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It’s all ‘Good’

It’s all ‘Good’

May 5, 2016

In the music industry, most artists send a copy of their new record to critics. Andrew Broder skipped this step and sent his new album directly to his audience.     Like reverse fan mail, Broder...

Left to right, director Nicole M. Smith, writer Amoke Kubat and actress Jennifer Johnson pose for portraits at Intermedia Arts on Wednesday, where their upcoming show

Exploring the tension

April 28, 2016

Amoke Kubat is the titular angry black woman in her new play “ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well Intentioned White Girl” — but she didn’t start out that way.     Kubat found inspiration...

Greta Kline leads the New York-based band Frankie Cosmos, who will perform Monday at the 7th St. Entry.

Diary in a different medium

April 21, 2016

As Frankie Cosmos, singer-songwriter Greta Kline released a prolific amount of albums on Bandcamp before signing with Double Double Whammy records to release “Zentropy” in 2014.      On...

Former mayor and U professor Rybak adds ‘author’ to resume

April 12, 2016

When former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak first sat down to write his memoir, he had a decision to make about the tone of his book.     “I had to decide whether I wanted to write as a washed-up...

Comedian Shane Mauss will perform at Acme Comedy Company on Tuesday. He's touring behind his latest special,

Getting the giggles

April 5, 2016

Comedian Shane Mauss does a fair amount of drugs, but he doesn’t like the moniker “drug guy.”     The stand-up comedian wasn’t even high the first time he developed his...

Stepsister duo Kelli Mayo, left, and Peyton Bighorse play music together as Skating Polly. The duo is bringing their grunge-pop sound to the 7th St. Entry Wednesday.

Stepsister act

March 29, 2016

When you’re a teenager dreaming of forming a band, including your little stepsister in the group is usually pretty low on the priority list.     At age 9, Kelli Mayo was determined to...

Pieces of art by Charles Nestor sit awaiting set up in the Larson Art Gallery in the St. Paul Student Center on Tuesday. Nestor, along with fellow artist Cassandra Buck, use found objects to create new pieces of art. Their exhibit,

Lost and profound

March 24, 2016

If you look inside the nearest garbage can, you might find an object that would fascinate Cassandra Buck or Charlie Nestor. That’s not to say that either artist digs around in trash, however.     In...

Local musician Joey Joey Michaels poses for portraits at Gold Medal Park on Monday. Michaels will be performing at the 331 Club on March 11 alongside Tickle Torture and Swimsuit Area.

Getting back to sincerity

March 8, 2016

Usually an album’s title inspires the cover art. When Leo Vondracek had his photos taken for his first record as Joey Joey Michaels, however, that process worked in reverse.   “I kept...

Minneapolis photographer Wing Young Huie poses in his studio at the Third Place Gallery on Tuesday afternoon. Huie is leading a free workshop at the Weisman Art Museum on Friday titled,

Bursting your own bubble

March 3, 2016

Any time someone snaps a selfie on campus, they contribute to a larger portrait of the University of Minnesota.     At least that’s what photographer Wing Young Huie said he thinks.     Huie...

Co-curator Jenny Schmid looks over the space at the

Remixing history

February 25, 2016

The importance of citing sources is an early learned lesson for most college students. For University of Minnesota associate professor Jenny Schmid, however, it’s more interesting to let the audience...

A work-in-progress showing of choreographer Faye Driscoll's

Attendance appreciated

February 16, 2016

It’s not easy to do the same performance in different cities night after night while on tour.     For New York-based choreographer Faye Driscoll and and her group, however, each new audience...

Avant-rock guitarist Mary Halvorson is playing at the Walker Art Center Thursday, on tour for her latest solo effort,

Shape-shifting music

February 11, 2016

At this moment in Mary Halvorson’s career, solo guitar is more important than a guitar solo.     The jazz-trained, avant-rock guitarist released her debut “Meltframe” last...

The Doktor is in

February 4, 2016

Other than Facebook, it’s hard to think of large, focused collectives who started in a dorm.     Add Doks Robotiks to that list. The nine-piece jazz and hip-hop fusion powerhouse’s...

