On the same day that Kanye West unveiled his dates, Jay Z has announced he's bringing his Magna Carter World Tour to North America in late 2013 and early 2014. Still hanging on and dominating after two decades in the rough-and-tumble rap game, Mr. Shawn Carter did it by becoming one of the best perf ... More >>
Beyonce just put on one of the most stunning Super Bowl halftime shows -- easily the best since Prince's -- and it's no shock that an announcement of her Mrs. Carter World Tour follows. The shows begin in Europe in April, and a North American stint launches on June 28 in Los Angeles, and wrapping at ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will
America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
See Also:SCHOENBURG on Short, But Sweet, and why Paul Simon is "next level sh*t"Billy Schoenburg may be one of the hardest working musicians in the Cities. On any given night of the week, the singer is seen working at a venue or out enjoying a concert. Along with his bandmates, Graham Barton and Dan ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time
Compared to 2010, Twin Cities roads and commuters breathed a lot easier last year.According to the 2011 U.S. Traffic Scorecard, Minneapolis (really, the Twin Cities metro) had the biggest decrease in traffic congestion from 2010 through 2011.The scorecard uses traffic information from more than four ... More >>
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. The average price of gas in Minnesota around $3.73, and similar pump pain being felt throughout the country, there's pressure on lawmakers to do something, anything, to bring prices down.A group of liber ... More >>
As of last weekend, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Minnesota stood at $3.43 a gallon. That's an all-time record.It's no surprise that rising gas prices correlate with increased drive-off gasoline thefts, which can be devastating for low-profit-margin gas stations. Thanks in large p ... More >>
A Minnesota company with a worldwide profile had a great 2011, and it isn't Target, Best Buy, Ameriprise or any of the usual suspects. Winona-based Fastenal was one of this year's ten "hot stocks" according to a Slate analysis.
Sen. Mike Jungbauer, climate expert.State Sen. Michael Jungbauer says he's smarter than 98 percent of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to studying climatology, and dismisses their work on climate change and global warming as alarmist nonsense. What gives the Republican from E ... More >>
Odd Future didn't sign a record deal today but did, according to several reports, take a big step towards some millions. While the details are still hazy, the nature of the "deal" is pretty interesting given that these kids could've gone with literally any label they wanted. Instead they just ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkOff! April 3, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Considering the pedigree of the band, this show should have been different, better. Off!'s members hail from such revered punk rock bands (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypt, Burning Brides, among others) tha ... More >>
Behind the scenes of standardized testing
Wingnut of the Year.Rep. Michele Bachmann took us all on another ride aboard the crazy train this year, questioning the president's patriotism, defending BP, proclaiming herself the queen tea partier -- and winning re-election in the 6th congressional district. Here's a look back.
Oil company has friends on the PUC
photo via Louis CK's websiteLast Friday night comedian and director Louis CK came to the State Theatre for two nearly sold-out shows. Both performances lasted well over an hour, and included new material from the prolific, spot-on curmudgeon.
When we first hear that low stiff clang of flesh across four heavy strings, immediately we know - it's slap bass. And once our ears have recognized that distinctive sound, our mind promptly tells us, it must be Primus.
