Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is a very special room," she told us. "Years ago, right here, a man by the name of Vincent Furnier wrote for this school ... More >>
Welcome to the eighth installment of the Gimme Noise Beattape, a collection of sounds from Twin Cities producers and beatmakers. As the final weeks of summer slide past, a suitable soundtrack emerges. Here are some great beats from a new cadre of musicians, all of whom stem from the vibrant local sc ... More >>
The Land of 10,000 Lakes can brag about many things, including, but not limited to the birth of our dear artist formally known as Prince, the stapler, and roller blades. But when was the last time you took a bite of your Pillsbury croissants or funfetti cake and thought, "BOOM, Minnesota!"? Not ofte ... More >>
The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again
Roster McCabe With Wiping Out Thousands, Steez The Cabooze, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Roster McCabe has that unmistakable, indescribable festival vibe, the kind that says everything's going to be okay -- even though the rain is threatening to flood your campsite. At their first show in Min ... More >>
Glen Hansard First Avenue, Minneapolis September 29, 2012 At the start of Glen Hansard's enthralling two-hour set at First Avenue on Saturday night, the Irish singer/songwriter took a moment to say sorry to the crowd: "I feel like apologizing that we're playing such an early show tonight. Usually, ... More >>
We've got no beef with this deli
Sweet treats arrive on West SeventhThe smiling monkey beckons you inside to a sunny storefront shop and an array of artisan sweets. Mojo Monkey Donut, the former Rudie's Coffee shop on West Seventh in St. Paul, between Randolph and Lexington, has been transformed from dark punk to bright chic. Th ... More >>
When you think of rapper/singer/walking-psychologist's-desk-reference Nicki Minaj, the notion of getting your nails did probably doesn't spring to mind. Now you don't have much choice, because in January the Cash Money/Young Money queen is partnering with OPI to release six nail polishes named af ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenSia Thursday, July 21, 2011 First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Australian artist Sia stepped onto a vast multi-colored patchwork stage (a little Willy Wonka meets Grandma's knitting farm) at First Avenue's Mainroom last night to a delighted crowd of fans. The singer ... More >>
Atmosphere preface their Minnesota Nice tour with an all-too appropriate song: "Minnesota Nice."Whoa whoa whoa...this isn't nice at all.
Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Riccardo Tesci's art for their freshly announced single "H.A.M." seems a love-it-or-hate-it type situation. Rotts, nautical stars (remember high school, when the seniors started to get tattoos?), scopa crowns, and platinum does not a consensus make, apparently. All up in that ... More >>
Last night, you were gleefully egging strangers' Camaros. (Not so bitchin' now, eh, monied day-trader douchebags?) Tomorrow, you can vote. The day after tomorrow, you can freak out about who everyone else voted for, nullifying your own vote five-fold. But today, why not mull over last week's mus ... More >>
Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>
The company that makes Oreos, Triscuits, and Mac & Cheese welcomed a lot more chocolate into the fold this week.
Both shops offer delicious perspective on sweets
With this many choices of local, handcrafted treats, why go anywhere else?
Not even death can part the puppets of 'Tim Burton's Corpse Bride'
Johnny Depp recently told the AP that his androgynous child-like portrayal of Willy Wonka wasn't based on Michael Jackson, as many have speculated. Instead, he says, he found inspiration in children's show hosts. But the chalky visage, the retro fascination, the penchant for bizarre outbursts, and ... More >>
Tim Burton's 'Chocolate Factory' overloads on sugar
It's November 3. Let the rapture begin.
The Fever burn up the dance floor
A new director--Alfonso Cuarón--reinvigorates the 'Harry Potter' series
Sicbay's Nick Sakes Isn't Just a Punk Rock Poppa--He's a Father Figure for the Local Music Scene
Musicians and critics discuss their favorite aural aphrodisiacs
Two new local galleries examine the art of the artificial
The wartime propaganda of Dr. Seuss
Of tie-dyed bats, rabbi bears, and the elusive "7th generation" tag
U Film Society's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Fest comes out without crossing over.
The life and times of blue-collar millionaire.