While you're reading this week's cover story about the Minnesota Wild's controversial new arrival, Matt Cooke, you may find yourself wondering what kinds of tasty foods will be available at the Xcel Energy Center this year. Indeed, there will be quite a few new menu options for sports fans and conce ... More >>
In the Twin Cities Fan of the Week series, Gimme Noise showcases fellow concertgoers in their natural habitat.Event: Nine Inch Nails and Explosions in the Sky (Review | Slideshow)Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulDate of Discovery: Saturday, September 28, 2013
BeyoncéThe Mrs. Carter Show World TourXcel Energy Center, St. PaulThursday, July 18, 2013There are moments when Beyoncé appears to be made out of money. It's a combination of her perfectly undulating hips and a note hit regally in her personal key signature -- and then it's often topped with a smi ... More >>
At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live. Some the most deeply fe ... More >>
RihannaWith A$AP RockyXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, March 24, 2013Does naming an album Unapologetic mean you never have to say you're sorry? Rihanna hit the stage at Xcel a little late (9:50 or so), but that wasn't the problem. The 10,000 devoted fans from around the upper Midwest would've wai ... More >>
The Michigan bond between Bob Seger and Kid Rock is a deep one. Rock spoke at great length about his admiration for Seger in his recent profile in The New Yorker, and now this bond takes an extra weight as the pair will hit the road together for a couple of shows nearby. This March, the guys' varyin ... More >>
Making lists of things is important. Lists are great for grocery shopping, keeping track of irresistable kisses if you're Daryl Hall, remembering things you're supposed "To Do," and the corralling of the finest albums of a musical year. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn knows this, and has added an extra ... More >>
By Justin BakerI have spent almost a decade goofing on my former boss and his Bruce Springsteen superfandom. As my adult music appreciation has grown, the issue has become amplified, and I've unfairly been branded a youth hipster and a full-blown cynic.So began my ex-employer's quest to engineer ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, November 11, 2012If there are two Americas -- or realistically, a lot more -- it's safe to say that a good portion of them were represented for Bruce Springsteen's show Sunday in St. Paul. The show was the Boss' return to ful ... More >>
The moment has finally arrived. Joining the ranks of Dale, Wabasha, and Selby, there's a new intersection in St. Paul at the corner of the American dream and gritty work ethic. It's our own little Tenth Avenue -- well, actually West 7th Street -- freezeout. Yes, Bruce Springsteen's "Springsteen Rd." ... More >>
As Minnesota prepares to welcome our most famous native son, Bob Dylan, back to the Xcel Energy Center tonight for what surely will be a celebratory performance given the election results yesterday, longtime fans certainly let their minds wander to the countless times they've seen Dylan over the yea ... 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 >>
Roger WatersXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSunday, June 3, 2012View a slideshow here.Roger Waters rebuilt The Wall again on Sunday night for his dedicated legion of Minnesota fans, just to have the whole thing come crashing spectacularly down once more. Roughly a year and a half after treating longt ... More >>
So much live music happening this weekend ranging the gamut of genres.
With Valentine's Day falling on a Tuesday this year, we're guessing that many folks will procrastinate on putting together any special plans. But just because you elected to wait until Monday doesn't mean that you can't still plan something awesome for your sweetheart. Looking for ideas? We've p ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonAs part of what has become a rash of popular shows being postponed due to illness, Katy Perry has announced today that she will not appear at the Xcel Energy Center tomorrow night as planned due to "an attack of food poisoning leading to severe dehydration." She is also po ... More >>
Given our proximity to an abundance of casino venues, the popularity of state and county fairs, big summer festivals in every neck of the woods (and on lakes and in fields), and the recent influx of urban and suburban Western-themed bars, it's no surprise we've seen plenty of great country ac ... More >>
The Wild's sellout streak is tamed.It was a wild run, but it's over. The Minnesota Wild has sold out every single one of its 409 home games since the team's inaugural season 10 years ago. It's the longest running streak in NHL history. But all that came to a close after yesterday's exhibiti ... More >>
Like the Bible, followers of Kiss have their favorite characters they like to emulate as much as favorite chapters, verses and words of inspiration to live by that they've spent a lifetime studying, reciting and debating. Even a casual fan of the band may find themselves in situations where they ... More >>
At AT&T Center, Inspectors found 18 pounds of expired hot dogs.Do sports concessionaires get distracted by big plays and slack on food safety? ESPN recently looked into stadium eats--from the health inspector's perspective and published highlights from the 2009 reports for MLB, NBA, NHL and N ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerBrooks & Dunn at Xcel Energy Center Dear Brooks & Dunn, (Well, mostly Ronnie Dunn.) I'm sorry I said all those nasty things about you.
Screen grab via ESPN The MagazineThe Twins fancy new ballpark gets some ESPN loveWe know the food's great. We know it's growing a soul. It's a hit with wildlife. And now we know that the Twins' fancy new Target Field is the best stadium in the country -- not just for baseball, or football, or ... More >>
Select Three, one of the winners of KQRS' Bon Jovi contestBon Gibroni (just kidding he's a solid dude) is playing two days this week, tomorrow and Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center for what will surely be a feathered affair. For his stop in the Cities he agreed to what could be a cool idea: a co ... More >>
A crop of upcoming shows keeps us soldiering on through January.
Skates, pads, sticks are first-come, first-served.
The two icons shared the stage and the spotlight.
Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Yep, Stevie Nicks still ties a bunch of scarves onto her microphone stand.
Tip for the candidate: be a hot country singer
Hunting down the stars with Bright Eyes and the Fever
Rock gets rolled into federal campaign guidelines
St. Paul built a new hockey arena for the Wild and a new convention center for the city. Guess which one is losing money?
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