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    April 4, 2014

    U of M researchers find link between running in your 20s and sharper mind in middle age

    Here's some news to get you off your ass: If you want a sharper mind in your 40s, move your feet more in your 20s. That's the takeaway of a new study by University of Minnesota researchers -- including David Jacobs, a professor and epidemiologist in the School of Public Health -- who examined 2,747 ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Perfect Pussy at 7th Street Entry, 3/30/14

    Perfect Pussy 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Sunday, March 30, 2014I wish I hated Perfect Pussy. Not because I want to join the inevitable backlash already kicking in against the most critically acclaimed punks of the moment. Ill-wishers may credit the Syracuse band's sudden rise to shock value (thei ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    September 4, 2013
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    May 22, 2013
  • Music

    April 2, 2013

    Minneapolis labels adapt to postage hikes

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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    September 7, 2012

    Peter Himmelman and David Hollander to debut new music project, Minnesota, in Grand Marais

    See Also: The Spirit of St. Louis Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites When St. Louis Park singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman and distinguished screenwriter/filmmaker David Hollander decided to name their new collaborative musical project Minnesota, they must have known that the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Howler, Bloodnstuff, Astronautalis, and more

    See Also: A Minnesota music golden age might be going on right now!Now, Now leave Minneapolis to record and the trio comes home with Threads As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    April 6, 2012

    The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

    The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're  judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... 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 31, 2012

    The Bon Iver Grammys commercial is not in Kansas anymore

    ​Add another annoying item to the list of things Justin Vernon had nothing to do with leading up to the February 12 Grammy Awards. First, there was this treacherous ice sculpture of a poster, and now there's a 30-second ad trumpeting Bon Iver's involvement the We Are Music campaign yet again, feat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Confederate Railroad to play Povlitzki's Saturday; Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls bassist passes

    ​If you've read this here weekly piece over the years, you probably know '90s country is firmly situated in the softest spot of my heart -- for all its good, bad, and ugly. I saw '90s country hit-makers Confederate Railroad at South Dakota's Brown County Fair the summer of 1993; our grandstand but ... More >>

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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 20, 2012

    RIP Etta James (1938-2012)

    ​Etta James, a woman with a delicious, complex voice that pioneered the modern R&B sound, has passed following complications from leukemia. She was 73. James' gorgeous version of Glenn Miller's "At Last" will forever be a wedding staple, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was no sentimental p ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Crumpet is back at Frank Theatre for 'The Santaland Diaries'

    ​Since David Sedaris first read The Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio in 1992, the piece has become a part of many holiday traditions. With that in mind, it was inevitable that it would show up as a bit of counter-holiday programming in theaters (in an adaptation by Joe Mantello) as well. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    October 28, 2011

    Looking for Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream? Here's where to find it

    Yael GrauerBen & Jerry's popular limited-edition flavor is a best-seller​Finding Schweddy Balls in the Twin Cities ain't easy, as the popular Ben & Jerry's limited-edition flavor has been flying off shelves. If you've been curious to try it, here's where you can pick up a pint in the Twin Ci ... More >>

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    October 12, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Markéta Irglová of Once and Swell Season readying solo album

    ​At a mere 23 years old, Czech-born singer and songwriter Markéta Irglová has already enjoyed success in the United States, both as the co-star of the sleeper hit Once (which won an Oscar for Best Original Song) and as her film co-star Glen Hansard's bandmate in their touring project the Sw ... 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: The City Pages Q & A

    Kling built MPR from a small station in Collegeville, Minnesota.​Bill Kling has come a long way since he started what is now Minnesota Public Radio 45 years ago. He's now the outgoing CEO of one of the most financially sustainable and commercially successful radio empires in the country -- whi ... 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 10, 2010

    Four Loko vs. Joose in a battle of the banned "blackout in a can"

    Which "blackout in a can" tastes better?​The media has been all abuzz this week over the safety of alcoholic energy drinks--particularly one called Four Loko, which contains 12 percent alcohol and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Michigan and Oklahoma have banned the beverages, as have sev ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Cloud Cult extras: Photos and videos

    Photo by Tony Nelson​While you were reading today's cover story on Cloud Cult, you hopefully noticed all the great pictures Nick Vlcek snapped of the band during their performance at the Lowertown Music Festival in July. Well, that's not all we have for you. On his visit with the band in Eagan for ... More >>

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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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