The music community in the Twin Cities and beyond lost a friend in Tim Carr. The Hopkins-bred music writer and A&R representative who went on to sign the Beastie Boys to Capitol Records was found dead at his Thailand apartment. He was 57.According to Pattaya103.com, he was reportedly found with ... More >>
As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on the calendar when venturing out anywhere to do anything out of the usual is sado-masochistic at best ... More >>
So far the spring has been a bit of a buzzkill for reggae in the Twin Cities. Both the Itals who were set to play the Cedar Cultural Center in March and the Meditations that same week were to perform in the Seventh Street Entry but had their gigs cancelled. Word was in each case it had something to ... More >>
Anyone who grew up in the '90s would tell you "Sabotage" is easily one of the defining music videos of the decade, whereby the Beastie Boys riff on '70s cop shows with an exaggerated chase through the streets in bad wigs and aviators. Now, nearly 20 years later and as the hip-hop world mourns the l ... More >>
The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, best known as MCA, has died at 47. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after a tumor was discovered in his salivary gland, and had been in treatment since that time.Related:Adam Yauch, RIP: A Life in PhotosCompared to the high nasal proclamations of Ad-Rock and Mike D' ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>
Jon Stewart says to himself: "Wow."This past week, the White House "came under fire" - another word for the national conversation being dominated by our very loud conservative media, led by the Fox News machine - for inviting the world's least-controversial (oftentimes boring!) rapper, Common, to ... More >>
Does it sound as awkward as it arrived? (Short answer: nope)Three weeks ago, the Beastie Boys's "Make Some Noise" single from new album Hot Sauce Committee leaked on the web to overall excitement and positive criticism, and now the entire album -- their 8th as a trio -- has escaped top secret sta ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
They're baaaaack...Longtime curators of cool Beastie Boys are back in the headlines after at least a year now of back-and-forth concerning Hot Sauce Committee, the second volume coming before the first and rather unintentionally. Also unintentional is the release of the first single, "Make Some N ... More >>
Photo by Jen Boyles Beastie Boys DJ and and mad professor of all things turntablism Mix Master Mike is coming to Epic next month for a headlining show celebrating Mardi Gras. The show, scheduled for March 4, was just announced Thursday afternoon. Mike was last in the Twin Cities stumping for Bara ... More >>
Britney gets Brit-popped, INXS remembered & the Beastie Boys meet "Voodoo People."
This week we talked ground beef and ice wine and fizzy, bright blue drinks and obscure coffee drinks.
It's blue and they will make one just for you.
Dolores O'Riordan's very specific yodel is coming to Minneapolis, and we're getting ready.
Members of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Phil Solem, and Mayor Chris Coleman turned out for the event.
Jay-Z goes Hawaiian, Amanda Blank gets with 'Ghosts 'n Stuff' & a celebration of the Beatles (or Beastles, as the case may be).
We're checking our head and we're checking it twice.
Ok. NOW we're talking.
The Eminem of gay rap is coming back to his hometown for the Hip-Hop Against Homophobia show this weekend.
Triple trouble are back. Yes indeed.
Whatever you do, don't call him nerdcore. Even if you pwned him in CS:Source.
Everything sublime and ridiculous about the 1970s, summed up in two and a half minutes.
The album that ruined sampling for everyone will get a brush up and a full-fledged re-release. Is it a necessary face-lift or 20th anniversary cash-in?
Mike D. talks patriotism, politics, and why the Beasties are excited to return to the Twin Cities after a decade
A new take on Jesse James tops this week's pop culture picks
'Awesome' lets Beastie Boys fans take an unsure shot
Franz Ferdinand make music that girls (and winking rock stars) can dance to
Basement Jaxx's Rooty is a wild card in the traditional dealings of dance music
De La Soul rise from the dead yet again to rally all hip hop's oddballs and misfits
The inscrutable music, the unknowable man