Tom Loftus poses for portraits in the office of his record label, Modern Radio, on Jan. 20. The label, which includes such bands as Hollow Boys, STNNNG, Fury Things and B.O.Y.F., is celebrating its 16th birthday with two shows this weekend.

Modern Radio looks back

January 28, 2016

It’s never been easy to decide what to do after graduating college.     Fresh out of school in the late ’90s, college radio nerd Tom Loftus chose an unexpected next step when he started...

Soloman Parham

Jazz jams at Bedlam embrace racial diversity

January 21, 2016

We’ve all been there — your jazz-trumpet-playing husband’s birthday is fast approaching and you have no gift ideas yet. So what do you get him? Slide grease? A new spit valve?     Solomon...

Building characters: fiction writer Matt Burgess visiting Weisman

March 12, 2015

Nurturing fantasies of writing the Great American Novel isn’t easy. But for author Matt Burgess, the decision to pursue a graduate degree in creative writing was simple. Burgess, who teaches at Macalester...

Ian Underhill-Cady, right, Max Finch-Raymond, center, and Toivo Hannigan, left, of hip hop group Pseudoubt rehearse in their garage in south Minneapolis on Tuesday. Pseudoubt are one of multiple musical acts within the family of Desoplex Records, an art collective formed by current high school seniors.

The kids are motivated

March 12, 2015

While they were juniors in high school, the members of Pseudoubt wanted their friends in the band. One problem — some of those friends weren’t musicians. So Pseudoubt’s beat producer...

A Q&A with Matt Flegel of the band Viet Cong

March 11, 2015

  Photo by David Waldman   The Alberta, Canada post-punk band Viet Cong is under fire for their controversial name. Singer/bassist Matt Flegel (far right) spoke to A&E about the name.   Since...

A Q&A with Spencer Tweedy of Tweedy

March 9, 2015

(Via MPR)   After over two decades of leading Wilco, the influential indie-rock group known for their Pitchfork-perfect record “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy recorded...

Anarchy abounds in ‘EF! The Musical’

March 3, 2015

The cast of “EF! The Musical” read the show’s script for the first time last Tuesday. And one week later, the experimental musical about the anarchic environmental group, Earth First!,...

Miami Dolphins members Beth Bambery, Patrick Larkin and Ronnie Lee play a house show in a Minneapolis basement on Saturday. The band will play a show at the Triple Rock Social Club on Wednesday, March 4.

The Miami Dolphins’ polymorphic punk

March 3, 2015

Despite the misleading NFL connotation, the folks in the Miami Dolphins seldom think about their name. Though the Minneapolis band’s rollicking rock ‘n’ roll swirl bears no relation to...

An unintelligible phone conversation with Adam Scott

March 2, 2015

(Via   A few months ago, the good folks at Paramount Pictures asked if I’d be interested in interviewing the cast from their then-upcoming comedy, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”   Though...

Wash of sound: Minneapolis shoegaze band Waveless

February 26, 2015

For Waveless, the band’s northern location suits its sound and sensibility.  “Someone in the South told us that we sound very cold,” singer/guitarist Dustin McChesney said. While...

Remebering Harris Wittels

February 24, 2015

  (Harris Wittels)   On Thursday, “Parks and Recreation” writer Harris Wittels died of an apparent drug overdose, after years of using his self-described ‘drug guy’ sensibility...

James Henkel, left, and Joyce Lyon pose together inside their exhibit entitled

Capturing the past: U-art profs retire with co-exhibit

February 24, 2015

James Henkel, a University of Minnesota art professor, contorted old projection slides for a piece that represents how people communicated in the past. For the artistic work, he photographed the slides...

Album review: Win Butler, ‘Policy’

February 23, 2015

(via Pitchfork)   On Will Butler’s debut album, “Policy” (due March 10 via Merge) the Arcade Fire vet known for his freakout stage antics (seen here headbanging next to brother...

Saturday Night Undead

February 23, 2015

Avoiding the pitfalls of countless pop culture journalists over the past 40 years, I’ve refrained from headlining this article about the sketch-comedy classic “Saturday Night Live” with...

Hot-dogging ’cross the USA: U grad drives Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

February 17, 2015

Parked outside grocery stores around Minneapolis this week, a University of Minnesota graduate will haul a prize item: a 27-foot-long hotdog. After graduating with a degree in business marketing education...

