Caroline Smith gets plenty of credit for her abilities as a songwriter, vocalist, and performer -- but job creator? Yep. Just recently, she announced that she's taking applications for a new voice to join her for a string of tour dates in Fargo, Duluth, and Iowa City later this month. Judging by how ... More >>
The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... More >>
This week in the Twin Cities, a load of acclaimed touring acts are here to warm us up. Chameleonic New York trio Hospitality (above) is at the 7th Street Entry Wednesday, and 89.3 the Current's darlings Wild Cub play the Turf Club. This weekend, Dr. Dog have landed two nights at First Avenue, and Ju ... More >>
The Disney darling convincingly plays a pregnant teen on the run
On the same day that Kanye West unveiled his dates, Jay Z has announced he's bringing his Magna Carter World Tour to North America in late 2013 and early 2014. Still hanging on and dominating after two decades in the rough-and-tumble rap game, Mr. Shawn Carter did it by becoming one of the best perf ... More >>
J.T. fans rejoice! The former Mouseketeer and frosty-tipped 'N Sync heartthrob will be coming to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on his just-announced The 20/20 Experience world tour. See also: Justin Timberlake beatboxes with Brother Ali Prince & Bon Iver visit Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday Night Live
Locally bred Oscar-winning auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen have never shied away from drawing inspiration from their Minnesota upbringing to use in their films. Both Fargo and A Serious Man candidly reflect all-too-familiar aspects of life around these parts as well as lasting impressions that the creat ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
From horror and documentaries to indies and comedies, this year will be big in film
The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll officially signals the death knell for any more opinions on 2012 music. But before we spend too much time evaluating Justin Timberlake's return and the ascent of Willow Smith, here's a last, fond look at the year that just concluded.On the one hand, raw ... More >>
Sometimes pop and rock songs are at their best when the grooves are especially spiral-like or boa-constricted, when melodic ecstasy and sonic claustrophobia combine to create something amazing. This week, 5ingles explores that idea with five recent jams that aren't trying to make you listen passivel ... More >>
She just dances and keeps on dancing. She holds her glass up high, and pours out her beer as it splashes on the dance floor below. Instead of pouring some out for her homies, she is pouring some out for her girls' night out, or maybe the calculus exam she bombed earlier in the day. This is Rack C ... More >>
"I know this song. I know. I like it."Just as Minnesota Wild prospects shouldn't be Foo Fighters critics, we warn you to approach this clip of the Minnesota Timberwolves doing 'N Sync's Tearin' Up My Heart" with a bit of caution. First of all, you'll probably end up singing along with the tender ... More >>
Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>
Tonight, Dave "Avey Tare" Portner will um, swamp the Triple Rock Social Club with what will no doubt be an intoxicatingly diverse DJ set. But next year - the year when the world's supposed to end, remember - Portner and his fuzzy, amusingly named pals in Animal Collective with their eagerly await ... More >>
It's a good lookIn the same vein as Justin Timberlake's "Dick In A Box" video or pretty much anything from Andy Samberg's Lonely Island troupe, Prof released a video for "Need Your Love" this week and it sends a clear message: Don't judge him to be another cold-hearted rapper, he's a lover ... More >>
Cue the sound of 1,000 "He's bringing MySpace back" headlines being typed at once: Today Specific Media announced that it is buying MySpace -- the social network we all forgot to log into starting somewhere around the end of 2008 -- and will enlist the help of new stakeholder Justin Timberlake to ... More >>
Harry Potter, Cars 2, and more
It's as crass as it sounds
It's tricky to pick out a good band leader/sidekick for your late-night comedy show. On the one hand, it's important not to get a simpering sycophant like Kevin Eubanks, who recently quit the Tonight Show 18 years too late for our taste:
Select Three, one of the winners of KQRS' Bon Jovi contestBon Gibroni (just kidding he's a solid dude) is playing two days this week, tomorrow and Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center for what will surely be a feathered affair. For his stop in the Cities he agreed to what could be a cool idea: a co ... More >>
All the music articles from this week's print edition.
There's such a deficit of collective songwriting talent and ability out there that we've absolutely gotta re-make "We Are The World" as a Haiti benefit event single?
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
The hip-hop powerhouse adds yet another awesome collaboration to his resume.
We sort through some top food and drink ads from the last decade. Check out our Top 5.
The Black Lips vs. Pharoahe Monch, George Thorogood goes reggae, Madonna vs. thrash & more of the week's best mashups.
Minneapolis's favorite talk show host takes a tour of music-industry hell.
For once, this season's movies don't ask you to check your brains at the door
The Songs We Can't Escape
Top 10 spins this week at 101.3, KDWB
Ten Songs This Week on 101.3 FM, KDWB
A look at the year's most popular slow songs, so far
God-fearing black man tames slutty white girl as Brewer's South rises again
Justin Timberlake might see himself as the next Michael Jackson, but is he closer to being the next Daryl Hall?
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year
St. Paul cheesecake baker Muddy Paws aims for world supremacy, one flavor at a time
Minneapolis's Spymob hook up with N*E*R*D*
Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates