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 >>
Do we really know what love is? Is it large amounts of chocolate? Is it a little fat guy with wings and an arrow? Is it my healthy, safe obsession with Jessica Alba? Or how about the love of music and live performance from a high school choir in Shakopee?On Friday night, the classic American band Fo ... More >>
"Stan" describe a particular kind of obsessed fan. It comes from the Eminem song, as well as being a combination of "stalker" and "fan."See Also: 50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneRecently, a friend on Twitter pointed out the Wikipedia page for Stan fans, which includes a list of "Popular ... More >>
When it snows, it pours! Earlier this month, Chicago-based retro label Numero Group unveiled release details of an ambitious funk-soul compilation called Purple Snow, but they're not stopping there. As they were digging through old recordings from local greats ranging from Haze to the Girls to Princ ... More >>
Each December, you can bet your bough of holly that if a retail space has a PA system, it will pause its cheaply licensed Muzak in favor of Christmas' more expensive, but consumer-enabling, catalogue. Radio stations will cease regular programming for weeks, often witnessing an increase in listenersh ... More >>
Tom Krell, the man behind the How to Dress Well moniker, makes the kind of music you should probably listen to at home, alone, with maybe a bottle of something strong. His second full-length album, Total Loss, touches on dark themes from the perspective of a sensitive intellectual. Krell explores gr ... More >>
Like Christmas, if expectations are set too high for any event or experience, disappointment is pretty much inevitable. Wait long enough for something to arrive, and when that something is over, the absence will sting like a salted wound.The 2012 London Olympics have come and gone, and the aftertast ... More >>
Mike Hannah, aka Mike Dreams, is certainly mysterious as a young man who has lived many lives in his short years. The rapper/hip-hop artist has brought to fruition his dreams -- so to speak -- on his third album Millennial. The album is a collection of songs that hit you in the gut -- even when they ... More >>
The country music world's been abuzz all week with Idol chit-chat about - cue Ryan Seacrest voice - Who will be... the next American Idol judge. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have vacated their seats, with Mariah Carey joining tenured judge Randy Jackson for the program's twelfth season, and rumor ... More >>
See Also:Bon Iver book Radio City Music Hall residency, unveil Bjork coverBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepThe yearly tradition of The Believer putting out a music issue is upon us once again. As in years past, the McSweeney's flagship magazine of profound thought has pulled together an ... More >>
By Rob ShererGrimes With Born Gold and Elite Gymnastics 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, March 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. Anticipation was high as electro-pop darling Claire Boucher, more affectionately known as Grimes, took the stage at the intimate 7th Street Entry. ... More >>
Polica's in-studio performance featuring an interview with the Current's Mark Wheat recently hit NPR, not MPR, but the national one. With an impressive number of camera angles, we get a look at "Wandering Star" and "The Maker" that's not unlike any number of professionally created music videos in ... More >>
Let's play Charades: Three words, four syllables. Musically talented, has sang in a production with David Byrne, and won multiple awards for her contributions to the music community. The answer? Mary Jane Alm.More than just a respected musician, expressive singer, and accomplished songwrite ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
So it wasn't a rumor or a delusion, after all: Mariah Carey was really pregnant with real fetuses, experiencing the real ups, downs, and all-around of being with child. And Saturday, she really did become a mom for the first time, which means Nick Cannon is a dad, and maybe The-Dream is like a cr ... More >>
We know, we know: there's still more holiday shopping to be done, and you're not swayed by the idea of getting everybody the exact same world-music pop extravaganza or a Bob Evans gift card. So it's back to the outlet mall, the strip mall, Macy's, downtown - and we've got more jingle-jangle anti- ... More >>
We begin at the base of a perfume bottle, its diamond-cut girth giving way to a more cylindrical, skyscraper-like shape, a deep cognac-red yielding to light-beer amber; suddenly, just like that, we're contemplating the bottle's top. A feminine hand removes it, uncorking the bottle and triggering ... More >>
Last night, you were gleefully egging strangers' Camaros. (Not so bitchin' now, eh, monied day-trader douchebags?) Tomorrow, you can vote. The day after tomorrow, you can freak out about who everyone else voted for, nullifying your own vote five-fold. But today, why not mull over last week's mus ... More >>
Somewhere, right now, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez are listening to some Glee-adoring teenage outcast absolutely slaughter a Lady Gaga standard and wondering - maybe not so much Jackson, but definitely the other two - "what am I doing here, and what the hell happened to my bril ... More >>
Is that Link? Video-game appropriator and geek culture reference specialist Owen Pallett brings his one-man electrorchestra to the Varsity this Sunday for a barebones pense-fest that will most definitely be way more fun than the description "violin looper" allows for.
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