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  • Blogs

    July 27, 2014

    The 20 best-dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

    Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Guante details his full-length with Dem Atlas as Sifu Hotman

    Last year, Guante and Dem Atlas dropped a short collaborative project with producer Rube as Sifu Hotman. The three-song EP has since grown into the full-length album Embrace the Sun, complete with more songs and an exclusive remix from producer Lewis Parker, set for release on July 29. To premiere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    5 surprises from the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014 lineup

    It's the most magical, miraculous time of the year, as this week the good people wicked clowns at Psychopathic Records bring us this year's Gathering of the Juggalos. No longer at Cave In Rock, Illinois, this year's festivities will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, or as the 2014 com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is clueless about punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Turf Club is hiring, re-opening in late-August

    When the Turf Club triumphantly reopens later this year, the place will need a much larger staff to handle St. Paul's favorite hole-in-the-wall music venue's new kitchen. Hiring is now underway. Closed since June 1 for extensive renovations to the club's ventilation, roofing, bars, fire suppressio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Why 2008 was hip-hop's worst year

    Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree. But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year." In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    If those "&" band T-shirts could talk, here's what they'd say

    There's no band shirt more iconic, ubiquitous, and basic than the Helvetica Beatles names. John, Paul, George, and Ringo, spelled out in subway chicness, a few ampersands dividing up the royalty. It's telling the world that you don't have any defining taste beyond liking the Beatles, but you still w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Cause goes sports bar: 10 best comments

    Yesterday, Cause Spirits & Soundbar's fate was revealed. In September, it'll be outfitted with more TVs and craft beers and fewer walls and local music vending machines as it becomes a sports bar called the Iron Door. This news did not go by without stirring up some commentary from our readers. Ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Totally Gross National Party unveils 2014 lineup

    Totally Gross National Product can throw one hell of a get-together. For the past five years, they have thrown an annual celebration of their roster of musicians, while teaming with other imaginative musical talents throughout the Twin Cities. We had such a fun time there we voted it our best local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Cause Spirits & Soundbar is becoming a sports bar

    The Uptown/Lyn-Lake area is officially losing one of its most prominent (and legal) sources of live music. Plans were revealed this week to turn Cause Spirits & Soundbar into a sports bar in September. In late June, it was announced that Cause (formerly Sauce) would close following Saturday nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Red Stag In Cahoots Block Party 2014 lineup

    The 8th annual Red Stag Block Party comes with a twist. The event has been rebranded with a new partner in local beer mag The Growler, and is now called In Cahoots! What remains is another excuse to ignore the day-to-day responsibilities and drink on a Sunday afternoon in August while enjoying Minn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Here's what not to do at a rap battle

    Rap battles are filled with personal insults. They can also be extremely intense, especially when there's a lot on the line. They almost never end in violence, however. But that was not the case on Saturday night at Los Globos, when the main event at King of the Dot's Battle of Los Ange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Cause Spirits & Soundbar: In memoriam

    Jonathan Tolliver is the lead singer for Twin Cities rock 'n' soul band Black Diet. When he heard the Lyn-Lake club Cause Spirits & Soundbar was closing later this month, he was inspired to write this farewell essay.Cause has always been a very cliquey place. Walking into the bar side on any giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 ticket prices go up July 1

    The second annual City Pages 10 Thousand Sound Festival is just a few weeks away. On Saturday, July 26, Polica's only local gig of the year will lead a talented and diverse lineup of some of our favorite acts of recent memory.Joining them will be the experimental synth-pop of Sylvan Esso, Twin Citie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Most Overplayed Songs at EDM Festivals

    By Sarah Purkrabek Festivalgoers, we feel for you. You've spent quality time to get your glow sticks, furry boots, and concert goodies ready, but the DJs aren't always working as hard as you are. Expect to hear, well, lots of songs you've heard before. In fact, whether it's Electric Daisy Carnival, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere to play at TCF Bank Stadium

