• Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Jourdan Myers: Life's not a pop song

    Earlier this year, Minneapolis singer Jourdan Myers was fed up with the Midwest's harshest winter in decades. She picked up copies of new album, Ruin Me With Love, and headed east for North Carolina. Fast forward to the end of summer, and Jourdan is back in the Cities to officially release Ruin Me W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Twin Cities among least stressed metros, CNN study says

    Earlier this month, we told you about a Movoto Real Estate study that ranked Minnesota among the least stressed states. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that a new CNNMoney study puts Minneapolis among the least stressed cities.For the study, which looked at the 55 Americans metr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Six punk bands we should shut up about already

    I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Black Keys announce 2014 tour dates -- Minneapolis in October

    The Black Keys have just unveiled extensive plans for a 2014 world tour that stretches for most of the rest of this year. The dates are in support of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney's forthcoming eighth album, Turn Blue.Ever-changing, the Keys are toying with psychedelic rock on their newest single, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Katy Perry 2014 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in August

    Wildlife and John Mayer enthusiast Katy Perry will embark on an enormous North American tour later this year. The 46-city trek is in support of Prism, her third album of songs constructed with the help of pop hitmakers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The most notorious of the batch thus far being the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Shouting Matches: We'd get hammered and see what happened

    It was only a matter of time before a project like the Shouting Matches -- featuring decade-plus pals Justin Vernon, Phil Cook of Megafaun and Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier - came to fruition. Initially born of boozy jam sessions in the mid-'00s, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-bred band purposely gigged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Minneapolis named 5th best city to get rich

    There's no need to hit Wall Street or Hollywood to make it big. Minneapolis was just named the fifth-best city in the country to get rich by CreditDonkey. It's the only Midwestern metro to make the top ten. See also: Minneapolis has the best parks in the nation and it isn't even close, study says R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Twin Citians feel safer than residents of any other metro

    A new Gallup Wellbeing study finds that Twin Cities residents feel safer walking alone at night than residents of any other large metro.SEE ALSO: Whatever happened to the downtown Minneapolis mobs that beat people senselessly? Throughout 2012, Gallup called residents of the nation's 50 largest metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Taylor Swift unveils 2013 U.S. tour -- St. Paul in September

    The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>

  • Arts

    September 19, 2012
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    July 9, 2012

    Nicolay on the Hot at Nights, Dutch music, and new Foreign Exchange material

    Since hooking up with North Carolina MC Phonte in the early aughts, Dutch producer Nicolay, a.k.a. Matthijs Rook, has been bringing his penchant for eclecticism and outside-the-box thinking to underground hip-hop. As the Foreign Exchange, Nic and Phonte reached critical mass with albums lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Delta Rae on Jay Leno, the South, and women who rock

    Delta Rae is a six-person indie folk-rock outfit that has recently sprung up from North Carolina and is steadily swooping up converted fans with a cult-like ferocity. It's not hard for them: with four lead singers and vocal harmonies that would inspire jealousy in baby cherubs -- not to mention the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 4, 2012
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    July 3, 2012

    The Avett Brothers' Seth Avett on Rick Rubin, political fans, and the band's legacy

    See Also:Basilica Block Party 2012 lineupThe Avett Brothers are knuckle-scraping live performers, clever songwriters, and Southern charmers. Their record company wants you to know they'll unveil the highly anticipated The Carpenter, another carefully constructed affair with producer Rick Rubin, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Doc Watson, country flatpicker, dies at 89

    He never had a chart-topping hit, but his guitar flat-picking and earnest, true-blue vocal take on traditional American music nonetheless influenced generations of country, blues and folk musicians and fans. Today we all mourn the passing of Doc Watson.Watson notably played a sold-out show at the Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    One Direction return to Minnesota on 2013 U.S. tour

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    New poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty unpopular with Minnesotans

    ‚ÄčThe ill-fated presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty cost them the support of Minnesotans. That's the conclusion that emerges from recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected polling firm based in Raleigh. Sometimes, familiarity really does breed contempt. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Chris Serres explains leaving Star Tribune business pages to be union activist

    Chris Serres doesn't want to be a spectator anymore.​Chris Serres, veteran business investigative reporter for the Star Tribune, is on his way out the door. But Serres isn't the typical victim of newsroom budget cuts or low morale. Instead, he's following his passionate political beliefs. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Minneapolis is the best American city for finding employment

    mattlawsFind work here.​All you people without a job, take note: Forbes magazine has named Minneapolis the best city in the country for finding a job. We can hear you sharpening pencils for those job application forms right now.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Telekinesis, The Love Language and Red Pens at the Entry, 3/2/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen‚ÄčTelekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's rousing set at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday night. "There sure is," fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount ship is sinking

    Arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?​Tom Emmer's Team Frivolous did the right thing Saturday, withdrawing almost 2,600 frivolous challenges to recounted ballots in Hennepin County. On Sunday, the Great Withdrawal continued as they took similar action on the work of their overzealous troops i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Minneapolis is the 7th brainiest city in America (this time)

    Photo: debairdBrains: Minneapolis has more than New York City.​Minneapolis is the 7th brainiest city in America. Which is odd, because it was only a month ago that we didn't even break the Top 20. Did we get that much smarter in just a few weeks? Sadly, we did not.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Q&A: Megafaun's Brad Cook

    Eau Claire transplant discusses band's Minneapolis "homecoming"

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Q&A: Annuals' bassist Mike Robinson

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    Blog darlings Annuals return to the Varsity Theater tom ... More >>

  • Unknown

    May 30, 2007
  • News

    January 10, 2007

    The McClatchy Strib: RIP. WTF?

    Pruitt's Folly, big-daily blues, and the invasion of the stripper-flippers

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2006
  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Local Music Yearbook '05

    Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.

  • News

    August 17, 2005

    Assume the Crash Position

    The turbulence at Northwest Airlines has some people fearing the sky is falling. It could be the sound of ticket prices dropping.

  • News

    July 23, 2003

    Newspaper Wars, West Metro Edition

    Guild members at the Star Tribune worry about their contract and wonder about their editor

  • Music

    June 19, 2002

    Dude, Where's My Double-Necked Guitar?

    You'll never play rococo riffs as well as these stoner bands

  • Books

    May 22, 2002

    Eating Green

    After a long night, party pride wins the day

  • Arts

    October 3, 2001

    Cooking the Books

    Grove/Atlantic tests its recipe for prefab classics with Leif Enger's literary potboiler Peace Like a River

  • Arts

    March 28, 2001
  • Music

    April 26, 2000
  • Arts

    March 29, 2000

    Austin Powers

    Reports from South by Southwest, where a Texas town becomes a mecca of indie music and film

  • Books

    March 17, 1999

    Chain Reaction

    Star Tribune union members fret as their parent company plays hardball in contract talks out West

  • News

    October 15, 1997

    School of Hard Knocks

    Former students of a local high-tech graphics training program paid up to $25,000 for their diplomas. Many say they didn't get the education they were promised. The school dismissed their complaints; state and federal authorities didn't.

  • Feature

    July 30, 1997

    Money Train

    Johnny Chung claims that when he went to Hillary Clinton's office seeking red-carpet treatment for some Beijing businessmen, the aide to whom he spoke told Chung that Hillary "had some debts with the DNC" for "White House Christmas parties," adding, "May