Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>
At this point, Halloween is pretty much upon us. If you haven't picked out a costume for all those parties and concerts this weekend, then it just so happens you're in luck. Instead of rocking the tired Jimi Hendrix look or that blase Elvis jumpsuit, go for something a little more modern, relevant, ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which has taken him out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fifth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here, fourth here). Check back over the next week for more updates from h ... More >>
We combed the Top 40 to bring you the bad, the badder, and the baddest of country music's biggest hits of 2010. You don't listen to country? Here's what you've been missing out on. (Quietly, though, I'm hoping this won't turn you off of nu-country; I kinda like some of this stuff. Shhhhh... ... More >>
If there's a Guinness record for "most pop artists performing on a pop single," it's probably held by "We Are The World" or its lame-ass sequel from earlier this year. But "All of the Lights" - the fourth single from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - boasts a longer and more random guest list t ... More >>
Eyedea's favorite sneakersPhoto by B Fresh Rapper, writer, poet. Eyedea was all of these things, and on Saturday when he left the world he so fearlessly captured in his lyrics, it seemed there were no words to do him justice.In his 28 years, Micheal Larsen carved his initials indelibly in Twin ... More >>
Proudly gay pop icon Elton John last month played Rush Limbaugh's most recent wedding, obviously bringing into question Elton's valuation of morals over-- do we really need to spell this out for you? Bottom line is it was a sellout for the record books. Here's some other sad cases of how th ... More >>
A long awaited reunion and performance, never to be forgotten.
In response to the leaked photos, local music blogger reflects upon own past, ultimate worthlessness of mankind.
Bad news, Todd Fink-- Simon Le Bon is here and he wants his voice back.
Eyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.
For a new all-ages scene, rock & roll can't wait
The Alpha Harajuku Girl won't stop apologizing for her success
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
Electro Couture Culture, Madeleine Peyroux, My Valkyrie, Shooter Jennings, and more.
Tonight we're gonna party Maplewood-style
There's Slug again on the cover of Urb, between DJ Craze and Princess Superstar (click photo to enlarge). Meanwhile, MTVu is filming an episode of Backstage Pass with Atmosphere at SXSW next week (submit your own questions via the show's link). Even better (and beyond this bit of previously reported ... More >>
Hurricanes, war, avian flu, locust plagues, that annoying song you couldn't get out of your head. It wasn't the greatest of all possible years. Nor was it halfway decent. But to prove that it wasn't all bad, we asked 29 writers to rave about the ar
A conversation with DJ/Producer Richie Hawtin
How I survived a long weekend with Liz and Sheryl
Jen Boyles on the local dance-music scene's continued woes Being an electronic-music lover in Minneapolis is a frustrating affair these days, and our weekend entertainment options are only getting slimmer. The drought became more pronounced this month when First Avenue--just five years ago a dance- ... More >>
"Bananas," as in slang for "really cool," went from underground to overground in quite a hurry, thanks in large part to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," which I like. So assuming that "bananas" is played, and since we're from the just-the-basics Midwest, how do y'all feel about using "potatoes" to m ... More >>
Project Runway's designers: Can they even dress themselves?
No longer "Just a Girl," Gwen Stefani mirrors teen-pop starlets and ends up reflecting upon her own image
Eminem spews more bile at his fans. Everybody throw up and get down!
Five crappy best-ofs, one preachy live disc, and a partridge in a pear tree
Pink proves she's not just another Britney in a bottle
Polara's Ed Ackerson launches the Susstones multimedia collective