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    May 8, 2014

    Connan Mockasin: When people say my music's weird, I find it a bit scary

    Connan (rhymes with con man) Mockasin's intimate relationship with his tape machine has yielded some of the gauziest pop psychedelia of late. Last year's Caramel (Mexican Summer) will delight Prince fans with the slinky soul "I'm the Man, That Will Find You" and the pitch-altered pleasure of "I Wann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Ask Hot Dish: Where can I get a Flat White?

    We at the Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here. I just moved back to the Twin ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014
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    November 13, 2013
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    July 31, 2013

    Neutral Milk Hotel unveil more reunion tour dates -- two in Minneapolis

    The twisted, lo-fi rock of Neutral Milk Hotel is about to get its most widespread live dissemination as Jeff Mangum's band will reuinite for several months of touring starting later this year. A band known for its neutrality -- a good 15 years worth -- has dates scheduled between October and June of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Flash mob-style dinner en blanc events in the Twin Cities

    Someday the rain will end. The ground will dry and the sun will rise. At some point summer will come and we'll be so eager to bask in its brief glory that we'll need to take every meal outside. On the horizon there are not one, but two enchanting dinners held outside in Minneapolis where diners will ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2013
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    February 21, 2013

    The Ruby Suns' Ryan McPhun: "In Real Life" is a parody of the parody

    Forget everything you think you know about New Zealand's the Ruby Suns -- if that was much in the first place. Since 2004, Ryan McPhun has steered the Suns through a series of danceable and densely instrumented releases, but after a breakup with a bandmate a few years back, he was ready to reinvent. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    The best reissues of 2012

    By Tony Rettman As I sit and watch the year-end lists of best reissues virtually pile up on the laptop, I can't help but be reminded of something my Uncle Lech once said to me many X-Masses ago when we were down in his basement jamming to some Bobby Vinton. As his light-up speakers twinkled and pul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Chef Stewart Woodman is serious about fish

    There's a lot of talk about fish these days: everything from the sustainability of species to purveyors falsely labeling fish due to ignorance or to turn higher profits. These are serious issues for a chef, and just as some restaurants turn to local farms to help control the quality of the proteins ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2012
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    June 25, 2012

    Foster the People at Target Center, 6/22/2012

    Foster the People With Tokyo Police Club and KimbraTarget Center, MinneapolisFriday, June 22, 2012It's difficult to retain your indie-cred once you hit the big time -- look at Dave Matthews Band -- and people must have liked Nickelback once upon a time. Riding off the success of their breakout singl ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012
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    June 23, 2011

    The flat white is the new latte

    www.wikipedia.comA latte alternative: the flat white.​Attn: espresso drinkers. Curious to hear what you think of the latte's Down Under alternative, the flat white. The flat white originated in Australia and New Zealand (and became popular in London) as a sort of hybrid between a latte and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Three disturbing food trends: Bodily fluids edition

    "Just RUN! You'll understand why later!"We here at the Hot Dish are an adventurous bunch. We're usually the first in line to try a new product or a new recipe, no matter how bizarre or outlandish they may seem at first. But we draw the line somewhere, and these three stories currently kicki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2011

    Drink Summit on a boat and celebrate Surly this week in food

    Celebrate the power of the pint on Saturday​We were tempted to come up with a Seussian rhyme for all the ways and places you can enjoy a pint this week (On a boat? At a patio? In Surly's backyard?) but we'd rather sip than than stress over rhyme schemes, especially when this week offers so man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Sweetie vs. SweeTango apples compete in a crunch-off

    Sweetie (left) vs. SweeTango (right)​Just as we're rolling into peak local apple season, I received a sample of the Sweetie, a new-ish variety that recently made its local debut at Lunds and Byerly's. Curious to see how the Washington-grown apple might stack up to Minnesota's own SweeTango, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Barbette v. Ngon in a battle for the best moules-frites

    A.J. OlmscheidFish(y) and chips at Barbette​Moules-frites, or mussels and French fries, is a classic combination in the French-speaking world, what you might call their version of fish and chips. Instead of beer batter, wine sauce, and mollusks in the place of fish. We tested the moules-frites ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    The Music Alliance Pact brings in fresh pep from everywhere

    Israel's Desert has some klezmer hidden in there somewhere​The Music Alliance Pact was initiated by Scottish music blog The Pop Cop (recently mourned by Franz can read the full story of its demise here), who assembled a confederation of 30 pan-global music blogs, each contributing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Beach House shimmers at the Cedar

    Spinning octahedrons and angelic vocals

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Deborah Howell was likely taking photo at time of death

    "She died doing the journalistic duty. ... That would be typical of her."

