged and busted wide open over stands packed with spectators in a panic, but unable to move? Disaster, that's ... More >>
Photo by Marcel HouwelingI recently had the opportunity to sit down with busy Romantica frontman Ben Kyle, who is preparing to release his band's second album, America, on vinyl this weekend, for an interview for this week's print edition of City Pages. Ben and I ended up covering a lot of ground ... More >>
Holiday weeks are hell on columns like this one. Not because nothing happens, but because nobody's around to report on what's happening. In any event, here's what we were able to find out about what went down while we were hanging Christmas lights, getting sick, and stuffing ourselves full of tur ... More >>
Bored zombies. Image by mattwi1s0nPeople, we are currently depleting one of our most precious natural pop-culture resources: monsters. In an era where the tenor of the times seems to be "everyone around me is a mindless automaton who wants to rip me apart for not being one of them," the Zombie ... More >>
www.mormon.orgDo you know Mormons?Know a Mormon yet? The Mormon church's PR campaign has hit Minneapolis, in the form of a bunch of TV spots of normal folk who talk about their cool lives--and then casually mention "I'm a Mormon."
After Charles Carlson was busted for several major lies about his past, he says he plans to withdraw from the race.
The scream heard 'round the world-- Baby Guts elbow their way into the prestigious UK daily.
The yanks are through to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. They knocked off Nigeria 1-0 to win Group B. They'll face England on Saturday. The squad didn't look particularly impressive, but got the job done.
The FCC goes looking for swears during live sporting events, scientists have turned stem cells into sperm, Michael Douglas's son pees on his back, clips from the Daily Show and Robot Chicken, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
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