Kitten Forever singer Laura Larson and guitarist Liz Elton rehearse on Sunday in Uptown. With Corrie Harrigan, the three make up the riot-girl punk band. Their next show is at Dinkytown's Kitty Cat Klub on Tuesday.

The Cat’s Meow: Kitten Forever to play Kitty Cat Klub

February 17, 2015

On the dashboard of Minneapolis feminist-punk trio Kitten Forever's touring van sits an eternal cat, made of ceramic with a faded floral print. According to Laura Larson, the ceramic’s “wretched”...

Comedian Rana May poses at the Comedy Corner on Saturday. May is hosting an open mic and occasional variety showcase, called

Killing it with laughs: Rana May’s off-kilter comedy

February 12, 2015

Twin Cities comedian Rana May found her standup voice in a unique way: subverting literary reading loftiness. While starting out, May performed readings in her mock-expert character at places like Minneapolis’s...

Comedy review: Demetri Martin at the State Theatre

February 10, 2015

Taking the stage to an ironic, overlong hair-metal drum solo, comedian Demetri Martin ditched all histrionics and stuck to his recent promise of just jokes for his “Persistence of Jokes” tour...

What college journalists can learn from the Jack White/Oklahoma Daily controversy

February 9, 2015

(Via   The indie music press pounced on Jack White again this week, after The Oklahoma Daily published a series of articles detailing White’s tour rider (explicitly announcing...

Comedian and palindrome-lover Demetri Martin is performing his new special,

Persistent comedy: a Q&A with comedian Demetri Martin

February 5, 2015

Despite his thirst for knowledge, standup comedian Demetri Martin knows to keep himself humble. “A know-it-all is a person who knows everything except how for how annoying he is,” Martin quips...

Happy ‘Groundhog Day’: 3 weird implications from that movie

February 3, 2015

(via When thinking of the canonical greatest films of all-time, one has to mention the 1993 holiday classic, “Groundhog Day.” Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in their...

Minneapolis tough-chick garage rockers L'Assassins are playing a show with Calabrese at the Triple Rock Social Club Wednesday.

L’Assassins: Minneapolis’ garage-rock grrrl power takeover

February 3, 2015

With their tattoo-laden tough girl vibe, Minneapolis garage rockers L’Assassins don’t mind embracing an in-your-face performance attitude. For singer Tea Ann Simpson, L’Assassins’...

Artist John Ilg spends time in his studio downtown St. Paul on Friday, 23 Jan.. Ilg's new work,

Like money, art never sleeps: artist John Ilg opens gallery in Coffman

January 29, 2015

Unlike the archetypal starving artist, sculptor John Ilg doesn’t worry about putting money into his art.  “There’s about 400 bucks worth of stuff hanging there,” Ilg said in...

Getting locally laid- a Northern MN egg company addresses complaints

January 27, 2015

Okay, it might be shameless to blog about something we saw on a City Pages blog last week, but in the case of the Locally Laid Egg Company, the farm’s defense of its light sexual innuendo is too...

Minneapolis indie experimental musician Dosh is ending his jam and recording session residency at the Turf Club this month.

House of Dosh

January 27, 2015

For experimental musician Martin Dosh, creating solo music is a group effort. “I’m a natural collaborator — all my records have lots of different musicians playing,” the Twin Cities-based...

Oscars: is Best Original Screenplay a consolation prize?

January 26, 2015

Though excitement stormed throughout most of my social circles when the 2015 Academy Awards announced its nominated films this week, there’s only one Oscar this year (and every year) that I care...

Yoni Yum: sex-positive punk

January 22, 2015

Minneapolis psych-punk quartet Yoni Yum is probably the first band to sing in defense of sanitation workers carrying the loaded task of cleaning up after sexcapades. On the group’s November self-released...

Let it flow: Wealthy Relative and Sayth bring rap to the U

January 22, 2015

The artists behind Wealthy Relative and Sayth met in church class years ago. Though a unique startup, the long-term rap collaboration has proven successful. Sayth, aka Eric Wells, and his friend Dan Forke,...

