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All content by Frederic Hanson

Aaron, interrupted

November 3, 2005

3 he boondocks. Drive 45 minutes south of the Cities on Highway 52. When you reach the town of Coates, you're there. That is, unless you are cartoonist Aaron McGruder. McGruder, 31, hails from Columbia,...

t.A.T.u. tastes so good

November 3, 2005

Dentists tell their patients that sugar may be fun, but to avoid it and stick with the nutritious stuff. Dentists might show patients small charts portraying sugar molecules as cavity-gun toting monsters. Music...

Not the wolf band you think they are

October 27, 2005

We Are Wolves will chew on you and eventually eat you whole. A pack of snarling electronic post-punks, the Montreal trio is as menacing as its name suggests. They are also French-Canadian, so when they...

Making the past progressive

October 27, 2005

Retro is very now-tro. People, especially musicians, appropriate cultural decades left and right. Old-time folk, 1980s new wave, '60s garage stomp: In the past five years, music has rehashed the past 30....

Spaghetti Western String Co. is saucy

October 13, 2005

If you have ever wanted to gut a live sheep and chew on its entrails, Spaghetti Western String Co.'s music might not be for you. However you slice it, the Minneapolis string quartet always falls just short...

Metric’s high-energy album tries to measure up

October 13, 2005

Those who are fans of the metric system will be fans of Metric, the Los Angeles via Brooklyn via London via Montreal quartet from Toronto. The band definitely sounds European. "Live It Out," the group's...

Backstage with Death Cab’s bassist

October 13, 2005

Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer sits on a couch backstage next to some Baked Lays and a lot of bottled water. He keeps fidgeting around like he is nervous or on drugs. But he is not on drugs. And that's...

When an interview and a band fall through

October 6, 2005

BEN TROKAN (OF ROBBERS ON HIGH STREET): Hi, this is Ben. Leave a message and I'll get back to you. THE MINNESOTA DAILY: Hello Ben. This is Frederic Hanson from The Minnesota Daily. I keep having cell phone...

Dave Grohl – what a feeling

October 6, 2005

.Weezer Is Weezer really playing this giant hockey arena? Lights darken. Weird psychedelic-Disney song plays. Turns out to be "When You Wish Upon a Star." Lots of cheers and some flashlights moving on...

Absolutely, ‘Positively Fourth Street’

September 29, 2005

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows once sang "I want to be Bob Dylan." He certainly tried. He ultimately failed. He failed because he never understood that to be Bob Dylan, you first have to destroy Bob Dylan. Dylan...

Don’t feed the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

September 29, 2005

So you know that club in Rhode Island where Great White played and all those people died - they're filing for bankruptcy." This is how Matthias Bossi answers his telephone. It is pretty weird. But so is...

Friends who play together stay together

September 22, 2005

Michael Lewis was on his way to a gig in a car or spaceship or something on a Saturday night. He was about to play a gig with his jazz trio, Fat Kid Wednesdays. It was, as Lewis described it, "a chance...

Sublime moments among dancing fools

September 22, 2005

The man sitting next to me thinks Beck should have a few more laser beams shooting across the crowd. He thinks this because he saw Billy Idol last night. Billy Idol - now that's a show, he explains. This...