Tom Hallett was a true rock 'n' roll writer. He lived the rock 'n' roll life like the Twin Cities' own Lester Bangs, and wrote about it in great detail. For decades, Hallett avidly attended innumerable shows, and celebrated our scene hard. Hallett's recent passing after a struggle with diabetes shoc ... More >>
Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday to pay tribute to Leah Rule, a fixture at the Turf Club and the Twin Cities music scene. She passed on December 21, 2012, following a journey with cancer of unknown primary (CUP). Though there were moments of sadn ... More >>
Former Turf Club manager and Twin Cities music scene shaper passes after a battle with cancer
Leah Rule, a longtime manager at the Turf Club, passed Friday morning after a nearly two-year struggle with ovarian cancer -- or as she referred to it, "the elephant." She was 44.On Friday, her husband Rob Rule penned a note on her online journal saying, "Early this morning, LEAH left us. Leave it t ... More >>
Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.
Grab your tie-dyes and incense, the Summer Sheep Tour is heading to Pipestone on July 9. Larry Goelz of the Pipestone Vet Clinic will discuss "Breeding Time Management and Scrapie Resistance," Rob Rule of Iowa Lamb will explain "What Kind of Lamb the Packer Wants/Needs," and Bob Koehler from the Uni ... More >>
From "Rob Rule on why he's quitting the Turf Club" Open letter from Rob Rule: Notice to Music Fans. As of April 4, 2005 the St. Paul Music Club will officially end its residency at St. Paul's Turf Club, due to the sale of said business and property. Nearly 10 years ago the SPMC approached Turf owner ... More >>
What song do you play to end a 10-year gig?
The managers, the Clown Lounge, and the SPMC are out Jim Walsh writes: It?s the end of an era at the Turf Club in St. Paul tonight (Tuesday): Owner Mark Johnson recently announced he?ll sell the club, and manager Rob Rule has decided to move on, along with bartender Dave Wiegardt, while manager ... More >>
From "Rob Rule on why he's quitting the Turf Club" When did the Clown Lounge get taken apart? Dave Wiegardt took it apart Sunday night. Why are you and the Saint Paul Music Club leaving the Turf Club? The current owner, Mark Johnson... It's been in his family since '69 or something. It ... More >>
Turf Club manager Rob Rule has decided to leave the venerable St. Paul club after booking there for nearly a decade. In a phone interview, he explains why: At what point did you decide that it wasn't going to work for you, being there? Last night [outgoing owner Mark Johnson] called the sta ... More >>
In which a song makes me feel mighty real