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    July 23, 2014

    The Body: People's egos are insane sometimes

    "Chip and I don't like most people," says the voice on the other end of the line, calmly. Its even tone and audible remnants of a childhood spent in the South belong to Lee Buford, Chip King's other half. The two are a striking pair, both tall and burly with substantial beards and dark stares, shown ... More >>

  • Movies

    June 25, 2014

    The Death of the Star Wars Universe

    Why Millions of Fans Have Felt a Great Disturbance in the Force

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    The 10 most anticipated albums from Minnesota artists

    During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/17-3/23

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

  • Blogs

    January 30, 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. This week we get things going at Local Frames with a new video from Poliça, for two of the standout tracks on their recent record, Shulamith. We've also got brand new video ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    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. This week we get things going with a brand new video from Allan Kingdom, an emerging MC that is making serious waves in the local scene. We've also got new clips from Black ... More >>

  • Movies

    September 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Justin Vernon unveils the Shouting Matches debut, Grownass Man

    Justin Vernon's Grammy-winning run with Bon Iver has pushed his other side projects and random guest appearances to the forefront. Whether he's recording with Kanye, the Flaming Lips, or P.O.S., Vernon's involvement always seems to add an ethereal indie cache. Now comes word that Vernon's long-simm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Total Trash tape release at 7th Street Entry, 3/14/13

    Total Trash Tape Release/Tour Kickoff with Brain Tumors, The Miami Dolphins and Ugly Motors 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Thursday, March 14, 2013A sign was created somewhere in the midst of the promotional blitz for Total Trash's tape release. It included the slogan "TAKE BACK THE ENTRY FOR THE PUN ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson: It's hard to justify just working for myself

    Iceland-bred producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson isn't one to push his presence on others. Sure, he was Björk's preferred engineer for years and eventually co-produced "I've Seen it All," her Oscar-nominated duet with Thom Yorke. He also co-produced Feist's 2011 heralded Metals, and engineere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    John Monson, owner of Bill's Gun Shop: "The bad guys don't really care what the law is"

    Gun control, including the possibility of a renewed crackdown on semi-automatics, is a hot topic following last week's Newtown school shooting.SEE ALSO:-- Michele Bachmann's favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 used in Newtown [VIDEO]But would new state or federal legislation have the desired impact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? [VIDEO]

    Earlier this month, a study concluded that half of Minnesota will be obese by 2030. In hopes of preventing that from happening, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently released two new anti-obesity ads.SEE ALSO: Minnesota obesity epidemic? New study says half of us on track to be really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Local Frames: New videos from Brother Ali, Howler, Communist Daughter, Cloud Cult, and more

    See Also: Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, the Chalice, Beat Detectives, and more Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    September 4, 2012

    David Byrne and St. Vincent turn back clock in "Who" video

    See Also: David Byrne and St. Vincent to launch U.S. tour in MinneapolisDavid Byrne to hold How Music Works discussion at McNally Smith in SeptemberAs David Byrne and St. Vincent's joint tour -- starting in Minneapolis on September 15 -- is nearly upon us, it's time for the promotional roll-out. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Bob Dylan releases "Duquesne Whistle" video, plans unique promotion for Tempest

    See Also: Bob Dylan discusses Tempest; is it his last album? Bob Dylan announces release date and tracklisting for Tempest, his 35th studio album As the anticipation continues to grow for Bob Dylan's forthcoming new record, Tempest, the first full track from that record, "Duquesne Whistle," had it ... 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

    July 25, 2012

    Brother Ali guests on Public Enemy's new album

    See Also:Brother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerBrother Ali arrested at Occupy Homes protest [VIDEO]Brother Ali's Mourning In America tour dates, First Ave in OctoberYes, Public Enemy is still in business -- even if NPR intern Austin Cooper's essay on how he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Vin Weber, senior Romney adviser, under fire for controversial Ukraine lobbying

