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By Brenda Tran I’ve been obsessed with omelettes ever since I learned how to cook. They're quick and easy and you never get sick of 'em because you can customize the dish in so many ways....


By Austen Macalus Here's the thing — I loved season one of “Transparent”. That is by no means an unique statement; the show was unanimously praised by critics and nominated at last...


By Brenda Tran Eric Hanson is an illustrator and writer based in Minneapolis whose career spans decades. His artwork has graced the pages of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, to name a few....


By Yena Lee If you’ve been out of the Instagram game, then it’s time for you to get yourself in it. A lot of local Minnesotan brands carefully curate their Instagram feeds, and it’s being...


BY AUSTEN MACALUS Almost as soon as the Oscar nominations were released last Thursday, conversation emerged around the surprising lack of diversity, the biggest snubs (Where is Paul Dano’s nomination?),...

Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno performs with band Bully at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 18. The indie-rock band formed in 2013 and is currently based in Nashville.

Bully wows Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

July 22, 2015

Nashville, Tenn., garage rock outfit Bully may blast sneering, raucous punk âÄônâÄô roll tunes, but they were scared off pretty easily when massive thunderstorms hit this yearâÄôs...

Pitchfork Day 3: Ending with a Bang

July 20, 2015

The final day of the festival left everything that came before it behind. Audiences enjoyed beautiful weather, higher attendance and acts that held nothing back. The energy of the night felt chaotic at...

Pitchfork Days 1 and 2: A blast as always

July 19, 2015

The first day of Pitchfork’s 10th annual music festival started with brutal weather. Concertgoers at Union Park experienced temperatures above 90 degrees with a healthy haze of humidity. Though the...

New Music: The Mountain Goats — “Beat The Champ”

April 7, 2015

Today marks the release of the 15th Mountain Goats record, “Beat The Champ.” The 13-track effort combines the mythos of old-school professional wrestling in the Southwestern United States and the emotional...

Q&A: James Vincent McMorrow

November 16, 2014

BY ROBERT LARSON How has tour been going? It’s been really good. I’ve done five shows solo, and then down in new places I haven’t been before. I think this is fourth show with the full...

A “Post Tropical” evening

November 16, 2014

BY ROBERT LARSON James Vincent McMorrow dazzled a captive audience at First Avenue on Thursday night. McMorrow’s sophomore album, “Post Tropical,” departed far from his indie-folk under-produced...

Thao Nguyen may have a shy exterior, but underneath is a pile of dynamite.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down to play Skyline Music Festival

August 6, 2014

When Thao Nguyen performs, she’s something of a contradiction. At Bonnaroo in June, Nguyen shyly walked on stage and waved hello at the audience with a small smile that matched her diminutive frame. Then,...

Eric Johnson plays emotional, scale sweeping solos on electric guitar.

Eric Johnson to play Cedar Cultural Center

August 6, 2014

Guitarist Eric Johnson’s favorite thing about making music isn’t necessarily making music. "Why I enjoy what I do is because it gives me ability to meet people and have nice visits with them,”...

Local artist Perci Chester describes the installation of her latest gallery of sculptures and prints at the Traffic Zone for Visual Art on Monday.

Playing with gravity

August 6, 2014

Perci Chester started her artistic career as a painter, thanks to her father. “I thought he was very magic,” she said. “He probably played a part in the reason why I feel most art is...

The cast of

U community finds Fringe home

July 30, 2014

From the outside, the Rarig Center doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun. The concrete monolith stands tall above the brutalist architecture that dominates the University of Minnesota’s West...

20 years of Boredoms

July 26, 2014

On July 25, 1994, noise rock legends Boredoms released an overlooked gem: “Chocolate Synthesizer.” Like most Boredoms records, listening to “Synthesizer” feels similar to being...

7 Seconds still embrace the hardcore ethos that guided them through the '80s.

7 Seconds over 30

July 23, 2014

Kevin Seconds takes issue with the word “legendary.” He’s been the frontman of hardcore band 7 Seconds since 1979 and inspired legions of musicians to go out and keep the punk tradition...

Arj Barker maintains a big presence on stage while exuding calmness.

A San Franciscan in Australia

July 23, 2014

Last week, comedian Arj Barker’s comedic side took a backseat to his inner romantic as he vacationed at his family’s northern California getaway. “It’s chilly, like, 55 degrees...