Album review: ‘White Boyfriend,’ White Boyfriend

January 19, 2015


The best albums (I heard) in 2014

December 10, 2014

  Award season is upon us, and with 2015 (and its Grammy awards ceremony) approaching, I thought I’d do something different to eschew the endless internet sea of 2014’s best albums retrospectives. With...

Word of Mounds: Trenton Doyle Hancock’s preachy creatures

December 9, 2014

Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock did not get along with vegans during college. “I was confronted with some vegans when I was in grad school,” Hancock said. “I didn’t like their attitude,...

Pink Mink think alike

December 9, 2014

Supportive friends lend helping hands. But for Christy Hunt and Arzu Gokcen, supportive friends also lend helping guitar handiwork. Singers and guitarists Hunt and Gokcen comprise the core of Minneapolis...

Mac DeMarco cleaved on “The Eric Andre Show”

December 7, 2014

On a recent episode of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” indie rock sweetheart Mac DeMarco became indie rock victim Attacked DeMarco when a gaggle of Asian warriors forced DeMarco’s...

Movie review: “Birdman”

December 7, 2014

(via   Despite it’s misleading name, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a near-flawless film executed to perfection with stellar performances from its...

Top five lib-eds at the U

December 7, 2014

(Via Moviefone)   Registration for next semester is open to the masses, and now that I’m in my third year within the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, I consider myself...

Doomtree’s final Blowout Festival to celebrate upcoming album

December 4, 2014

When Minneapolis indie hip hop collective Doomtree started their Blowout concert series in 2004, rapper P.O.S. said the crew didn’t know what to expect. “The original Blowout was just to see...

DJ Dillon Francis to amp up the Skyway Theatre

December 4, 2014

Though EDM producer/DJ Dillon Francis named his debut album “Money Sucks, Friends Rule,” he said listeners shouldn’t get confused by the title’s austere sentiment. “I’m...

Are you in the Drug Budget?

November 26, 2014

Despite its massive roster — boasting a traditional rock setup, backing singers and a horn section — Minneapolis band the Drug Budget insist they’re not a “collective.” “A...

White Boyfriend's Nicky Leingang, Katharine Seggerman and Dan Hansen (from left) met while attending Yale before moving to Minneapolis together to play music. White Boyfriend is bringing their psychedelic pop groove to the Kitty Cat Klub Tuesday.

Queer feelings: White Boyfriend

November 25, 2014

For members of the indie new wave trio White Boyfriend, the goal is to make music that skews gender norms, sexuality and geography. The Yale grads grew tired of the American East and moved to Minneapolis...

Soundtrack music: the dub/punk prog of Hardcore Crayons

November 20, 2014

Unlike most bands that formed while its members were in high school, Hardcore Crayons never went through a covers phase. When they formed in the Twin Cities’ northern suburbs in 2005, guitarist Dan...

Spouses Amy Hager and Jacob Mullis pose in their manger's house in Southeast Minneapolis Sunday night. Their band, For Wilson Riot, will be performing Thursday at the 7th Street Entry.

Moving backwards: Minneapolis band Fort Wilson Riot

November 18, 2014

For Minneapolis duo Fort Wilson Riot, avoiding the status quo also meant forgoing typical indie rock band structure. The band — which originally formed as a four-piece performance art collective...

A word in defense of Pitchfork

November 17, 2014

I know, I know; nobody wants to read an annoying blogger defend another annoying blog. Then again, who knows? Perhaps some of you are riveted imagining the sounds of a blogger at work at his desk, furiously...

Album review: The Great Depression, “In A Starry State”

November 17, 2014

Forget “Interstellar;” if you’re looking for a spaced-out dystopian culture fix, check out “In A Starry State,” by The Great Depression.   The Cannon Falls, Minn.-based...

Singer Harry Reynolds and his band Beasthead rehearse Saturday afternoon in their home in Southeast Minneapolis. The band will be opening for Royal Canoe on Nov. 15th at the 7th Street Entry.

Minneapolis four-piece Beasthead to play 7th St. Entry

November 13, 2014

Playing a few local shows each week, Minneapolis four-piece Beasthead is used to surprising people with their eclectic hip-hop and rock sound. For multi-instrumentalist Doug Deitchler, Beasthead’s...

