Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
Even though voting occurred amid a polar vortex that has many of us wearing decidedly unsexy long undies and thermals, St. Paul has been named the "Best Romantic North American Getaway" by 10Best/USA Today.SEE ALSO: LOL at this New York Times article about the Minneapolis dating sceneSt. Paul someho ... More >>
For some reason, the national media is convinced the Twin Iceboxes Cities is a great romantic destination.SEE ALSO: St. Paul's Lowertown top hipster zip, study says In 2012, Yahoo named Minneapolis one of America's most "unexpectedly romantic" cities. Now, St. Paul is a finalist for USA Today's "Bes ... More >>
The road-trip drama travels through another side of America
:::: UPDATE :::: Simpson has been formally charged in connection with his arrest:#Vikings WR Jerome Simpson charged with 2 counts: misdemeanor DWI and refusing blood test -- gross misdemeanor. Minneapolis court date 12/11-- Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) November 13, 2013 Original post (November 11) -- ... More >>
Finally, a travel list for the underprivileged. Well, sort of. HuffPo has included Minneapolis on its list of "20 Awesome U.S. Cities You Need To Visit In Your 20s" with an emphasis, of course, on "the cash-strapped, adventure-seeking, microbrewed-beer loving, locavore millennial." SEE ALSO: Playboy ... More >>
In case you haven't caught the drift from our first 216 posts along these lines, here's some news for ya: Relatively speaking, Twin Citians are healthy.SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor The latest evidence on this score comes from th ... More >>
Every good Halloween requires some geographic strategizing, whether over the rough course of the pub crawl or the blocks to hit for the biggest candy haul. This year, real estate website Zillow has again combed its databases to give enterprising trick-or-treaters a leg up on the latter, and released ... More >>
Cat-meme lovers unite for a meowing—or wowing—first-ever event
Compared to 2010, Twin Cities roads and commuters breathed a lot easier last year.According to the 2011 U.S. Traffic Scorecard, Minneapolis (really, the Twin Cities metro) had the biggest decrease in traffic congestion from 2010 through 2011.The scorecard uses traffic information from more than four ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonCraig FinnWith Mount MoriahTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, February 4, 2012Any Craig Finn performance in Minneapolis is a sea of talking points -- and he went through most of them Saturday in front of an attentive Triple Rock crowd. This is the home of 86 percent ... More >>
Move over Honolulu, see you later San Francisco -- if you're looking for romance, the place to be is La Crosse, Wisconsin. And if that doesn't work for you, go to Green Bay.Or so say the folks at Redbox. The movie rental company recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the c ... More >>
As we gird ourselves for winter, it seems worthwhile to mention that -- according to a new Men's Health article -- St. Paul people are way, way happier than the denizens of Miami, Las Vegas and Phoenix. So they can take all that sunshine and cram it.
Is this the feel-good comedy of the year?
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWith a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWe already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty's "Truth" campaign is a bit blurry.Tim Pawlenty keeps having to back away from his tough guy talk. This time, he was caught making up nonsense in Tennessee about facing down "the unions" in the "longest transit strike in the history of the United States." That certainly would ha ... More >>
5th best in America.Don't get us wrong. We're glad that US News rated the Twin Cities the fifth best place in the country for public transportation (first would have been better, of course). We're pleased the story took note of the budding Central Corridor light rail line. But in heaping pra ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fourth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here). Check back over the next week for more updates from his t ... More >>
Bachmann took a beating from veterans' groups.Maybe it was while she was jetting between Oahu and Maui for "district work" that Michele Bachmann realized cutting war veterans' benefits was a tone-deaf response to the nation's budget deficit. But she got the message, and today she announced she wo ... More >>
Chris Baker quit yesterday.Chris Baker no longer has a megaphone to pollute the airwaves every morning at KTLK-FM. He's off the air. Good riddance. In the name of ratings, this is a guy who once opined that a transgender man was a mutilated lesbian, and said that former Lakers star Magic Johnso ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the third installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here). Check back over the next two weeks for more updates from his tour.
Bachmann in the land of Five-0.Rep. Michele Bachmann told Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson that she couldn't comment on the turmoil in Egypt because she was "concentrating on district work" -- teabaggers in Honolulu being part of her district.
Apparently speaking in Hawaii is part of Bachmann's "district work"Michele Bachmann has apparently been inundated this week with calls from reporters wanting her take on the freedom-loving protesters in Cairo. But our most famous congresswoman just isn't picking up the line. She's busy with " ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the second installment of his tour diary (first installment here). Check back throughout the next two weeks for more updates from his tour. There is ... More >>
Tschadi & ZehntnerEat this. We're all over the board this week, from pasta to Asian wine pairings to roaches and rodents to fondue for boobs. It's a lot to take on, but we know you're up to the challenge of this Week in Food. Monday 10/25 Get your eatin' pants on--it's World Pasta Day. The ... More >>
It's a clean machine"Maybe it's the eight miles of covered skyways that keeps trash off the streets and parks," writes Travel and Leisure magazine. "(Or maybe it's an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing.) Regardless, America's Favorite Cities survey takers voted the Twin Cities as the country's c ... More >>
Photo: aturkusBetter than a Pacific island paradise?OK, so we didn't win the title of the most eco-friendly city in the world. That title goes to Vienna, Austria, according to Mercer, which ranks 221 cities around the world as a way of helping companies and governments pay employees fairly w ... More >>
Campbell may have knocked Tucker's teeth out in their '81 match, but the old man's 73 now while Tucker's a spry 51. Gonna be a nail-biter, folks.
Eden Prairie High School listed as No. 9 in national rankings.
Four years after becoming one of the first YouTube phenomenons, ukulele prodigy Jake Shimabukuro is still flying high
The Avenger: Pete Barry goes after those "who live off the misery of others"
Of Montreal make good on paisley-tinted retro
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
How vaudeville, motion pictures, and hip hop came to Dinkytown through one controversial theater--now reopened with beds for seats!
Special absurdity of the media present, ineffability of the aesthetic past edition
Between folk and punk, enigma and sensation, is 23-year-old singer-songwriter Mason Jennings
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
The courts may rule on same-sex marriage, but voters will likely have the last word
the self-declared "oldest and least-known writer in Minnesota,"