Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on ... More >>
3OH!3 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Thursday, October 31, 2013 Keeping with the Halloween spirit, 3OH!3 weren't their normal selves at the Varsity last night. The electro-pop duo from Boulder and their backing band were all dressed as characters from the 2004 weirdo-comedy Napoleon Dynamite. Nathan ... More >>
Ke$ha with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons Myth Live Event Center, St. Paul August 19, 2013 If the will call line is held up by security inspecting a glitter container to ensure it's not drugs, a grown man is prancing around in gold spandex pants, and the floor becomes a minefield of spilled ... More >>
KnotfestWith Slipknot, Lamb of God, Deftones, Machine Head, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Prong and GojiraSomerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WisconsinSaturday, August 18, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & ScenesSlipknot's ... More >>
Weird Al YankovicState Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, May 3, 2012Can anyone make the accordion look sexy? One man certainly can. With a production crew, band, and a collection of songs that spans 30-plus years in tow, Weird Al Yankovic shared with Minneapolis his comedic brand of parody music after s ... More >>
This week, 5ingles tiptoes idly through spring tulips and the wild, weird world of drone, sampling conventional and unconventional takes on the form. It is recommended that you pull the shades down, turn off other mechanical devices in your domicile, and savor the sinuous, scabrous sound of overlapp ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
If anyone can pull off this mad concoction it's the Flaming Lips. As if their idiosyncratic sound and the unhinged musical themes of their past albums wasn't enough, the Lips have now recruited a talented batch of disparate special guests to work with them on their new record. In addition to ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
There really aren't too many forms of music more arbitrarily defined than "dub music" -- particularly in recent years. Thanks to the advent of "dubstep," it's harder than ever to pinpoint exactly what it is and what it sounds like to fresh listeners. Going through thousands of records, you ... More >>
Who will heal The-Dream's funny-bone? Who will tickle his love handles and send him into fits of uncontrollable laughter?
What might the Twins have in common with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Red Sox? Obviously not their win-loss records (though with the Cubs, they're damn close.) No, these are the teams who have made, or are in the midst of making, an "It Gets Better" video. The It Gets B ... More >>
The year of someone's Lord two-thousand some-odd was monumental in many ways, a zeitgeist perfectly embodied by emerging artists like Ke$ha and Far East Movement. But where there's smoke there's fire or maybe burning incense and a ritual of popular exorcism. You may be thinking "that makes perfec ... More >>
By now, you've probably heard Ke$ha's new single, "We R Who We R," several dozen times, and its strobe-lit dance-pop thump either speaks to you, or it doesn't. (Back in Pennsylvania, my niece is probably banging the song on her smart phone as I type this.) It brings to mind E-addled rave parties ... More >>
LA event-rap collective Far East Movement's recent single "Like A G6" is currently the #1 most downloaded song on iTunes, and sits at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.It goes a little something like: "Sipping sizzurp in my ride like Three Six / Feeling so fly like a G6." But what does it mean?
Tonight at Bryant-Lake Bowl the Salon Saloon serves up another helping of thoughtful and provocative discourse with a unique live-action presentation on teenagers. The discussion will cover everything that makes them tick, what made us tick when we were that age, and the differences (or lack of) ... More >>
Steve Horner's fighting for the rights of balding white guys everywhere!Every family has a black sheep. Just ask Minnesota Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. His brother Steve Horner is on a one-man quest to stop Ladies Nights around the country and make a profi ... More >>
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