The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>
If you listen to country music, it's almost assured that you feel like everyone is dumping on your favorite genre as of late. As "bro-country" increasingly becomes the butt of the joke for serious music critics and old-school fans alike, this unfortunate plague on country music's artistic house cont ... More >>
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>
Dan Wilson Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 4, 2014 As one of the best songwriters to come from these Land of Lakes, Dan Wilson has had an amazingly long and consistent career. Wednesday, he kicked off the first of three sold-out nights at the Cedar Cultural Center. Billed as "Wo ... More >>
The troubled life of country singer Mindy McCready has come to a close with the Cleburne County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Office stating that officers were dispatched to her home Sunday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. There they found McCready on the front porch of her home, dead at the scene ... More >>
Country music is a genre of dysfunction -- between the drinkin' and the cheatin', the relentless (and borderline creepy) adoration of one's "mama" and the occasional stint in the can. And yet, for as much as country artists love singing about the holidays, these themes rarely creep into country Chri ... More >>
When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language
People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenAs this year's Sound Unseen festival wrapped up at the Southern Theater with a screening of Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, the festival organizers pulled out all the stops to make it a special night. Harry's daughter Annie was in attendance, ... More >>
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
If you're like us, you probably had no idea that this past Sunday was Sister Day, a new holiday entirely fabricated by the Hallmark greeting card corporation. Even Hallmark's own website can't keep it straight, with some pages insisiting the "holiday" fell on last Sunday and others saying it will ... More >>
Metric / Alex Uncapher for City PagesSummer means two things in the Twin Cities: going "up north" and outdoor concert season, both activities releasing all the built-up cabin fever that comes along with being a Minnesotan. From the Basilica and Luce block parties to Stone Arch and Lyn-Lake fests ... More >>
Had my father truly loved me, he would have forced Davy Jones to marry me at gunpoint. Today, I've got love on my mind. Is it because I've been invited to a wedding every goddamned weekend the month of July, and so love has been striking in the form of RSVP cards, Target gift registries, swea ... More >>
The Lilith Fair, slated for July 18 at Canterbury Park, is being moved indoors to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. In other changes, Kelly Clarkson is no longer part of the Minneapolis date; the lineup listed on the press release is now Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Court Yard Hounds ... More >>
Brothers say they're like "two strong magnets"
A special online-only extended interview, including the questions and answers that didn't appear in the paper this week.
Situated between Cuddle Day and Man Watcher's Day, a badass country playlist celebrating the day to tell everyone to shove it.
No wax here—we just asked 'em, "What did you listen to in 2007?"
Dan Wilson Finally Sends His Solo Debut out into the World
MC/VL and Scream Party uncover connection between C2H60 and rocking the party. Also: Dan Wilson sings a ballad
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006
'Death of a President' and other film fest trigger-pullers blow away dissent
The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy
Le Tigre suggest that feminism's fourth wave will begin as soon as you shake your thing
Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head
The Dixie Chicks: Bush-booing stars sing a national anthem of a different stripe
Neko Case kills you softly with her song; The Be Good Tanyas wait around to die; Patricia Tallman confronts the living dead
On the road with Faux Jean, rock star daydreams surrender to real-life drudgery
The Raveonettes pull out the big guns, A.R.E. Weapons sing one for America, and the Dixie Chicks start a war
In the past year, Prince has become a Jehovah's Witness, bitched about the record industry, canceled a national tour, and delayed the release of his new CD. But he doesn't want to talk about it.
With The Sugar Tree, New York scenester/ songwriter Amy Rigby looks to put down new roots in Nashville
Original Gangstas, Backstreet Boys, and grizzled grunge