The Voice kicked off yet another season this week, fresh from a Sunday-night Emmy win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.The reality show -- which focuses on judges creating super teams of talented singers based solely on contestants' voices -- enters its fourth season with all four origin ... More >>
When it snows, it pours! Earlier this month, Chicago-based retro label Numero Group unveiled release details of an ambitious funk-soul compilation called Purple Snow, but they're not stopping there. As they were digging through old recordings from local greats ranging from Haze to the Girls to Princ ... More >>
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 >>
By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>
See Also:Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van JonesPrince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happeningPrince vs. Yoda, a tale of the tape The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards take place this evening. For almost 30 years, the show has honored the best clips that the medium of ... More >>
By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
The Twin Cities electronic music scene is having a bit of an age crisis, and Minneapolis' own dubstep boy-wonder Vaski is right smack in the middle of it. A bassy lo-end sound made up of skittery, planetary beats, dubstep has produced an entire second generation (or third, depending on your pers ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>
This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Few DJs understand what makes a fun mash more than Chicago's The Hood Internet, and few producers display as much thoughtful versatility as Minneapolis' own Lazerbeak. So a sonic collab between the two is a welcome move as it was announced today that 'Beak's latest, Legend Recognize Legend, has g ... More >>
And just like that, as if by magic, we awaken into a world where Russell Brand and Katy Perry can flaunt an Indian marriage license, where Brett Favre got whipped in his old backyard, where the Yankees aren't headed to the world series, and where world peace remains as elusive a possibility as ev ... More >>
The coveted Fifi "Jurassic Park" AwardKim Kardashian, Usher, and Halle Berry were all on hand June 10th for the 2010 Fifi Awards, smelling like French harlots in a flower shop. Why? Because the Fifis honor, of all things, celebrity fragrances.That's right, an entire awards show just to honor vani ... More >>
The King of Pop's memorial has sold out the Staples Center, and hundreds more are expected to gather on the streets.
The Songs We Can't Escape
After his son committed murder, a retired St. Paul cop had to choose between blood and justice
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Is the US Ready for the S-O-V?
Corporate rap cipher 50 Cent sleeps his way to the top
"Let Me Love You," "Caught Up," "Lovers and Friends," "Daughters"
What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?
After silver screen stinkers and disappointing record sales, Usher finally gives us a view from the top
Har Mar, caught with his pants down, gets arrested in Oklahoma