Like most of it's traditions of which Sweden has many, Death Metal is a pervasively dark and sorrow-driven force in the the country's music history. With many brands of heaviness in it's ranks the band Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they are known stateside) stand out as one that seemingly came from out of ... More >>
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 >>
With Poor Moon
First Avenue, Minneapolis
October 9, 2012
With the release of Teen Dream in 2010, Baltimore's Beach House set the standard for what a modern pop record can accomplish, both in sound and texture. And while the arrival of Bloom earlier this year perhaps didn't raise the bar ... More >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Kevin Steinman is abroad in Norway right now visiting family with his wife Ina. As the horrific Oslo attacks were taking place, Steinman was an hour away from the city, watching and waiting for the news as it all happened. We spoke to Kevin via email about his ex ... More >>
Who in their right mind would drive 90 miles for a pizza? The expense! The time! The carbon emissions! There's probably a pizza joint two blocks from your house! And yet, right-minded people seem willing to drive to Stockholm, Wisconsin, from all over the Midwest, just to have a pizza at A to ... More >>
Copenhagen's bike czar on the Sabo bridge.In the mid 1990s, Copenhagen rolled out the world's first modern bicycle-sharing program, launching a revolution that rolled through Paris, London, Amsterdam, and good old Minneapolis.
More than a decade later, the Danish capital is preparing to over ... More >>
The pie that will ruin your lifeStanding at the counter of the cute little Stockholm Pie Company in the cute little town of Stockholm, Wisconsin, you may not be aware that you've walked into a den of iniquity. The apple-cheeked proprietor asks you in a suspiciously friendly manner what kind of pi ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganChooglin' has accomplished a lot in five years. The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs. After 2 ... More >>
Don't toss that tree--eat it!After you strip your Christmas tree of its ornaments and lights, don't let it go to waste. That evergreen is edible: You can turn the boughs into holiday leftovers, alongside the figgy pudding and lefse.
Copenhagen chef René Redzepi shared several suggestions w ... More >>
To understand the band Junip you must first appreciate patience. If I were to suggest the best backdrop for their new album Fields, it might be a traffic jam; it may just settle your nerves and abbreviate your frustration. The most recognizable member of Junip, of course, José González, who len ... More >>
photo by: Jonathan BehmMuse have come a long way from the feisty club band that played the
Quest back in 2004 as if they had a point to make and a country to
conquer. At the Target Center on Tuesday night, it seemed as if the
Teignmouth trio (who are joined by multi-instrumentalist Morgan
Nicholl ... More >>
Photo: Kyrill PooleThe lights go out in the last dirty bookshop in St. Paul.Fly the flag at half-mast, gentlemen -- the last adult bookstore in St. Paul is dead.
Too bad. The Denmark was the kind of place you could really let your hair down, meet a few friends and get a car wash with extra p ... More >>
Ikea will be happy to see you and your kiddies, too. Do you like furniture from Sweden that is incredibly hard to assemble? Do you have kids who love Swedish meatballs? If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, we have an offer you might not be able to turn down. From now until August 15, ... More >>
Every Monday, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant--it's up to you to guess which one. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (be sure to leave your email address--it won't be visible), will be entered into a pool and periodically we'll draw names and award a few ... More >>
Tara Murphy)Alexander McCall Smith, author of several popular series, including The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has canceled his talk scheduled for Monday, April 26 at the State Theatre.