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Mademoiselle Sleuth comes apart at the seams

June 20, 2007

Nancy Drew had it all. A car, a boyfriend, two loyal best friends, a housekeeper who made excellent baked goods and a father who allowed his little girl to pursue dangerous criminals. Oh, and modesty,...

All about YOU

January 18, 2007

WE hide in dark crevices, waiting for the chance to strike. WE do not go after the enemy, but rather, entice the enemy to come to US, come to OUR turf. WE know that here, WE control the rules and no matter...

More classy joints around town

December 7, 2006

>"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different than you and me" - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Twin Cities have neither the old money of the East nor the new glitz of the West, but St. Paul did...

Soundwaves through filmstrips

August 16, 2006

Each year the Sound Unseen film festival offers a look into music beyond just the sounds. Whether the films focus on a single artist or explore an entire genre and movement, they unveil hidden stories...

I can’t believe it’s actually butter

August 9, 2006

Our politically correct times have rid fairs and carnivals of one of their most defining traditions - freak shows. The sideshows satisfied the exploitative and voyeuristic compulsions in American culture...

I don’t really want my MTV

August 2, 2006

VH1 Classics cares more about the birth of MTV 25 years ago than MTV does. In fact, it seems everyone else and their mother cares more about MTV's historic beginnings than the cable channel. While VH1...

The band that thinks it’s hot

July 26, 2006

Throughout CSS' debut album, the group, especially lead singer Lovefoxxx, keeps a cool, jaded disposition. The Brazilian band whose initials stand for "cansei de ser sexy," (Portuguese for "tired of being...

More than just a buzz band

July 12, 2006

Punk rock never has sounded more radiant or catchy than when in the hands of The Buzzcocks. The band - which formed in 1975 in Manchester, England - was one of the most influential outfits in punk's beginnings....

Summer ’06 Activities Guide

July 5, 2006

If we don't absorb every drop of sunshine now, all of us in Minnesota will have serious vitamin D deficiencies in the winter. Before the snowflakes begin to fall again (all too soon, always all too soon)...

My supersweet internship

July 5, 2006

Perhaps all our parents' and teachers' encouragements of "do what you love" has a consequence. While some college students pick careers based on projected income, there is a cultural attitude that we should...

Boyfriends not included

June 28, 2006

When Desdamona takes the stage and rocks the mic, she's not always accepted as a true artist. "There's the assumption that I'm somebody's girlfriend," said the local rapper. "Even as a performer you get...

Revealing culture with a click

June 21, 2006

Our memories are defined by photographs. When we think back to childhood, what we looked like, what are parents and friends looked like, usually we see images from photos. With cameras now digitized and...

Beastly sounds of art

June 14, 2006

For a Jackson Pollock painting, the visual impact has much to do with the physical process of the painting. Pollock did not daintily paint from an easel; rather, he danced around his work splayed on the...

Keillor fiddles with the knobs, still no signal

June 7, 2006

Robert Altman films typically focus on theme over plot. He allows scenes to linger and characters to stumble and overlap, which might not advance the plot, but it lets viewers get to know a place and its...

Byte-sized bits of brilliance

May 31, 2006

Last summer Chris Pennington was issued a cease and desist letter for his first Ten-Second Film Festival. Pennington, a volunteer for the Soap Factory art gallery, collected videos shot on digital cameras...

To hell with politics, let’s get it on

May 24, 2006

Rapper Boots Riley and partner DJ Pam "The Funkstress" have made The Coup one of rap's most politically charged groups. Taking their cues from the Black Panthers, Marx and hip hoppers Public Enemy, The...

Crying till you laugh, tragedy to book deals

May 24, 2006

Augusten Burroughs' memoirs manage to be both hilarious and horrifying. His accounts of growing up with his mentally ill mother under the roof of her therapist and his dependency on alcohol are haunting...

