Note: in his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope year -- at least for me, anyway, and truth be told, that's all I really care about becaus ... More >>
Jay ZXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 30, 2013Jay Z has more money than you can fathom, more fame than most entertainers, and sits atop a number of people's lists of greatest MCs. There's nothing he needs to accomplish at this point, and the hunger of an upcoming rapper wasn't exact ... More >>
Vampire WeekendOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, August 5, 2013Vampire Weekend are not a sentimental band. We should know this already, of course. It's plain to see in their music, and frankly, they're too successful to waste their time with such middling emotions. But, as the New Yorkers returned ... More >>
This past weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival was tremendous. From R. Kelly's cavalcade of hits to the muscular fury of Savages in the hot sun to Lil B's doting fans, there were thousands of indelible moments on display in Union Park over the three-day fest. With help from photographer Erik Hes ... More >>
R. KellyPitchfork Music FestivalUnion Park, Chicago, IllinoisSunday, July 21, 2013For the many Twin Cities music fans who made the trek down to Chicago for this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, there wasn't much consensus over what to do about Sunday night. On the one hand, people w ... More >>
It's almost the Freakin' Weekend, and Burlesque of North America has us covered. Just in time for the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, the local design firm that created some bodacious visuals for our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival are back with a keepsake for those planning to get trapped in the closet ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
Chicago's the Hood Internet is coasting into the Memory Lanes Block Party on a wave of momentum. Having just issued Mixtape Volume 6 on their website (for free) and taking part in a national tour with Star Slinger and Chrissy Murderbot, they will interrupt their trip home with a stop in Minneapolis ... More >>
VH1's endless barrage of reality programming continues to feed a hungry public with a new series that you might swear already existed, Hollywood Exes. And for those starving for tidbits from Prince's era of public and label alienation in the '90s, they may come mainlined from his ex-wife Mayte Ga ... More >>
Who will heal The-Dream's funny-bone? Who will tickle his love handles and send him into fits of uncontrollable laughter?
The jokes write virtually themselves: "Trapped In The Foreclosure (Chapter 11)," "I Believe I Can't Pay," "Step In The Name Of Debt Relief." But when the laughing's done and the tears have been wiped away, R. Kelly still stands to lose his multi-million dollar Chicagoland mansion to J.P. Morgan C ... More >>
"I once told this writer a story about how I met the guys in an elevator and found out we all had the same last name, so we decided to form a band."- Joey Ramone
If somehow you're not familiar with R&B superstar R. Kelly, here's the basic rundown: 1) He has one of the most beautiful tenors in all of pop music, and 2) He's a sex addict. Probably. At the very least, Kelly has an unabashed fascination with erotic encounters of the freakiest variety, and ... More >>
So it wasn't a rumor or a delusion, after all: Mariah Carey was really pregnant with real fetuses, experiencing the real ups, downs, and all-around of being with child. And Saturday, she really did become a mom for the first time, which means Nick Cannon is a dad, and maybe The-Dream is like a cr ... More >>
You can peep the interwebs regularly, check those flight controls with neurotic consistency (you know who you are), and still have days (days!) that yield nothing worth looking at. Good content doesn't grow on polygonal trees, you brats. Luckily, today wasn't one of those boring ones.
R. Kelly's Love Letter currently sits atop the iTunes Album Chart, and we ask: What?Kanye's dick pics did little to harm his reputation, and Miley Cyrus's salvia bongabout will likely result in little professional fallout -- but R. Kelly's paper trail is peppered with less cheeky gaffes, namely t ... More >>
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
It would take a telenovela at least two weeks to tell a story as epic as R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet," a 22-chapter song that weaves through lives filled with sordid affairs, bisexual husbands, and midgets hiding in cabinetry. Tonight at the Turf Club they will be screening Chapters 1-12 ... More >>
Music articles from this week's print edition.
Propagating crap attempts at pop, rap, rock, or any other genre or sub-genre you care to name had become easier than ever.
In such an ignominious decade, choosing valedictorian is no easy task.
Probably should get in line at your lunch break for this one.
The songs we can't escape
The songs we can't escape
Steppin' in the name of love at the Zuhrah Shrine ballroom
Radio Gaga's 10 best pop singles of 2004
Pleading for redemption, R. Kelly steps back into the light
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
The naked truth about this summer's radio singles
The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here
Sean Na Na blows his own horn with dark, potent pop and not-so-ridiculous R&B