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All content by Grant Tillery

‘Detail’ oriented

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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. Aikens exhibition opened to the public last night, November 4.

How to simplify complexity

Published 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

Published 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 Centers 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

Published 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, The Four Loves, to the remodeled Ordway Concert Hall this Saturday

I’ve got love on my mind

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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. Thomsens newest show, inspired by Masonic history, classical thought and mythology will be opening at Public Functionary on Saturday.

Mysterious vibes

Published 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 Heimies Haberdashery, makes final adjustments to Barrs outfit at the Haberdashery store in St. Paul. The fitting was in preparation for the Homme Mens Fashion Show on Wednesday.

Fashion comes Homme

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Smiths 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 Crafthouses 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Culture Compass 7/1/2015 – 7/7/2015

Published 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

Published 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...

Barista Bethany Brown serves up a customers iced coffee at Five Watt Coffee on Tuesday.

A tall glass of cool joe

Published 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....

Shorts are beneath you

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Dennys 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?

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

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

Street Style: Northeast Minneapolis

Published 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...

Culture Compass: 6/3/15 – 6/9/15

Published 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

Published 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...

Urban Bean opens up new location on Lake and Bryant

Published 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. ...

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

Nighthawks at the diner

Published 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...

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

Treading toward the North Star

Published 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...

Classical comes to Walker

Published 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...

Krillin’ it from Boston to Mpls.

Published April 30, 2015

If Krill had a motto, it would be “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” since two-thirds of the sleep aficionados moved to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood this past year.   “It ranges...

Pulled pork, sazón rice and roasted vegetables are just a few of the Columbian-influenced menu options at Café Racer Kitchen in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Off to the races

Published April 14, 2015

Eclecticism defines the Seward neighborhood’s dining presence in the Twin Cities. There’s no rhyme or reason to the restaurants that dot the corners on Franklin Avenue, 25th Street and other...

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival founder Al Milgrom poses at Espresso Royale on Thursday afternoon. Milgroms documentary The Dinkytown Uprising will premiere at  the festival on April 12th.

There’s a Riot Goin’ On

Published April 9, 2015

While making his rounds in Dinkytown, local independent filmmaker Al Milgrom, 92, stopped at a campus luxury apartment complex to discuss his latest film, âÄúThe Dinkytown Uprising,âÄù...

Ranelle Johnson, Alex Galle and Nathaniel Bates of Bae Tigre rehearse in their basement practice space on Sunday. Bae Tigre are an indie-electro group from Minneapolis and will be playing a show this Saturday March 14th at the Triple Rock Social Club

Eye of the Tiger

Published March 10, 2015

Ranelle Johnson is nervous in interviews. The Bae Tigre vocalist and keyboardist credits social paralysis and external stimuli to her scattered, charming demeanor. Yet she switches into tunnel vision on...

Winning wieners

Published March 5, 2015

Hot dogs are the bastard child of the sausage family. They’re the butt of innumerable phallic jokes and derided as mystery-meat atrocities. The taste of mass-market wieners (including the beloved...

La Huastacas lamb and goat tacos served on Saturday afternoon. The restaurant is known for their in-house goat and lamb barbecue.

Get Your Goat

Published February 24, 2015

Though Minneapolis is home to multitudes of taquerias, their menus all resemble each other. Authenticity levels vary, but greasy huaraches and chewy cabeza and lengua meats (brain and tongue for the uninitiated)...

Meckler, not heckler

Published February 19, 2015

Most musicians are asleep at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning, but not Adam Meckler. As Meckler ate his first bite of quiche at Patisserie 46, the Commodores’ “Easy” played overhead on the...

From left: Matteo Roberts, Matthew Holmen, David Roberts, Monica Martin, Zach Johnston and Jason Krunnfusz of Phox.

Pheeling phoxy

Published February 5, 2015

Winging it is not a mere act of defiance. It’s a lifestyle, at least for the members of Phox. “We have no idea what we’re doing,” keyboardist Matteo Roberts said. Phox’s profile...