July 21, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia. It’s deceptively simple to feel and it’s often the subject of unjust, public shame. Brendan Chilcutt is undercutting that with a website...

Cwn Annwn members practice at Kooler Sound in St. Paul on Thursday. The melodic metal band formed in 1997.

Bring out the hounds

July 16, 2014

In Welsh folklore, Cwn Annwn is an otherworldly group of hounds whose presence portends death. In the Twin Cities, Cwn Annwn is a melodic metal band that rehearses underground at Kooler Sound in St. Paul. Yes,...

Local photographer Eric William Carroll poses with pieces of his new exhibit,

Right in the G.U.T.

July 16, 2014

Science can be dumb — or at least misinformed, according to photographer Eric William Carroll. “The thing I love about humans doing science is that humans are inherently wrong,” he said. A...

The birth of punk?

July 12, 2014

First things first: R.I.P. Tommy. All of this talk about The Ramones is stirring up memory lane trips for music critics and authentic punkers alike. As one of the first big names in punk, the Ramones get...

Corbett, Nelson and Murphy are just three guys havin' a good time. (Havin' a good time.)

RiffTrax takes Minneapolis out for a night at the movies

July 9, 2014

RiffTrax is, at its simplest, a group of friends trying to make each other laugh. Under the RiffTrax moniker, comedians Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy record MP3 commentaries that go...

Performers Callan Korpi and Darwin Hull rehearse stage combat for Six Elements Theatre's production of

Scripted and tactical: Six Elements Theatre’s Human Combat Chess

July 9, 2014

Skot “The Real Knight” Rieffer wielded a halberd as he exited the storage unit in a meeting room last Thursday at Minneapolis’ Historic Wesley Center.  “You’re going...

In the middle of the street

July 6, 2014

Alright, the folks at A&E understand just as well as you do, buskers can be annoying. The art of street performance is imposing by its very nature, and it can be fantastic when it isn’t heavy-handed....

 Béla Fleck takes the banjo from its porch stompin' roots to modernity.

The bastion of banjo

July 2, 2014

The banjo is oft more associated with straw hats than the world of classical music. Béla Fleck’s life’s work is to change this. “I would describe it as a high-tech, primitive...

Minneapolis sculptor Rebecca Krinke and painter Duane Ditty carry a painting while installing their new exhibit

Figuring out fallout

July 2, 2014

Rosalux Gallery’s upcoming exhibit “Incident” got on its feet by mistake. Earlier this year, painter Duane Ditty, one of two artists featured in “Incident,” worked on a new...

 Béla Fleck takes the banjo from its porch stompin' roots to modernity.

The bastion of banjo at the Zoo

July 2, 2014

The banjo is oft more associated with straw hats than the world of classical music. Béla Fleck’s life’s work is to change this. “I would describe it as a high-tech, primitive...

The Hold Steady are keen on keeping their music accessible.

The Hold Steady and the course

July 2, 2014

The Hold Steady’s lead singer and lyricist, Craig Finn, never realized that all his band needed was a little space. The classic rock emulating group took their guitar flexes and Friday night drum...

Places to Pride

June 28, 2014

The Twin Cities Pride Festival is in full swing, and if you aren’t already checking out the huge number of live bands playing in Loring Park, A&E’s compiled some other spots for you to...

Angie Oase of the band Pennyroyal poses with her bike on Sunday. Pennyroyal will be playing at Twin Cities Pride on June 28th. In addition, Oase plans on riding her bike with Dykes on Bikes, a lesbian motorcycle club, during the parade at Pride.

The pride of Pennyroyal

June 25, 2014

Initially, the Twin Cities Pride Festival elicited more questions than answers for Pennyroyal frontwoman Angie Oase. There was some discomfort and disconnect as she dealt with being gay and the varying...

Cut Copy will get you dancing like a robot from 1984.

Cut Copy: Just a right-click away

June 25, 2014

Cut Copy shows transport audiences to the floppy disk era. In their appearance earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., the electronica group was illuminated by...

Kumail Nanjiani's cunning wit comes from great work ethic.

Kumail Nanjiani to play Mill City Nights

June 18, 2014

When comedian Kumail Nanjiani moved to New York City, he decided he was only going to write material that was true to his actual experiences. Luckily for him, there were things like the pigeon man. “The...

Festival-goers sit on the edges of the crowd to listen to Caveman's afternoon set on the first day of Bonnaroo Thursday. The festival experience isn't all rainbows, though.