Alive and kicking, kicking and screaming

May 4, 2006

Maybe it's her brightly dyed hair combined with a loud, rebellious attitude that makes Pink seem smarter and more acceptable to listen to than her pop princess contemporaries. But really, Pink is not smarter....

Twentysomethings finding neverland, living at home

May 4, 2006

If you're a post-college graduate who temps, hooks up and rents, then consider yourself a delayed adult and a twixter. These terms - meant to insult - describe a now Census-acknowledged group of 20- to...

‘7th Heaven’: His punishment and his passion

April 27, 2006

Aric McKeown subjects himself to torture on a nightly basis. He watches television. Although most people watch TV, they usually admit it reluctantly and disguise it as a guilty pleasure. TV is the lowest...

There’s a hip-hop star snacking beside you

April 27, 2006

Local hip-hop group Heiruspecs performed with Atmosphere and toured the country with the likes of Lyrics Born, Ja Rule and Cake. So why would bassist Sean McPherson want to give up the life of a rap star...

Did the Academy not consider the Legos?

April 20, 2006

Brokeback Mountain" should have won the Best Picture Oscar. This is not a testament to the film's cinematic quality or storyline or director or actors, etc. And "Crash" might be a really good film - I...

The Flaming Lips sober up, let down

April 20, 2006

Instead of an army of giant pink robots, The Flaming Lips have focused their neo-flower-power forces onto something those of us not dropping acid can fear as well. On the group's last record, "Yoshimi...

Sonic Youth’s magic makes out with Madonna

April 13, 2006

A person can tolerate only so much noise and only so much pop. When taken in doses too large, both styles become mind-numbing. Although Sonic Youth gets credit for pioneering the artsy, post-punk avant-garde...

Tween Time

April 6, 2006

Unless you're 10, you probably didn't recognize the top three selling records on Billboard in the first week of March. "High School Musical," "Kidz Bop 9" and "Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious...

You’re invited to the purple palace

March 30, 2006

Prince invites us all to a party at 3121 - his rented Los Angeles mansion decked out in a Playboy-approved decor of plush, suede couches, scented candles and hot tubs strewn with rose petals. If 2004's...

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme

March 30, 2006

She is twee, he is grunge. She used to play in Belle & Sebastian, he used to play in Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. She has a fairy charm with blond hair and big eyes, he looks rather...

Documenting The Battle of the British Buzz Bands

March 23, 2006

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Hook Up and get down at the Dinkytowner

March 9, 2006

Vodka shots, cue balls and beats - every Saturday night the Dinkytowner guarantees drunkenness, pool and best of all, hip-hop. This Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the weekly hip-hop show The...

Make sure to crash this ‘Block Party’

March 9, 2006

Fighting for a cause often seems frivolous these days. Those who protest the war, fur or Angelina stealing Brad only recall the temporary idealism of 1960s hippies. It's hard not to envision youthful,...

Singer-songwriter trapped between rock and a hard place

March 2, 2006

Throughout Beth Orton's solo career, she has seemed to be stuck in a paradox. Her work with acid-tinged electronica artists Red Snapper and the Chemical Brothers has given her underground cred, and she...

Sly like a Fox, stupid like a Fox sitcom

March 2, 2006

College has the reputation of being a phase. We go to school, learn some trade and party hard. And then comes the time when we outgrow the shenanigans and graduate. The security blanket of higher education...

Spark Festival highlights musicians, kindles new interest

February 23, 2006

In the 1980 film "Fame," Bruno Martelli stands apart from his fellow musician classmates. The others play traditional orchestral instruments such as violins, cellos, trumpets, clarinets and pianos. But...

Dem Franchize Boyz cut a strong, snappy album

February 23, 2006

Dem Franchize Boyz use very little to make a big sound. A hollowed bass and finger snaps are the backbone of all their songs. They occasionally throw in a couple of catchy synthesizer loops and some horns....

