It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock an ... More >>
Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>
January's a heady and diverse month for country shows in the Twin Cities, kicking off with a pair of sold-out New Year's performances at the Varsity Theater by Brandi Carlile, and ending with that pair PETA has not yet recognized for their important work saving horses.
Taking the Twin Cities music scene's temperature can be simple as heading over to Craigslist. Pull up a chair in the "Musicians" section of the "Community" postings and just listen for a while. Most folks are looking for a bandmate (Can You Sing AC/DC?.... Ladies?) or offering up their production or ... More >>
In a press conference streamed live last week from his website, country legend George Strait announced his farewell tour, aptly coined "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour." Is he sick? Don't think so. Gettin' too old? Nah, some of the old fellers still touring have got at least two decades on him. Wants to ... More >>
Henry Rollins Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Thursday, September 27, 2012Henry Rollins' spoken word appearance at the Fitzgerald Theater on Thursday night was funny, sad, tense, energetic and probably at least mildly offensive to some. (His repeated use of the word "faggot," used while illustrating hi ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
See Also:Night Moves members say goodbye to Flying Dorito Brothers on Friday (INTERVIEW)Pleasure Horse is a new local '70s outlaw/cosmic country style outfit. Four of the six members of Pleasure Horse grew up in South Dakota and attended college there -- which lends to their affinity for, and the qu ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time
Trailer parks have a bad rap, no doubt about it. But there's no use denying their pervasiveness in American culture. These semi-permanent structures are cheap and easy enough to transport.It was on this day in 1957 that country singer Don Gibson sat in his home in a Knoxville, Tennessee trailer par ... More >>
New location ups the ante when it comes to decor
Photos by Nikki MillerMark Chesnutt December 16, 2011 Povlitzki's on 65 Several songs into a hits-heavy and lengthy set at Spring Lake Park's Povlitzki's on 65 Friday night, Mark Chesnutt played a tune that pretty much summarized the night's show, and his own musical career: a lament that mi ... More >>
A fresh take on a traditional sound
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.
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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerDave King Trucking Company January 15, 2011 Loring Theater, Minneapolis Saturday night, the Dave King Trucking Company not only inaugurated the Loring Theater's return to its roots of cinema, theater, music and variety performances, but also taught us what that one reall ... More >>
The first new restaurant of 2011 opened January 1, a Fridley outpost of the Himalayan Restaurant.When one restaurant closes...another two or three seem to immediately replace it. In 2010, we lost several eateries that we'll dearly miss, as well as a few we probably won't. Here's a rundown of ev ... More >>
OPEN FACES, St. Paul (David Fhima reboots LoTo) Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, Minneapolis I Love This Bar & Grill (Toby Keith's deal), St. Louis Park Depot at First Avenue, Minneapolis D'Amico's PARMA 8200, Bloomington Sauce Pizza & Wine, St. Louis Park Mango Tango, Brooklyn Center
Studio LagunaThings get saucy at SLP's West End.On the heels of Toby Keith's recent West End debut, two Arizona-based restaurateurs with Minnesota ties, Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, have opened Sauce Pizza & Wine in the St. Louis Park shopping park. The opening is already having a big ... More >>
OPEN Haute Dish, Minneapolis Aster Cafe (under new management, Matty O'Reilly of 318 Cafe), Minneapolis Nonna Rosa's, Robbinsdale CLOSED Cooqi, Minneapolis Rizzo's (aka Il Vesco Vino), St. Paul Porky's Northeast, Minneapolis
OPEN Raku, Edina Amore Coffee West, St. Paul Darby O'Ragen's, Minneapolis (former J.J.'s Dry Dock) Caribe, St. Paul (transition from Jay's Cafe) Forum, Minneapolis (former Goodfellow's) Swirl Wine Bar, Afton (w/Afton House Inn) Ringo's, St. Louis Park Tavern Grill, Blaine Twisted Fork, St. P ... More >>
OPEN Cake Eater Bakery, Minneapolis Cafe Kem, Minneapolis (Eat Street) Fusion, Minneapolis (former Zeno) Kieran's, Minneapolis (moves to Block E) Hubert's Cafe & Sports Bar II (replaces NBA City in Target Center) Amici Pizza & Bistro, Minneapolis
January is traditionally the season of restaurant closings, and this one's no different. We took a big hit...
Head injuries, monkeys, country music and sexism: What to expect at the rodeo.
A rundown of restaurants that opened, closed, and are coming soon
More openings than closings this month--plus lots on the drawing board. A nice way to kick off 2010!
The top ten most ridiculous songs in country. Songs that take literal lyricism to its most extreme. Songs about tractor and tractors and tractors.
Catch up on this month's changes in the local restaurant scene.
Openings were few, but there's a lot of cool stuff on the drawing board...
A massive slew of openings this month, from Anchor Fish & Chips to Lyndale Tap House...
D'Amico Kitchen among the exciting openings this month...
Goodbye Pastrami Jack's, hello Sea Change...
Only a few closings and lots great to anticipate this month...
We said goodbye to the Boathouse and hello to Bun Mi this month...
Aged. Inflexible. Patterned. Out of touch. Unclear. These were the musical and performative conditions projected from Hagar’s every gesture and vocalization upon the political pretense of the ... More >>
A small-town mayor with big-city ambitions sets off a major brouhaha in Harris
The Dixie Chicks ask for a cease-fire and sympathy
The Danforths plan a very special evening
It is an article of faith among certain conservative commentators that National Public Radio is staffed by a cabal of Volvo-driving Bolsheviks who, when taking a break from promoting homosexual orgies in the schools, are working round the clock to ban Christmas, foment the Iraqi insurgency and bankr ... More >>
Will Smith, "Switch" I'd be totally cool with Will Smith if he weren't so bland and smug and humorless and if I were 11. True, I sure enjoyed "Parents Just Don't Understand," which made some super points about generational conflict, and Six Degrees of Separation, which made some instructive points ... More >>
Lou Reed struts like Brando; a NASCAR Nazi salute; and voting isn't just for old people