When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... 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 >>
The enthralling show explores the Jewish settler experience
Minnesota Monthly has released a list of the Twin Cities' most powerful leaders calling the shots, and a few names from the music realm popped up there. The most recognizable to a regular Gimme Noise reader would be Doomtree rapper Dessa, who was the final entry in the 75-person tally.And we're not ... More >>
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor
Publicity photo via MPRTom Keith, a.k.a. Jim Ed Poole (right) with Morning Show co-host Dale ConnellyTom Keith, who radio listeners will recognize as Jim Ed Poole, co-host of MPR's long-running roots-heavy Morning Show, passed away unexpectedly last night of unknown causes. He was 64 years o ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenWith only a couple of weeks left until the release of their reunion record, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are flying into overdrive with a series of promotional shows, downloads, and appearances, including a recent stop at Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion last wee ... More >>
One of our favorite road trip destinations.The Hot Dish has been itching for a road trip lately. But unlike the guy who drove 500 miles to eat at Chipotle, we're seeking true destination dining. Last year, the estimable Bayport BBQ took home our Best Restaurant Worth the Drive honors, but t ... More >>
liewcf With the Twin Cities Book Festival comes a lot of free readings, including talks from Riot Grrrls, creative innovators, and mystery writers. It's also a good week for free shows involving thrash, metal, and other exceptionally loud and lively forms of music. Coincidence? We're not sure. Ei ... More >>
Lifelong local musician and teacher Bill Hinkley, who Paul Metsa once dubbed "The Patriarch of the West Bank," passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. He was 67.Hinkley was best known as a longtime house musician on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," where he performed wi ... More >>
A recent transplant to Minneapolis, the singer-songwriter was found dead in his home.
Photos from over the weekend.
Yes, you still have to wear your clothes when you order a B.L.T. at 3 a.m.
Check out this video of a couple of his favorite tales, recorded way back in '91.
A woman walking her dog Friday night found a safe along railroad tracks near Linwood Park. Officers believe the safe is the one stolen from Garrison Keillor's St. Paul bookstore, Common Good Books, early Thursday.
Garrison Keillor's St. Paul bookstore, "Common Good Books" was hit by burglars early Thursday morning. The thieves escaped with $3,000 in cash, but no books.
One man's horrific actions have tarnished our good perceptions of Garrison Keillor's quirky Lake Wobegon.
In their fake news report, The Onion tells the story of the Lake Wobegon murderer, who has killed and mutilated 57 residents and thrown them in the lake. And many of the town folks have better things on their mind.
Minnesota's unhealthy obsession with Garrison Keillor might have just gone too far.
Phillip Keillor, brother of Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, died Friday after a fall on the ice in Madison, Wis. He was 71.
Lunch at the Entry with STNNNG
Citizens of the world: Let's make beautiful music together. Seriously.
In his 80s, 'Prairie Home' director Robert Altman remains a player
A Prairie Home Companion, the new film written by Garrison Keillor (who also stars) and directed by Robert Altman, was a crowd-pleaser at The Berlin International Film Festival, and is considered a strong contender to win its Golden Bear award. (The winner will be announced Saturday the 18t ... More >>
He didn't just invent the Franklin planner: What a Founding Father has to tell us about modern Medievalism
Public Radio's Pop Vultures bows after just 22 broadcasts
The miserable children of Charles M. Schulz
The master of hats. The scrivener of sheet music. The literary litigator. Seven people whose contributions to the arts win them utter invisibility.
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions
Public television has become a dumping ground for political hacks and a source of endless Britcom reruns. Increasing its appropriation now would only be throwing good money after bad.
The view from here to Scotland, Hong Kong, and Fargo