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    November 12, 2014
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    April 15, 2014

    The best of Coachella 2014

    Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.See also:The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Lizzo at Triple Rock, 12/28/13

    Lizzo: Lizzobangers Release Partywith Lazerbeak and Plain Ole BillTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, December 28, 2013Having taken her act on the road with Har Mar Superstar for a good chunk of the tail-end of 2013, Lizzo returned to Minneapolis for a solo performance to finally celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Take the ultimate Kanye West illustrated quiz

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>

  • Feature

    December 11, 2013

    2013 Year In Music: Low

    Duluth trio hits a 20-year high

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    October 30, 2013

    20 female musician Halloween costumes... besides Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus. VMAs. 2013. It was the performance that launched a thousand thinkpieces on just about everything from the appropriation of culture and slut-shaming to wondering why Robin Thicke was getting off relatively easily. This Halloween, you can take the easy way out and throw on a flesh-colored ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Big Time Rush at Target Center, 8/10/13

    Big Time Rush Target Center, Minneapolis Saturday, August 10, 2013 Big Time Rush are local boys made good. Sort of. They told not quite a packed house, but still several thousand -- mostly Rushers under the age of 12 and their parents with a few teens mixed in -- that they'd "fallen in love with y' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a mildly disturbing album teaser from Poliça to promote their forthcoming record, Shulamith. We're also featuring a newly discovered gem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Megan & Liz: We're quote-unquote good role models

    Megan and Liz Mace are like your two best girlfriends from back when you were still an innocent young thing, able to cure your broken heart with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a girls'-night-in screening of Titanic. The 20-year-old fraternal twin sisters and former high school cheerleaders have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Beyoncé at Xcel Energy Center, 7/18/13

    BeyoncéThe Mrs. Carter Show World TourXcel Energy Center, St. PaulThursday, July 18, 2013There are moments when Beyoncé appears to be made out of money. It's a combination of her perfectly undulating hips and a note hit regally in her personal key signature -- and then it's often topped with a smi ... More >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2013

    Skylar Grey finally gets her break

    The “Love the Way You Lie” songwriter releases her debut album, Don't Look Down

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Twin Shadow at First Avenue, 5/31/13

    Twin ShadowWith ElliphantFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, May 31, 2013For the majority of Twin Shadow's stage show at First Avenue on Friday, frontman George Lewis Jr. looked charmed and freely flashed his glistening smile. Commanding a red guitar and some dizzying effects pedals with authority, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    GImme Leaks #3: Three Twin Cities hip-hop albums you may have missed

    There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. In the spirit of the Gimme Noise Mixtape series that ran on this blog, we now present to you a more focused album roundup, selecting three recently released albums by local rappers that deserve recognition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Pink at Xcel Energy Center, 3/19/13

    PinkXcel Energy Center, St. PaulTuesday, March 19, 2013Alecia Beth Moore is strong as an ox, powerful as a locomotive, tough as nails, cold as ice, hard as steel, mighty as the Mississippi, badder than Old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog, etc. No matter how she's described, know that Pink is e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The 2013 Grammy Awards played it safe and got it wrong

    If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Top 10 chicken wings in the Twin Cities

    Fried food and football go hand in hand. There is nothing like settling in for the big game with a big basket of crispy chicken goodness. We scoured the Twin Cities and decimated the local wet nap supply in search of the very best chicken wings around. You want spicy? We have one that will tear the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Madonna at Xcel Energy Center, 11/3/12

    MadonnaWith Paul OakenfoldXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 3, 2012Nothing came easy while Madonna performed at Xcel Energy Center Saturday. For anyone other than the ticket-holding masochists in the crowd, it was two hours of uncomfortable boot-licking. The few, hard-won pleasures came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    A$AP Rocky at First Avenue, 10/13/12

    A$AP Rocky With Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q , and A$AP MobFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSaturday, October 13, 2012The LongLiveA$AP tour rolled through Minneapolis on Saturday night, and the powerhouse trio of buzzing rappers A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, and Danny Brown played to a sold-out crowd o ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2012

    Owl City's reclusive Adam Young opens up

    The electro-synth-pop musician talks inspiration

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    June 20, 2012

    Joe Mauer should dump T.I.'s "What You Know"