The New Pornographers formed in the late 90s as singer/songwriter A.C. Newman (second from left) entered his 30s. The band, which includes alt-country artist Neko Case and Dan Bejar of Destroyer, are coming to the First Avenue Mainroom Wednesday.

The New Pornographers’ self-deprecating success

November 11, 2014

Since the New Pornographers’ classic power-pop debut “Mass Romantic” came out 14 years ago, singer A.C. Newman said the band’s continued career has been a pleasant surprise. The...

Single Review: “A Ghost to Find,” Sun Gods to Gamma Rays

November 10, 2014

It’s easy to get lost in Minneapolis quintet Sun Gods to Gamma Rays’ “A Ghost to Find,” a single off their new album that dropped this month.   Drummer Mitch Miller, keyboardist...

Catch Father John Misty’s postmodern wackiness on “Letterman”

November 10, 2014

This week, Father John Misty returned to “The Late Show with David Letterman” to perform “Bored in the USA,” the new single off of next year’s “I Love You, Honeybear.”   18-piece...

Food poisoning/concert review: Flying Lotus at First Ave

November 9, 2014

Saturday night, I attempted to see Flying Lotus live at First Avenue with a couple of friends. The attempt failed. Here’s a log my Saturday night blunder.   6:30 p.m.- In preparation for Flying...

Album Review- Panda Bear, “Mr Noah” EP

November 9, 2014

With Panda Bear’s latest “Mr Noah" EP, the animal collective alum gives us a taste of his upcoming full-length “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” with a four-song set previewing...

Indie bands, internet videos and celebrity cameos: Arcade Fire’s horror flick “Festi”

November 9, 2014

This Halloween, Arcade Fire shared “Festi,” a 21-minute long spooky mini-movie about singer Win Butler’s fear of joining the 27 Club of tragically dead musicians after turning 27 while...

Movers and shakers: The Sex Rays rock between garage, punk and surf rock

November 6, 2014

For Minneapolis garage-surf trio The Sex Rays, the divide between self-aware rockstar image and behavior connects in goofy, pulverizing performances. The band’s blistering, self-described “psycho-beach...

Your average joke: Tommy Johnagin’s Midwestern comedic edge

November 4, 2014

Though stand-up comedian Tommy Johnagin’s career took off by the time he was 21, he didn’t escape the dreaded day job drudge. And of course, he worked those experiences into his act. “I...

Singer-songwriter HOLLY is returning to the Twin Cities to celebrate the release of her new album.

Making Indie independent

September 11, 2014

For singer-songwriter HOLLY, becoming independent meant following the crowd. HOLLY, real name Holly Muñoz, struggled for years as a part-time musician until the recording of her latest album,...

Rockabilly artist JD McPherson is bringing his early rock 'n' roll sound to St. Paul with two nights at the Turf Club, Tuesday and Wednesday.

JD McPherson’s school of rock ‘n’ roll

September 9, 2014

Before he became a full-time musician three years ago, rockabilly artist JD McPherson found creative ways to inject music into his day job as a middle school art and technology teacher. Now on tour and...

How to name your hip new band

September 8, 2014

Listen up, basement Beethovens: in light of Iggy Azalea’s impending performance at the University of Minnesota’s homecoming in October, the blog post this week is devoted to finding the perfect,...

“The Philosophy of the World,” according to The Shaggs

September 5, 2014

To thumb through record sleeves and discover the Shaggs’ music is like walking through a lush forest and discovering an artificial mini-golf pond. It exists, but it almost isn’t real. On “Philosophy...

Guitar player and vocalist Tenn

International Reggae All Stars spin mellow into gold

September 4, 2014

The International Reggae All Stars are brothers from other countries. Despite having members from different parts of Jamaica, Trinidad, Venezuela and Ghana, IRAS (pronounced Eye-Rahz, as in ‘Rasta’)...

Sylvan Esso finds the click with the machines

September 4, 2014

With the buzz surrounding Sylvan Esso’s eponymous debut, singer Amelia Meath makes it clear that ‘folk’ is not a part of the band’s vocabulary. ”I understand the impulse to...

These dogs are more famous than you

September 3, 2014

Some dogs become more famous than most people. As it turns out, Wikipedia’s category for famous real dogs provides biographies of canines more rich with detail than will be provided for the human...