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Mystery machines

August 10, 2011

What: Mystery Palace When: 9 p.m., Friday Where: 7th St. Entry (701 N. First Ave.) Mystery Palace founder Ryan Olcott touts a laudable local pedigree. The Twin Cities musician spent the bulk of the...

Take note of that bewildered face on Aziz Ansari. You'll be wearing it twenty minutes into the viewing.

Failing to deliver

August 10, 2011

âÄú30 Minutes or LessâÄù DIRECTED BY: Ruben Fleischer STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson RATED: R SHOWING: Area theaters In the brief 83 minutes of...

In this publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, Brit Marling portrays Rhoda Williams in a scene from

Welcome to Earths

August 3, 2011

âÄúAnother EarthâÄù DIRECTED BY: Mark Cahill STARRING: Brit Marling, William Mapother RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Uptown Theatre (2906 Hennepin Ave.) When Mark Cahill and Brit Marling discuss...

The Civil Wars announce November 9 show at Minneapolis’ State Theatre

August 1, 2011

Back in April, I had never heard of The Civil Wars. As a matter of fact, I currently still remain fairly in the dark about this little known but apparently adored duo. The group sold out three Minneapolis...

Joey Ryan (center) and his bandmates are appropriately all smiles.

Pop art

July 27, 2011

What: Joey Ryan and the Inks (Album release show) When: Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m. Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis) Cost: $8 This past May, the men of Minneapolis pop-rock quintet...

CD roundup — Moonface and Fountains of Wayne

CD roundup — Moonface and Fountains of Wayne

July 27, 2011

âÄúOrgan Music Not Vibraphone Like IâÄôd HopedâÄù Artist: Moonface Label: Jagjaguwar Records Spencer Krug is cut from a different cloth than other indie-rock powerhouses. ItâÄôs...

Wes Winship of Co Exhibitions explains the ideas behind, “Trust me!” which is on display through August 6th.

A matter of trust

July 20, 2011

      What: âÄúTrust Me!âÄù When: Now through August 6 Where: CO Exhibitions Graphic designer and Minneapolis native Adam Garcia has made a career out of creatively mining...

After ten years with Radio K, Out of Step, a punk themed radio show is moving to a podcast.

Out of line

July 20, 2011

  What: Out of Step RadioâÄôs 10th anniversary party When: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Back in May, Adam Mehl started patching together the...

Harry, Ron and Hermione have the end in sight.

Review: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”

July 13, 2011

  âÄúHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part IIâÄù DIRECTED BY: David Yates STARRING: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters Two hours....

Church of rock

Church of rock

July 13, 2011

      What: Black Church Service     When: 8 p.m., Friday   Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis     The men of Minneapolis blues-rock quartet...

Matt Pryor (front right) isn't as brooding as this picture would have you believe.

Grown up kids

July 6, 2011

  What: The Get Up Kids When: Sunday, 8 p.m. Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave. S Minneapolis) When the pop-punk overlords of The Get Up Kids slowly descended toward their initial breakup,...

Paul (left) and Joe DeGeorge are clearly in violation of the canon with that dinosaur.

Harry Potter and the rock band for hire

July 6, 2011

  What: Harry and the Potters When: 6 p.m., Wednesday Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis)    The currency-sucking vacuum of J.K. RowlingâÄôs âÄúHarry...

Minnesota Zoo will keep concert series and IMAX running regardless of Government shutdown.

June 30, 2011

While the Minnesota Zoo unfortunately may have to close its park during the peak-attendance season, their entertainment services will remain in full swing should today's pending government go through.  Blockbuster...

Comedian Moshe Kasher looks like a gay Hitler. His words, not ours.

Try to keep up

June 29, 2011

  What: Moshe Kasher When: June 27 through July 2 (8 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. weekends) Where: Acme Comedy Club (708 N. First Street) Comedian and Oakland native Moshe Kasher has traversed...

Tender is the night

Tender is the night

June 29, 2011

What: Night Moves When: Saturday, July 2 Where: Kitty Cat Klub (315 14th Ave. SE) The contemporary music landscape is draped with bands of easily definable parameters. ItâÄôs not just that the...

The brilliance and boredom of Beyonce Knowles

The brilliance and boredom of Beyonce Knowles

June 22, 2011

  Beyoncé âÄî âÄú4âÄù Label: Columbia Records Top 40 has witnessed a feminine renaissance in the past several years, and Beyoncé has led this parade...

Teen wolves

Teen wolves

June 22, 2011

  What: Howler When: Friday 9 p.m. Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Avenue) Jordan Gatesmith has never been to England. In fact, heâÄôs never left the country. While continuing to...

