At Punk Rawk Labs, Julie Wells Morgan and Alissa Barthel make cheese, but maybe not the kind of cheese you're used to. Their raw vegan cheese is made from nuts -- macadamia and cashews -- and comes in three different flavors: Plain, herb, and smoked. With their new location in the Corcoran neighborhood, business is looking good for these two. Their new building has a space intended for the retail component of their business, which is still in the works, and a large state-of-the-art wholesale kitchen in the back. “We want it to be sort of a small living cuisine deli,” says Barthel. “But right now it’s functioning as our office. We are still just trying to get our arms around the growth we’re experiencing.” In the meantime they’re sharing their tricks and tips in video form on their own online “Uncooking” show. “We really just want to build up a community and make raw and vegan foods accessible and appealing to everyone,” Barthel says. With an ever increasing number of orders for Punk Rawk’s cheeses, they must be doing something right. PHOTOS BY SEAN SMUDA
Bloody alien-metal stalwarts Gwar descended upon First Avenue on Saturday night, soaking a furiously moshing crowd with gallon after gallon of their trademark alien fluids. White Chapel, Iron Regan and Band of Orcs opened. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on October 5, 2013
612 Brew hosted an Oktoberfest celebration this weekend with beer lovers, music, and oh yeah - costumes. Live music throughout the event included Picasso Baby, Dustin Hatzenbuhler, Nathan Miller, Fort Wilson Riot, and Meme. PHOTOS BY NICK KOZEL on Saturday, October 5, 2013
Nagasaki, Japan's legendary punk group Guitar Wolf brought echoes of the Ramones and Link Wray to the Turf Club on Thursday night, getting a packed crowd moshing. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on October 3, 2013
Located in the long-dormant Hennepin Steam Building, husband-and-wife owners Ivy and Behnad Taheri have clearly invested a lot in the Tangiers’ decor, managing to create a luxe speakeasy vibe without being too gimmicky. Unfortunately, the team at Tangiers does not pull off the small plates menu...
From the Replacements at Riot Fest in Chicago to Prof Outdoors and more -- there were tons of opportunities to catch amazing music even though the days of summer came to a close this September. Here are some of our favorite moments from this month's concerts.
Industrial rock titans Nine Inch Nails kicked off the Tension 2013 tour - their first arena tour in 4 years - with a sold-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night. Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky opened. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on September 28, 2013
Dance pop band Passion Pit and hip hop artist Hoodie Allen entertained an exuberant crowd to kick off the University of Minnesota's homecoming on Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON on September 27, 2013
This year's TGNP party Saturday night at Icehouse featured Marijuana Deathsquads, Lizzo, Moonstone Continuum, Allan Kingdom, the debut performance from Pony Bwoy, and many more. PHOTOS BY ANNA GULBRANDSEN on September 28, 2013.
Caroline Smith released her new album in style in front of a packed First Avenue Mainroom with tons of adoring fans who sang, moved, and grooved with the music. Indie rockers Solid Gold and Toki Wright accompanied by Big Cats performed as well. PHOTOS BY MARK N. KARTARIK on September 27, 2013
The second night of the Shows presented by MNfashion during Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week included looks by Idle Child, Emily Trevor, Caroline Hayden, and Lindsey Hopkins. PHOTOS BY LORA MARIE HLAVSA on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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We gathered a ton of photos from our time with Is/Is and a few from the cover story band mates during their trip across the country from Minneapolis to California.
Check out our post on Gimme Noise with the stories behind some of these photos.
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