Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
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Rodriguez Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Wednesday, May 15, 2013This historic week in downtown Saint Paul continued at the Fitzgerald Theater as a sold-out audience paid witness to the first public concert locally from Rodriguez. The now-famous Detroit singer/songwriter finally became a household favo ... More >>
It's happy hour at the Icehouse on Eat Street in Minneapolis. Clint Simonson, owner and operator of the small indie label, De Stijl has already found a home at the bar. "Hey man, how you been?" he asks giving me a hug as I sit down. "Have I gotten you this Robust Worlds CD yet?" Checking out the a ... More >>
The new Eat Street food-and-music venue pulls off small plates in a big way
Blues music is the balm for the broken-hearted, and Janiva Magness sure has the magic touch for healing a broken heart. On her new album, Stronger for It, the accomplished singer reveals and album that is milky, nourishing and intimately comforting -- all whilst acknowledging the transienc ... More >>
Minnesota's most famous expatriate and one of the most respected songwriters of our time, Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. How do you honor the man who has received every honor in the world? We thought of a few ways you could pay your respects today.
Soul icon releases a new double album
Benny Quash, Bob Edwards, and Marck Dickhut become outlaws of comedy
The great Minnesota brain freeze: 82 chances to cheat with Google and win valuable prizes!
The New York Dolls and Scissor Sisters still find veins of rich material in the old velvet goldmine
Scorsese takes 200 minutes to preserve the mystery of Dylan
Hard week, obviously. The following short list of some of my favorite New Orleans records, books, movies, and plays does in fact trivialize the effects of hurricane Katrina. It's meant in tribute. Here's the Red Cross link. King Oliver, "Dipper Mouth Blues" Jelly Roll Morton, "Grandpa's Spells" ... More >>
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston talks about the retooling of the tax code to serve the very rich at the expense of the middle
The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.
Pearl Jam goes on hunger strike, JFK buys you a spaghetti dinner, and Jeff Bridges asks Bob Dylan to swallow his pride
Tora! Tora! Torrance!: Sexing you up before you can say "rock 'n' roll"
O Rock, where is thy sting? The Hives have the answer.
International Robot's Music Is More Than Mechanical Garage Rock
A fond look back at Blue Öyster Cult's hits and misses
With roughly 100 productions and 500 performances, the Minnesota Fringe Festival turns low-budget theater into a two-week marathon
Twenty years ago Safety Last made rockabilly cool in the punk-rock Twin Cities. Now they're making a quiet comeback in the age of swing.
The Art of Murder or How to Take a Friend's Life Without Really Trying. Acclaimed artist Carl Wesley, a.k.a. Inmate 198369, wrote the book.
Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.
Ten destinations guaranteed to fight cabin fever.