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    February 5, 2014

    Trey Anastasio Band at First Avenue, 2/4/14

    Trey Anastasio BandFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, February 4, 2014Trey Anastasio last performed on the First Avenue stage 21 years ago. The Phish frontman returned with a six-piece backing band to make up for his long absence with a three-hour, two-set performance on Tuesday night. The sold-out c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Hola Arepa on Spam fried rice, resume padding, and the best bartender in town

    The kids inside the bright turquoise Hola Arepa truck might look fresh-faced, but these two are natural born entrepreneurs. Destined to own their own businesses, Christina Nguyen spent her childhood counting pretend bills and working for her family business, while Birk Stefan Grudem learned the valu ... More >>

  • Music

    March 27, 2013

    Micranots rise again

    After nearly a decade apart, I Self Devine and DJ Kool Akiem talk about their seminal album, Obelisk Movements

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Top ten country kiss-off songs for Valentine's Day

    Country music has given us some of the sappiest most godawful finest, most touching love songs of the last several decades, but when it comes to break-up songs, that's where the genre truly earns its keep on the charts. We picked the most vengeful, the most spiteful, the most downright angry country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Big Freedia at the Turf Club, 2/2/13

    Big FreediaTurf Club, St. PaulSaturday, February 2, 2013By the time New Orleans' Queen Diva Big Freedia took the stage, the crowd seemed worlds away from a cool down. With all that sustained pleasure, it makes a bit of sense that the roomful of Freedia Freaks would eventually fizzle.See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene

    Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2010

    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in trouble with the law

    Experts see more soldiers facing criminal time

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    First Avenue now serving food at the Depot

    ​First Avenue has been around since 1970, but no matter how many times you've been there, beginning tonight you'll see something you never have before--food! The club's new bar and restaurant, the Depot (a nod to the location's original use as a Greyhound bus station) opens tonight with casua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Matt Entenza defends Robyne Robinson in Star Tribune op-ed

    Photo: Stephen StephensThe right pick?​As DFLer Matt Entenza rolled out Robyne Robinson as his his running mate in the 2010 governor's race last week, we winced. Robinson got to boost her own profile on Fox 9 in the waning days of her employment, stomp all over journalism ethics by playing bo ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Robyne Robinson turns Fox 9 into campaign commercial

    Lieutenant governor candidate denies conflict of interest

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Matt Entenza picks Robyne Robinson as running mate

    She's the one on the Greyhound bus​Ending a week of wild web buzz, DFL candidate for governor Matt Entenza has picked former Fox 9 anchorwoman Robyne Robinson as his running mate. And as promised, he made the announcement via Twitter: "It's my distinct pleasure to announce Robyne Robinson @ro ... More >>

  • News

    February 24, 2010

    Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey takes 16-year-old fiancée

    Police intervene in vampire love affair after comment war on City Pages' website

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Paige Brewer released to mother, Jonathon Sharkey rides Greyhound out of town

    Paige Brewer vanished with the self-described vampire over Valentines Day weekend.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Mac Davis's birthday and 10 ramblin' songs

    Today, one of country's best relationship-phobes turns 68. Ten songs to get hooked on... but not too hooked. I don't want no clingin' vine! You're smothering me!

  • News

    July 1, 2009

    Are women happiest at age 28?

    Friends answer: Damn straight

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    Living on the streets of Minneapolis for a week

    More than 9,000 Minnesotans are homeless. I decided to join them.

  • News

    July 2, 2008

    Poolside Manners

    After banning a three-year-old from swimming, grown man still fears cooties

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner Vol. 3

    This week we tackle another of the low-end fortified wine: THUNDERBIRD. Does it taste as bad as it looks? Let's find out.

  • News

    June 27, 2007

    Where the Ladies at?

    The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2006

    Playboy loves First Avenue

    Told you we read it for the articles:'s "A-List" (we swear we called dibs on that name long ago) lists Minneapolis's own First Avenue as one of the ten best rock clubs in America. The big black bus station joins the likes of the Empty Bottle in Chicago, Emo's Austin, and the Mercury Loun ... More >>

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    July 12, 2005
  • Arts

    January 19, 2005

    And on the Ninth Day Sean Rested

    A blow-by-blow account of Slug's weeklong stand in the 7th St. Entry

  • Arts

    November 10, 2004

    First Avenue's Black Tuesday

    In the 24 hours before First Avenue declared bankruptcy, employees were told to cash their checks, gather their things, and wait.

  • Arts

    November 5, 2003

    Bright Lights, Big Cello

    Michelle Kinney followed the musical avant-garde to New York--and back again.

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    First Love

    The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.

  • Books

    September 4, 2002

    The Road to Everywhere

    Aaron Cometbus's 20-year journey into the heart of underground America

  • News

    November 28, 2001

    Twin Killing

    Is there any way to keep Major League Baseball in Minnesota? Well, for starters we could get a judge to classify Carl Pohlad as a vulnerable adult...

  • Books

    May 9, 2001

    Safe Harbor?

    The Salvation Army plans to house prison inmates in a work-release program at its Minneapolis shelter

  • Arts

    January 17, 2001


    She's an erotic cottage industry, a one-woman costume caper, an impresario of unusual adult entertainment. Meet Thomasina Kundalini: A riddle wrapped in a web site inside a cable-access show.

  • News

    October 4, 2000

    The Hairy Truth

    You thought Bigfoot sightings went out with Pop Rocks and moon boots. Try telling that to Mike Quast, who is convinced the creatures are alive and well and living in Minnesota.

  • News

    October 13, 1999
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    June 23, 1999

    A Terrible Beauty

    Faye Wenell was the life of the party--bright and artistic, with a smile you couldn't resist. But that was before the bodies began to turn up.

  • Books

    March 24, 1999

    Putting Green

    Developers want to turn downtown Minneapolis into a golf paradise. Now all they need is a site--and some cash from the city.

  • News

    March 3, 1999

    See You In Court

    Five years ago Mike Hatch was just another failed politician. Then a dying woman walked into his office, and a crusade was born.

  • Sports

    August 19, 1998

    The Doctor Is in the Park

    Whenever there is a historic baseball moment--a 3,000th hit, a pitcher's 300th win--St. Paul's Seth Hawkins, a.k.a. Dr. Fan, is there to see it

  • Books

    August 21, 1996