By Alan Scherstuhl This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
The rise, fall, and imminent rebirth of the zebra-striped wonderpants
The Mall of America might lure tourists from all over the world and boast a bajillion stores, but Edina's Southdale Center has history, and the folks at PBS think it's kind of a big deal. The nation's first enclosed regional shopping center, Southdale has been named one of the "10 Buildings That Cha ... More >>
Artists and bands alike rarely reach the age of maturity before they putter out or break up. Not so for Austin, Minnesota native Martin Zellar -- who has been making music since the early '80s. Zellar will be releasing his first album of original music since 2003 after a hiatus that h ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGram Parsons Memorial, located outside Room 8 of the Joshua Tree InnThis morning, I'm drinking coffee outside a motel 28 hours southwest of Minneapolis, and two hours east of the L.A. freeways. The coffee's thin and weak, but I slept well in spite of an evening spent gett ... 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 >>
Influential artists of 2010
Photo by Nicole Ankowski for the Village VoicePrince's Welcome 2 America "tour" (he's playing in New Jersey and New York) kicked off last night in East Rutherford, New Jersey's IZOD Center (like the pants, yes...and no, it's doubtful the Minnesnowta Yoda's full-length purple leather coat will be ... More >>
Maybe he was embarrassed that his sweet plan failed him, but the man allegedly told officers that he learned how to make his shoplifting gear from a video on YouTube.
Finish with dessert at Stockholm Pie Company—pie so good you'll cry
The Last Rites of a 'Six Feet Under' fanatic
The coolest toys of the 1970s return to our universe
A melancholic Beck waxes fatalistic on 'Sea Change'
We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life
Chicago trackmaster Green Velvet burns down house music with wickedly funny anti-anthems
We interrupt this class for some important messages
Taken for granted and foregone?
There is a certain poetic justice in seeing the president who made Family Values the central theme of his re-election brought low by his own reckless philandering.