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Breaking band: Dada Trash Collage

Published May 4, 2010

Dada Trash Collage CD release party WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 9 p.m. WHERE: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. TICKETS: $7 Despite praise for his Adderall -enhanced stocking ability, Dada Trash CollageâÄôs...

University Avenue Project melds public art, social consciousness.

Published April 28, 2010

WHAT: The University Avenue Project âÄî Project Launch WHEN: May 1, 8 p.m. WHERE: 1433 University Ave. TICKETS: Free University Ave. Project, Volume 1 AUTHOR: Wing Young Huie PAGES: 128 PRICE:...

Co-creator Dave Willis and Master Shake animator Dana Snyder on stage.
PHOTO COURTESY ADULT SWIM/CARTOON NETWORK

“Aqua Teen” hits the Twin Cities

Published April 21, 2010

WHAT: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live WHERE: Pantages Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 8 p.m. TICKETS: $26.50 Ten years ago, Dave Willis co-created a show about a milkshake, French fries...

Restaurant review: Fusion is muddled, mediocre

Published April 14, 2010

Fusion Address: 2919 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, Minn. Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Prices: $8 - $16 ItâÄôd be masturbatory to further extol the cultural death rattle of Uptown, so letâÄôs just...

PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAIN BELT RECORDS

CD review: Communist Daughter’s “Soundtrack to the End”

Published April 14, 2010

Communist Daughter ALBUM: âÄúSoundtrack to the EndâÄù LABEL: Grain Belt Records The Current is spinning Communist DaughterâÄôs âÄúNot the KidâÄù on high rotation,...

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A&E’s rootin’, tootin’ ice cream roundup

Published April 7, 2010

If warmer weather means one thing, itâÄôs the erectifying emancipation of beach-stallionsâÄô rippling pectorals. That, and ice cream! Combining the two by watching a shirtless stud tease...

PHOTO COURTESY VICE RECORDS

Interview: Cole Alexander of Black Lips

Published March 31, 2010

What: Black Lips When: Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m. Where: Varsity Theater Tickets: $15 Atlanta-based Black Lips might very well be the best band in indie rock. The wild quartet functions under the self-tabbed...

Our four weary hot tub time travelers.
PHOTO COURTESY MGM

“Hot Tub” is a ho-hum, time-killing machine

Published March 24, 2010

âÄúHot Tub Time MachineâÄù DIRECTED BY: Steve Pink STARRING: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke RATED: R SHOWING AT: Area theaters When a movie is titled âÄúHot...

Interview: The talent behind “Hot Tub Time Machine”

Published March 24, 2010

A&E had the opportunity to chat with the âÄúHot Tub Time MachineâÄù cast in a roundtable setting during a March 14 press junket in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Sadly, John Cusack was amiss. Highlights...

Hot Prof. Fever

Hot Prof. Fever

Published March 10, 2010

RateMyProfessors.com is an excellent resource for students to get a user-rated gist of what their prospective professors are all about. But the site doesnâÄôt just score teaching ability; it gauges...

Yeah, that’s P.O.S. and the gayng splashing in the pool. For more on the artist, see our profile of Michael Gaughan.
PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL GAUGHAN

Regional musicians converge into Gayngs

Published March 3, 2010

For a band that no one has heard, Gayngs (pronounced âÄúgangsâÄù) is getting plenty of press, locally and nationally. Even Pitchfork has posted their upcoming track list. So what is Gayngs?...

The Heiruspecs like hanging out — and giving back.
PHOTO COURTESY CAMERON WITTIG

Heiruspecs heart Central High, kids going to college

Published February 24, 2010

WHAT: The Heiruspecs Scholarship Fund Concert FEATURING: Sims, Adam Levy, Carnage, Mayda, Lucy Michelle, Martin Devaney, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. WHERE: Central High...

PHOTO COURTESY MATADOR RECORDS

CD Roundup: Shearwater and Efterklang

Published February 17, 2010

Shearwater ALBUM: âÄúThe Golden ArchipelagoâÄù LABEL: Matador RELEASE: Feb. 16 digital, Feb. 23 CD/vinyl When an ornithology-rooted band releases a concept record about real/metaphorical...

PHOTO COURTESY DRAW FIRE RECORDS

CD Review: Adam Svec

Published February 11, 2010

Adam Svec ALBUM: âÄúRarefactionâÄù LABEL: Draw Fire Records âÄúRarefaction,âÄù local singer/songwriter Adam SvecâÄôs sophomore LP, is not beach music. Passive listeners...

Lil Wayne, his aching mouth skirt prison

Published February 10, 2010

Awesome rapper turned atrocious rocker Lil Wayne will avoid his jail cell until March 2. The reason? A bum tooth. Wayne was expected to enter prison today after pleading guilty to a 2007 attempted weapons...