Music made for the middle children

February 16, 2006

Scene 1: Set in the Brady girlsí bedroom. Marcia and Cindy sit on their beds listening to Marciaís Davy Jones record. Suddenly, Jan runs into the room. JAN: Sisters, you have to hear this record I just...

Mary J. Blige: Long live the queen

February 9, 2006

Mary J. Blige has been the reigning soul and hip-hop queen for more than a decade. Despite her throne, part of what makes Blige fascinating are the times she's almost fallen from it. Every album since...

Girls gone not so wild

February 9, 2006

It seemed improbable from the beginning. Would Minnesota girls really go wild? Sure, Joe Francis is able to coax drunken college girls at Mardi Gras, Daytona and Cancún to lift their shirts...

Dating Elvis isn’t the (only) reason for Wanda Jackson’s rock royalty status

February 2, 2006

I wore Elvis' ring," Wanda Jackson declares on her newest record, "I Remember Elvis." It's a claim not many can make, to have dated the King of Rock 'n' Roll. "My husband had this idea to do a tribute...

Give these femme fatale frontwomen a taste test

February 2, 2006

From Nico to Liz Phair to PJ Harvey, indie rock has a long-running love affair with the femme fatale frontwoman. She is not only beautiful, but also tragic and untamable; she boldly sings of her Aphrodite...

Gay Jamaican American author uses his “words’ to cause change

January 26, 2006

Thomas Glave wonders, What if Monica Lewinsky had been black? And what if instead of a woman, Lewinsky was a man? In his collection of essays, mostly written after 2000, Glave questions what it means to...

The Plastic Constellations: Saviors from the sky

January 26, 2006

.The Plastic Constellations' new album, "Crusades," is closer to the myth and fantasy of "Lord of the Rings" than to CNN, but the album's artwork and lyrics capture the sense that we're in the midst of...

I’ll be the first to say it: Ashlee Simpson is real

January 19, 2006

The most common criticism of the new Ashlee Simpson album, "I Am Me," is that Jessica's lil' sis' ain't keepin' it real. Ashlee is phony, unconvincing, artificial, polished and sipping on some major Fakerade,...

Diablo Cody: On feminism, fake breasts

January 19, 2006

She's stuck off in this little room / With nothing left to hold on to / Her life is in a little box / She's wondering will it ever stop / The life of a stripper" " Ying Yang Twins, "Live Again" Fake tans,...

Let Se-or Coconut show you the world

December 8, 2005

It's Jamaican dancehall at Trinidad Soca speeds underneath hip-hop from the United States. It is reggaeton and it will soon, if it hasn't already, take over your dance floor. With reggaeton hyped as the...

Holiday lights are only one way to get lit

December 8, 2005

The holiday season is always full of cheer " maybe because everyone gets blitzed. Whether you need alcohol to put the "happy" in "holidays" or simply to survive your family, you might as well drink in...

Boys, breakups and pop perfection ” all in a box set

December 1, 2005

They sing of secret crushes, school dances, breakups and anything else involving boys. They wear matching dresses or sweaters and flip their hair. They have names like The Butterflys, The Honey Bees, The...

Dashboard’s frontman confesses

December 1, 2005

With dark eyes, black hair slicked back like James Dean's and arms covered with sleeves of tattoos, he looks like a bad-boy punk rocker. But with an acoustic guitar and lyrics such as "This is where I...

Behind every good man …

November 23, 2005

Walk the Line" is as much about Johnny Cash's marriage as it is about his music. But the film gives June Carter Cash more credit for being Cash's savior than being a musician in her own right. And she's...

“Walk the Line’ strides past its story’s depth

November 17, 2005

The love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter could not have been written any better if it were fiction. Theirs is not a straightforward boy-meets-girl, boy-saves-girl story; instead, their love is...

Warhol Wars

November 17, 2005

Jacqueline Kennedy smiles sweetly in a prim jacket and looks like the all-American girl. Marilyn Monroe lowers her gaze, parts her lips and looks utterly desirable. "They shared a man and now they share...

