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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
Celebrate the power of the pint on SaturdayWe 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 >>
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 >>
A.J. OlmscheidFish(y) and chips at BarbetteMoules-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 >>
Israel's Desert has some klezmer hidden in there somewhereThe Music Alliance Pact was initiated by Scottish music blog The Pop Cop (recently mourned by Franz Ferdinand...you can read the full story of its demise here), who assembled a confederation of 30 pan-global music blogs, each contributing ... More >>
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