Couple Johnny Soloman and Molly Moore of the St. Paul based music group, Communist Daughter, perform at the Whole Music Club in Coffman on Wednesday evening. The campus event, hosted by Boynton Health services, brought musical artists together for a conversation about their music careers as well as their struggles with mental health.

From struggle to song

Published January 29, 2015

Adam Levy is having one of the best years of his life. But his contentment comes at an unusual time. In the past several years, Levy, the lead singer of the Minneapolis-based band the Honeydogs, finished...

A Surly burger with french fries pairs nicely with a Surly Furious beer at the recently-opened Surly Beer Hall in Prospect Park. The Beer Hall offers a wide selection of lunch and dinner food, along with an extensive lineup of beers on tap.

Feelin’ Surly

Published January 22, 2015

If the team at Surly Brewing has a say, beer pairings are the way of the future. In their minds, food should complement beer, not the other way around. “Our directive to [Chef Jorge Guzman] was,...

“Hollywood” – Tobias Jesso Jr.

Published January 17, 2015

Rare is it that one can hear a hit or a star in the making.  Tobias Jesso Jr. is the exception to this rule, and if his song “Hollywood” is an indicator, his debut album “Goon”...

Review: D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah”

Published December 30, 2014

There’s been enough elaboration on D’Angelo’s past and mystique upon the surprise release of his new album, “Black Messiah.” Yes, D’Angelo is a tortured genius. Tell...

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Published December 4, 2014

Kyle Sobczak is a basement dweller. “I love hanging out in a basement, in my own little studio, and playing all the different instruments,” he said. “From a functional, pragmatic purpose,...

Here we come a-wassailing

Published November 26, 2014

The icy streets and chilling temperatures of winter provide little incentive for venturing out in the cold to parties and bars. Nights in become the new norm, and nothing sounds better than a warm room...

Grappling With Grape Salad

Published November 21, 2014

“The New York Times” is the most reputable news source in America.  Other newspapers can’t match their veracity and breadth of reporting.  They give attention to stories and...

Northern exposure

Published November 13, 2014

Mac McMillan considers his Northern Grade men’s pop-up market a happy, unintentional success. “We did our first event and people showed up; brands were happy,” McMillan said. “Then...

A Marble In A Wooden Maze

Published November 6, 2014

For his new album, “In Real Time,” local singer-songwriter Chris Koza made a wooden maze to accompany early press copies. The maze features a small, shiny marble and 20 holes designed to trap...

In defense of sneakers

Published September 6, 2014

Yesterday morning, I woke up and did something I haven’t done in nine months.  I threw on a pair of sneakers.  My weathered, white Tretorn Nylites felt right with my slim khaki chinos,...

Men’s Fall Style: Ovadia & Sons’ Fall-Winter 2014 Lookbook

Published September 4, 2014

Men, this is how we should dress for fall.   Let’s throw away our fusty dress shirts that are three sizes too large.  Let’s cast off our boot cut jeans for slim, tailored chinos and...

Gary Louris, lead singer and guitarist of The Jayhawks, rehearses with band members Marc Perlman and Karen Grotberg on Tuesday. The Jayhawks are often accredited as founders of the alternative country genre in the 1980s.

Save it for a Rainy Day

Published September 4, 2014

Gary Louris leaned against his periwinkle 1990 Mercedes-Benz in the gravel parking lot of St. Paul’s City Sound rehearsal spaces. Louris looked like the rock star he is while he glanced out at the...

Members of local funk and hip-hop group ZuluZuluu rehearse in a basement practice space on Monday night.

The mothership connection

Published August 6, 2014

Rising Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease said he communes with extraterrestrial buddies and they told him to form ZuluZuluu. “These aliens came from outer space, and they were like, ‘Yo, ZuluZuluu...

Members of local band Some Pulp rehearse on Friday. Some Pulp will play at FMLY Fest this weekend.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Published August 6, 2014

Some Pulp does not like Warren Zevon. When rattling off names of bands the group hates, Zevon joined the ranks of Sum 41 and Limp Bizkit. And even though Zevon’s inclusion is surprising, the band...

