If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win ticket ... More >>
Body/Head Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Thursday, February 27, 2014 When you go to the art museum, you're gonna get some art. Nobody who'd already heard Body/Head's 2013 Matador debut, Coming Apart, went to the MIA Thursday night expecting to sing along with Kim Gordon. Body/Head is Go ... More >>
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The Plastic Constellations were something special when they first made an impression on the Twin Cities music scene of the mid-'90s. At the time the teenaged band started things up in their parent's basement and managed to finagle their Hopkins High School superiors to let them use school time to ... More >>
Philly rocker lives the dream
I know, I know: I missed a couple weeks there, didn't I? Settling into a new year is always an awkward proposition for me - the date change, transitioning into a whole new set of releases, the January blahs. I'm over all that shit now, though, so let's kick off 2011 with a (belated) bang, shall w ... More >>
CAN (1971)Yes, it may be Friday the 13th today, but that's no reason to run out and scare yourself to death with a horror flick. Why not take a more enlightening route and check out the free film screening at the Germanic American Institute on Summit Avenue in St. Paul? No Deutsch skills are nece ... More >>
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Nothin' but a G Thing
The Songs We Can't Escape
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The songs we can't escape
October 2; Walker Art Center; 612.375.7600.
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Leave your family. Throw away your money. And don't worry. You'll never regret having done it.
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