I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>
This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
Twin ShadowWith ElliphantFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, May 31, 2013For the majority of Twin Shadow's stage show at First Avenue on Friday, frontman George Lewis Jr. looked charmed and freely flashed his glistening smile. Commanding a red guitar and some dizzying effects pedals with authority, he ... More >>
MadonnaWith Paul OakenfoldXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 3, 2012Nothing came easy while Madonna performed at Xcel Energy Center Saturday. For anyone other than the ticket-holding masochists in the crowd, it was two hours of uncomfortable boot-licking. The few, hard-won pleasures came ... More >>
After a seven-year hiatus from music making, rock 'n' roll heiress Lisa Marie Presley is back with her own voice. Storm & Grace is her third studio album, and it's nothing like her previous albums -- the pop-centric To Whom It May Concern (2003) and Now What (2005). Here, she is a bold songwrite ... More >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 3, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAn eight-piece band poured onto the First Avenue stage. An over-capacity crowd gushed down the stairs, over the rails, and pooled in the floor. And then, there he was, lifting a guitar around his neck and giving a "hi-how-are ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenPaul SimonMay 2, 2011Minneapolis Convention Center, MinneapolisFor fans of Paul Simon, Monday night's show at the Minneapolis Convention Center couldn't have been more satiating. The man knows how to put on a show, and delivered a two-hour set that expertly wove new songs alo ... More >>
Perhaps he didn't forbid condom use enough for their taste?
The Zapruder film? It was faked. The Wellstone crash? It was a hit. 9/11? An inside job. Tumbling down the rabbit hole with professional philosopher Jim Fetzer.
Bush to take Japanese PM to Graceland, Wisconsin farmer wants to memorialize Adolf Hitler, nanny sues surveillance company over hidden camera content, the Hulk sells used cars, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Merry materialist Karal Ann Marling unwraps a century of loot and lore
Peter Guralnick chronicles a Memphis tragedy in his passionate biography of Elvis Presley
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions
The 1997 Tongue-on-the-Flagpole Awards
Forty-odd years ago, Uncle Walt Imagineered a new kind of escapism. And now there's no way out of paradise.
Two decades after his death, Elvis lights out for the territory.
Four years ago Lee's Liquor Lounge was just another dying neighborhood bar. Then this guy Nate calls the owner, Louie, and the place turns into--well, no one is quite sure what. But there's nowhere else like it.
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