50 Cent: Out of da club and into da film

November 10, 2005

We all know Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is tough. We recognize the image of shirtless-50 with basketball-size muscles. But more than that, we can practically recount the story of 50 being shot nine(!) times. While...

Slug Love

November 10, 2005

Teens with dyed black hair, dark eyeliner and spike-studded belts are not at a My Chemical Romance show. No, they are pumping their fists and bobbing their heads to hip-hop. And not the Jay-Z, Linkin Park...

Culture can kill

November 3, 2005

A centimeter-thick layer of foundation covers the actress' skin, lipstick makes her lips a shiny red and a padded bra enhances her curves. She reads a script in Spanish that copies plotlines from American...

Kirsten is a dunce

November 3, 2005

Certain actors, no matter how many different roles they play, cannot overcome themselves. It is not entirely their fault; our culture puts such an emphasis on celebrities that even when an actor is dressed...

Legacy meets contemporary: Just ‘think’ of the possibilities

October 27, 2005

The premise is a good one. Take unused Wu-Tang Clan beats and pair them with some of the best rappers in underground hip-hop. That's what Wu-Tang collaborator and A&R-man Dreddy Kruger did. He resurrected...

Broken Social Scene stays solid

October 27, 2005

As the number of its band members increases, Broken Social Scene's intensity decreases. For the Canadian band's third album, the group adds six members, bringing the total to 17. Brendan Canning of Broken...

Believe the hype

October 20, 2005

The hype man might be the most overlooked musician. That's because he is not even considered a musician, simply a sidekick designed to get the crowd pumped. The one exception would be Puff Daddy and only...

Asking the hard questions, envisioning the surreal

October 13, 2005

On an overwhelming animal like an elephant, no one notices the small details. No one notices the eyelashes. No one except Yoni Wolf. Wolf, also a part of the experimental rap group cLOUDDED, is the brainchild...

Bruce’s fans, and flannel, unchanged

October 13, 2005

Every Bruce Springsteen fan believes the Boss is still relevant. "He's the everyman," said a man nicknamed Dr. Rock. "He remained true to his audience even as it's changed. Grandkids could come and still...

This column is downright Pixieish

October 13, 2005

A 17-year-old girl orders a coffee from my friend David working behind the counter at a St. Paul coffee shop. Actually, she doesn't order a coffee; she orders a double espresso cappuccino with skim milk,...

From ‘Fantasia’ to Fluxus

October 6, 2005

Disney goes beyond producing pop culture. It is pop culture. So it seems odd that the Walker will screen "Fantasia" and several Disney shorts. Isn't Disney so pop that it escapes any qualification as art? Artist-in-residence...

These sounds look good

October 6, 2005

Sound Unseen isn't going to show "Tommy." Sorry. The festival that features films about music, now on its sixth year, focuses on rare films and rare subjects. "Unlike a lot of other (music) film festivals...

Meet Bow Wow at the roller rink

September 29, 2005

Roller skates have made a comeback. Roller skaters star in commercials (notably one for iPod). Roller derbies have sprung up in every city. And now the roller disco film "Roll Bounce" is released. But...

TIGER BEAT

September 29, 2005

Gwen Stefani, always ahead of the fashion curve, has given up on glitzy cell phone ringtones, catwalks and outrageous clothing for a style more, well, revolutionary. She has replaced the Harajuku girls...

Deerhoof’s latest album finds force in new places

September 22, 2005

No more songs about pandas, ducks, dogs or any other cute animals. Deerhoof's new album "The Runners Four" is not as adorable. No more 30-second quirky outbursts or pop songs buried in a web of noise and...

Reality: An uncomfortable enjoyment

September 15, 2005

In every way, Jamie Stewart's music is unsettling. Xiu Xiu - Stewart's project with help from a cast of musicians - explores a world where characters live in extremely desperate situations. And Xiu Xiu's...

