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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...