As anyone who's ever started a garage band knows, you can get away with only knowing three chords and two basslines -- but if your drummer can't keep a beat, you're never making it out of that garage. Behind every great band lies an even greater drummer, and hidden away behind all those cymbals and ... More >>
Curlicues of baby hair snake around baby-smooth temples and disappear into spiral plaits. Perfect cupid's bow lips coo at a microphone. A voice both angelic and sultrily impish floats into the air. This is FKA twigs. The FKA stands for "Formerly Known As" -- an acronym tacked on to her nickname tw ... More >>
The Replacements made a huge splash on Tuesday evening's The Tonight Show. Leading up to this week's first Twin Cities show in 23 years, and a big concert in Queens at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the guys busted through "Alex Chilton" with poise. Announced just last week, the performance marks ... More >>
The Replacements are getting another chance at TV glory over at NBC next week. After famously being banned from Saturday Night Live nearly two three decades ago, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will welcome Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and their newer recruits -- including Green Day's ... More >>
Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in ... More >>
The Daily Show creator returns home to Minnesota
For over fifty years she was an integral member of the Grand Ole Opry, and today, Minnie Pearl would have been 100 years old. In honor of the most beloved character in country music this side of Little Jimmy Dickens, here are ten essential facts you should know about the Gossip from Grinder's Switch ... More >>
Yogis battle over fate of a tradition
It's only after seeing Brian Regan's act -- exuberantly silly, theatrically performed, sharply observed -- that you realize, in retrospect, it was clean enough for network TV. None of the jokes feel edited or sanitized, and the topics run the gamut, from embarrassing personal anecdotes about driv ... More >>
There's something very old-school TV variety show-esque about this past week's "Drum Solo Week" feature on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Since its inception as an advertising gimmick for a shoe wax company, Twister has come a long way. Almost 50 years later, it's been played by 65 million people, and everyone from Johnny Carson to Keanu Reeves to Taylor Swift has been tied in knots on its colorful game board. Here are some of the ... More >>
Minnesota's surprising place as a hub of toy crazes
It's tricky to pick out a good band leader/sidekick for your late-night comedy show. On the one hand, it's important not to get a simpering sycophant like Kevin Eubanks, who recently quit the Tonight Show 18 years too late for our taste:
There's epic amounts of free stuff this weekend.
Free download of new Bob Dylan track, Prince & Q-Tip make video & coverage of the Evening Rig's CD release show.
Hurry, watch this video before Prince's lawyers figure out it's online!
The Purple One will perform live on Jay Leno's show on March 25, 26, and 27.
Ian Rans, host of the public access show "Drinking with Ian," interviews a guest on his recurring show filmed at First Avenue Sept. 28.
Comedian Mo Rocca and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno crew will be filming a segment in Minneapolis-Saint Paul tomorrow, according to a press release: "Because the cities are the site of the 2008 Republican National Convention, Rocca will talk with local residents about what to see and do in Minneapo ... More >>
Actually, Who bassist John Entwistle had two skeletons, which he supposedly used for "pranks," and they have both been put up for auction by his family (except for his 80-year-old mum, Queenie, who finds the whole business too upsetting). It's doubtful they'll get anywhere near the high bid amount p ... More >>
Mint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstreamMint Condition and Sounds of Blackness trace soul's tributaries to the cusp of the mainstream