As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on the calendar when venturing out anywhere to do anything out of the usual is sado-masochistic at best ... More >>
What I love more than anything about the Twin Cities music scene are the various, and seemingly endless, aspects of permanence that forever radiates from both sides of the radio dial as well as our own turntables. The people who listen, love and perform never stop connecting. It's an infinite line i ... More >>
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America Give Up not burdened by big expectations
GirlsOctober 1, 2011First Ave, MinneapolisIt was the encore that did it. Christopher Owens walked out on stage by himself, a slender wisp of a man with messy blonde hair and sad, sunken eyes. He slung his Rickenbacker over his shoulder and, eyes squinting, set into a solo rendition of "Jamie Mari ... More >>
The Triple Rock hosted a different kind of punk legend than usual to a mixed-age and jubilant crowd Friday night. Jonathan Richman made yet another stop to the Twin Cities, performing at the club for the first time, and couldn't have seemed happier about it.
A sampling of what made (re)collecting the old faves so fun, and frustrating, in the aughts.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
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