Interview: Coolio

Interview: Coolio

Published January 27, 2010

Coolio WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23 WHERE: Fine Line Music Café, 318 North 1st Avenue If it wasnâÄôt for a hilariously ironic cookbook release last fall, rapper Coolio might have evaporated...

Interview: Guante of Guante & Big Cats!

Published January 20, 2010

Over bandmate Big Cats!âÄôs layered, dark beats, rapper Guante is an avalanche of words. Throughout âÄúAn Unwelcome GuestâÄù âÄî the local hip-hop duoâÄôs recent...

Mark Mallman puts on a “killer” show, ba-dum-ch!
PHOTO COURTESY WILSON WEBB

Don’t miss these winter concerts

Published December 9, 2009

WHAT: Andrew Bird WHEN: 8 p.m., Dec. 10-12 WHERE: St. MarkâÄôs Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St. TICKETS: $29 - $34 Andrew Bird wonâÄôt be playing cuts from his catalogue of adored...

PHOTO COURTESY FRENCHKISS RECORDS

Best local LPs of the decade

Published December 2, 2009

10. Private Dancer ALBUM: âÄúTrouble EyesâÄù (2008) LABEL: Learning Curve Records ItâÄôs not complicated. ItâÄôs not critically lauded and Solid GoldâÄôs âÄúBodies...

PHOTO COURTESY VOYAGEUR PRESS

Replacements tribute at First Ave

Published November 24, 2009

WHAT: A Tribute to The Replacements: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of âÄúLet It BeâÄù and the paperback release of "The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting." FEATURING: Covers by...

PHOTO COURTESY RCA

Emo boxing: Dashboard Confessional vs. Say Anything

Published November 18, 2009

The matchup: Emo is a dirty, filthy word amongst connoisseurs of âÄúgoodâÄù music, but that doesnâÄôt change the fact that it charts remarkably well. ThatâÄôs either the...

A&E’s rootin’, tootin’ restaurant round-up

Published November 11, 2009

Following the dizzying flux of Twin CitiesâÄô restaurant comings-and-goings can be a chore. Realistically, the college-age crowd is too busy with whatever accurate cliché is occupying...

The Mountain Goats graze through the Cedar

The Mountain Goats graze through the Cedar

Published November 8, 2009

The Mountain Goats âÄî an alt-folk group that serves as a vehicle for dynamic singer and songwriter John Darnielle âÄî impressed with their intimate show at The Cedar Cultural Center Saturday...

The Uptown music scene just may be unraveling with the loss of The Uptown Bar. Good thing theres still Sauce Spirits & Soundbar. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BECKY LANG

Woops, there goes Uptown’s music scene

Published November 4, 2009

First the expensive condos infiltrated. Then it was The North Face store. Then Victoria's Secret. So on, so forth. The cultural sea change of Uptown has been underway for years and this past weekend another...

PHOTO COURTESY FABER AND FABER

Here comes a niche how-to book

Published October 28, 2009

âÄúHere Come the RegularsâÄù AUTHOR: Ian Anderson PUBLISHER: Faber and Faber PAGES: 176 PRICE: $15 Most articles about Ian Anderson begin with a list. For the sake of tradition, here goes:...

Scotch before whiskey …

Scotch before whiskey …

Published October 21, 2009

WHAT: St. Paul Scotch and Whiskey Fest WHEN: Sat., Oct. 24 WHERE: The Happy Gnome, 498 Selby Ave., St. Paul TICKETS: $10 If America is about one thing, it's about whiskey. From our surliest cowboys to...

High school band update: The Get Up Kids

Published October 20, 2009

Before emo was a filthy, dirty, awful word, The Get Up Kids were a band. For ten years their fresh take on the then-obscure genre established them as cult favorites before a 2005 break-up. Now older, reunited...

PHOTO COURTESY HBO FILMS

“Good Hair” is good, thought-provoking fun

Published October 18, 2009

âÄúGood HairâÄù DIRECTED BY: Jeff Stilson STARRING: Chris Rock RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters In any other hands, âÄúGood Hair,âÄù the light yet compelling new Chris...

PHOTO COURTESY GRANT HART

Interview: Grant Hart

Published October 14, 2009

WHAT: Grant Hart (CD release show) WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. WHERE: Seventh Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N. TICKETS: $8 When touring bands come through Minneapolis, one thing is inevitable. At some...

PHOTO COURTESY PRETTY KIDS COLLECTIVE

Local CD round-up: The Idle Hands and Lookbook

Published October 7, 2009

The Idle Hands ALBUM: âÄúThe Hearts We Broke on the Way to the ShowâÄù LABEL: Pretty Kids Collective If Minneapolis has a shortage of engaging frontmen âÄî and it does âÄî...

