Minnesota is divided into two camps: those who love lutefisk and those who would sooner eat testicles. Both sides have their reasons. The lovers, mostly of Scandinavian heritage, usually grow up eating lutefisk, a long-standing Scandinavian staple served with copious amounts of butter and potatoes. ... More >>
A team of scientists and graduate students at the University of Minnesota recently demonstrated a mind-controlled drone that is propelled in different directions by nothing more than brain signals.SEE ALSO: MPD uses robot to arrest Eric Simmons, 29, in north Minneapolis [MUGSHOT] As reported by a Sm ... More >>
Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
Brian: The midwest is where these parties are happening, this is where it's at. The New York and L.A. scene where they're playing five figure records sometimes, real deep records, they can't always get a hundred people in the door. Here, we're packing the house, in Chicago they're packing the house, ... More >>
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 >>
One more thing to worry about or scoff at: Lots of fountain sodas have scary bacteria in them.
Two randomly chosen words. One Myspace music search. The result? Dice Gamez-- a defunct metal outfit from Medofrd, New York.
Meryl Streep renders Julia Child flesh and blood
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
Just in time for the recession, let's take a look at all the wondrous ways to eat Spam
Charlie Parr comes out of the garage with album of homestyle blues
Springsteen's latest is a buoyant, uneven affair—not a letter from God or "America"
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
Duluth's Charlie Parr plays music for gamblers, bar-fighters, and ordinary eccentrics
Painter/searcher peels back brain, blobs leak out
Beautiful (mostly) and all yours, our sneek peek at the 6th Annual 'Sound Unseen'
From hot dogs to headcheese: A Midwesterner's guide
Freeze-drying: It's not just for pets anymore
Joe Skelly's cable-access book show argues that the page is mightier than the screen
Larry Long overturns the "great man" theory of traditional music, one folk at a time
For the planet's most voracious insects, Minnesota is just one more pit stop
Two albums devoted to Woody Guthrie discover new notes in the people's music. Does the song remain the same?
From the high-tech present
Wok on the mild side: Lotis Key and Soon-Tek Oh star in Theater Mu's tepid take on the American Dream
A Record Year: Our 13 favorite albums for 1997.
In two new titles, Winona LaDuke and Jim Northrup weigh tribal rights and wrongs.
Bang a Gong: Harry Partch on one of his musical contraptions.
Bob Rose's run at empty libraries, boring classes, and the "pampered elite."
After a century of hoarding American Indian remains, scientists are being forced to return their specimens. But the bodies may not go back into the ground without a fight.
UM Professor David Lykken has spent his career studying the role of nature and nurture in shaping people. And he believes his research shows the best society would be one in which the state decides who gets to have children.
by Jennifer Vogel