MTV Video Music Awards

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    September 3, 2014

    Popular music needs to become political again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Iggy Azalea to play TCF Stadium for U of M Homecoming

    The rise of "Fancy" rapper Iggy Azalea continues. After playing the Fine Line just two years ago, the "realest" Australian pop star will join exclusive company -- U2, Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, Atmosphere -- who have performed at the University of Minnesota's TCF Stadium.The October show is for t ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Lady Gaga lovers: The 10 best Little Monsters' costumes

    Artpop diva Lady Gaga rolled into St. Paul last night, and she brought the Little Monsters out in droves. Her fans dressed to the nines and beyond -- handcrafting some eye-popping looks to flaunt at the concert and the pre-party. Here are just a few of our favorite outfits from the style-filled even ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    KDWB Jingle Ball at Xcel Energy Center, 12/10/13

    KDWB Jingle Ball With Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Fifth Harmony, and Austin MahoneXcel Energy Center, St. Paul December 10, 2013Miley Cyrus somehow failed to transform your daughters into MDMA-addled porn stars or hasten the downfall of the Rep ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    20 female musician Halloween costumes... besides Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Picked to Click 2013

    The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over

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    October 16, 2013

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Ten Thousand Things finds the heart in the Shakespeare classic

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    October 15, 2013

    Picked to Click 2013: #1. Lizzo

    #1. Lizzo: 87 points"I'm so glad you ain't asked a question about being a woman in hip-hop," says Lizzo midway through a conversation with City Pages. That makes a whole music scene of us. Everything you need to know on that topic is addressed on her debut full-length, Lizzobangers. "I ain't your h ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    KDWB Jingle Ball posts 2013 lineup

    The annual pop mega-concert that is the 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball has solidified. This year's show, which hits the Xcel Energy Center on December 10, will feature the owners of two of pop's biggest hits in 2013, Michele Bachmann impersonator Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. The "We Can't Stop" and "Blurr ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Rihanna's Diamonds 2013 U.S. tour dates -- St. Paul in March

    See Also:Lady Gaga plots Born This Way Ball 2013 tour -- St. Paul in FebruaryRihanna and Cee Lo Green at the Target Center, 6/16/11, SlideshowLive-Blogging The 2012 Video Music Awards: We Are Never Ever Ever Gonna Use Tonight As A BellwetherSo while many Americans were caught up in Thursday's politi ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Prince is MTV Video Music Awards royalty: A history

    See Also:Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van JonesPrince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happeningPrince vs. Yoda, a tale of the tape The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards take place this evening. For almost 30 years, the show has honored the best clips that the medium of ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Justin Bieber's snake finds home at Owatonna Zoo (PHOTOS)

    ​Even if Justin Bieber isn't readily accessible in Minnesota, and old reptile buddy of his is just an hour's drive away from the Twin Cities. We're talking about Johnson, an albino boa constrictor who is the first celebrity snake to reside at the impeccably named RAD (Reptile & Amphibian Disco ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Odd Future at First Avenue, 10/12/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Odd FutureOctober 12, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAs I figured, waiting in line I noticed a young crowd for Odd Future (the show was all ages, and was finished by the time most of-age shows even have doors); some from slightly out of the city limits, some with their mothers, a ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Robyn set to return to the Twin Cities in February

    photo by: Tony Nelson​Just a week after playing the Fine Line (about which we were stoked and filmy) Robyn has announced another tour, coming to the Mainroom on February 13.While she enjoys her new-found mega-success (instead of just the regular version), here's an intro to the singer.

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    November 8, 2010

    Kanye in Minneapolis: A superfan reflects on her experience

    Photos by Stefanie Odberg for 96.3 NOW​BY HANNAH SILK CHAMPAGNEWhen is a listening party not just a listening party?When it's a Kanye West listening party.

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    October 15, 2010

    The best sci-fi music videos ever

    Like a puppy​Jeremy Messersmith's recently released video for his song "Tatooine" is a fucking adorable little construction paper synopsis of the Star Wars OT (original trilogy, hello?) set to a sparse guitar and piano whisper of a song.And, since we're total nerds, we're taking the occasion to re ... More >>

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    October 10, 2010

    Jason Derülo comes to First Ave tonight

    ​Jason Derülo isn't what you would expect from a 21 year old hip-hopper. But according to Jason, it's not hip-hop -- it's a new facet of pop, evident in his first single "Watcha Say," which was a #1 US single that went 3x Platinum in 2009. Aided by the all-familiar sounds of auto-tuning, the song ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Kanye West's top three recent leaks

    ​In case you've been living inside of a Louis Vuitton handbag, Kanye West is kind of back. In a big way. As in, making himself totally unavoidable. Everywhere you turn, there he is again: popping up as an animated character on The Cleveland Show, closing out the Video Music Awards in the most bomb ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    "I Am Not A Human Being": Lil Wayne's Rikers prison album

    I Am Not A Human Being by Lil Wayne​On his Facebook page, Lil Wayne just posted the tracklist for "I Am Not A Human Being," the album  that he announced from his incarceration on Rikers Island.We can see from the tracklist that Drake is getting a big push (or perhaps supporting Weezy, conside ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Meat fashion is not just for Gaga

    ​Unless you're under four it's generally not recommended that you wear what you eat. However, lately some celebrities have begun experimenting with food as fashion. Several years ago we saw lettuce dresses when Peta launched a campaign against fur, photographing celebrities in items normally found ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The VMAS: Goddammit

    ​The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift in the stalkeriest way (not about race)

    ​Two opinions crossing my mind at the moment: Kanye West is ridiculous, and Twitter is dumb. Highly unoriginal opinions to be sure, but still, I possess them. Hey, remember when Kanye pulled that stunt with Taylor Swift at the VMAs like a year ago? Of course, we all do. Is it worth talking ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010
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    October 1, 2009
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    September 17, 2009

    Are You Ready for the Country: How to tune a turd

    Ten ways I'd put the hurt on Kanye West.

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    February 10, 2009

    Radiohead's Grammy performance, muted

    With the sound off, try telling Thom Yorke from Kevin Jonas. We double dog dare you.

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    December 5, 2008

    The Popstream: Minutemen, ''Ack Ack Ack''

    How the hell do you make a music video for a song t ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Reservoir Dog Days

    The True Hollywood Story of A Band Apart Co-Founder Michael Bodnarchek

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    November 29, 2006

    Chinese Fire Drill

    Devotees have been waiting years for the new GNR album

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    September 20, 2006

    Party Girl

    DJ Girl Talk is the maddest scientist in the mash-up lab

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    October 15, 2003

    Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here's Neal Pollack

    A snarky writer thinks he's America's greatest living punk

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    September 24, 2003


    Underground movies and rebel music hook up in the Sound Unseen Festival

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    November 27, 2002

    Smack My Glitch Up

    A Tigerbeat6 showcase trades old blips and bloops for Cex, numbers, and stars as eyes

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    November 13, 2002

    An Axl To Grind

    Guns N' Roses: Dying hard with a vengeance?

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    May 16, 2001
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