The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seeger Day in Minnesota, on what would have been his 95th birthday. A gathering of a wide-array of Minne ... More >>
Dillinger Escape Plan with Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, April 12, 2014 Dillinger Escape Plan haven't played Minneapolis in some time, but their return made a huge impact. With excellent openers Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining rounding out a solid bill, it was an ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. Hold Steady fans rejoice! The long-awaited Teeth Dreams is released today. So how exactly does one write about anxiety and fear without drowning in it, themselves? Songwriter C ... More >>
Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
The Lino Lakes brewery boasts an impressive beer lineup
This week not only marks Thanksgiving but also the beginning of December. Wednesday, Retribution Gospel Choir play the Amsterdam while the Ike Reilly Assassination take over the First Avenue Mainroom. If you're looking for plans on Thanksgiving, Davina and the Vagabonds will be playing the Dakota an ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is a quote from the actor Cary Grant about what's it like to be him: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." That has ... More >>
Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Choog ... More >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
The best winter warm-up drinks, cool concerts, must-see plays, and carnival activities in the metro
Beautifully crafted Scandinavian food that wows
Hypnotic groove psychedelic rock trio Mother of Fire are known for creating intensely haunting, loud, mesmerizing shows in unique environments. In DIY spaces (their favorite) art galleries, punk squats, house shows, and even rock clubs, they transport listeners visually as well as sonically. Thei ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you about the first ever Girls Got Rhythm Fest taking place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul on May 11-12. The two-day, female-focused music festival is headlined by Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector, as well as the Tokyo rockabilly trio the 126.96.36.199's an ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
There was absolutely zero chance that Madonna wasn't going to capitalize on her Super Bowl appearance this past weekend. Although it's unlikely that Madge will be able to pack M.I.A. (and her itchy middle finger), Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green in her suitcase for this May-November excursion aroun ... More >>
Comic purists may be disappointed with the liberties
Photos by Erik Hess Daytrotter's Barnstormer 4 April 26th, 2011 Free Range Film Fest Barn, Wrenshall, MN When I heard that the Daytrotter crew were planing to put on a barn show just over two hours away from Minneapolis, my attention was piqued. Daytrotter has created over five years o ... More >>
Bachmann fakes her family story.There are some cultures in which telling self-serving lies about your own ancestors would be so shameful as to be inconceivable. Michele Bachmann's culture is apparently not one of these. Bachmann, who's flirting with a presidential run, was in the early-prima ... More >>
Neighborhood favorite, comeback kid, and a leader in the Twin Cities food truck revolution, 128 Cafe has done it all with chef Ian Pierce behind the burners. The 128 Cafe was a Merriam Park institution when it closed in June 2007. Jill Wilson and her husband, Andrew, swooped in and revitalized th ... More >>
Martin OuimetThis is the last installment of our interview with baker Solveig Tofte, whose baked goods and quick laugh will go public again in mid-March when Tofte opens her own bakery/breakfast spot, Sun Street Breads. Today Tofte reveals her pyromaniac side and shares a recipe with readers ... More >>
(Antigravity by Violeta Rotstein. Featured at the "Soo Fuze" gallery show at the SooVAC) This week we've got an ongoing party celebrating pop punk, a day-long zinefest, dragon boat races, and a naughty art show at Cult Status Gallery.
Festival kicks off its 28th year in the Twin Cities
New release Le System D is built around a guitar riff
The reflective woodsman will be sharing stage duties with... uh... the Indigo Girls, apparently.
Jayhawks reunite for Basilica Block Party, Rock the Garden line-up announced & next week's best new releases.
April 3-April 5.
Fences, Blackbird round out best plays of the year
Eyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.
The story of a downed airman reflects the U.S.'s place in the world
Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt' isn't easy to stage, but the Guthrie turns this odd tale into a sprawling, dreamlike adventure
Thirty movies. Nine days. A cultural odyssey.
Sundance is a second home for 'Factotum' producer Christine Walker
Two hundred years of history as experienced in Minnesota's bars and restaurants
Dancing till the break of dawn with Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.'
Six bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, two fireplaces; walk to lakes, Minneapolis nightlife. Shown to pre-approved buyers who aren't worried what happened to the little old lady who owned it.
The naked truth about putting together a regional showcase like the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. And a revealing body of blurbs about the best and the not-best of the fest.
After a century of empty promises, Minneapolis officials are finally poised to spruce up the polluted waterway that meanders through the city's north side. What changed? The buying power of the people who will live there.
What draws young Nordic musicians to medieval songs about wolves ripping babies from the womb?
Why some trees stood their ground while others toppled
Márta Sebestyén & Muzsikás work in Budapest to preserve their country's oldest folk traditions. The only things distracting them are world tours, earnest foreign musicians, and unexpected Grammy awards.