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2010

    Deborah Howell was a true (redacted) original

    Tributes to her profane spirit have poured in from many luminaries, but none so fine as David Carr's.

  • Movies

    December 16, 2009
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    March 4, 2009
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    October 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/2

    No one remembers the second person to accomplish an historic feat, just like no one in America celebrates the second day of the New Year. This is sub-optimal. But it's all about t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    8/2 Morning Communiqué

    Vegansexuals in New Zealand show no love to meat-eaters, British police are hunting a drunk who molested a living statue, the Housewife Orchestra perfor ... More >>

  • Movies

    June 6, 2007

    Get Inside—It's Summertime!

    Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2007

    5/25 Morning Communiqué

    A New Zealand town names their compost heap after John Cleese, gas prices have drained Americans of an extra $20 billion, fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    4/5 Morning Communiqué

    Cast your ballot now for the Best of the Twin Cities 2007, New Zealand declares war on the Easter Bunny, Jenna Jameson in seclusion follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    2/23 Morning Communiqué

    KFC asks the pope to bless their fish sandwich, dodgeball champ sues Dodgeball filmmakers, New Zealand's new TV stati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    1/29 Morning Communiqué

    Congressman walks out on admonishing deacon, carbon monoxide may help relieve MS symptoms, NC politicos want script reviewal for mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2006

    12/22 Morning Communiqué

    Media company CEO pays $280,000 for a poem, British moms sues doctor for admonishing her pre-caesarean smoke, Kiwi skydiver saved by bl ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Reviews You Can Use

    Want to put your newfound wine smarts to the test? City Pages' guest taster issues his recommendatinos for bottles sure to please.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    8/10 Morning Communiqué

    Porn stars take to their bikes in New Zealand, cobalt green could make computers faster, a Texas school board bans cleavage, Van Gogh's Starry Night made from Legos, toilet flushing cats, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    7/25 Morning Communiqué

    $20 mil to the int'l space station and an extra $15 mil for a spacewalk, a Kiwi cop moonlights as a hooker, the American Bar Association accuses the president of flouting the Constitution, the top ten worst referee calls, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2006

    5/26: Morning Communique

    Distortion in the solar system, National Condom Week, California using eminent domain against Wal-Mart, rate my kitten, ten thousand illustrated sheep, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2006

    5/19: Morning Communique

    Everyone hates fat people, Iowan calls police after blow-up doll is stolen, the 25 un-sexiest women, the Pamela Rogers action figure, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2006

    5/15: Morning Communique

    New Zealand for sale on eBay, GM halts production on the original Hummer, the Chinese Wikipedia, Batman sounds-effect screenshots, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2005

    10/17: Morning Communique

    Talking tickets, warbling Kiwis, Superman nemeses running for president, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Books

    September 28, 2005
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    July 12, 2005

    7/12: Morning Communique

    THESE DAYS Plain Dealer Editor Doug Clifton says the Cleveland daily is not reporting two major investigative stories of "profound importance" because they are based on illegally leaked documents -- and the paper fears the consequences faced now by jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller. The ... More >>

  • Movies

    March 5, 2003

    Bodies, Rest, and Motion

    The Walker's 'Women with Vision' breaks the law of inertia

  • Music

    February 19, 2003
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    March 8, 2000
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    September 16, 1998
  • Feature

    May 6, 1998

    Drop Your Shorts

    Bit player: Beth Orton's new EP makes a statement in 24:49.

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    October 15, 1997
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