Just as comic book stores are the niche playgrounds for comic fans, guitar shops are a similar experience for guitarists. These paradises of gear-lust are also environments with their own social order, rules of conduct, and quite a few characters. There are the small, independently run mom-and ... More >>
While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>
Thomas Spiegel, AKA DJ Man-X, was one of the originators of house music in Minneapolis. His famous House Nation Under a Groove party series began in New York City, and when he moved to Minneapolis in the late '80s, he continued the events at the 7th Street Entry. At the time, this kind of music was ... More >>
Last night, via video and reportedly at the behest of Al Franken, David Letterman appeared at the Minnesota Business Partnership dinner and offered his top 10 list of the "least successful Minnesota businesses."SEE ALSO: "Appalling" NoDak billboard takes shot at MN's business climate on MN soil [IMA ... More >>
Vieux Farka Touré Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 9, 2013 We were not dancing enough. That appeared to be Vieux Farka Touré's chief concern between songs. If the Malian guitar hero's heavily accented English made it hard for him to explicitly tell us to move more, his amused yet ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is nothing cool about the Terminal Bar. It's dingy, it's dirty, it's where you can get a stiff drink at a reasonable price and up until about tw ... More >>
Alternative rap duo Chiddy Bang, consisting of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin, are one of the hottest rising star sets on the hip-hop front. Since their inception in 2008, Chiddy Bang has collectively released four mixtapes, three EPs, and their recent debut studio album B ... More >>
Jim Marshall, the man behind one of the most iconic images in rock history, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His black Marshall amplifiers were corded to some of the greatest guitarists to pick up the instrument: Jimi Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and countless others. And then ... More >>
If you're reading this it's almost guaranteed that you're sick of hearing about SXSW. Right? Maybe not. But probably. Unless you're in Austin, in which case you're not paying attention. Whatever your geographic situation: a less-than-musical exploration into Austin, TX.
Debut spells promise for this Twin Cities duo
Yesterday they were fending off racial taunts in small-town Minnesota. Tomorrow they could be hip-hop heroes.