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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...