When you walk into Lee's Liquor Lounge, located on downtown Minneapolis' fringes for over half a century, whether it's your first visit or 40th, the whiff of nostalgia and shiver of magic you feel is pretty undeniable. But there's more to it than the bar's wood paneling, its mounted mountain lion, t ... More >>
Minnesotan Brad Magerkurth was lucky enough to be at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, in August when President Obama walked in.A traveling brewer with Artisan Beer Company in the Twin Cities, Magerkurth and Obama started talking beer, and before long, the Beer Drinker in Chief asked an aide to ... More >>
Trailer parks have a bad rap, no doubt about it. But there's no use denying their pervasiveness in American culture. These semi-permanent structures are cheap and easy enough to transport.It was on this day in 1957 that country singer Don Gibson sat in his home in a Knoxville, Tennessee trailer par ... More >>
Knoxville, Tennessee-based BioPets Vet Lab is trying to clean up lazy dog owners' act, one turd at a time.The company, which recently expanded into Minnesota, contracts with apartment managers and homeowner associations across the country, gathering doggie DNA samples via mouth swabs. When dog dropp ... More >>
Those of you who didn't get a chance to see St. Vincent's entrancing sold-out performances at the Walker in October (and even those of you who did) now have another opportunity to see Annie Clark and company bring the songs of Strange Mercy to life, as St. Vincent have just announced a stop a ... More >>
The Advocate ranks Salt Lake City as 2012's gayest.Last year, The Advocate got us all hot and bothered by heralding Minneapolis the Gayest City in America.We've apparently straightened up our act a little bit in the last year, as The Advocate's 2012 rankings has the Twin Cities slipping all the w ... More >>
If Roy Acuff hadn't been born on this day 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, third of Ida Carr and Simon E. Neill Acuff's five children, Tennessee might not be the hillbilly capital of the world today. Least, if you ask former Tennessee Governor Prentice Cooper, that might be so. Not that you ... More >>
Today, we remember the gone-but-not-forgotten star of the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw David "Stringbean" Akeman, whose murderer came up for parole this week.
On this day in country music history, in an evening session in a studio on Nashville's storied Music Row, Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle of New Orleans." While his version became the best known over the years, peaking at Number One on both Billboard's Hot Country Singles and its Hot 100 lists ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzThough the pair hasn't even wrapped up their current stint with Heartless Bastards, Peter Wolf Crier will hit the road in September for another high-profile tour, this time with Rogue Wave and Midlake. The duo will stop in St. Paul to play the Lowertown Music Festival on Ju ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerTwo popular local psych rock bands, Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun, are preparing to leave on a massive month and a half tour of the US. The two bands are also getting ready to release a split 7-inch (preview the first track on the Modern Radio site), which will drop ... More >>
They're back -- and they have better hair and sound just as good.
Southern singer/songwriter migrates north and turns Twin Cities out with Sankofa
The beloved psych-rock quartet hits the road in March with daring noise rocker Wavves.
The Avenger: Pete Barry goes after those "who live off the misery of others"
A coalition of independent record stores hangs on for dear life
Stopping for directions with local alt-country icons Big Ditch Road
American families talk about their rituals and the meaning they bring to their lives
Now that routine circumcision is discouraged by the medical establishment, will most parents abandon the procedure?
Parents, pediatricians, and the growing threat of childhood antibiotic resistance
One mother's journey to large familyhood
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Four years ago Lee's Liquor Lounge was just another dying neighborhood bar. Then this guy Nate calls the owner, Louie, and the place turns into--well, no one is quite sure what. But there's nowhere else like it.