Get the new Bon Iver album early tonight at Electric Fetus

June 20, 2011

For an artist who arrived doused in the solemnity of winter months, it seems like this summer may belong to Justin Vernon and the woeful sounds of Bon Iver. The Eau Claire native and indie rock superstar...

Actors Steven Meerdink (left) and Joseph Bombard (right) get low.

Dirty Dancing

June 15, 2011

What: âÄúDirty Rotten Scoundrels âÄú When: Now through June 26 Where: Illusion Theater (528 Hennepin Ave.) Frank OzâÄôs 1988 comedic tale of two swindlers amid a luxurious French...

A creative clan

A creative clan

June 15, 2011

  What: âÄúMoments ExtendedâÄù When: Now through July 10 Where: Stevens Square Center for the Arts (1905 3rd Ave. S. Children can have some lofty career ambitions. By the time most...

Surly throws party in celebration of “Destination Brewery” bill’s passing

June 12, 2011

There will be a lot of pint glasses and tall boys clinking in celebration next weekend at Surly Brewery's Brooklyn Center headquarters.  In the wake of the "Destination Brewery" bill's success at...

CD Roundup — Fucked Up and Cults

June 8, 2011

  âÄúDavid Comes to LifeâÄù Artist: Fucked Up Label: Matador Records Across two critically heralded full-length albums and 50-plus singles since their 2002 beginning, Fucked Up is...

“Innuendo” by Abstract expressionist James Wrayge is happening at Rosalux Art Gallery now through June 25.

Hidden in the hues

June 8, 2011

  What: âÄúInnuendoâÄù When: Now through June 25 Where: Rosalux Art Gallery, 1224 Second St. N.E. Even with a wealth of local gallery spaces, abstract expressionism seems to be an...

Gears and Galleries

Gears and Galleries

June 1, 2011

  What: Bike Art VI When: June 2nd through June 22nd    Where: Altered Esthetics (1224 Quincy Street NE) In the Twin Cities, biking is more than transportation -- itâÄôs a culture...


“Live” and let die

June 1, 2011

  What: Six Months to Live When: Fri. 7:00 p.m.  Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave S) The musicians in MinneapolisâÄô âÄúSix Months to LiveâÄù are too old,...

Zach Galifianakis (center) and Ed Helms (left) bring the film's few laughs.

Drunk and Disorderly

May 25, 2011

t probably wasnâÄôt too hard for audiences to extend their suspension of disbelief amidst hyper-buffoonery in the first âÄúHangoverâÄù film âÄî director Todd PhillipsâÄô...

Little big rock

May 25, 2011

  What: Little Man with Red Pens and The Rockford Mules When: 9 p.m., Friday Where: The Turf Club,1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul Chris Perricelli subscribes to the less-is-more mentality for rock...

Anthony Hopkins as Odin bestows celestial wisdom to Chris Hemsworth's Thor, left.

Ride the lightning

May 5, 2011

âÄúThorâÄù DIRECTED BY: Kenneth Branagh STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters Marvel Studios made a gutsy move signing on Kenneth...

Elite Gymnastics' James Brooks and Josh Clancy croon over their beats.

The electronic “Elite”

April 28, 2011

  WHO: #LIFE #RARE: A Music Video Party Experience with How To Dress Well and Elite Gymnastics WHEN: 10 p.m., Saturday WHERE: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Minneapolis electronic...

Lee Poulis as Heathcliffe an  Sara Jakubiak as Catherine emote as much Bernard Herrmann's work will allow.

The highs and lows of “Wuthering Heights”

April 21, 2011

What: Wuthering Heights When: 7:30 p.m., tonight and Saturday Where: The Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul âÄúWuthering HeightsâÄù can be a hard pill to swallow for modern audiences....

Big kid stuff

Big kid stuff

April 14, 2011

What: The Itch that Burns When: Now through May 25 Where: Pink Hobo Gallery (507 E. Hennepin Ave) NortheastâÄôs Pink Hobo Gallery can feel more like a grade-school clubhouse than an art gallery....

Show Review- Destroyer @ The Cedar

April 13, 2011

Destroyer’s Tuesday night performance at the Cedar Cultural Center really made me hate the fact that they don't have more fans. I’m not saying this because I place a high premium on the Vancouver act...

Fleet Foxes coming to the State Theater

April 12, 2011

Indie folksters and unquestionable lovers of summer Fleet Foxes have extended their upcoming tour with an additional slew of dates, including a stop at Minneapolis' State Theater on July 17. Tickets go...

Hanna looks toward the kill

Kitty can scratch

April 7, 2011

âÄúHannaâÄù DIRECTED BY: Joe Wright STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters Joe WrightâÄôs assassin flick âÄúHannaâÄù...

