The Great Minnesota Get-Together starts tomorrow, and we're pumped. We love the fair. We love, love the fair. But some of you aren't going to make it. Maybe the ticket prices are too high, maybe you've had enough of the crowds, maybe it's only over-the-hill bands playing the Grandstand. No matter yo ... More >>
The Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar isn't just four different restaurant names smashed together. It is the full name of the nightlife epicenter most diners call Seven, a place where the classy folks of the Twin Cities come to drink cosmos. It's also host to a weekly all-you-can-eat sushi b ... More >>
It's perfect milkshake weather: too hot for most of the heavier classic desserts (sorry chocolate lava cake), but not so hot that you just ask for a refill of water at the end of a meal. Shakes and their close relatives, malts, are best consumed with a classic diner burger or taken to-go for a quick ... More >>
The pro always orders it to-go, but when at most fish and chicken spots in the Twin Cities, your meal is coming in a styrofoam-container-plastic-bag-combo no matter where you plan on eating it. The pro also orders the meal with a fruit punch, pushes for as much hot sauce, ketchup, and tartar sauce a ... More >>
It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic c ... More >>
After your third brunch date in as many Sundays, your body will be asking for a holiday from the Hollandaise. Now is the time to point yourself in the direction of a granola-friendly eatery. Not only will this give your pocketbook a bit of a rest, as granola is often on the more affordable side, it ... More >>
Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>
If Old Country Buffet ever had grace, it certainly fell from it by the mid-2000s. The restaurant struggled on quality control, competition from other buffets, and a changing dining mentality that didn't always prioritize all-you-can-eat ribs over the taste and flavor of said ribs.Then in early 2013, ... More >>
In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Meredith Westin has been a fixture in local concert photography for the past five years. Her shots are regularly found in the Twin Cities Daily Planet's music coverage. See Also: The ... More >>
Sean McPherson steps into the spotlight with his solo debut, Too Big to Fail
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week on Local Frames with a premiere of the brand new video from Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, a new project led by local music luminary Sean Mc ... More >>
How do you sum up the extent of the impact and reach that Heiruspecs has had over the past 16 years? The most influential band to come out of St. Paul Central High School and a cornerstone of the original Minneapolis-St. Paul hip-hop scene, Heiruspecs have come to stand for something beyond the musi ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
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By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to date, as well as her first solo local show of 2012. On April 20, Dessa and a stellar cast of local ... More >>
This weekend is a great week for free winter festivals. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival started up this Thursday, so the capital city is bustling with activities including free sporting events, ice sculpting contests, outdoor yoga in the park, and more. Folks who like fancy sleds will want to che ... More >>
We've reached the midway point of our week dedicated to divulging Doomtree's special guests for each of their curated nights in the Entry. We've shared the opening act info for Sims' big evening he's got planned on Sunday night, and Mike Mictlan's lengthy list of friends dropping by for his show ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDessaOctober 28, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulDessa's CD-release party at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night was about as far from a rap show as you could get. Backed by an excellent chamber group and back-up singers, and with her Doomtree pals tucked neatly into on ... More >>
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Photo by Nick VlcekBrother Ali has been hard at work on his next album and staying out of the limelight these days, but he will re-emerge to make a cameo tonight at the Central High School Foundation benefit show tonight spearheaded by Heiruspecs.
Photo courtesy Zack KlineZack Kline and Orange Mighty Trio kick off the new season of 416 Club Commissions this SundayThe Twin Cities has a knack for hoisting up local artists and treasuring them as darlings of the local music scene. No matter how many great national acts roll through town, we in ... More >>
Photo by Elli RaderSometimes, you stumble across an artist that makes you stand up straight, abandon your drink, forget the conversation, and listen completely. Once in a while, you find an artist so good that you will want to stop listening to music entirely--there can be nothing else, after al ... More >>
Whether you want vegetarian Ethiopian or a solid strawberry shake, Sean McPherson has your rec.Sean McPherson is a busy guy: When he's not working in McNally Smith College of Music's hip-hop department, he's hosting trivia around the Twin Cities with Trivia Mafia or playing with his band Heir ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmMos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
Doomtree MC runs through four definitive experiences
As we reported earlier this week, the establishment formerly known as Sauce Spirits and Soundbar in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood will now be called Cause. In celebration of this reinvention, the bands and trivia team scheduled to throw a party at Cause on August 20 are swapping around their own name ... More >>
Photos by Isaac GaleTaking place at the Guthrie the evenings of May 5th, 6th, and 7th, Cadence is a three-night series curated by reliably erudite writer/rapper/poet and fresh from tour Dessa -- a celebration of sorts and an event that will end up somewhere between heady oratory, ensemble perform ... More >>
The Trivia Mafia founders have hit a new milestone.
The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
The St. Paul-based music college is offering a one-of-a-kind program.
Chuck and Sean's Trivia Night hits its 2-year anniversary this Sunday.
Band set to jam once again with new album
In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, local music blog Culture Bully will blog 60 times in 60 hours.
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