We are not lobotomized kittens

September 15, 2005

College enrollment is up. And because more kids want to go, the competition is greater. This is common knowledge to anyone who has applied to college in the past five years or so. But this is the opposite...

A five-carat album

September 8, 2005

The last students to register get the boring classes, the mean professors, the leftovers. And in music, the sophomore album is not far from the deferred college sophomore. Often on a first album, the songs...

New Orleans music

September 8, 2005

It's horrible to think the street corners where jazz was conceived have been washed away. While known for being the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has been an integral part of defining and reshaping all...

Beats from the basement

September 8, 2005

As the mainstream, - or at least "The O.C.," - begins to embrace indie rock bands like Death Cab for Cutie, the brooding style is waning in college radio. This year's hottest releases, from the likes of...

Bands new release takes on religion

August 17, 2005

On the cover of their latest album "Jesus Chryst," The Peppermints re-enact the last supper. The noise-punk group with messy dyed hair looks silly juxtaposed in robes surrounded by oil-painted apostles....

The Hilton-Warhol Files

August 10, 2005

Fame's a funny thing, no matter the age you live in. Imagine this scenario: You are wearing a Strawberry Shortcake T-shirt you bought at Urban Outfitters, and you pass by a bus stop where Paris Hilton...

‘Last Days’ misses Kurt Cobain’s fall

August 3, 2005

Director Gus Van Sant makes a big assumption in his latest film, "Last Days." He assumes viewers know the story of Nirvana - the seemingly flukish rise to fame that put grunge into society's mainstream...

‘City of God’ might just be the city of dance

August 3, 2005

A ghetto pushed to the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Favela is a place you don't want to mess with. It's also home to immense poverty and an all-out war between drug lords and police. Let's put it this...

Common’s back!

July 27, 2005

Lonnie Lynn, better known by his MC name Common, has not only returned home but returned to the planet. Since the early 1990s, Common has taken a laid-back approach to his rhymes. The rapper explored spirituality...

More magazine music lists?

July 20, 2005

The United States has an obsession with competition. Whether in sports, the space race or global domination, to us, there's a winner and loser to be found in anything. Perhaps this accounts for why lists...

Meals and melodies on the mall

July 20, 2005

In the summertime, the University is a much different place. Yes, there are still some students and professors wandering about, but it's no longer the swarming sea of people to be found during the school...

Trinkets, ponies and Jems unite

July 12, 2005

Jennifer Crutcher and her daughter, Amber Dudley, drove 12 hours to reach the University last week, but their minds were not on school, and they were not interested in a campus tour. Instead, they were...

Feist relishes in a summer state of mind

July 6, 2005

Summer can be a deceiving season. The long, lazy afternoons of warm sunshine cast a spell of happiness and freedom. It's why there's such a concept as a summer romance. Love that blossoms in the summer...

Doe! ‘Forever’ stumbles and stutters

June 29, 2005

Perhaps John Doe has always had an old soul. Though his former band X is credited as being the quintessential L.A. punk band in the late 1970s and early 1980s, X was never strictly punk. Billy Zoom, X's...

Another Doomtree voice out on his own

June 22, 2005

Doomtree is turning into a Minneapolis version of Wu-Tang Clan. The Clan used the large hip-hop collective to make each MC and producer a household name, such as RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man...

Sleater-Kinney, into the ‘Woods’

June 15, 2005

Just as Henry David Thoreau once did, Sleater-Kinney had to retreat to nature to gain perspective. Instead of Walden Pond, though, the woods Sleater-Kinney uses for inspiration on their new album are synthetic....

Reunion of Digable Planets, cool like dat

June 15, 2005

Minneapolis might not be Los Angeles, but just as actors want their name on the stars of Hollywood Boulevard, musicians want their own star outside First Avenue. After reuniting to perform at First Avenue,...

