-- Update at bottom --Here's what we know: Yesterday, Jim Kowalski, the man who founded Kowalski's Markets with his wife 30 years ago, died during a fishing trip in a remote portion of Ontario.SEE ALSO: In Minnesota, most Missed Connections happen at the grocery store [MAP] But a day later, the cir ... More >>
Over the course of their distinguished 30-plus years in the music industry, Meat Puppets have brazenly ignored trends, hype, and expectations, while simply going about things their own distinctive way. Formed by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood in Phoenix in the early '80s, Meat Puppets were one of t ... More >>
This is a date that many folk-rock fans in the Midwest have been waiting for. Mumford & Sons have just announced a new stretch of The Full English tour dates that will bring them across the United States to several cities that often get left off major tour schedules. And then there's the Twin Ci ... More >>
Montreal has become a wellspring for innovative electro-talent. The fact that Majical Cloudz has just been signed to Matador Records adds to the proof of that. The project of Devon Walsh may have first materialized on public radar through the form of Grimes -- his dear friend, who hails from the sam ... More >>
What do you do to promote a tour of aging boy bands while still trying to titillate a fan base that has grown older right along with the past-their-prime groups? In the case of the upcoming New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men joint jaunt through the U.S., you call it "The Pack ... More >>
Great Lake Swimmers Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Thursday, May 3, 2012 The Great Lake Swimmers have had a decade to build up a fan base of committed, ardent followers that they can, apparently, do no wrong by. The Ontario-based six-member band were met at the Cedar last night by an adoring cro ... More >>
Great Lake Swimmers have built their decade-long musical career around deep, hushed folk-pop that, at times, can be breathtakingly lo-fi. Over the course of their slowly-evolving releases, Great Lake Swimmers -- and, really, Tony Dekker, band founder and lead songwriter/vocalist -- have cultivated a ... More >>
Just so we're all caught up, One Direction is a British boy band. They are an extremely popular British boy band who got a springboard from the talent competition The X-Factor. So popular, in fact, that they can fill New York's Madison Square Garden with little more than a couple of grins from their ... More >>
Am I the only one who has trouble reconciling the idea that Coldplay circa 2011 is the same Coldplay that released Parachutes back in 2000? Having never seen the group live, I always imagined my first Coldplay show would be in a stuffy theater somewhere, in a red velvet seat tailor-made for sitti ... More >>
Lucas Baiano turned T-Paw into an action hero.Every time we see another of those hilariously over-the-top campaign ads for Tim Pawlenty, with their pulsating soundtracks, cut-away shots, weird angles, and contrived lighting, we ask ourselves the same question: Who made those things? Lucas Baiano ... More >>
Those hoping to catch Tricky live at the Varsity Theater last night were saddened by the news yesterday afternoon that the trip-hop phenom would not be performing. Little reason was given for the cancellation beyond travel delays due to the inclement weather, but an article in the Toronto Star sh ... More >>
Photo: Lily The Black Bear/FacebookCal was fitted with a radio collar in May.The North American Bear Center near Ely has lost another research subject. Cal, the brother of Internet sensation Lily the black bear, was killed even though he was wearing a radio collar. Sarah the research bear wa ... More >>
Minnesota State University-Mankato professor serves as expert witness in police shootings
The mysterious singer songwriter will release an album in 2010 on Drag City, and will play the Cedar this April.
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This time they picked the wrong country
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Union votes on whether to dump its embattled publisher
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Barring liver failure, this club-crawl column will appear every two weeks
Canadian indians battle the Strib on clear-cutting
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doctor please, some more of these
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Putting Minnesota on the map with a national title was the easy part. For the Gopher women's hockey team, sustaining that reputation is the challenge.
No one's giving much thought to Ralph Nader's running mate. But it has never been a good idea to underestimate Winona LaDuke.
Twins rookie Corey Koskie and baseball's Canadian invasion
A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul
Just when St. Paul's City Council thought they could put the battle to bed, the Travel Inn's owner comes up with his own solution
Inmate artists and prison instructors talk about life on the inside
Public politicking. Cautious programming. Retail-style marketing. Has the Guthrie Theater, with its 1,300 seats and $40 million endowment, become a prisoner of the community that built it?