The Minnesota Daily

All content by Grant Tillery

‘Detail’ oriented

December 16, 2015

Twin cities beatmaker and genre-bender Eric Mayson never expected to find himself on television, let alone on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”    Thanks to an encounter with...

The Fashionisto is in: Winter wardrobe

December 8, 2015

The harsh elements of winter make it the most fun season for fashion. Layering is necessary and practical when temperatures drop below freezing. Sweaters and wool pants are cozy and make every moment feel...

Jared Tuttle looks through various clothing options at Atmosfere in North Loop on Monday, selecting an outfit for the upcoming I Am MPLS fashion show tonight at First Avenue

Be the city you love

December 3, 2015

Local fashionista Sarah Edwards puts on countless shows each year for free in addition to juggling work for other events and a creative career. She’s one of those people who look like they have...

Survival of the Prettiest

November 25, 2015

Punk rock is the blood of Bruise Violet. All of the band members grew up with parents who spun the good stuff — vocalist Danielle Cusack’s parents were part of the New York City scene in the...

Dirty rice and shounds

November 19, 2015

The best way to learn innovation and workmanship is from the pros. Just ask trumpeter Riley Helgeson, whose experience as a student and teacher at Shell Lake Arts Center put him in contact with guitar...

Local act Murder Shoes rehearses for their upcoming show in their practice space at City Sound Northeast on Thursday, November 4. Murder Shoes' unique blend of surf and garage pop sounds can be caught tonight at Icehouse in celebration of their new release 'Daydreaming'.

Felonious footwear

November 10, 2015

As Murder Shoes settled in at the brand new Spyhouse in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, they fit in well with the polished environment of urbanites sipping on cappuccinos.    Their...

Twin Cities artist Ta–coumba T. Aiken poses with a selection of his rhythm paintings in the Show Gallery Lowertown on Tuesday. Aiken's exhibition opened to the public last night, November 4.

How to simplify complexity

November 5, 2015

Thanks to the taillights of a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, St. Paul became the adopted home of artist Ta-coumba Aiken.   The Lowertown legend’s story of a wrong turn on a journey from suburban...

The Fashionisto is in: Low-cost looks for men

October 27, 2015

Spending freely on clothing is a surefire route to sartorial panache — but whimsically dropping $200 on a pair of jeans is not an avenue many college students can saunter down.   But the pursuit...

The Walker Art Center's latest exhibit - Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia - opens Friday Oct. 23. The show features works from the late 1960s and early 1970s that critique society at large and provide an alternative blueprint to the mainstream experiences of the time.

Counterculture at work

October 22, 2015

The Walker Art Center’s latest exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” captures the forthright idealism prominent in the 1960s and ’70s hippie culture, where idealism...

Cantus bring their latest show,

I’ve got love on my mind

October 15, 2015

Countless thinkers, creatives and dreamers have attempted to pin down the word “love” to no avail because its true meaning is broad and diverse. While local men’s vocal ensemble Cantus...

Culture Compass 10/8/2015 – 10/15/2015

October 8, 2015

Drink this:   Old Fashioned at Spoon and Stable   I’m old fashioned, not just in the sense that I like a classic way of doing things, but that the Old Fashioned is my drink of choice....

(Left to right) Hayley Borsenik, Eli Miller, Tianna Larson, Matt Swinney

Street Style: fall fashion feels

October 6, 2015

Fall is a style maven’s dream. After a long summer filled with shorts, T-shirts and button-downs, layers come back out of the closet, adding complexity and dimension to outfits.    The...

Michael Thomsen inspects the top part of his sculpture for symmetry at his home studio on Monday. Thomsen's newest show, inspired by Masonic history, classical thought and mythology will be opening at Public Functionary on Saturday.

Mysterious vibes

October 1, 2015

For some artists, beauty lies in the grotesque, obtuse and mystical. These subjects are the center of local sculptor Michael Thomsen’s work — not only does his art focus on such subjects,...

Jeffrey Barr looks in the mirror Monday while Keith Dorsett, manager of Heimie's Haberdashery, makes final adjustments to Barr's outfit at the Haberdashery store in St. Paul. The fitting was in preparation for the Homme Mens Fashion Show on Wednesday.

Fashion comes Homme

September 22, 2015

Minnesota has a rare timeless immunity to the wiles of fashion trends. While the outdoorsy look that’s en vogue right now originated in the North, local men won’t abandon it once it’s...

No love in the heart of the city

September 17, 2015

Lydia Loveless hung up the phone 15 minutes into our conversation. Right in the middle of a question, the receiver clicked, leaving an audible dial tone where Loveless’ voice — similar to that...

Culture Compass 9/10/2015 – 9/16/2015

September 10, 2015

Kamasi Washington   In May, saxophonist Kamasi Washington dropped his 172-minute masterpiece, “The Epic,” on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records. The sprawling musical tale is the...

Local band now local beer

August 28, 2015

Nooky Jones are no strangers to the sensuous elements of life. The Minneapolis neo-soul powerhouse embodies the sound of seduction, making music designed for nighttime trysts and wining and dining. This...

