Photo by Nikki MillerCactus Blossoms"Hymie's kicks off six weeks of Schlitz Kickin' Country" - try sayin' that headline three times fast. Better yet, try sayin' it after you've drunk your complimentary beer at one of the six country-themed in-stores planned at the renowned East Lake Street re ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerSo, are you ready for the country? Er, are you ready for some football? Uh, I mean, some country? Say what you will about his politics. I will say that they make my skin crawl, and that, in my experience, he's not shy about sharing them in his live performances. But... ... More >>
by Nikki MillerHot Dish digs kids!While there's always plenty of talk about beer and cocktails, this week saw an uptick in our kid-friendly content. Cuddle up with these stories that will appeal to the whole family and raise serious discussion about the essentials: pizza, ice cream, and restauran ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerToots and the Maytals July 9, 2011 Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater Opening with "Pressure Drop" and closing just about an hour later with "54-46 (That's My Number)," Toots and the Maytals socked a brief but energetic performance to the intimate, family-friend ... More >>
sue clark/flickrThis is what we're doing this weekend. It's Memorial Day weekend, and all we need is a romp through a meadow, a grill full of meat, cold, wheaty beer, and you.That, and to share a few highlights from this week's Hot Dish.Nikki Miller shows us five ways to celebrate National Strawb ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGram Parsons Memorial, located outside Room 8 of the Joshua Tree InnThis morning, I'm drinking coffee outside a motel 28 hours southwest of Minneapolis, and two hours east of the L.A. freeways. The coffee's thin and weak, but I slept well in spite of an evening spent gett ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerDave King Trucking Company January 15, 2011 Loring Theater, Minneapolis Saturday night, the Dave King Trucking Company not only inaugurated the Loring Theater's return to its roots of cinema, theater, music and variety performances, but also taught us what that one reall ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerDavid Allan Coe January 13, 2011 Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, St. Louis Park David Allan Coe at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, on a Thursday. What can one expect of a night like this?
Photo by Nikki MillerMC/VLMC/VL, Pink Mink, Slapping Purses and Kitten Forever January 8, 2011 501 Club, Minneapolis After a last minute switch from the temporarily-closed Turf Club to the about-to-be-closed 501 Club, MC/VL played their final performance Saturday night with a little help fr ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLeisure BirdsNew Year's Eve Cover Night featuring Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL December 31, 2010 Turf Club, St. Paul It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.
Photo by Nikki MillerHeart December 18, 2010 Mystic Lake Casino The power balladeers of my childhood, hard rock queens of my mother's adolescence, Heart weren't just role models for generations of young American women - they helped define for me and likely for many others the role of sexual ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerCrystal Gayle November 6, 2010 O'Shaughnessy Auditorium There is one issue in this country that has proven more polarizing than any other, in the past 30 years reconstructing party politics, weighing deeply on the hearts and minds of every American citizen, occasionally ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerTravis Tritt October 13, 2010 Burnsville Performing Arts Center Prologue: How does one write sincerely yet un-self-consciously about the solo and acoustic performance of one of her favorite performers from her adolescence? She gets very drunk, that is how. Brutal, unabas ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerBedlam/PBR Blowout September 3, 2010 Bedlam Theater Duhn duhn-duhn-duhn duhn duhn-duhn duhn-duhn duhn-duhn. On Friday night last, the funeral march tolled for the Bedlam Theatre, if only temporarily. On one of its final nights before fulfilling its order to vacate, Pab ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerRosanne Cash August 31, 2010 Minnesota State Fair, Leinie Lodge Bandshell On a summer night that brought two of music's biggest female artists to stages in St. Paul - Carrie Underwood at the State Fair Grandstand, and Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center - it was on a thi ... More >>
