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    October 12, 2012

    An intro to Big Freedia: Some required listening

    This Saturday's Zombie Pub Crawl brings one of the most exciting and energetic performers in hip-hop to the Twin Cities for what's sure to be an incredible dance spectacle and one heck of a party. One of the biggest names in New Orleans' sissy-bounce, Big Freedia's live show is like nothing you've e ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will

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    October 9, 2012

    Muse unveil 2013 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in March

    As predicted, British prog-dabbling rockers Muse has announced a full-scale U.S. tour for early 2013. The tour dates in North America begin in January and stretch through April, and included is the group's first date in the Twin Cities in two-and-a-half years. The announcement comes fresh off their ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Trampled by Turtles star in MN Original and TPT's first Lowertown Line episode

    Not only do the good folks at MN Original continue to have revealing profiles of Minnesota artists featured regularly on their programs, but lately they have also broadcast many stirring live performances from local musicians as part of the show as well. Astronautalis, Mason Jennings, the Suburbs, S ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Ritz Theater hosting Put a Rock On It benefit tonight

    As with any given weekend in the Twin Cities, there are a ton of great shows happening over the next few days. But one of the gigs with the best cause behind it is happening tonight at the Ritz Theater, as the Put A Rock On It: A Concert for the Freedom to Marry benefit is set to start at 7 p.m. A ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    MN Musicians Vote No! benefit at Triple Rock: Dave Pirner, Dillinger Four, & more

    With Election Day just over a month away, many us are probably growing tired of the endless stream of campaign commercials and relentless sloganeering ringing out from most media outlets. But one of the definite advantages of any election year are the special Benefit Concerts which bring together ta ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Minnesotans United for All Families' "kNOw Tool" draws MNGOP disdain

    SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage seeks removal of fair vendor who said she spit in Vote Yes guy's lemonade-- MN for Marriage blatantly misinterprets parenting study in new anti-gay clip [VIDEO]-- MN for Marriage, anti-gay marriage group, says it 'continues to stand strong against intolerance'Over the wee ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    P.O.S. breaks sh*t in "F*ck Your Stuff" video

    See Also:Slideshow: Totally Gross National Party 2012P.O.S. debuts "Bumper" video via City of MusicWanna be in the P.O.S. "Get Down" music video?"We genuinely believe that all of your shit is fake," P.O.S. exults amid the madness of "Fuck Your Stuff," the latest video to rupture forth in the lead up ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival 2012 lineup: Rick Springfield, TV on the Radio, and more

    See Also: Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy at the Minnesota State Fair, 9/1/12 Sound Unseen 12: From Sid & Nancy to Sigur Ros The 13th Annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival has just announced the dates, film lineup, and venues participating in this year's festivities. Sound Unseen will r ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    The 2012 presidential election through a country music fan's eyes

    When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    P.O.S., Peter Wolf Crier highlight McNally Smith's Sound Bite music series lineup

    See Also: P.O.S. debuts "Bumper" video via City of Music Peter Wolf Crier experiment on Garden of Arms David Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in September As schoolkids across the state head back to class this week, McNally Smith College of Music gives their students (and l ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Clinton Corry went berserk when ex-girlfriend blocked him on Facebook, charges say

    SEE ALSO:-- Michael Hamer used Facebook to solicit Twin Cities little leaguers for sex, police say-- Amanda Tatro's Facebook posts aren't protected speech, Minnesota Supreme Court rulesClinton Corry and his ex-girlfriend have a young child together. As is the case with many young adults these days, ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Hunting Club on the Rock the Link Benefit at Triple Rock tonight

    A terrific collection of local bands are gathering tonight at the Triple Rock Social Club in support of a worthwhile, significant cause, as the Rock The Link benefit is set to help bring an end to youth homelessness. The benefit concert brings much needed attention and financial support to The Link, ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Vastly improved Livefyre commenting system is here!

    Remember when Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival? Gimme Noise wasn't born yet, but the intrigue of that event carries to this day. A ripple of arguably equal or greater importance is upon us today: All City Pages blogs have upgraded from Disqus to Livefyre for reader comments. ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Minnesota for Marriage quotes Bible passage saying gays "are to be put to death"

    Minnesota for Marriage quoted a Bible passage saying gays "are to be put to death" in a Facebook post last night, then claimed it was "hacked." The anti-gay marriage folks' Facebook page was updated last night to quote Biblical passage Leviticus 20:13, which reads as follows: ‎"If a man has sexu ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    The Duluth floods drowned my record collection

    By Andrew OlsonRelated:Duluth flood updates: Low, Charlie Parr, & Trampled by TurtlesOver the past few years, I restored my basement into a great "man cave" of a music room. Sure, basements in Duluth have a reputation for dampness, but I thought I could beat Mother Nature. That is, until the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Amanda Tatro's Facebook posts aren't protected speech, Minnesota Supreme Court rules