(Left to right) Amanda Churchill, Jess Smith, and Danny Churchill of Eustace the Dragon pose at Smith's home in St. Paul. The local folk band is one of many musical acts that will perform at Grounds and Sounds music festival at Groundswell in St. Paul on August 15.

All’s well that Groundswell

August 5, 2015

Andrew Thoreen embodies a DIY ethos in his music career, without crossing the line into punk territory. The Har-Di-Har frontman has community organizer chops that make him an asset when putting together...

88 Oriental Foods' pork sausage is served with cabbage, sliced carrots, and pickled sliced jalapeño rings.

Out of the way eateries

August 5, 2015

For all the attention fine dining and trendy restaurants receive on the local food scene, the backbone of most dining-out experiences are neighborhood restaurants that march to the beat of their own drum....

The McChicken and me

August 3, 2015

For two years, I swore off McDonalds.  The golden arches made me think of nothing but toxic artificiality and cheapness. They made me feel like I was among the living dead.  While I used to gobble...

Culture Compass 7/29/2015 – 8/5/2015

July 29, 2015

If you find yourself in St. Paul, check out Quixotic Coffee. The pint-sized Highland Park shop is killing it with their coffee cocktail game and is the answer to Five Watt Coffee east of the Mississippi....

Looks like it’s a Six Families affair

July 22, 2015

While some musicians chase perfection, the members of Six Families believe such a pursuit is a foolâÄôs errand. Because musicians rotate in and out of the ensemble for each show, they find their...

Southside soul

July 22, 2015

Being all things to all people isnâÄôt a recipe for success in the music world. MinneapolisâÄô Southside Desire breaks this rule because their feel-good throwback soul is egalitarian. Everyone...

Bradstreet Crafthouse's Black Walnut Old Fashioned is made with Bulleit Bourbon, Nux Alpina Black Walnut Liqueur, Demerara, house orange bitters and an orange slice garnish.

The dark end of the street

July 15, 2015

Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse was one of the progenitors of the local cocktail bar trend when it opened in 2009 in the former Graves 601 hotel on the gristly edges of Block E in downtown Minneapolis....

Murkury, a local Minneapolis experimental electro-soul band, poses for group shot at Jazz Central Studios on Monday evening.

Murkury in retrograde

July 14, 2015

Taylor âÄúProper TâÄù Johnson lost his martini virginity beneath the eaves of the News Room in downtown Minneapolis. One of two pianists in the electro-soul outfit Murkury, Johnson ordered...

Grant’s Summer of ’15 playlist

July 14, 2015

Some songs are meant for the sweaty days of summer.     Whether you’re driving around the city, running in the oppressive heat or laying on the beach with your summer fling, there’s...

Founder Dan Oskey talks to Distillery Manager Bentley Gillman at Tattersall Distilling in northeast Minneapolis on Monday. Tattersall, which distills its own spirits in a distillery just beyond the glass walls of its cocktail room, will open for business on Wednesday, July 8.

Spirits in the Night

July 8, 2015

Craft breweries are a dime a dozen in Minneapolis. But that’s not the case for craft distilleries and cocktail rooms — yet.    DuNord Craft Spirits pioneered the trend when it opened...

Culture Compass 7/8/2015 – 7/15/2015

July 8, 2015

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...

Crunchy Kids pose for a group portrait outside their rehearsal space on Sunday. The band is currently in the works of producing a new album.

Grimy, grungy Crunchy Kids

July 8, 2015

Crunchy Kids embody crunchiness in everything they play, do, eat and breathe.  Living that lifestyle allows the quartet to engage in daily debauchery, like the time they went crazy on St. Cloud State’s...

Instagram is life

July 6, 2015

Whenever I have a free moment, I spend it on Instagram.  Ok, that’s not entirely true, but there’s something gratifying about sharing your photos and life with others, whether they’re...

Barista Bethany Brown serves up a customer's iced coffee at Five Watt Coffee on Tuesday.

A tall glass of cool joe

July 1, 2015

Since summer is officially here, there’s no reason to keep drinking hot coffee. Granted, perfect latte art makes getting likes on Instagram easier, and warm coffee soothes the soul during rough times....

Culture Compass 7/1/2015 – 7/7/2015

July 1, 2015

Read this: Magazines from Forage Modern Workshop   If you’re looking for the best magazine rack in town, hit up Forage Modern Workshop, the ultra-chic home goods store on East Lake Street....

A bartender at Saint Dinette takes customers' orders on Thursday evening. The new restaurant recently opened in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul.

When the saints go marching in

July 1, 2015

Mid-soon is finally here. After a year of waiting, Saint Dinette quietly opened last week in Lowertown St. Paul’s Rayette Lofts. Blink and you’ll miss it because its signage is discreet. That...

Shorts are beneath you

June 29, 2015

There are few summer style sins greater than wearing shorts. Even though shorts have been slimmed and trimmed over the past few years, they’re still synonymous with struggle fits and are rarely worn...