Consider the Talking Heads

Published July 31, 2014

I recently got my hands on David Byrne’s “How Music Works,” a book I’ve wanted for a long time.  I empathize with Byrne’s music nerd persona, and he delivers arguments...

Wooden Shjips started as an exercise for non-musicians before becoming a professional psych rock outfit.

Paring down rock

Published July 30, 2014

Omar Ahsanuddin doesn’t like playing fills. His drumming with Wooden Shjips is linear and without commotion — it’s at odds with flashy rock drummers who incorporate theatrical aplomb...

Producer Brian Burton (right), better known as Danger Mouse, and James Mercer (left) are Broken Bells, a savvy electro-rock duo.

Broken Bells’ Danger Mouse sounds off

Published July 30, 2014

Producer Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, didn’t aim to make a Broken Bells album that fell in line with the current disco trend in pop music. Broken Bells, comprised of Burton and the...

Twin Peaks guitarist Clay Frankel plays Saturday, the second day of Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago.

Ain’t no mountain high enough

Published July 23, 2014

Jack Dolan lit a joint outside the media tent at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago last weekend. Blessed with a devil-may-care attitude, the Twin Peaks bassist gets away with such shenanigans. Dolan...

Pitchfork Day Three: One for the books

Published July 21, 2014

Trouble finding parking meant a late start to day three of Pitchfork.  The rollicking sounds of Speedy Ortiz were audible all along Ashland Avenue, and provided an excellent soundtrack while walking...

Pitchfork Day Two: A step down

Published July 20, 2014

Day two of Pitchfork started strong with Chicago favorite Twin Peaks (more on them later).  It’s rare for such a young group to both rock hard and play in the pocket, but Twin Peaks managed...

A man crowd-surfs during Avey Tares Slasher Flicks on Friday, the first day of Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago.

Pitchfork Music Festival Day One

Published July 19, 2014

Though the first day of Pitchfork tends to be lackluster, this year’s lineup bucked the trend.  Hundred Waters opened the festival and despite a small crowd, they churned out an excellent performance...

​Heiruspecs headlined Barbettes Bastille Day Block Party on Sunday. Heiruspecs met and formed at St. Pauls Central High School, an institution they still give back to.

High respects

Published July 16, 2014

Chris “Felix” Wilbourn and Peter Leggett of the hip-hop group Heiruspecs reminisced about the gritty days of St. Paul’s Hamline Midway and Frogtown neighborhoods at W.A. Frost’s...

The best albums of 2014 … so far

Published July 16, 2014

Making claims of musical originality in 2014 is difficult. Everything imaginable seems to exist. Countless albums leave listeners with the same tepid sex-drugs-money hip-hop dichotomy, whiny Bon Iver wannabes...

Local band France Camp pose for a portrait in Minneapolis on Sunday.

Party like a rockstar

Published July 9, 2014

Jay Simonson hates his given name. In his eyes, it’s associated with sellouts jockeying to make a buck. “My old name was Jared,” he said. “Jared diamonds, Jared Subway. These are...

Cambodian flavored rockers Dengue Fever epitomize a musical melting pot.

Bitten by the bug

Published July 9, 2014

A shared love of ’60s Cambodian psychedelic rock brought the members of Dengue Fever together for the first time more than a decade ago. The one-time show eventually turned into something more, and...

Neil Young (Jimmy Fallon) – “Fancy”

Published July 8, 2014

This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon has pretended to be Neil Young (that was when he covered “Pants on the Ground”), but it’s the best time.  With a little help from David Crosby,...

Secret Stash Records founder Eric Foss talks to his band members during a rehearsal for Sonny Knight and the Lakers on Monday night in Northeast Minneapolis. Foss is the drummer for the band and founded Secret Stash Records in 2009.

The past anew

Published July 2, 2014

While shopping at the Electric Fetus years ago, Eric Foss had an epiphany. “I stood in the middle of the store, and on one side of me was the vinyl section and on one side was the CD section,”...

Californication Series Finale – “Grace”

Published July 1, 2014

Despite Showtime’s reputation for screwing up show endings, “Californication” managed to evade the nefarious curse.  Though the seventh and final season was a dud as a whole, the...

