Films to look for in the coming year, from blockbusters to indie flicks
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>
Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't see ... More >>
It has never been a secret that Los Angeles-based Dawes has called the Twin Cities a second home, and that the locals get a little touchy-feely about it. With the April 9 release of their third album Stories Don't End quickly approaching, the group will support local record stores on an intimate tou ... More >>
The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli is undoubtedly smarter and deeper than the internet. He connected a love of R&B's brutal underbelly and the visceral outbursts he had inside decades before Napster turned everyone's music tastes into rotisserie fare. Still, a steadfast fa ... More >>
A Goethe tale of unrequited romance
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerAvey Tare December 7, 2011 Triple Rock Social Club Avey Tare, pseudonymed "frontman" of the very popular "collective" Animal Collective, released an album last year called Down There, a piece supposedly inspired by crocodiles. How now, swamp cow?
Hometown hero's new record pays homage to his roots
When a band says that it took them a year to release their album, it is no doubt the culmination of a year's worth of sweat and tears that went into the effort. Now multiply that by output by three and throw in non-stop touring and you get the Sudden Lovelys. The band consists of Daniel Ferraro a ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band May 12, 2011 Xcel Energy Center "Today's music ain't got the same soul." Not a song I really need to hear for the ten-thousandth time, or for the thousand more times I'm likely to hear it in my lifetime, but I'll be damned if this lyr ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSWJustin Vernon has kept mostly quiet about his next Bon Iver record until this week, focusing his energy on his side projects (Gayngs, the recent DeYarmond Edison reunion), and -- oh yeah, collaborating with one of the most fa ... More >>
The Rhode Island rockers put on an absolutely exhilarating show at the Triple Rock
The poignant Open Eye performance examines how childhood shapes ourperceptions
Bukowski takes a shot around the corner in 'Factotum'
The Deaths' pretty la la la las of despair
Carrey, Kaufman, and Gondry wander through the fog of love
Mike Melman's photographs take us to that most foreign of countries: the middle of the night
The Fever play pure Gotham City rock--so what if people hear it in New Jersey?
With a violent faith in the power of song, Mike Gunther confronts his own demons
Film as a weapon in a time of war: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival coverage.
Documentaries reach middle age at the Sundance Film Festival
Alt-country quintet Jack Gandydancer are headed down the right track
Local labels are redefining the way to make music
You won't believe what Quintron and Miss Pussycat can do with a marionette
Jeune Lune turns Marco Polo into a carnival sideshow; Frank Theatre's tyrannical Arturo Ui is meaner than a Mongol horde
Startup.com makes a mint out of a losing proposition
Benjamin Smoke's documentary study of a cult musician brings the viewer uncomfortably close to real pain
With roughly 100 productions and 500 performances, the Minnesota Fringe Festival turns low-budget theater into a two-week marathon
An encounter with the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, the surliest conversationalist in indie-rock