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Culture compass: Cat meditation, local music and “You”

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

January 24, 2019

Friday: Fool’s Errand Comedy Variety Show Back with another variety show, Fool’s Errand will provide the Purple Onion crowd with some jokes and tunes for the first Friday night of the semester. The show includes improv, stand-up and music from The Enchantments. It’s the perfect opportunity to get those...

King Princess rules over her kingdom

Mikaela Straus of King Princess performs at First Avenue on Thursday, Jan 17 in Minneapolis. The sold out show was part of the Pussy Is God tour.

Samir Ferdowsi

January 21, 2019

“Dance. Dance! Fucking DANCE!” With a contagious carefree attitude and guitar riffs reverberating off First Avenue’s iconic walls, King Princess commanded the crowd to have a good time on Thursday night. Kicking off her “Pussy is God” tour in Minneapolis, Mikaela Straus and her band (consis...

A hit and a miss: Vulfpeck’s “Hill Climber” and Benny Blanco’s “Friends Keep Secrets”

The album cover for Benny Blanco's new album,

Liv Martin

December 10, 2018

Benny Blanco, “Friends Keep Secrets” Most artists try to come off as authentic as possible for their debut release.  Not Benny Blanco. The longtime producer and songwriter for pop stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran, released his first album, “Friends Keep Secrets” Dec. 7. ...

At Orchestra Hall, it’s in with the new (but keep the old, too)

Samir Ferdowsi

December 10, 2018

With a show featuring guest artist Gregory Porter and his rendition of Nat “King” Cole classics, Friday, Nov. 30 marked the unofficial start of Orchestra Hall’s holiday programming. Classic and elegant, a concerto waltzed from the strings of an ensemble playing next to a "Jurassic Park" poster. A...

Sustunes brings music charged with meaning to St. Paul campus

City Love preforms at the second-annual SusTunes concert in the Learning and Environmental Science building on St. Paul campus on Dec. 2, 2016.

Liv Martin

November 29, 2018

In lieu of the familiar three R’s, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” this year’s Sustunes has a different take on sustainability: “resilience, rise, revive.”  On Friday, The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment will present its fourth annual "Sustunes:" a celebration of sustai...

Culture compass: Christmas trees, new museums and Tiny Desk Concerts

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

November 29, 2018

Friday: "Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting"  With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is now in full swing — and the Union Depot has you covered in the early-holiday-spirit department. Their annual tree lighting will be complete with music, fireworks and a screening of “Elf.” There will be s...

Review: Where’s the Minnesota love, Hippo Campus?

Hippo Campus performs on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul. 

Samir Ferdowsi

November 26, 2018

On the night of a historic W for the Gophers in Madison, Hippo Campus took an unfortunate L in St. Paul. On night two of the band's residency in St. Paul for their “Bambi” tour, special guest NOW, NOW opened up the show with variable energy. Some songs seemed to connect with the crowd while others ju...

Warren Thomas Fenzi brings desert sound to Minneapolis tundra

Warren Thomas Fenzi poses for a portrait on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Minneapolis. Fenzi said his music is inspired by internal struggles as he learns about himself, which he hopes will connect people to his music.

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

November 26, 2018

For some, writing songs can be a daunting task. For local singer-songwriter Warren Thomas Fenzi, the process is more like coloring in a coloring book. Fenzi comes up with chord progressions and melodies followed by drums. Before adding lyrics, he records voice memos of random syllables that later bec...

Review: Aminé ‘reels in’ incredible positivity

Aminé carries around a bag given to him by a member of the crowd during his final song 'Reel It In' at First Avenue on Monday, Nov. 19 in Minneapolis.

Samir Ferdowsi

November 21, 2018

Standing in front of First Avenue on Monday night, a passerby would think there was a puppy adoption going on inside. As flurries of snow danced on the street, bass blasted within the venue.  With smiling faces, laughs and genuine care, both staff and concert-goers were in the best of moods as ...

This week in music: Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bradley and more

Album covers for Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra's

Maddy Folstein

November 12, 2018

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra — “The Capitol Studios Sessions”  Jeff Goldblum might be one of the most baffling recipients of recent Internet fame. He’s known for iconic roles in “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day,” has over one million followers on Instagram and rece...