Culture Compass 7/8/2015 – 7/15/2015

Grant Tillery

Listen to this:
“Wildheart” by Miguel
Miguel’s latest album is pure sex — not sex in the sleazy, lecherous way but in a spiritual way that depicts the entwining of two bodies and souls. Take a listen to “Wildheart’s” lead single, “Coffee,” which describes the morning-after bliss of waking up with someone new. After a good listen, you too will wish for someone to wake up next to in the morning to share a coffee with.
Drink this:
Gin and Tonic
Yes, this drink is a classic. Most people botch it, however, by using poor-quality ingredients. The base of any good gin and tonic is top-grade Citadelle gin, as I learned after drinking the best gin and tonic of my life on the Fourth of July. While it will set you back a pretty penny, the citrus zing that characterizes the gin’s flavors evokes the cocktail bars of yore. This is what tradition tastes like.
Read this:
“Dear Apple, We Need To Talk About Your Ridiculous iPhone Chargers”
Has your iPhone charger ever broken or frayed? You are not alone. Thanks to Buzzfeed, the world’s collective frustrations and grievances surrounding the ever-breakable charger have now been aired through a series of saddening photos and GIFs. At the very least, it should make you wonder why Apple can’t make a proper phone charger, despite all their other products setting the industry gold standard.
James Murphy (DJ Set)
LCD Soundsystem’s breakup was one of the ultimate musical bummers of the past decade, but frontman James Murphy is still going strong, playing DJ sets across the country (including one Friday in Minneapolis). Plus, he opened a wine bar in Brooklyn in June, so that’s cool, right?
Where First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis
Hours 9 p.m.
Cost $20
Basilica Block Party
Night two of the Basilica Block Party has a stronger lineup than night one (Weezer is such a cliché at this point). While Fitz and the Tantrums are soulful crowd pleasers, it’s Wilco that will draw in the crowds. The indie-folk favorites are one of the festival’s best headliners to date, and Tweedy’s twangy introspection won’t disappoint.
Where Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis
Hours 5–10:30 p.m.
Cost $55–$375
Open Streets Northeast 
The fantasy of pedestrians meandering up up and down major thoroughfares without the threat of large vehicles has materialized thanks to Open Streets Mpls. The organization’s next events is on Sunday in Northeast and is the first to feature a route blocked off for unfettered roaming by walkers and bikers.
Where Various locations, Northeast Minneapolis
Hours 12–6 p.m.