(left to right) Stu Rosenberg, Olivia Hanson, Joey Dokken and Sarah Olfelt.

Rock the Garden’s best dressed

June 24, 2015

Rock the Garden isn’t known for its style. In years past, baggy shorts and flip-flops were the norm, and comfort trumped any desire to see and be seen at Minneapolis’ quintessential all-day...

Hot 102.5 blasts out hot, old-school hip-hop beats

June 22, 2015

The Twin Cities radio dials offers slim pickings when it comes to enjoyable playlists. The Current’s eclectic rotation never fails (though can be a tad predictable at times), and Radio K provides...

Denny's Bakery offers donuts to attendees at the Twin Cities Donut Crawl in Mears Park in St. Paul on Saturday, June 13.

Donut you want me, baby?

June 17, 2015

Sheets of rain didn’t keep the crowds away from last Saturday’s Twin Cities Donut Crawl. Soaked boxes were commonplace as the crowd of 4,000 scrambled around packed Mears Park in Lowertown...

Northeast Night Market organizers Margie and Madeline Siggelkow plan the layout of their upcoming event at Bauhaus Brewery on Sunday, June 13. The market, which showcases thirty local artisan vendors, musicians and street performers, will take place on Tuesday, June 23.

Nighttime is the right time

June 17, 2015

A trip to a night market in New Orleans inspired Margie Siggelkow to create her own version in Minneapolis. Situated between buildings, the narrow promenade in New Orleans featured artisans vending their...

Culture Compass 6/17/2015 – 6/23/2015

June 17, 2015

Listen to this:   Hot 102.5   The Twin Cities finally have a bona fide old school hip-hop station to tune into: Hot 102.5 FM. Summer is the perfect time for bottom heavy rap bangers, and while...

In defense of pleated pants

June 15, 2015

Up until the 1990’s, finding pants that weren’t pleated was difficult.  The once-dapper pleats combined form and function, adding a crisp crease to the pant and allowing room for men to...

Black Market Brass poses for a group portrait at their rehearsal space in Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 3. The music group plays a blend of Afrobeat and funk to bring bold, uptempo sound to their audiences.

Jumpsuit jubilee

June 10, 2015

The Twin Cities’ version of the P-Funk family is Black Market Brass. Like the ’70s progenitors of funk, the ensemble’s defining characteristics include their horn-heavy hits and ever-changing...

Graduate student Will Lakey glues together sections of an art piece at Regis Art Center on Tuesday morning for the upcoming art festival Northern Spark. Northrop Auditorium will be hosting the all-night arts festival on June 14.

Sparking students’ curiosity

June 10, 2015

The University of Minnesota will be a central hub for Northern Spark, an all-night art festival throughout Minneapolis on Saturday, but a few staff members and students are planning to showcase their...

St. Paul Meat Shop’s $14 pastrami sandwich is worth your money

June 8, 2015

Yes, I ordered a $14 pastrami sandwich at a high-end butcher shop.  Feel free to call me pretentious or sue me; I’ve heard it all before, and I won’t deny the label.  I gawked at...

Culture Compass: 6/3/15 – 6/9/15

June 3, 2015

Culture to consume Make this:   Thai curry   Craving Thai food but don’t feel like making the trek to St. Paul for the authentic stuff? Hit up United Noodles just south of campus. The...

Down to the wire

June 3, 2015

The name for new local label GNDWIRE Records formed from the idea that ground wires— which conduct energy from the Earth — generate the same form of electricity that the musical upstart aims...

(left to right) Jake Anderson, Shauna Fenske, Rebecca Beal, Megan Jensen

Street Style: Northeast Minneapolis

June 3, 2015

College students often don bland garb instead of snappy, crisp clothes. But just a quick jaunt away from the University of Minnesota campus is Northeast Minneapolis, one of the most stylish neighborhoods...

Urban Bean opens up new location on Lake and Bryant

May 29, 2015

Local coffee stronghold Urban Bean recently opened a chic new location on the corner of West Lake Street and Bryant Avenue. Going to a coffee shop isn’t just grabbing a cup of Joe anymore. ...

Lead vocalist Gabriel Rodreick belts out lyrics during Treading North's set at Triple Rock Social Club on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Treading toward the North Star

May 27, 2015

Though they’re a heavy-hitting rock band, Treading North hasn’t made any inroads toward playing metal. While thrashing around seems at odds with the band’s genre-eluding sound, the seven-some...

Cooks prepare food at recently opened Nighthawks Diner in South Minneapolis on a Thursday evening.

Nighthawks at the diner

May 27, 2015

Edward Hopper’s iconic 1942 painting “Nighthawks” reinforces the image of a diner as homey and comfortable. The painting depicts a diner in the wee hours of the morning, a neighborhood...

Classical comes to Walker

May 7, 2015

Despite embodying three distinct sounds and genres, ethereal atmospherics define the sonic palettes of Victoire’s contemporary classical styling, Glasser’s synth-pop and Noveller’s ambient...