One, Two, Three, Floor!

One, Two, Three, Floor!

March 31, 2011

What: The 4onthefloor vinyl release show When: 9 p.m.,Saturday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis The whisky-tinged tracks of Minneapolis rockers The 4onthfloor likely stick...

Patrick Stickles, second from the left, and his raucous group of losers will open for Bright Eyes at First Avenue Tuesday and Wednesday.

The jewel of Jersey

March 31, 2011

What: Bright Eyes with Titus Andronicus When: 7:30 p.m., April 4 and 5 Where: First Avenue (701 N. First Ave.) Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles talks about rock âÄònâÄô roll in...

Eddie Vedder coming to the Orpheum Theatre in July

March 25, 2011

Pearl Jam frontman and flannel aficionado Eddie Vedder will be making a stop in Minneapolis July 2nd in support of his forthcoming album, “Ukulele Songs.” It may not be the raucous sort of material...

Is this it?

Is this it?

March 24, 2011

The Strokes - âÄòAnglesâÄô Label: Modular Records Did The Strokes anticipate the magnitude of âÄúIs This ItâÄù when they were making it? Three albums later, it is beginning...

Foer stands tall with his major award.

Remember! Remember!

March 24, 2011

What: Joshua Foer When: 7:30 p.m., today Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis Why remember anymore? That is the quandary at the center of journalist Joshua FoerâÄôs...

Michael Showalter's affinity for cats is only matched by his love of spiritual rock group Creed.

Putting on the “Funny Pants”

March 10, 2011

What: Michael Showalter When: Sunday, March 13, 9:00 p.m.   Where: Varsity Theater (1308 Fourth Street southeast) Cost: $14 Michael Showalter is not a comedian. He is a professor âÄì...

Gayngs ringleader looks effortlessly cool in front of his group’s signature emblem.

Going out “West”

March 3, 2011

Gayngs Affiliyated Showcase When: March 6, 7:30 p.m. Where: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N. Christmas comes early each year for the music buffs and cinephiles of Austin, Texas. Every March, the cityâÄôs...

Just frontman Thom Fox naturally appears more blue-collard than rock star.

Anyone can play guitar

March 3, 2011

What: Just (A Radiohead Project) and Rattle And Hum When: March 3, 9 p.m. Where: LeeâÄôs Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave. It sounds downright foolish to use the word ambition in regards to a cover...

BNLX dishes out new track, tease at EP

March 1, 2011

While this may be a bit of a late mention when all things "Minneapolis blogosphere" are considered, I feel the word-of-mouth machine on the U of M campus can still use a bit of a nudge in regards to local...

Frontman Cullen Omori, center, will lead the group to the Triple Rock on Thursday.

Wild, wild Westerns

February 24, 2011

Who: Smith Westerns When: February 24, 8 p.m. Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave. S.) ChicagoâÄôs team of barely legal rockers, Smith Westerns, are currently basking in hipster adoration...

Growing pains

February 24, 2011

What: You are not a Dinosaur When: Now through March 17 Where: Vine Arts Center (2637 27 Ave. S.) Growing up is a drag. This doesnâÄôt wholly pertain to the inevitable reality of matured obligations....

Low releases trailer for new album

February 21, 2011

Duluth-based slow-jammers Low released a trailer on Friday for their forthcoming album, "C'mon," which will be released April 12 on Sub Pop Records. The group's ever-busy frontman Alan Sparhawk gives a...

Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project Curator Tricia Khutoretsky sets up artwork Wednesday to be displayed in the “Navigating the Aftermath” collection at the Regis Center for the Arts. The collection focuses on the ongoing struggle in Iraq and will open Friday.

The art of war

February 17, 2011

What: Navigating the Aftermath When: Tomorrow, Feb. 18 Where: Regis Center for Art ItâÄôs getting harder each week to keep the disheartening headlines of today in order. Amidst our polarized domestic...

Local trio The Color Pharmacy will be playing at Triple Rock Social Club on Friday night.

Over-the-counter rock

February 17, 2011

  What: The Color Pharmacy When: 10 p.m., Friday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue S.   The digital era has birthed an odd advent of rapid genre trends. So itâÄôs understandable...

Who Should Win at the 53rd Annual Grammys

February 12, 2011

  The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be airing this Sunday on CBS. Judging by the psychedelic paisley patterns dominating this year's promo material, I'd say the industry figureheads that comprise...

A lonely heart’s guide to Valentine’s Day season

February 10, 2011

The impending ValentineâÄôs Day weekend tends to have its share of naysayers. There are those Noam Chomsky apostles who decry their seasonal distaste for the capitalist-fueled agenda behind a holiday...