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    August 28, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A seductive new (and slightly NSFW) video from Tickle Torture emphatically gets things going this week. Keep reading for new clips from the Ericksons, Munqs, Allan Kingdom ( ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014
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    February 28, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Guinea pig

    Minneapolis's claim to guinea pig fame can be traced back to August 11, 2013, when 81 people wound up in the hospital with suspected salmonella poisoning after eating guinea pig, among other things, at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival. The market owner was given a $1,000 fine for serving tainted ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Former GOP Congressman Vin Weber says Republicans are dumb and getting dumber

    Vin Weber served as a Republican Congressman from Minnesota from 1981 to 1993. Since retiring from Congress, he was one of Mitt Romney's senior foreign policy advisers during his 2012 presidential run and still works as a D.C.-based GOP strategist.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo suggests liberal b ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Al Franken weighs in on Santa race controversy: "Maybe, you know, he's Jewish" [AUDIO]

    Earlier this month, Fox News host Megyn Kelly raised eyebrows with a rant about Santa's race.SEE ALSO: Al Franken gave roses to same-sex newlyweds [PHOTO] In response to a Slate column written by a woman whose family celebrated Christmas with a black Santa, Kelly said, "Santa just is white... Just b ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013
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    May 22, 2013
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    April 2, 2013

    Minneapolis labels adapt to postage hikes

    Twin Cities-based imprints reflect on how higher prices will change business

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    February 25, 2013

    In defense of the container: A response to Emily White

    Today marks the return of Emily White -- the 21-year-old NPR intern who got everyone riled up last June because she's too young to appreciate music ownership. She and I are actually very similar on paper. Both of us love music and the artists who create it deeply enough to delve into the murky water ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Kishi Bashi: I make music to inspire or provoke

    The easiest way to explain the music of Kishi Bashi to someone who is unfamiliar with him is to say that he kind of does the Andrew Bird live-looping with a violin thing. Except the Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist -- whose full name is K (short for Kaori) Ishibashi -- does it like his brain ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Maya Rudolph is in a Prince cover band called Princess

    Anyone who found themselves plopped down in front of the radio this past weekend could've happened upon a NPR story about Princess, a new female-fronted covers act that plays the hits of Prince. This new purple project is fronted by former Saturday Night Live not-for-prime-time player Maya Rudolph a ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012
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    August 3, 2012

    Chastity Brown on the Red Stag Block Party, her residency in Germany, and the local music scene

    See Also: Chastity Brown releases Back-Road Highways Local-by-way-of-Tennessee musician Chastity Brown is at her most Southern when she is chatting over drinks. She's effusive, laid back, and is thoroughly determined to just kick it, no pressure. This has been a big year for Miss Brown: her fourth ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Cargill recalls 30,000 pounds of ground beef

    Thank goodness it's National Hot Dog Day, because the mere thought of a hamburger is churning our stomachs.Minnesota-headquartered Cargill, Inc., which processes beef under Cargill Beef in Wichita, Kansas, announced yesterday a recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef from a Pennsylvania plant ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    I buy more music than Emily White, and you should too

    There have been heated discussions and analysis springing up throughout all facets of the music community this week in response to NPR intern Emily White's candid but thoroughly controversial piece, 'I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,' which was published on the All Songs Considered blog on Satu ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    SXSW 2012's six worst moments, brought to you by #DEWeezy

    ​The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012
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    January 27, 2012

    Poliça's Mariah Carey connection revealed

    ​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 >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Craig Finn's debut solo album 'Clear Heart Full Eyes' is streaming in advance of its release date

    ​Thankfully, Clear Heart Full Eyes, the debut solo album from the Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, doesn't signify a fracture between him and his regular bandmates. It just represents a temporary musical diversion for Finn from the wild, late-night hi-jinks that are prominently featured in his ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Howler's debut LP, 'America Give Up,' streaming at NPR

    ​Lost in the flurry of hype and accolades surrounding Howler, it's quite easy to forget that the young Minneapolis quintet has yet to even release a full-length record. That all changes next Tuesday, as the recent City Pages Year In Music cover stars release their debut record, America Give Up. ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Lizz Winstead discusses dumb politicians, upcoming projects

    ​Minnesota native Lizz Winstead will be back for the holidays for what has become an annual homecoming show in which she puts her wry spin on the last year in American politics. The writer, comedian, and Daily Show creator spends all year performing topical material in an ever-changing lineup ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Will Hermes in Minneapolis to read from 'Love Goes To Buildings On Fire'

    Photo By Adam Weiss​Will Hermes is currently a senior critic for Rolling Stone, as well as being a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," but he has a distinguished history with the Twin Cities music scene as well. Mr. Hermes began writing for the City Pages in the early '90s, and b ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011
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    September 22, 2011

    5 newish local music videos worth a look

    ​As summer wraps up and we start heading into fall, it's almost like the whole attitude of the city changes: Twin Citizens suck in a deep breath and prepare to hunker down and get to work, like the chilly weather somehow summons productivity. That's certainly true for some of our favorite loca ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Buddy Holly tribute album brings together Fiona Apple, Black Keys, Paul McCartney, more

    ​Well isn't this just precious. A slew of indie darlings have joined Lou Reed, Patti Smith and even a former Beatle to pay homage to influential early rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly on new tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, which is streaming in its entirety today over at NPR. Holly was only 22 years ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Bill Kling conquered Minnesota radio, but can he save NPR?