    In case you haven't noticed -- and judging by the attendance you haven't -- Joe Mauer is hurt again. As of today, he's hitting .314  and putting up a better year than the last, but it's still not enough for the Homer Hanky-less crowds at Target Field this season. People are getting impatient, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Grimes at 7th Street Entry, 3/13/12

    By Rob ShererGrimes With Born Gold and Elite Gymnastics 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, March 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. Anticipation was high as electro-pop darling Claire Boucher, more affectionately known as Grimes, took the stage at the intimate 7th Street Entry. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Emeli Sandé at the Dakota Jazz Club, 3/05/12

    ​Emeli SandéDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisMarch 5, 2012It's not too often that an artist on an inaugural four city U.S. publicity tour makes a stop in Minneapolis. Typically, they just stick to the coasts and catch us after they have already started making big waves in America. But thankfully t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Did Bon Iver back out of Grammys' Etta James tribute?

    ​The painful Grammy Awards press releases would be reason enough not to take part in the yearly award show, but Bon Iver's Justin Vernon decided to opt his band out of performing at the event because a collaborative effort wouldn't cut it. One of our readers responded by advising Vernon to get&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Seven Spoon: Meet the cartoon character & her creator

    ​ "Seven Spoon" is a cartoon character created by Chicago native Shala Akintunde, but if you call her that you'll get a verbal smack -- either from the bratty 2-D character on the page or quick-witted Shala himself. See, Shala considers Seven, who is drawn to be 14 years old, a mouthpiece for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Frank Gaard: 100 Creatives

    ​Number 45: Frank Gaard City: Minneapolis Years spent living in MN: 45 yearsFor the past 40 years, notorious artist Frank Gaard has added a healthy dose of color, criticism, and humor to the local creative scene. His work knows no boundaries, as he often draws inspiration from a mix of subjects, ... More >>

  • Arts

    December 21, 2011

    Artists of the Year 2011

    Alan Moore, Louis C.K., Bethany Larson, and more

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Bon Iver, Brian Setzer, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams among this year's Grammy nominees

    ​All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>

  • Music

    November 30, 2011
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    October 24, 2011

    Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' drops tomorrow: What we know so far

    BY LIZ SPIELMAN​It seems hard to believe that it has been nearly three and a half years since Coldplay's last album made Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People possibly more iconic than it already was or provided that a church bell can indeed find a place on a rock album.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Maroon 5 & Train at the State Fair Grandstand, 9/5/2011

    Photos by Erik Hess​Maroon 5 and TrainSeptember 5, 2011State Fair GrandstandLabor Day--always a bittersweet day for Minnesotans, marking the end to 12 food coma-inducing days.  With the hot and rainy days past, the weather was perfect for an evening with radio friendly groups Maroon 5 and Tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of the summer so far

    It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at Xcel Energy Center, 5/12/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band May 12, 2011 Xcel Energy Center "Today's music ain't got the same soul." Not a song I really need to hear for the ten-thousandth time, or for the thousand more times I'm likely to hear it in my lifetime, but I'll be damned if this lyr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Rick Ross and Lloyd coming to Xcel August 9

    ​It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hits

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​With the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2011
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    October 25, 2010

    Bill Burr, human Molotov cocktail

    ​A lot of comedians like to justify their edgier material with an arrogant disclaimer: "I'm actually up here sayin' what you only think." Veteran provocateur Bill Burr might as well offer an addendum to that: saying the stuff that gets thrown around in his material is quite possibly a sign of comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    I Am Not A Human Being: Track-by-track review

    I Am Not A Human Being is as crazy as its name​Lil Wayne dropped "I Am Not A Human Being" on iTunes today, unleashing his prison album on the free world.Previously, we speculated wildly about what the new album would sound like, noting that it was something of a coming out party for Young Money Re ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2010
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    May 7, 2010

    Aguilera, NIN, Ghostface Killah: bondage in music videos [NSFW]

    Holy schnikes​ Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Minn. wedding couple's bad song choice benefits Sheila Wellstone Institute

    People questioned their choice of Chris Brown's "Forever" for their coordinated dance entrance at the church, so the couple is asking fans of the video to donate money to help stop domestic violence.

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    December 12, 2008
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    June 11, 2008