Footprints on the moon: the Bonnaroo universe

June 18, 2014

Music festivals that provide a campground are utopian in theory. The plots of land become oases of music-lovers, goofy behavior and plenty of brazen substance abuse. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, located...

Performer Aretha Aoki rehearses part of

Emily Johnson brings “SHORE” to Northrop

June 18, 2014

Choreographer Emily Johnson said she has a broad definition of what dance can be. “I look at the world in terms of movement and spatial relationships,” she said. “Birds flying, traffic...

Elias Arkham rehearses the new play

“The Beast” to open in Bedlam’s new Lowertown space

June 11, 2014

Bedlam Theatre’s “The Beast” has dark themes, a whole lot of physicality and a hefty body count — a perfect piece to perform for a potentially unsuspecting audience. The theater,...

Minneapolis-based painter and graphic designer Michael Cina works on artwork for his collaborative exhibit

Looking deeper across time zones

June 4, 2014

Sometimes it takes 40 tries to get the desired result. For perfectionists like photographer John Klukas and painter Michael Cina, this is an infuriating delight. Their joint exhibition at Minneapolis’...

One writer’s secret to a perfect marriage

June 4, 2014

Driving up a mountainside to a secluded cabin with your wife should be romantic. For writer and performer Mark Bentley Cohen, it felt more like the beginning of a horror flick in which he was the deranged...

Sage Francis' wear and tear

Sage Francis’ wear and tear

June 4, 2014

Instead of spending time with loved ones last Christmas, rapper Sage Francis was bedridden with pneumonia. Isolated from friends and family for an entire month, Francis’ eyes scanned the walls of...

Four songs for thin walls

June 3, 2014

Alright, so you play guitar. We won’t shame you here because you’ve already had your fill of that from your crappy friends. You’re probably trying to develop a new hobby or learn the...

Randy Reyes: Finding the footing

June 1, 2014

Artistic Director of Mu Theater, Randy Reyes. He is directing the upcoming play, FOB. (Photo by Samuel Harper) A little over a year ago, it was announced that Randy Reyes would succeed the influential...

New theater coalition in early stages

May 28, 2014

In October of last year, the musical “Miss Saigon” opened at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to protests. A theatrical sensation that debuted in London in 1989, “Miss Saigon”...

Paul F. Tompkins could be the best-dressed comic in this hemisphere.

Paul F. Tompkins: uncovering the story

May 28, 2014

Paul F. Tompkins scurried through his living room hanging pictures — hammer in one hand, box full of dishware in the other and phone cradled on his shoulder — a casual effort for the comedian. “We’ve...

A little gift for you

May 25, 2014

“I wish Morgan Freeman narrated my life.” If you haven’t heard this sentiment, it’s pretty clear you’ve never been on Reddit before (see also: 1, 2, 3). In the unfortunate...

Slam Dunkey

May 21, 2014

Chances are good that you loved video games at one point in your life. Even if it was only for a few moments, you can’t deny the riotous pixel party roped you in as a child. Who could blame you?...

Eugene Mirman's comedy is both crispy AND nutritional!

Pretty good comedy: Eugene Mirman prepares to tour U.S

May 8, 2014

During one fateful day in sixth grade, Eugene Mirman knew he was going to ace his book report. He hadn’t actually read the assigned novel — instead, the future comedian came into class and...

Performer Nathan Christopher rehearses the first act of

Staging uncommon roots

May 1, 2014

Playwright and director Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya never thought he would get into theater professionally. It took moving to Minnesota from his home of Puerto Rico and getting his M.D. at Mayo Medical...

20% Theatre Company regionally premieres “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

April 24, 2014

As each hour of rehearsal ticked by, director Anya Kremenetsky and the rest of her company tried to perfect the pacing of “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Kremenetsky said this play, put on by 20%...

Comedian Lizz Winstead adds politically charged sass to her Minnesota nice.

Lizz Winstead: Political and present

April 24, 2014

A tired, half-bored Lizz Winstead sat in a bar on a blind date, watching the first Gulf War unfold on television. Before entering the unremarkable New York City establishment, the comedian and future co-creator...

The Persuasions have the dynamic duo on their side: talent and charm.

No backing band necessary

April 10, 2014

A cappella music toes a careful line. For a truly great performance to emerge, each element must converge at the perfect moment. Bass vocalist Jimmy Hayes maintains that the advent of his group, the Persuasions,...