One of the many joys of attending Winona's Mid West Music Fest is the chance to discover young, up-and-coming bands from the area that haven't quite made waves in the Twin Cities music scene. This year, my favorite discovery of the entire festival was Neon, a band of talented teenagers from LaCrosse ... More >>
While grunge broke out of the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s, there was something different happening in the Twin Cities. Bands here were far more influenced by what was happening in the U.K., and a vital and volatile shoegaze/Krautrock/dreampop scene materialized. Sadly, many of those bands we ... More >>
Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams e ... More >>
Pokes fun at, but falls prey to rom-com stereotypes
Analyzing the end of a long relationship
Generation Complex and The Armageddon Experience
You can always count on Dawson to be herself
Dreamy pop duo Azure Ray offer much more than that girly-whimsical stuff this type of music so often delivers. With luscious lulling vocals and fairytale musicality, their new album Drawing Down the Moon encompasses a sense of bitter-sweet heartbreak. Azure Ray's lyrics seem almost unnecessary, ... More >>
Photo by Nick VlcekAs we told you about last week, Atmosphere are embarking on their "To All My Friends" tour, kicking things off in Madison tonight and making their way out west over the next month. When Rhymesayers announced the tour it was lacking any Minnesota dates, but the Current just anno ... More >>
In anticipation for their "To All My Friends" tour, which kicks off next week in Madison, Atmosphere have just released an mp3 of a new song, "Freefallin'." Like much of Slug's newer material, "Freefallin'" is a slower jam driven by a meandering electric guitar and echoing, sparse beat. The track ... More >>
The distinct odor of comedy: McWop and Kraut at the BNWTonight and tomorrow sees the return to the Brave New Workshop stage of the sketch comedy team of McWop and Kraut in The Smell of Laughter II--These Colors Don't Run. The company had a highly successful run last summer, and return in 2010 to ... More >>
Emma Freeman PhotographyIt's been a while since we've heard from Fort Wilson Riot, who received heaps of critical praise for their 2007 album and theatrical performance Idigaragua -- but the band's core duo, Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager, are quietly preparing to release a long-awaited follow-up to ... More >>
Courtesy WCCOAmelia Santaniello's smiling here, but there were tears laterDon Shelby's looming retirement from the WCCO anchor desk hasn't exactly been a secret. The only unknowns were, "When?" and, "Who takes his place?" Both questions were answered this morning: Shelby will sign off from h ... More >>
Actors go lowbrow for Shawn Levy film
Toast to new friends and old--martinis at Monte Carlo Bar are this week's drink of the week.
A pair of outcasts try to make sense of it all
Sometimes, a bro just needs to hunt down another bro. Today is one of those times.
Local restaurateur Dean Vlahos testified in Tom Petters' federal trial last week.
Tom Petters told Bob White to Google "Marc Rich", the fugitive financier who was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
Lovable duo makes art that's unpolished and berserkly intense
New film's gross-out tactics pander to audience
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Romance Conflict Adventure
Clipd Beaks unleash their primal scream
Classic summer reading comes to life in your own back yard
Searching for a sense of place