Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>
In 1998, then-Minnesota Attorney General "Skip" Humphrey and Philip Morris reached a $6.1 billion settlement after the state alleged that the tobacco company used deceptive marketing, advertising, and research to encourage people to smoke. The settlement barred any future lawsuits regarding Philip M ... More >>
Rex RoofReturn of the smoky bar?Smokers haven't been able to light up in Minnesota bars since 2007, but a group of state representatives want to bring us back to those heady days of barside cigarettes. A bill filed today would allow smoking in bars, provided the bars install a ventilation system ... More >>
mynamemattersnotMarlboro Lights: The target of the lawsuit.A controversial class-action lawsuit filed against a behemoth of Big Tobacco, the maker of Marlboro Lights cigarettes, has been reinstated by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The lawsuit was thrown out in 2009. It called out Altria an ... More >>
Traveling gallery of corpses axed in Paris for disrespectfully displaying dead people for profit
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The beleaguered music-maker's Mecca has become the Temple of the White Elephant
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With two new books out this fall and a massive linguistic project ahead, David Treuer is redefining what it means to be a native speaker
Where's the best place in the Twin Cities to murder a drifter?
MC Sims faces another year of Doomtree fanatics, political unrest, and construction work
Complaints, explanations, and bar chat with Doomtree rappers Cecil Otter and Dessa
The Brian Kelly Army: It's not just a job, it's a tattoo
Minneapolis's own slice of Mogadishu
Tony White's lifelong obsession with law enforcement
Two former lovers and six Minnesota writers unite in a serial short story
Emily Carter's flirtation with drugs led her from Park Avenue to a bad marriage with the festering streets of New York's Alphabet City. Now, in a collection of stories, Carter recalls the ABCs of addiction--and spells out the terms of a new life in Minnea
Looking for a painless way to lose your shirt? Head down to the Canterbury Card Club, where bad luck comes in spades, some lucky schmo is always raking in all the chips, and even if you win the house takes its cut.
A documentary show at the Minnesota Historical Society captures the state of the state, one second at a time
Neighbors say Pawn America will bring nothing but trouble. Strapped customers say it's their last resort. The City of Minneapolis just says no.
Secret shows. Corporate gigs. Blind Dates. Why is it becoming harder for the public to get a piece of the rock?
Journey through the new Dark Ages of Shakopee Valley with the cowled, the corseted, and the coxcombed
Over the last 40 years, the Red Lake Warriors have known high hopes, humiliation, and off-court tragedy. Now they're getting ready to make history.
He's done Amway. He's sold cable TV. But this cyber-cig deal, says Kevin Kintzi, is the real McCoy.
Dying for a smoke: For decades now, the American public has died for the Marlboro Man's sins. Today, he's ready to die for ours.
When Trip Shakespeare broke up, Matt Wilson marched off to war against his muse. Five years later, this exacting songwriter returns from the front with his first solo album.