Nikki MillerFire on a stick is good. Deep-fried candy bars on a stick are better. The Great Minnesota Get Together returns this week, and with everyone stretching their stomachs, digging out their fat pants, and shotgunning 2% in preparation for the all-the-milk-you-can-drink stand, it's hard to ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerJust another hot, hot summer of our lives... This past weekend was packed from end-to-end with local shows of every variety, from Friday night's Rogue Valley CD-release show at the Mainroom to Saturday's Pizza Luce Block Party and Loring Alley Party and Sunday's marathon hoot ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerHammerhead August 12, 2010 Turf Club So what's the name of that thing? That word...that hormone that makes men crabby when they have their periods...that thing that starts with a T? That thing. I was expecting a lot of it when Hammerhead reunited locally at the Turf Thur ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerGeorge Jones August 6, 2010 Freeborn County Fair A reasonable adult, mature in my 29 years, I'd like to think I generally give pretty good advice. Often along the lines of "Don't date him," "He's no good for you," or even an occasional (gasp) "He's just not that into you ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerVelvet Davenport, Vampire Hands, Magic Castles and Camden July 15, 2010 Turf Club Thursday night, as Thursday nights oft do, brought a bevy of good shows to the Twin Cities, and not the least of them was the show at the Turf Club in support of local label Moon Glyph's fi ... More >>
nosogoodphotography/flickrWe love you summer.It has been a wonderful week here in the Cities, and we hope we can help you decide what food-and-drink-related fun to partake of this weekend. What with pies, ice cream, wine, beer, and pastries all represented, the possibilities are endless. While yo ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerA rad burritoCole Weiland, of local psych band Daughters of the Sun and synth-solo project Camden, has long touted his famous breakfast burritos. Recently we stopped by his South Minneapolis duplex to check them out. As we enter his kitchen around one o'clock in the mor ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerC-A-S-E-R-O-L-E. Oops! Eating good barbeque is fun. Showing off your spelling prowess on a stage is even more fun--that is, if you're a geek who watches the Scripps Bee as religiously as the Super Bowl (or an even bigger geek who is already arguing that the word in the fi ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerShare your curds, kids Armed with a fistful of food and drink tickets, we took our first taste of Taste of Minnesota early on Friday. Here's a first look at the sweet, the salty, and the deepest of the deep-fried.
Photo by Nikki MillerGastro Non Grata June 27, 2010 First Avenue Last night in the First Avenue Mainroom, 7th Street Entry and Record Room, Gastro Non Grata pulled off a pretty freakin' incredible feat: assemble three rooms full of hungry music fans and present to them nine bands, three DJs, ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerLast night at the Turf the Bust Buddies, a group of close girlfriends from St. Paul, pulled together an impressive lineup to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 60 mile, 3-Day Walk for the Cure. With live room sets by Sean Na Na, Martin Devaney Band, Puppies and Trains, an ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerIf you've had a memorable Saturday night, on Sunday morning you might be thinking of bloody Marys and sleeping in. But for a healthier morning after, head down to the second year of Uptown Market, which opened over the weekend and will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p ... More >>
Photo by Nikki Miller Text sent to a friend, 10:28 PM: Jesus. They have either literal graphic interpretations or actual lyrics to their songs on the jumbotron. Gross. When are you going to First Ave? Not the sentiment I'd hoped to be expressing halfway through Brooks & Dunn's farewell perfo ... More >>
The band releases their EP to a bar full of friends and country fans.
Campbell sparkles Grand Casino as only a Rhinestone Cowboy can.
Their MySpace page is paltry but their grip on classic country is strong.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hearken back to a time when folk/country rock was pouring out of California and everyone was covering everyone else and especially covering Dylan.
Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar's sold-out Kerouac tribute hearkens adolescence but lacks innovation.
Short on blonde wigs and stuffed bras (sadly), the performance of Dolly's hits was not short on enthusiasm.
So here's the problem: When you say you'll review the show that's starting in the Entry at 9:30 and you've been drinking in the Main Room since 7.
The "first naughtybilly band evar" is cute enough to see with your ma.
Bobbie Sue took the money and run? Uhh, not to be a nerd but... shouldn't it be ran, Steve?
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, Hank III is whiskey bent and hellbound.
I dunno ladies, he ain't that skinny. But he sho' can sing.
Emmylou and the Red Dirt Boys' performance, from their musicianship to stage banter, felt intimate and engaging even in front of what can often feel like a ho-hum casino audience.
The upstart local collective is having a listening party for its debut compilation tonight at the Hexagon.
Lambert asserts that we may keep gettin' fatter drinkin' all this beer, but we're still prettier than them skinny girls. Ah, my favorite delusion.
Simply put, it was the place to be Saturday night.
Evidence that last night's show actually happened.
Hank Williams, Jr. hit the campaign trail with a stop in Minnesota on Sunday night. Naw, I'm just pullin' your leg.
Howdy. I'm at the state fair and I'm SHITFACED! And I'm at the randty travuis show. (Don' bother editing this, editor.)
There's meat, music and merriment on tap at the Turf tomorrow.