Just after 9 a.m. we'll announce which local artist tops the poll of critics, promoters, fans, and general scene know-it-alls we call Picked to Click. This field features budding stars from both sides of the Mississippi, an age range of nearly half a century, genres that haven't even been invented ... More >>
All hail cassette tapes, the durable rectangles of years past. While most people were transitioning from tapes to discs to digital media, a small subset of DIY musicians were still clinging tightly to the cassette tape. Minneapolis is home to a number of labels that focus almost exclusively on casse ... More >>
Frankie Teardrop remains one of the most exciting characters to emerge from the local music scene in the last year, largely due to the fact that he's just that -- a character. Originally conjured by the twisted mind of songwriter and guitarist Jordan Bleau, Frankie has grown into a larger-than life ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based band are putting out a tape a month
By making his own way in music Paul Doffing writes and moves at his own pace -- that pace set by his bicycle. In the summer of 2012, Paul toured the country by biking to gigs and came back a changed man. Set to release his latest album, Doffing shares in his music stories from the road and his strug ... More >>
One of the oldest independent record labels marks three decades with a concert at the O'Shaughnessy
Hypnotic groove psychedelic rock trio Mother of Fire are known for creating intensely haunting, loud, mesmerizing shows in unique environments. In DIY spaces (their favorite) art galleries, punk squats, house shows, and even rock clubs, they transport listeners visually as well as sonically. Thei ... More >>
The Dead Milkmen were a special band to many in the '80s. While there were those that gravitated toward underground punk music with an aggressive edge and political bent, there were some of us who weren't all too upset with our parents and didn't identify with the standard punk uniform of the ... More >>
Michele Bachmann might be a cougar, but you didn't hear it from Iowa.Michele Bachmann is finally involved in a gaffe that isn't her fault.Earlier today, a University of Iowa staffer made a sly allusion to how foxy the future president is, in a rather regrettable reference to a cougar that had rec ... More >>
Behind the scenes of standardized testing
A few years ago, Ann Bauer was living with her parents, too broke to copy her manuscript. Now, the single mother of three is poised for literary success.
How a little-known political consultant from Iowa is beating back the menace of public education, one school referendum at a time
From the garbage house to the club with P.O.S. and his Doomtree crew
Years after big-label Balloon Guy deflated his passion for making music, Matt Olson returns to his songcraft in Smattering
Turncoat. Chickenshit. Radical. Minnesota's senior senator has been called a lot of things. But president?
The dreamer wakes
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.
Park Square players: Executive director Stephen Lockwood and artistic director Richard Cook.