The Feds are trying to hold Medtronic's feet to the fire for its shady, shady tax moves (as we outlined in last week's cover story), but it appears nothing will stop the company from moving overseas to avoid paying higher taxes in the United States. The controversy stems from Medtronic's proposed ... More >>
Governor Dayton characterized the news that Medronic is buying Ireland-based Covidien for $42.9 billion and moving its headquarters to Dublin as "tremendous for Minnesota," citing company executives' promise that no local jobs would be lost due to the transaction. (Read the backstory here.)But Carlt ... More >>
There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
The last time we checked in with videographer Chris Jones he'd just finished documenting a whole hog roast with a local backyard barbecue expert. This week, we caught up with Jones fresh off an interview with Kieran Folliard of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey.Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Irish native ... More >>
Lights with Pat BrownVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, May 8, 2013Contrast plays a lot into what Canadian artist Lights does. The singer appeared onstage at the Varsity Tuesday night with a head of silver hair and a stripped down set of songs, the exact opposite from the last time she was in town ... More >>
Just a year after veteran pub owner Kieran Folliard introduced his wildly successful 2 Gingers Whiskey to the free market, the premium spirit is now carried in more than 2,100 drinking establishments all over the state and the brand has sold nearly 20,000 cases of it product, making 2 Gingers the fa ... More >>
Sean Penn's aging rock star makes an unlikely Nazi-hunter
Austin, TX has become the mecca for performing artists of all genres. The Twin Cities will have a strong presence in the land of hipsters mixed with corporate sponsorships and industry professionals. For those that can't make the trip down south, catch them this weekend before they ma ... More >>
As London recovers from its third straight night of rioting, news is spreading back to the U.S. that over 150 record labels that use PIAS UK to distribute their physical stock abroad have likely lost huge amounts of inventory in a fire. A massive three-story Sony complex that housed the entirety ... More >>
Mark RobertsBrewer Damian McConn and his Gold Sovereign AleEarlier this month Summit Brewing Company released the sixth beer in its Unchained Series. Gold Sovereign Ale is an English IPA brewed according to a 19th-century recipe but using modern ingredients and brewing processes. In crafting ... More >>
So, what's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? "Well, when you're buyin' it, it's a fiddle; when you're sellin' it, it's a violin." Another difference? "About $10,000." How 'bout another? "The difference is in the nut that holds the bow." And: "No one cries when they spil ... More >>
Image by fractured-fairytales The limerick is an ancient poetic tradition dating back to 18th-Century Ireland. Known for its humorous (and often naughty) nature and strict format, this unpretentious form of expression has enjoyed popularity all over the world, and is a surprisingly enduring fo ... More >>
There's epic amounts of free stuff this weekend.
Indie rock auteurs grace the Cedar Cultural Center this November.
Life at St. Paul's Cretin had its dark secrets
Guinness whips itself up a new beer for its 250th birthday.
Rock the Garden update, Metric to play First Avenue & recaps of Prince's three shows last Friday
Hurling, skirts and kidneys, and post-modern lit-- Gimme Noise presents a short list of Irish pride.
At last, the gulf between the comic geeks and the aging rock enthusiasts has been bridged.
The community is calling autism the "Minnesota Disease" and it's gaining national attention as a potential example of gene ... More >>
The story of a downed airman reflects the U.S.'s place in the world
Romantica's Ben Kyle moved to Minnesota from Belfast, fell in love with the Jayhawks, and never looked back
On working and wondering
The Ashtray Hearts find music in a Minneapolis apartment
Paul Collins's Banvard's Folly gives posthumous props to a dozen and one forgotten oddballs
Hollywood's version of Angela's Ashes scrupulously avoids the book's realism
I Killed My Father...Now Kiss Me!: Christy Mahon