www.fabianseafood.comIowans buying Fabian Seafood in the 1980s.The Fabian Seafood Company of Galveston, Texas (about 300 miles west of the BP spill), is in its 33rd year of driving trucks of fresh seafood--wild-caught Gulf shrimp, blue crab, oysters, and more--to the Twin Cities and selling i ... More >>
It's not as if Michele Bachmann actually needs anymore cash; she sits on mountains of greenbacks ready for the good spendin' to keep her congressional seat and personalized studio chair at Fox News. But by golly that Walter Mondale guy has a bull's-eye on her back now. Pelosi too! And don't f ... More >>
Wondering if this was a good restaurant name...In honor of Thom Pham's recent naming troubles with his new Wondrous Azian Kitchen (formerly "Wanderers Wondrous Azian Kitchen"), we decided to look into the worst-named restaurants, past and present, in the Twin Cities. Add your suggestions in the c ... More >>
Up for re-election in November, congresswoman Michele Bachmann must figure it's time to haul out the scare tactics again. Two weeks ago the White House was fomenting socialism and One World Government. Now, we're back to Obama creating death panels with health care reform and opening a politi ... More >>
Screen grab via YouTubeOberstar in actionRep. Michele Bachmann drew hoots a few weeks ago for warning BP executives not to end up getting fleeced like chumps at the hands of the White House. How dare the president demand -- and get -- BP to create an independent, $2 billion fund to help victi ... More >>
We picked this little gem up at the Log Cabin Republicans booth at Twin Cities Pride over the weekend. It offers protection when used as designed. But we're not sure a thin layer of latex is the answer to BP's toxic plume in the Gulf of Mexico. City PagesThe Log Cabin Republicans handed out condom ... More >>
Photo: USCG via FlickrMichele Bachmann has been targeted for her reflexive defense of BP, rather than the devastated lives of Gulf Coast residentsTarryl Clark and the Democrats are hitting Michele Bachmann and other congressional Republicans hard for their odd defense of BP and the toxic filt ... More >>
Photo: USCG/FlickrDeepwater Horizon's fiery demiseRep. Michele Bachmann got her crazy on again this week, lobbing a factually-challenged verbal assault on the president for persuading BP to establish a $20 billion independent escrow account to administer claims against the oil giant for its d ... More >>
Boldy defending BP against the ranks of New Orleans' unemployedRep. Michele Bachmann, America's Dumbest Congresswoman™, worries that the Gulf oil spill could turn into one big rip-off ... for BP.Bachmann leapt to British Petroleum's fiscal defense at a Heritage Foundation luncheon yesterday, wh ... More >>
Louisiana oyster worker circa 1938As BP oil spills on and on into the Gulf, the seafood industry is being especially hard hit. With P & J Oysters in New Orleans--a major supplier, and the oldest plant of its kind in the United States with 134 years in business--shutting its doors, this had us ... More >>
This is a BP pelican. It could be a loon.Sure, we're sad BP's killing the coastal economy in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida -- and maybe a big chunk of the Eastern seaboard. Yes, we're heartbroken over those images of the flailing brown pelicans. But messin' with our loons? Come on. Now w ... More >>
Screen grab via GMATim Pawlenty talked politics on "Good Morning America"He got to mix wonk with wisecracks last night on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, but this morning, Gov. Tim Pawlenty put on a necktie and did a little breakfast-time jousting with "Good Morning America" host George St ... More >>
Via If It Was My HomeSome local contextHow big is the oil spill unleashed by the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico? One way to get a handle on the size of the disaster is to put it in local context. We figured it out (after the jump) with the help of some cool and ea ... More >>
BY CP STAFFThe goat of the week is umpire Jim Joyce, who cost pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game with a blown call at first base. While this will surely go down in history as one of sport's all-time great fuck-ups, Joyce is far from the first person to screw up at a crucial moment.
Michele Bachmann, she of "gangster government" fame, continues to draw national media mocking for insisting that President Barack Obama should have commandeered boats to combat the drill-baby-drill BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. First, Hardball weighed in. Now, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann ... More >>
Maybe time for a civics lesson?Michele Bachmann invoked the Charge of the Light Brigade, and epic British military failure, as a rallying cry for teabagger victory against health care reform. She flubbed the history of the Slaughter Solution. She got net neutrality exactly backwards. No ... More >>
Rep. Michele Bachmann is happy to tar President Barack Obama as the anti-American leader of a gangster government. But evidently there are times when she's all in favor of a little gangster action -- such as Friday on the floor of the House of Representatives when she accused Obama of havin ... More >>
Photo: uscgd8Deepwater Horizon burns and an environmental disaster loomsBP, the oil company staring down the maw of a vast environmental disaster after its Deep Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, may have offered the federal government a bargeload of hogwash when it said it k ... More >>
U.S. Air ForceA U.S. Air Force C130 drops oil-dispersing chemicals on the Gulf of MexicoBP executives and others are going to get an earful from members of Congress tomorrow, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opens hearings into the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ... More >>
Jones says she was gang-raped in 2005 by other KBR employees and then locked in a shipping container when she tried to report the attack.