    Republicans suggest government can't afford nonprofit radio

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    April 14, 2011

    Loretta Lynn: Happy 73rd (75th? 79th?) Birthday!

    ​She's been secretive about the year, but on April 14th 1932, or '36, or maybe '38, Loretta Webb was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, and grew up the daughter of a coal miner first in a rustic mountain home with no electricity or water, and later in a four-room house down in the holler.

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    March 25, 2011

    Weekend Checklist: Is/Is, Brothers Loyalty, All the Way Rider, Ghost Towns of the West

    ​It's Friday, Friday... gotta get down on Friday. Wait, scratch that. Here's some fun stuff instead to get that song out of your head.

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    March 14, 2011

    James O'Keefe's fraudulent NPR video: Why is anyone surprised?

    O'Keefe's editing technique under fire once again.​Surprise, surprise: It looks like James O'Keefe's big "gotcha" on National Public Radio was exaggerated by some clever video editing. This really shouldn't be too much of a shocker to anyone. After all, this is the same guy who cut scenes of ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    James O'Keefe punks National Public Radio

    O'Keefe strikes again.​James O'Keefe and the other merry pranksters at Project Veritas have a found another target: National Public Radio. Two of O'Keefe's cohorts, Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar, met with a pair of NPR executives last month under the guise of being members of the Muslim ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011
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    January 18, 2011

    TextMyFood lets diners text their servers

    TextMyFoodA TextMyFood servers' instruction screen shows customers' text messages​Ready for the check but can't find your server? Don't fret. Just send a text! A company in Massachusetts is offering a new device called TextMyFood that allows customers to communicate to their servers through text ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010
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    November 5, 2010

    Cooks Source magazine creates internet firestorm with story on apple pie

    A food magazine gets barbecued​Until yesterday, Cooks Source was a sleepy, anonymous little magazine about food that was distributed for free to maybe 20,000 people in western New England. The magazine publishes quaint stories about harvest fairs, recipes, gluten-free diets, and so on. The onl ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    David Sedaris visits the State Theatre tonight

    ​Author David Sedaris is no stranger to the State Theatre in Minneapolis. After finishing one of his books he usually hits the road for a reading tour that includes Minnesota in his destinations. Sedaris's popular titles include Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked, both filled with essays highlig ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Frank Deford at Macalester College

    The finest writer at Sports Illustrated talks about life.

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    March 30, 2009

    March 30, 2009: Prince & new Bob Dylan

    Free download of new Bob Dylan track, Prince & Q-Tip make video & coverage of the Evening Rig's CD release show.

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    March 30, 2009

    Pawlenty makes it to Elite 8, battling DeMint for Final 4

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty managed to squeeze out a win against Newt Gingrich in National Public Radio's March Madness GOP 2012 bracket. Can he make it to the Final Four?

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    March 26, 2009

    Pawlenty doesn't care about the 2012 GOP bracket

    While we would love to trust our wonderful governor, we kind of suspect he's already filled one out himself and sees T-Paw making it to the finals. It's an embarrassing thing to admit, we know.

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    March 24, 2009

    Pawlenty makes Sweet 16, aiming to win it all in 2012

    In conjunction with more exciting NCAA March Madness, National Public Radio has a 2012 GOP bracket poll running on their site for the next Republican candidate.

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    November 20, 2008

    What do Michelle Obama and Bachmann have in common?

    Someone must be insane to think our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and our crazy Rep. Michele Bachmann have anything in ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Two local news sites nominated for Online Journalism Awards

    onalogo152x53.gifYou best get your bow tie to cleaners Minnesota. The Online News Association just announced the finalists for the 2008 Online Journalism Awards, and two local news outlets made the cut.

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    December 28, 2007

    My Top 10 albums of 2007

    What has something for everyone to hate? A Top 10 Albums of the Year list. You might find something to like in here, too, as I detail my favorite releases from 2007.

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    September 11, 2007

    This year's La Crosse Storytelling Festival a hit

    This year's La Crosse Storytelling Festival cements its success as it attracts excellent talent, including Minneapolis' own Kevin Kling.

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    June 12, 2006

    6/12: Morning Communique

    The House slashes funding for PBS and NPR, Coke bows to pressure from Wal-Mart over distribution issues, crappy fan drawings of Tom Cruise, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

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    December 15, 2005

    Oh, that liberal public radio

    It is an article of faith among certain conservative commentators that National Public Radio is staffed by a cabal of Volvo-driving Bolsheviks who, when taking a break from promoting homosexual orgies in the schools, are working round the clock to ban Christmas, foment the Iraqi insurgency and bankr ... More >>

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    July 29, 2005

    Son of Fela

    Interesting Femi Kuti piece on NPR today. Listen here. Sample quote: There are so many, hundreds of thousands, of young boys in Africa now. No shoes, no clothes, no money. They don't eat. They live under the bridge. Lagos is disgusting. And they are growing. In five years these boys that are 5 will ... More >>

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    June 17, 2005

    6/17: Morning Communique

    [CITY PAGES BLOGS] Jack Sparks adds ten local alt-country favorites to Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits at The Other Side of Country. [THESE DAYS] An Wisconsin ice cream truck driver faces drunken driving charges after a woman said she saw him throw a malt liquor can out the window of his ice cr ... More >>

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