A ‘rock school’ in need of a broader teaching plan

June 15, 2005

Paul Green thinks his after-school music lessons will save rock 'n' roll. This means, of course, that he believes rock needs saving - quite a common stance for '60s and '70s-era adolescents. In 2007, Green...

Big Business measures up to its peers

June 8, 2005

The major problem with musical trends that aim to revamp music from a specific period is that, more often than not, the new bands can't compete with the old. Take, for example, oh, say, Interpol. Sure,...

The Hold Steady mixes religion, AC/DC-like rifts

June 1, 2005

To be born again means to erase your past. Accept Jesus as your savior and, regardless of former sins, you certainly won't be "left behind." Craig Finn, perhaps sensing a rising fundamentalist trend, has...

Looking back to look forward

June 1, 2005

Rapper Big Daddy Kane sits on a throne surrounded by women who fan him, feed him and attend to his every need. These women wear short, toga-like white dresses and are unquestionably portrayed as sex objects. Yet,...

Dancing and drowning: The sounds of Digitata

May 25, 2005

Trying to decipher Maggie Morrison's lyrics can be as confusing as a game of telephone, with words and meanings quickly becoming garbled and misunderstood. For example, when Morrison sings, "just a storm...

Underground and welcoming

May 5, 2005

NCorrection: The Daily incorrectly listed the cost of tickets for The Murder by Death show. Prices are $5 for University students and $10 for the general public. obody goes to jail voluntarily. It usually...

Out of the night that covers me

April 28, 2005

M83's album takes place during the time when the night sky shows its first sign of relenting. When the black of the sky slowly dulls into a gray. Sun rays have yet to appear, but at any moment, the horizon...

Healing the whole world

April 28, 2005

Every May, for 31 years, the Phillips neighborhood has been transformed into an earthy Mardi Gras. Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's annual May Day Parade and Festival fills Bloomington Avenue...

Dig that crazy sound

April 21, 2005

Ornette Coleman has been pissing off jazz listeners since the 1960s. Nowadays, it usually takes provocative lyrics or artwork for an artist to stir controversy, but Coleman did it simply by not following...

Art you can explore

April 14, 2005

Silver paper, crumpled then smoothed, drapes over a square box. On closer inspection, the material is like fishnet stockings made of metal wire, designed to capture sunbeams like butterflies. The new addition...

Who’s kidding who?

April 7, 2005

Beck is praised for being a postmodern joker. He skips from cut-out bins to house parties and rocks the lost post baby boomer generations with just "two turntables and a microphone." As he steals from...

Pleading for pleasure

February 17, 2005

Sex is everywhere. Whether on the cover of magazines, in popular song lyrics, in the back pages of alternative weeklies, in porn shops and strip clubs or in e-mail spam, it's unavoidable. Despite the dominance...

Rebirth of a mythology

February 10, 2005

Ralph Waldo Emerson, back in 1875, foresaw the future of the DJ. At least, that's how DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid sees it. Emerson theorized no work is truly original. Artists can't help but steal from...

Louder, faster, more

February 10, 2005

.It used to be clear that Low was a lamb - soft and gentle. Gradually over the years, though, Low has morphed into a lion. A lion with too big a heart to eat its prey, but a lion nonetheless. From the...

Subtext under the stairs

February 10, 2005

An onion can make you cry, but that doesn't mean it's sad. Likewise, "Boogeyman" can make you jump, but that doesn't mean it's scary. The movie "Boogeyman" follows Tim (Barry Watson), who, as a child,...

In the face of tremendous adversity

February 3, 2005

.Though music from Jamaica, Africa, the Caribbean, India and the Middle East differs greatly, it's all lumped together under the ambiguous "world music" genre. For consumers, "world" is meant to imply...

Hard travelin’ too

February 3, 2005

Lhasa's voice is distant. Her vocals carry a cool airiness like a smooth, cigarette-smoking jazz-club singer. It makes her seem somehow detached and far away. The alterna-folk artist's voice never becomes...