    Imagine Dragons are officially the drum-banging boys of summer. During the 2014 MLB All-Star Game weekend, they'll be in town for a show at TCF Bank Stadium.Joining them for the 2014 Target All-Star Concert is Minneapolis rap's crowning figures, Atmosphere. After ID collaborated with Kendrick Lamar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Say hello to ALT 93.3, Clear Channel's newest Twin Cities alternative rock radio station

    Imagine a world where Beck, Passion Pit, Coldplay, 311, Alien Ant Farm, Mumford & Sons, and Green Day (post-Dookie) are played on repeat all day. Finally, a place where dingbat radio DJs can be free to spend 15 minutes discussing the finer points of "Sex on Fire" and how Paramore's Haylie Willia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Graduation Day: Words of wisdom for the class of 2014

    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.I get asked to do speeches a few times a year -- usually involving kidneys, some times about art, music, or tech. No one has ever asked me to do a com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    10 rules of mosh pit etiquette

    In my years attending punk and metal shows, often as the only one with a pen and pad in the middle, I've noticed that there are a few unwritten rules when participating in a mosh pit. The seemingly amorphous fits of aggression that explode from the center of certain crowds have some unspoken guideli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Six rules for sharing a practice space

    Mixing business with pleasure is a dirty game, isn't it? While necessary, practice spaces exemplify the tension that comes with sharing a small area with a number of personal friends and acquaintances. It's like living in a tiny house with eight other unbalanced roommates. Between paying rent, keepi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Soundset 2014 set times revealed via official app

    Soundset 2014 is this Sunday! The yearly pilgrimage to Canterbury is always a busy day of music and camaraderie, and last year's crowd was the biggest yet at about 30,000 attendees. The key to the most complete experience possible is a good schedule. Rhymesayers teamed up with the Nerdery to make pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Becoming a rock star: It's possible, but unlikely

    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.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Six reasons people want to have sex with musicians

    Recently, Business Insider published the results of a study that purports to prove why women want to enter the bone zone with musicians. The article summarizes research from the University of Sussex, and there are a few glaring omissions that make it useless to the general population. Aside from bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Cedar Cultural Center adding outdoor plaza this summer

    The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, aka the West Bank, has big changes afoot, and one of the main ones centers around the Cedar Cultural Center. This summer, construction will begin on a new multi-use plaza next to the venue that will host concerts.For the project, the fencing around the Cedar's exist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Google Autocomplete is a music critic too

    We've all had humorous encounters with Google Autocomplete, the function that sheds light onto the humorous, twisted and/or ignorant ponderisms of others. So we thought we'd have a little fun with the feature to gauge how the masses feel about various musical genres. Google explains how its Autocom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Turf Club to close for summer renovations

    First Avenue's purchase of the Turf Club last fall will have its greatest effect to date when the venue closes June 1 to begin renovations. On the list of upgrades: a new kitchen, ventilation, roofing, repairs to the bars, and a fire suppression system. More structural improvements to the 70-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Drones at Coachella: Why were they there?

    Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2014

    Prince's "The Breakdown" is his first new Warner Bros. single

    "Listen to me closely as the story unfolds. This could be saddest story ever been told." That's how Prince begins his first new material since reteaming with his longtime label, Warner Bros. Aside from some occasional laser blasts "The Breakdown" is a timeless -- and sad -- ballad that could date ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Conservative U of M Morris paper cries foul after professor asks people to throw it away

    Last November, in an article meant to be satire, the Morris Northstar ran a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead face with this caption -- "Trayvon Martin, victim of racism and fascism, and what does [school administration] have to say about it? Nothing. Not a single thing."That passage prompted Morris bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2014

    Finding love at Coachella via Craigslist ads

    By Taylor HambyThere's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your 20s so you're perpetually horny by default. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Six reasons bands should play 20 minutes or less

    Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punchline, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. She's glancing at the door, bouncing her leg or messing with her hair. Does she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    The Replacements rehearse "Can't Hardly Wait" in the studio [VIDEO]