    Former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber has had quite the career as a "revolving-door" D.C. lobbyist. But as one of Mitt Romney senior foreign-policy advisers, he's now under scrutiny for being a registered lobbyist for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.The ECFMU was founded in January by a se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" and sentimentality under The Believer's scope

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Brad Barr on covering Led Zeppelin and the Barr Brothers' future

    By Lily TroiaThe Barr Brothers have been busy since the Montreal foursome's last Minneapolis visit in November. The band toured Europe and the U.K. with fellow Secret City labelmate Patrick Watson, they staged a video in the Grand Canyon, recorded a song for NPR's Radio Lab and even made an appearan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at ACL Live

    ​By Craig HlavatyBruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce."The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Dessa to perform and present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

    ​The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is set to take place in Minneapolis on March 1-3, bringing together an impressive group of leaders in the worlds of politics, education, and music. One of the many highlights of the momentous three-day event will be a discussion and short performance by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Santorum's low-turnout, symbolic Minnesota victory signals Republican dissatisfaction

    ​Well, with Romney finishing a distant third, T-Paw is looking less influential than ever, isn't he?Rick Santorum crushed his Republican presidential competitors during yesterday's Minnesota GOP caucus, but the victory is only as significant as the momentum it generates for his campaign in states ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    James O'Keefe attacks Minnesota voter ID laws [VIDEO]

    Right-wing prankster James O'Keefe, known best for hidden-camera takedown of ACORN, is taking on Minnesota's voter ID laws. O'Keefe and Project Veritas released a video earlier this week in which they try to register Tim Tebow and Tom Brady with some not-so-football-savvy Minnesota officials. At o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    The Bad Plus return to perform Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'

    ​The music of Stravinsky has been appropriated and reconfigured for ages now. From Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman and Frank Zappa, pieces have been pulled, re-arranged and served as the catalyst for new ideas in both classical and jazz worlds.

  • Music

    February 2, 2011

    The Decemberists' Nate Query on being an indie household name

    The King Is Dead marks sixth studio album

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2010

    Chicago's Owen bringing solo project to Varsity for "Quiet Please"

    City Pages-sponsored showcase aims to offer an intimate affair

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: The best of the best

    Our favorite bands from this year's South by Southwest festival.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Feb. 2, 2009: Flight of the Conchords, P.O.S., Jeremy Messersmith & Jenny Dalton

    Flight of the Conchords to play Northrop, Messersmith on NPR & stream P.O.S.'s "Never Better"

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Pawlenty frightened of aging, too self-conscious to be president

    TPawlenty-1.jpg There's no way he'll be running for president in 2012. He's so concerned about his aging looks that he might freak ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Q&A: Starfucker

    starfucker-thumb.jpgYes, there really is a band called Starfucker. And Ryan Warner interviewed them prior to tonight's show at the Entry.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    David Sedaris - Last of the literary rock stars?

    David Sedaris is a force. And by force I mean a quiet, semi-quivering voice over that spread out to the land over the airwaves of NPR.

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2007

    One Man's Nightmare; Most Men's Dream

    Poor Bud Selig. Poor Tom Goldman. Goldman is a reporter with National Public Radio, and Selig, well, he's the Commissioner of the corporation known as Major League Baseball. This morning, on NPR's Weekend Edition, Goldman gave us a story about how Barry Bonds has been stuck on 754 home runs and the ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 13, 2007

    Colonel Mustard

    Café Barbette solves the case of the catapulted condiment

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    February 15, 2006

    Citizen Craig on "citizen journalism"

    To hear him tell it, Craig Newmark has had only the most trifling effect on the American newspaper business. "Somebody invented recently a myth that we're hurting newspapers," he complained to Philip Weiss in a recent New York magazine profile. "That appears to be an invention . . . We're a minor fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2005

    New Orleans: day 5

    "They don't have a clue what's going on down there," Mayor Ray Nagin told WWL-AM Thursday night. "They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn--excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed." --AP, Allen G. Breed ... More >>

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