Although it may seem as if the entire country is spending its free time making artisan jam and looking for ways to incorporate bacon into every recipe, there are still those of us who'd rather leave the cooking to someone else -- especially when it comes to a dinner party. Even if you're overcome by ... More >>
Amidst the recent flurry of lists documenting the popularity of bands and songs by each respective state, comes an odd but distinctive list that breaks down the most favored songs of each state based upon sheet music sales. Musicnotes created a list that they are calling, "Uniquely Popular Sheet M ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>
Valentines Day week has arrived! Whether you plan on celebrating Valentines Day with a special someone, alone, or with your multiple cats, be sure to check out Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles' Greatest Valentines Mixtape show at the Cedar Cultural Center. On Friday synth-pop band Usonia rele ... More >>
February brings a number of fine options for catching country music at local venues, whether your taste runs singer-songwriter, country rock, Red Dirt or old-time Appalachian-influenced fiddle music. Oh, and you should totally take your parents to see the John Denver tribute at the State. They'll th ... More >>
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 >>
Country music singers sure do love their Christmas songs. Now why is that? I reckon it has a little bit to do with the holiday's celebration of all things traditional, and down home-y, and old-time religion-y and whatnot. But I'll bet it has a lot more to do with, well, Google with me won't y ... 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 >>
Tucker Hibbert makes a lot of noise in Aspen.Leaping snowmobile riders in the Winter X Games isn't likely what John Denver had in mind when he warbled "Rocky Mountain High" back in the day. But the event, like everything else at the X-Games in Aspen, is a huge crowd pleaser, regardless of t ... More >>
Maybe there's no rational explanation. But his "Rocky Mountain High" may end up costing him $208.50 in fines.
In honor of the Chicago Cubs (undoubtedly shortlived) presence in the playoffs, Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has declared it Steve Goodman Day. The diminutive Chicago folkie, who penned the best damn baseball song ever written in " ... More >>
Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)
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10 days on the road with Friends Like These
Why didn't anyone warn me that the lobsters in Austin have boobs?
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It made less history than '77 punk. It sold fewer records than Nirvana. But the suburban rebellion of Eighties America found its own potent way to say no.
Robbie Fulks tries to leave his trademark alt-country style behind. But he'll still sing about pig nipples.
The levity of sketch comedians Joseph and Joshua Scrimshaw is finding a mass appeal
Two teen flicks strain to make dying young seem cool
Ky Michaelson has gone 180 mph on a snowmobile, hurled men off tall buildings, and blown tons of metal into the stratosphere. Are you ready for the biggest stunt of all?
Low have been heckled by crowds and dropped from their label. Now Minnesota's quietest band returns with its best album yet.
The 1997 Tongue-on-the-Flagpole Awards
Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.