Gaslight Anthem/Murder by Death at the Cabooze – TOMORROW.

Published October 2, 2009

$17. Two good bands (Murder by Death/the Loved Ones). One kick-ass band (Gaslight Anthem). +18 (don't get too drunk, those of you 18-20, the Minneapolis City Council will use it to destroy these shows). Doors...

PHOTO COURTESY BRYAN JOHNSON

Interview: Isaac Hanson, of HANSON

Published September 30, 2009

WHAT: Hanson WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. WHERE: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N. TICKETS: $27.50 advance/$30 door For the sadist pop culture obsessives of the world, nothing electrifies the palate like...

Wavves & Black Lips go fisticuffs in NYC

Published September 28, 2009

A star-studded indie rock brawl featuring Wavves' Nathan Williams and Black Lips' Jared Swilley? You bet. Due to Black Lips being entirely bad-ass and Williams being somewhat of whiner; go Jared! Pitchfork,...

PHOTO COURTESY ROB PEREZ

Interview: Local director Rob Perez

Published September 23, 2009

WHAT: âÄúnobodyâÄù world premiere WHERE: State Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: $16.50 âÄî $26.50 The greatest thing about Minneapolis is how weâÄôre...

Brother Ali’s latest LP, “Us,” is STREAMING

Published September 18, 2009

Minneapolis' second-best emcee (behind P.O.S.) is back. Check out Brother Ali's Myspace for a full stream of his latest record, "Us." "Us" goes on sale next Tuesday (Sept. 22).

PAVEMENT REUNION – FOR REAL THIS TIME

Published September 16, 2009

For fans of good music, this is good news. Pavement rules. And they've toyed with hearts before. Check out the big news: HERE The seminal indie group broke up in 1999. Since then, the blogosphere has erupted...

N.E.’s new spin on meat

N.E.’s new spin on meat

Published September 16, 2009

The Butcher Block WHERE: 308 Hennepin Ave. E. PRICE: $14 - 17 Hot-shot chefs? Check. Prime location? Check. A menu that throws carbs to the wind in favor of organic, grass-fed flesh from all sorts of creatures?...

Show review: Atmosphere at First Ave.

Published September 10, 2009

With First Ave. sweaty and absolutely stuffed full with Atmosphere fans from all walks (fan-boys, groupies, drunks, ect.), Slug didn't disappoint.   The group, hallmarks and grey beards of the underground...

PHOTO COURTESY LUCY MICHELLE AND THE VELVET LAPELLES

Local CD round-up: Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles + Mark Mallman

Published September 9, 2009

Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles ALBUM: âÄúSpecial Party Time for EverybodyâÄù LABEL: Self-released Throughout their charmed local existence, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles...

The sport of awkward, feathery kings

Published August 11, 2009

The Scene This past Sunday, upon entering Canterbury Park amid a sea of fellow race-goers, one motherâÄôs enthusiastic declaration to her toddler son rang true: âÄúGo ostriches! Right,...

“Wilco (The Album)” cover art revealed

Published May 11, 2009

Take a gander. Great cover or greatestcover? Discuss.

The Replacements dash rumors, hope

Published February 24, 2009

  For legions of ‘Mats fans still clinging to the hope of a reunion – Tommy Stinson has bad news for you. The current GNR bassist and onetime Replacements bassist/drunk little kid issued...

What Wicked Tune-age do you Shred to?

Published November 18, 2008

If it could not be gathered from the headline (and it almost certainly could not), the purpose of this blog is place A&E's skinny finger on the pulsing music vein of you - The University of Minnesota...

Where Oh Where Have the Side-projects Gone?

Published November 7, 2008

When members of established bands deviate into the always iffy side project territory, the results often vary. There are the hyper-indulgent (De Facto, Neon Blonde) and the superb (Ugly Casanova, Desaparecidos)....

Oberst sees the world through new eyes

Published August 13, 2008

"Conor Oberst" Artist: Conor Oberst Label: Merge Records Conor Oberst will never get a focused review. There's too much weight to that name. Every critic is sure to contrast the material to Bright Eyes,...

Twin Cities, here’s one of Yer best new bands

Published August 13, 2008

Yer Cronies Album: When I Grow Up Label: Unsigned What is there to say about a band with one release, no label and little name recognition? Well, in the case of Yer Cronies, quite a bit. Already being...

3-star food from the North Star state

Published August 6, 2008

The term "Going Green" is facing some well-deserved backlash these days. There's absolutely nothing wrong with attempts to lessen one's carbon footprint, but when Target starts to market sassy/insufferable...

Get excited: “Big Star” is firm evidence that Bonar is ready to rise up.

Published August 6, 2008

Become an Instant Music Snob: Haley Bonar Hometown: Rapid City, SD. Current Scene:Minneapolis Genre(s): Folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country Releases: "âĦ The Size of Planets"...