The Fashionisto is in: clothes shopping on a student budget

Published June 26, 2014

While browsing through people’s closets on websites like the Coveteur and the Selby is an inspirational and aspirational activity, it can be disheartening for broke, style-minded students. ...

Left to Right: Rachel Oelke, Annalise Bratt, Nick Brannan

Rock the Garden’s best dressed

Published June 25, 2014

Despite its 12 years of growing renown, Rock the Garden is not a fashionable festival. While bro tanks were few and far between, there were too many concertgoers at the two-day event at the Walker Art...

Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim performs on Saturday at Rock the Garden.

Rock the Garden grows up, a little bit

Published June 25, 2014

A sea of deep-fried food vendors, a portable stage framed by jumbo screens and a slew of “rock” puns provided a change of pace for the venue that is both the home of the Internet Cat Video...

Local psychedelic rock band Crimes outside of their rehearsal space in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Crime wave

Published June 25, 2014

Crimes’ frontman Andrew Jansen regularly considers the possibility of the band breaking up. Some members are starting families and others are moving across the country. This divide makes gigs sparser,...

Robin Thicke – “Paula”

Published June 21, 2014

Robin Thicke’s latest album, “Paula,” is a pathetic ploy to coax his estranged wife Paula Patton back into his embrace.  Primed for release July 1st, Thicke dropped the tracklist...

Mac DeMarco eschews perfection in the name of rockin.

The Mac daddy

Published June 18, 2014

Mac DeMarco sounded like he just finished a pack of Viceroys. With a brief lull in his schedule, DeMarco anointed last Wednesday his Sabbath so he could catch up on much-needed rest before embarking on...

Rapper Lizzos 2013 release Lizzobangers was just that — a bangin example of Lizzos swagger.

L to the I to the Z Z O

Published June 18, 2014

In her recently purchased north Minneapolis cottage last Friday, rap maven Lizzo frantically checked her iPhone for messages she missed while working out at the gym. Between electronic replies, she recounted...

“Alternative” radio — an unnecessary evil

Published June 17, 2014

What Minneapolis doesn’t need is another “alternative” radio station. The recent advent of Alt 93.3 is a sad reminder that some consumers buy into a meaningless phrase that promotes watered-down...

What’s Henry Rollins up to these days?

Published June 12, 2014

Though Black Flag is making a stop at the Triple Rock this Sunday, the band just isn’t the same without Henry Rollins.  From 1981 to 1986, Rollins fronted Black Flag, and was the group’s...

Hui Niu Wilcox of the Ananya Dance Theatre rehearses a piece titled ìBlue Dream Journeysî with other dancers from the troupe on Sunday outside Barbara Barker Center for Dance. The group will perform the piece with the public during Northern Spark, a city-wide all-night art festival.

Dancing in the dark

Published June 11, 2014

The idea of an all-night arts festival is hardly novel — its roots reach back to 1984 with Nuit Blanche (“White Night” in English) in Paris. They are celebrations of a city’s assets...

A rack of cassettes, mostly Moon Glyph releases, on display at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus.

Fly me to the moon

Published June 11, 2014

Steve Rosborough remembers the day he bought his first cassette. It was post-Y2K, long after cassettes went out of vogue, but many of the bands Rosborough listened to at the time were fiercely independent...

Lana Del Rey: “Ultraviolence”

Published June 5, 2014

Lana Del Rey’s music is hit and miss.  For every good song she (nay, her songwriters) churns out, she’ll drop four or five duds in its trail.  “Ultraviolence,” the title...

Javanese jive

Published June 4, 2014

At first listen, Javanese gamelan and new music aren’t dead-ringers for each other. Javanese gamelan music is rich in tradition, one of the two main varieties of indigenous Indonesian music —...

Founder of Forged Artifacts Matt Linden displays  the labels most recent vinyl release, Between Themselves by Gloss, outside of his home on Friday. Linden started the label in 2012

Unearthing buried treasure

Published June 4, 2014

At first look, Matt Linden doesn’t scream record hustler. An affable guy in his mid-20s, Linden is a gifted conversationalist and an ardent music fan able to shoot the breeze about music all night...