    The Replacements are back at work. As the festival season approaches, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and the rest of the guys are content to post short videos to give us just a miniscule taste of what's to come.This time, according to Stereogum it's at legendary L.A. studio Sound City. You can make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Paisley Park After Dark is this weekend

    Warmer weather has warmed up Prince's hospitality down in Chanhassen. Paisley Park Studios are opening their doors this weekend for a couple of late-night parties on Friday and Saturday.Instagram's newest star's involvement in the night is unknown at this stage, but the accommodations are always swa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Memory Lanes Block Party unveils 2014 lineup

    It's high time to start talking about warm-weather block parties, and Memory Lanes has just released the names for its 2014 fest. The 6th annual Memory Lanes Block Party will feature 18 bands, five DJs, and a whole lot of other distractions on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Among the acts co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Sudden Lovelys: There is bravery involved with risk

    The Sudden Lovelys had a little more time to incubate their thoughts this time around. A few years ago, the folk-rock duo released three albums in one year, an amazing feat that makes any one question what they have done with their life. On their latest album Brave and Alive, husband and wife Paige ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Controversial crop art at the Minnesota State Fair: Who decides what's OK to display?

    Journalist David Brauer was walking through the crop art exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday when he tweeted, "BREAKING: It appears partisan #cropart has been completely excised from #mnfair." SEE ALSO: Crop Art: 10 Awesome Examples

  • Movies

    August 14, 2013

    Kick Ass 2 lives up to its name

    Superhero comedy isn't interested in deep thoughts

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Mark Dayton says George Zimmerman "went way beyond what was necessary"

    Yesterday, in his first public comments on the George Zimmerman case, Governor Mark Dayton offered up a qualified argument for why he thinks Zimmerman probably should've been convicted of some sort of crime for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.SEE ALSO: Rep. Tony Cornish blames "liberal media" f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Several thousand march peacefully to protest Trayvon Martin verdict

    On a day too hot for hoodies, the protestors packed into Government Plaza on Monday night instead showed their solidarity with Trayvon Martin through black armbands, loud chants, and homemade posters. "No justice, no peace," was a recurring chorus, and attendees walked through the throng wearing t-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Most powerful signs at the Trayvon Martin rally [PHOTOS]

    B Fresh PhotographyThousands gathered in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman. The protestors came out to show their support for Martin and several local figures including Terrance Franklin and CeCe McDonald, by wearing hoodies, bearing signs, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Toki Wright provides soundtrack for Trayvon Martin rally [Playlist]

    Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Police chief urges community to be "vocal not violent" at tonight's rally for Trayvon Martin

    In the wake of Saturday's "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, cities across the country erupted in protest.In New York, thousands staged a sit-in in Times Square; some were pepper sprayed and arrested. In L.A., protestors spille ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2013

    National "Stand Your Ground" debate hits home

    Does the law give people a license to kill and legalize in-home murder?

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  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Brother Ali: I Self Devine helped me love my reality

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. Here, he speaks about his longtime mentor and labelmate I Self Devine, who celebrates the release of The Sound of Low Class Amerika at the 7th St. Entry tonight. The album is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisis

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview discussing the Occupy Homes movement, which Ali wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Meta breaks down his latest H.I.P. in advance of Friday's release party

    Rapper Metasota decided he'd give us a gift for his birthday on January 19th with the free release of 9-track project H.I.P. (Happy I'm Present: 2 Week Theory), a solid and inventive album created on a whim in 14 days. The timeframe is beside the point, though. There are a number of strong idea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Brother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon Martin

    Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview following the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin held March 29 at the University of Minn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Trayvon Martin rally at U of M expects 5,000

    ​Jenny Belsito was outraged when she first heard the story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman in Florida. The Metro State student threw up a Facebook page announcing a local One Million Hoodies march, the campaign named after Geraldo Rivera i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Trayvon Martin was "gang bangin'," says Bradlee Dean

    It seems like everyone has something to say about the Trayvon Martin killing. Last month, Martin, a 17-year-old from Florida, was fatally gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Martin was unarmed, unless you count a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea. Zimmerman is calling ... More >>

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