Stupid fun just too stupid

Published July 30, 2008

W "Step Brothers" Directed by: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Rated: R Showing at: Area Theatres ill Ferrell, you perennial tease, you. A scant few comic actors possess his talent, but...

New Wave? No Thanks

Published July 30, 2008

> Black Kids ALBUM: "Partie Traumatic" LABEL: Columbia Records "At least in dying you don't have to deal with New Wave for a second time." The above wisdom was sung/spoke by The Hold Steady's front...

Balancing Beck

Published July 16, 2008

P "Modern Guilt" Starring: Beck Co-starring: Chan Marshall (Cat Power) Directed by: Beck and Danger Mouse lot: Almost 40 and with seven albums under his belt, Los Angeles native Beck would appear to have...

Ska: fun not dead

Published July 9, 2008

C Less Than Jake When: Thursday, July 3 Where: First Avenue ollege newspapers serve as a credibility soapbox, of sorts. Music critics the country over pen sprawling slobber-sessions on hyped, blogged-about,...

Obama vs. McCain: Rock Showdown!

Published July 2, 2008

If you wouldn't trust someone to pick out a playlist for a party, would you trust them to lead the free world? Logically, policy questions trump most others in the lead-up to any major election. That's...

Paul F. Tompkins: Punk rock comic

Published June 25, 2008

Paul F. Tompkins When: Saturday, June 21, Where: The Triple Rock Last Saturday a comic by the name of Paul F. Tompkins arrived via airplane in Minneapolis. If that name strikes you as familiar but you...

Summer school: memorize these dates

Published June 18, 2008

With a new season upon us, thoughts will inevitably shy away from school and focus in on greener and less mind-enriching pastures. While those pastures may materialize in the form of jobs, booze, beach...

Kung Fu-fighting bear as bad–s as it sounds

Published June 11, 2008

Kung Fu Panda Directed by: Mark Osborne and John Stevenson Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie Rated: PG Distributed by: Dreamworks Celebrity-voiced CGI animal adventures have rightly...

Rock ‘n’ roll music … outdoors?!

Published June 4, 2008

Another summer means another slew of bands doing the one profitable thing left to do (if you're on the Hub as you're reading this line, for shame) as a recording artist: tour, tour and tour. What is work...

Ballad of a Dylan worshipper

Published May 28, 2008

Bob Dylan Sound-Alike Contest WHEN: May 23 WHERE: The 400 Bar As a casual Bob Dylan fan and cover song enthusiast, I decided it might be worth a go to visit the 400 Bar's annual Bob Dylan Sound-Alike contest....

You (possibly) listen to terrible music

Published May 8, 2008

Now that you've made it past the abrasive and shocking title of the article, you're thinking one thing: "Oh no, some pretentious indie-kid is going to barrage me with buzz-bands from atop his vapid pretention-horse."...

The man who rocked Spring Jam

Published May 1, 2008

Spring Jam '08 was a busy one for Ben Kweller. While students (namely those living on a certain block or "row," if you will) started their boozin' in the morning and dizzily pissed away the day in the...

Bob Saget + bad words = not funny

Published April 17, 2008

In case you haven't heard, Bob Saget (TV's Danny Tanner) swears and talks about having sex with things these days. If that was news to you, you'll have 'til the end of this paragraph to process the shock...

Representing Sota-Rico

Published March 6, 2008

You're reading the words I'm typing right now because I cannot sing, dance, play instruments or rap. I love music, but the aforementioned skills have eluded my gangly white self. If possible, I would trade...

An affair to remember

Published February 28, 2008

Bombastic. Grandiose. Theatrical. The above words do not describe indie rock bands. They certainly don't describe unsigned and barely-out-of-college indie rock bands. But then again, there is The XYZ Affair. The...

The Owls: The Complete Interview

Published February 21, 2008

>Editor's Note: As with any band profile involving an extensive interview with that band, many questions were asked of The Owls, which means many responses were omitted in order to distill their seemingly...

Definitive Article: Rock A-Z

Published February 14, 2008

SHaving a rock band is a joyous thing in and of itself. But having the grammatical wherewithal to include a definitive article before the name of said band? Classic. The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones...

Treasure island found, riddled with jewel cases

Published January 31, 2008

Everyone loves a treasure hunt! From the hyper-marketed characters of Disney pirate blockbusters to the cripplingly lonely old-timer at the beach; searching for rare gems is always a treat. But the truth...

You wanna bleep ‘n fight, punk?

Published January 24, 2008

."We all used to like Ben Kweller a lot. Him and The Faint," recounts The Battle Royale keyboardist/vocalist Mark Ritsema on his band\'s early influences. The Battle Royale Album: Wake Up, Thunderbabe Label:...