    The University of Minnesota acted legally when it gave mortuary student Amanda Tatro an "F" grade after she published a string of controversial Facebook posts in late 2009.In an opinion, Justice Helen Meyer wrote that "the university may regulate student speech on Facebook that violates established ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Truthbetold on Tribe & Big Cats! next record, Soundset strategy

    By Mike MaddenRelated:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalOne of the groups set to make their Soundset debut this year, the duo of the Tribe and Big Cats! was born out of a somewhat unlikely relationship. MC Chris "Truthbetold" Hooks spent parts of his youth in Chicago's south side and began ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    4th annual Lyn-Lake Festival, 5/20/12

    4th Annual Lyn-Lake Festival Lyndale Avenue South at 29th Street South, Minneapolis May 20, 2012 Slideshow: Lyn-Lake Street Festival 2012The day started off a little rocky on Sunday at the 4th Annual Lyn-Lake Street Festival as Koo Koo Kanga Roo had their set pushed back 40 minutes or so due to the ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    The Cranberries cancel Brick show, Dolores O'Riordan is ill

    Related:The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan: The extended interviewIrish rock group the Cranberries pulled out of their show at the Brick Thursday evening in Minneapolis only a few minutes before they were scheduled to perform.The cancellation comes because lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has reportedl ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Top 10 Minnesota brands with most Facebook likes

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal just released its annual list of the Minnesota brands with the top 10 Facebook likes. In the social media age, Facebook likes are a good proxy for evaluating where brands stand with their customers. Sure, dollars and cents they aren't, but a strong social me ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Gene Farris at Honey: Win tickets now

    Chicago-based house music DJ/producer Gene Farris returns this weekend to the city he used to call home to properly send up the dancefloor. Tonight's show marks the April installment of the popular "House Proud" monthly at Honey, and we've got two pair of tickets to give away now.

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    April 4, 2012

    Katy Perry's "Firework" used to promote legalizing bottle rockets in Minnesota

    Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel may be retiring from the local Legislature, but he's trying to go out with a resounding bang. The Cottage Grove Republican has chosen an unlikely source for inspiration in his quest to legalize bottle rockets and certain more powerful fireworks in the state, and it's the ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Mary Franson introduces bill blocking employers from asking for social media passwords

    ​Mary Franson has caused us to shake our heads a couple times already this month -- first when she compared food stamp recipients to wild animals, then again when she outed herself as a careless driver to "scoop" the Strib's Jon Tevlin.But today, instead of shaking our heads at her, we're nodding ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Soul Asylum back with Delayed Reaction in July

    ​Soul Asylum will release its first album in six years this July, Delayed Reaction. This will be the tenth studio release from the group, and its first with 429 Records, a label that appears to be highly motivated to snap up bands that hit commercial paydirt in the mid-'90s. The group's new labelm ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Fire at Cadette drummer's house takes friend's life

    ​Beth Cullen, drummer for fierce all-female rock act Cadette, lost a friend and many possessions in a fire at her home in south Minneapolis Wednesday morning. Cullen was home at the time of the blaze. An as-yet-unnamed man was killed, and another woman was hospitalized and was listed in critical c ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    The Brick: We are already working on changes

    ​Read more:Jane's Addiction fans criticize the Brick, form "The Brick MN Sucks" siteJane's Addiction at the Brick, 3/19/12Monday evening's Jane's Addiction show at Minneapolis' new Warehouse District venue the Brick was marred by a ton of problems for those who attended. Social networks exploded T ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    I Self Devine drops another free mixtape, video

    ​The third out of a total of four mixtapes preceding I Self Devine's sophomore album was made available recently, along with another video, directed by Dave Wilson. This is the last free mix available from the Culture Series, as number four will come along with a pre-order of the album The So ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW coverage ahead

    ​You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    ACLU sues Minnewaska schools after student punished for teacher-bashing Facebook post

    ​The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Minnewaska Area Schools for alleged violations of a 12-year-old female student's constitutional rights.In one string of incidents, the girl was repeatedly disciplined after posting on Facebook that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. She ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Dream Crusher leads Concert to Defeat the Marriage Amendment lineup

    ​A stellar group of local musicians have put together a show at Hell's Kitchen on March 30 to help raise money and awareness for Minnesotans United For All Families, a wide-ranging alliance of community and business leaders throughout the state who are working to defeat an amendment on the bal ... More >>

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    March 4, 2012

    Lindsay Lohan disses Minnesota hip-hop radio on Saturday Night Live?

