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ESPN's cameras were rolling. The contestants stood ready. "Blitzkrieg Bop" blared in the background. The countdown began. Joey Chestnut reached for his first hot dog from the pile of Nathan's dogs before him and pushed it towards the back of his throat with vacuum-like effect. In the ten minutes tha ... More >>
One of the longest-standing public radio traditions in the U.S. is undoubtedly our home state's A Prairie Home Companion. The past 40 years went quick, didn't they? Garrison Keillor's variety show with a heaping serving of folksy wisdom and humor is celebrating four decades with a weekend concert co ... More >>
Bathysphere 2013 with A Place to Bury Strangers, the Telescopes, the Vandelles, Highspire, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, LSD and the Search for God, Chatham Rise and Floorian First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, July 6, 2013 There are a few hard truths that can be taken from Saturday's installment o ... More >>
Son Volt With Colonel Ford First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Jay Farrar hasn't always stuck to his guns since the breakup of his seminal, genre-creating work with Uncle Tupleo, but one consistent thread through his winding career has been a stubborn and abiding love for coun ... More >>
Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Jesse Sykes first appeared in Seattle Weekly's print edition. By Jesse Sykes As I was growing up in New York state--where the residents want you to know they don't live in "The City"--t ... More >>
Deep blues comes to life on this raw, live cut featuring seven bands
See also: Top 10 hot dogs in the Twin Cities Today is National Pie Day Aside from National Pie Day (January 23), Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12), and Whiskey Sour Day (August 25), today, National Hot Dog Day, is one of the food holidays we look forward to the most.There's nothing wrong with ... More >>
Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue
On the Fourth of July, six brave souls competed at the Depot Tavern to see who could eat the most Diamond Dogs in 10 minutes. The event, hosted by Bobby Kahn, featured six contestants going up against City Pages' Best Hot Dog of 2012--quarter-pound dogs wrapped with pepper bacon and deep fried, and ... More >>
See Also:Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunite for Slim Dunlap benefit track Against Me! and Joan Jett cover the Replacements' "Androgynous"While motorboats and firecrackers and sweet potatoes mixed with marshmallows sure can provide a wild ride for the Fourth of July, imagine being out in Chica ... More >>
See Also: Ginger beet gin & tonic Rhubarb vodka smash Right now, the Twin Cities have that sultry tropical vibe, so we thought you would appreciate a rum cocktail to complement the heat. This one is a variation on the Mojito, with basil playing the role of the mint while adding a more complica ... More >>
When former Stillwater resident Molly "Cruise Ship" Brandt, the only contestant on the current season of Top Chef who has Minnesota connections, got eliminated in the qualifying round with her mousseline of shrimp, the Hot Dish had to find a new underdog to root for. While smart money is on domin ... More >>
Across Minnesota, 43 people died in July traffic accidents.July was the deadliest month of 2011 on Minnesota roads, with 43 traffic deaths across the state. August isn't starting out all that well, either.In just the first week of August, 13 people died in car accidents, making for the third dead ... More >>
courtesy of Derek LarsonHail to the geek.Not long ago, GQ magazine voted St. Paul one of the worst dressed cities in the country. Clearly, the writer failed to consult the Larson family first. In the early 1980s, the St. Paul family donned some seriously patriotic duds and someone had the good ... More >>
DNR Facbook PageInterstate State Park is open and enticing.The shutdown was rough on Minnesotan outdoorsmen and women. No boat or fishing license renewal. Closed state parks. A minefield of poop outside of locked public restrooms. Well, it's all over now. And starting this morning, the Departmen ... More >>
Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet. "To say that it's politically moti ... More >>
Awash in tasty German brewsThe lead-up to a long weekend of Fourth of July tomfoolery is heavy on beer events, which will be handy for stretching out your stomach in anticipation of hot dogs and potato salad. Embrace it.
Photo by Louisa PodlichJesse Stensby, We Became Actors frontman, peers at me across from a bounty of eggs and home fries at the Triple Rock and blinks as I ask him about the band's creative process.
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
ZyckoAndy Faris says his failed company owes him $329KAndy Faris, the man who ran this year's Taste of Minnesota festival into the ground, has filed bankruptcy paperwork detailing the finances of this year's botched event. And it's worse than we thought. International Event Management, LLC-- ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
Taste of Minnesota, we bid you adieu The deadline for the owners of Taste of Minnesota to fight involuntary bankruptcy has passed. The historic festival is now officially dead. Not only are last year's owners bankrupt, but the city of St. Paul announced yesterday that no new Taste event would ... More >>
Andy Faris doesn't seem to be fighting bankruptcyAndy Faris, the man behind the demise of the Taste of Minnesota festival on Harriet Island, hasn't filed a single court document fighting the involuntary bankruptcy action against his company. He's only got until Monday to do so. With courts clos ... More >>
Is financier Andy Faris to blame?
ZyckoAndy Faris ran Taste of Minnesota into Bankruptcy.Five more people filed claims yesterday against the company that botched the historic Taste of Minnesota festival on Harriet Island and drove it into bankruptcy.This year's Fourth of July weekend event was a complete debacle. A combination of ... More >>
Bury me at Walleye Wagon.We could already hear the death rattle back in October, but it appears that International Event Management has finally led Taste of Minnesota out to the woods and put a bullet in its brain. IEM, which only took two years to drive the 27-year-old event into the ground ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesThere's been quite the kerfuffle about the Taste of Minnesota's decision to charge admission at the gate of this year's festival, but judging by the size of Friday night's audience for sets by the likes of Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen, and Dawes, fans were happy to fork ove ... More >>
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It's the Fourth of July! We assume you made your run to the liquor store and bought illegal fireworks during the week, because who wants to do that once the weekend's in full swing? Now, tons of good shows isn't something unique to Fourth of July weekend in the Twin Cities, but there's so much ca ... More >>
Fourth of July it up! Getting ready for some sky rockets in flight? So are we, there's Jell-O to be molded, flag cakes to be Cool Whipped, and watermelons that need to be halved and jagged around their edges. But before we get to that we want to make sure you didn't miss some of the great st ... More >>
YouTubeNathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Who needs a stronger stomach, competitors or spectators?Controversy is brewing at this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, set for the Fourth of July: News came this week that former champion and competitive-eating rock star Takeru Kobayashi may not ... More >>
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Photo by Elli RaderHallelujah for hump day. Here's a sampling of the music content that you'll find in the print edition of this week's City Pages, which hits stands today.Ryan Paul & the Ardent prepare for EP-release By Rob van AlstyneWe talk to the evolving singer-songwriter about his tumul ... More >>
(Yes, I took this amazing picture at last year's event)Attention amateur filmmakers: The Soap Factory is once again hosting the Ten Second Film Festival after the Fourth of July fireworks. In order to do this, they're going to need films to screen. It's time to bust out your camera phone and g ... More >>
Walsh says band is a "vital source of mystery" in this filtered world
Loring Park wine bar Willie's has reinvented itself into a destination to delight both palate and wallet
Light- or dark-roast? Far more intriguing choices--like booze!--await at a new generation of coffeehouses.
Pre-Columbian, super-authentic Mexican where eat street meets downtown