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    September 2, 2014

    The biggest pop crossovers in country music history

    The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts this week: 6/26-7/2

    It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock an ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Country Music Festivals: The good, the bad and the smelly

    Ohhh, the weather outside is... not as bad as they said it was gonna be? Okay, it still sucks. But soon -- yes, soon... too soon in fact! -- it will be summer, and it will be really stupidly hot, and we'll be going to music festivals and become reacquainted with the sweet summer smell of a beer-and- ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Top ten country songs about farming -- ahead of Farm Aid this weekend

    David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Kid Rock and 22 examples of hick-hop's evolution

    Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Country Music Festival Season Preview: Have you ordered your Mini-Biff?

    "Load up the RV, mama - we're goin' to WE Fest." You wish. Working stiffs like us don't get Fridays off, and we ain't got no RV. Maybe you ain't even got no mama. Poor you. But for those with mamas, vacation time, and an RV (or the dogged tenacity to sleep in a hot, muddy tent next to the portable ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: The Pines, Zoo Animal, Dre Day 2012, The Jayhawks

    ​ So much live music happening this weekend ranging the gamut of genres.

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    February 7, 2012

    Did Bon Iver back out of Grammys' Etta James tribute?

    ​The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Adele helps U.S. album sales increase for the first time since 2004

    ​Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    WLTE switching to pop country station BUZ'N 102.9

    ​If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top 10 most ridiculous country songs of 2010

    ​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 >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Brooks & Dunn break hearts at Xcel

    Photo by Nikki Miller​ Text sent to a friend, 10:28 PM: Jesus. They have either literal graphic interpretations or actual lyrics to their songs on the jumbotron. Gross. When are you going to First Ave? Not the sentiment I'd hoped to be expressing halfway through Brooks & Dunn's farewell perfo ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are gettin' hitched

    Photo by Nikki Miller​ Nashville has flooded, the incomparable Doc Watson is playing a sold-out show at the Cedar on Saturday night, and 7th-grade Nikki's favorite band ever, Brooks & Dunn, are bringing their farewell tour to the Xcel on Friday (with Jason Aldean, who'll likely treat us to his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Country Festivals: Decorate your RV! Win a John Deere!

    Your guide to the hottest, the sweatiest, the smelliest country music festivals this summer. Somebody grab the cooler.

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    March 25, 2010

    Eric Church: Deconstructing a Cribs appearance, and yeast infections

    Church plays the State tonight. What better time to discuss his man cave, pregnancy tests, differentiating yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, and David Allan Coe?

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    December 10, 2009

    Top 10 most ridiculous country songs of '09

    The top ten most ridiculous songs in country. Songs that take literal lyricism to its most extreme. Songs about tractor and tractors and tractors.

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    August 27, 2009

    Are You Ready for the Country: County fairs, cowboy boots and Sparks

    Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.

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    August 26, 2009
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    November 23, 2005

    Take Us to Your Hugest Arena and Fill Us up with Beer

    Fourteen ways of looking at a Big & Rich album