    ​Lindsay Lohan dons a conrnrow wig in a Saturday Night Live skit about a fictional B108 hip-hop radio station based in Shakopee, Minnesota. Alhough it's a concept delivered with plenty of amusing local color -- anyone who remembers waiting expectantly in their youth for school closings to be annou ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Retribution Gospel Choir releases free EP (DOWNLOAD)

    ​Retribution Gospel Choir, the more-strummy side project of Low's Alan Sparhawk, has released a new EP. Titled The Revolution -- not a Prince thing -- the four tracks gather some great vintage rock replete with cowbell, sassy guitar licks, and some full-on shredding. And it occurs all in the span ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Bon Iver's "Towers" video has towers in it

    ​The video for Bon Iver's "Towers" is strikingly similar to the "Holocene" clip. There's nature, there's cinematography, and there's white people dressed in rugged clothing out of an Orvis catalog. For the already converted, this is another sweeping example of the sweeping power of the sweeping Gr ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    The Velveteens on crushes, influences and air guitar

    The Velveteens​You know those dreamy beach parties you see in movies, but never get invited to? The kind with a clambake, a bonfire, and ladies in capri pants dancing wildly, 60s-style? Well, that's exactly the way the band the Velveteens sound: young and kitten-soft, with sweet scratchy vocals a ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Night Moves members say goodbye to Flying Dorito Brothers on Friday (INTERVIEW)​Considering the pretty-boy charlatanism that dominates Nashville these days, it's hard to say with a straight face that country music is making a resurgence. More country heads of this generation have decided to reach back to the good ol' days, when heartbreak had machismo and white l ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves sing 'N Sync's "Tearin' Up My Heart"

    "I know this song. I know. I like it."​Just as Minnesota Wild prospects shouldn't be Foo Fighters critics, we warn you to approach this clip of the Minnesota Timberwolves doing 'N Sync's Tearin' Up My Heart" with a bit of caution. First of all, you'll probably end up singing along with the tender ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 9

    ​Now that Megaupload has gone under and Kim Dotcom and Swizz Beats, perhaps two of the most ridiculous men in America, are fugitives holed up in the mountains in a 78 day standoff with the CIA, we're simply going to be streaming this month's mixtape. You can still download individual tracks below. ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Mastodon, Cranberries, fun. among new Brick show additions

    ​At a certain point, the novelty of emerging Warehouse District concert venue the Brick adding new concerts will wear off -- we think. At least after March 15, we'll be able to see what this 2,000-capacity space is all about. Until then, the AEG Live-piloted stage continues to reveal new events in ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Ex-Replacement Slim Dunlap in hospital after stroke

    ​Our thoughts are with the family and friends of area musician Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who is at Hennepin County Medical Center following a serious stroke and a fall. The 60-year-old former First Avenue employee played guitar for the Replacements on the band's last three albums, and launched a solo car ... More >>

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    February 19, 2012

    Prince & Bon Iver visit Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday Night Live

    Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.​Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Bon Iver curses, but Bonny Bear is deadly (VIDEO)

    Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.​The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Small Minneapolis company plays large role in Facebook's IPO

    Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalChris Meyer's small Mpls company served as a case study in Facebook's IPO.​In Facebook's IPO, CM Photographics, a small Minneapolis wedding photography company, served as a case study of how advertising on the social network can benefit mom-and-pop businesses. ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Rep. Tony Cornish crime bill: a noose and gallows

    Sally Jo SorensenA crime bill everyone can get behind?​Republican State Representative Tony Cornish unveiled his crime bill to DFL colleagues yesterday. The "bill," revealed in an email to "All DFL representatives," features a photo of two nooses and a gallows -- and that's all. Cornish's Fac ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    2012 Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards winners & some suggestions for next year

    ​If you haven't heard by now, the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards recently celebrated its sixth year. What started out as a simple MySpace poll back in 2007 had turned into a semi-respectable affair -- often selling out venues filled with local heads connecting and having a good time -- but times hav ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Now, Now release Dead Oaks EP, tour with the Naked and Famous

    Photo By Mike Vorrasi​After recently signing with Chris Walla's Trans Records, local trio Now, Now have released their first new batch of songs today with the digital EP Dead Oaks. The catchy but fleeting "Dead Oaks" has been floating around since we reported on the band's signing to Walla's lab ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    The 802 Tour's luxurious experience hits the Walker in March

    ​On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that sentence and a certain level of pretentious cultural superiority didn't come to mind, go back and read it ag ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    T.Q.D. drops new album Taketh Away at Hell's Kitchen

    ​After taking some time away from music last year, T.Q.D. of the Background Noise Crew sat down and wrote his latest album Taketh Away in under a month. "I don't like to work on things slowly. My attitude is, let's get it done," says The Quiet Dude. "I've never made an album this fast. I know what ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Bloodnstuff play Best New Bands showcase tonight, need help finishing their debut record

    ​Local noise-rock duo Bloodnstuff (or Blood&stuff?) are not only gearing up to play tonight's Best New Bands showcase at First Avenue, but they are also feverishly trying to put the finishing touches on their highly anticipated debut album. Singer/guitarist Ed Holmberg and drummer Dylan Gou ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: Sample audio and video of the winners

    ​While we went to great depths describing each of our Picked to Click finalists in this week's issue, nothing can really replace the process of actually listening to their music. Below, you'll find videos and sound clips from all 13 of our 2011 Picked to Click winners, plus links to each band ... More >>

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