The Minnesota Daily

All content by Keri Carlson

Dredging up some painful memories

January 27, 2005

The brain is the biggest mystery of the human body. What we don't know about the brain overshadows what little we do understand. That is why Cynthia Hopkins' one-act play, "Accidental Nostalgia," asks...

Danceable, funky, avant-garde

January 27, 2005

A new compilation offers dance punk that's actually danceable. The folks at DFA Records have the record-geek cool to resurrect 1970s no-wave band Liquid Liquid (Grand Master Flash sampled it in "White...

Headphones, backpacks, watch ’em all piggy back

January 27, 2005

Stones Throw is considered a hip-hop label, but limiting it to that misses the point of the project. The Stones Throw guys love music. Not just hip-hop, not just funk, not just anything. Despite Stones...

What it feels like when doves cry

January 20, 2005

Conor Oberst, the only constant member of the band Bright Eyes, has slowly opened up to the world. Moving from his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to New York, from college radio charts to Billboard charts, from...

God, guns and guts

December 9, 2004

If you haven't heard it enough already, this is a divided country. And judging by the latest list of top-selling nonfiction, neither political side is willing to look at this country with a colorblind...

Giant eyeballs invade Minneapolis

December 2, 2004

After their 1979 album, "Eskimo," which took four years to create, the Residents wanted to do something easier and with more pop. They wanted to sell out. So the Residents, an anonymous group that wears...

Let tomorrow come and go

December 2, 2004

Couples are supposed to be happy. That's the point of a real relationship - to be with someone who makes you giggly and goofy. Stephanie Davila, who takes continuing education courses, and Doug Miller,...

Defying conventions and comparisons

November 18, 2004

Eufio sounds like a riot grrrl band. Like Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear and Bratmobile, Eufio's music consists of a messy punk stomp that involves plenty of raised voices. Normally, directly comparing a band...

Hearts made of cement

November 18, 2004

The Arcade Fire begins its first album "Funeral" with a charming old piano and a tale of young lovers who escape through tunnels connected to their bedrooms and meet in the middle of town. But this is...

The best of the fabulous 1980s

November 11, 2004

The Futureheads have nailed the spunky 1970s punk and new-wave sound. With spiky guitars that slice through twitchy stop-start melodies, they bring to mind bands such as the Jam or Gang of Four (whose...

Maintaining your individuality

November 11, 2004

Bellwether has four members, plus contributions from guest musicians. But it hardly ever sounds that way on the band's new album "Seven and Six." Most often, it seems as though only one or two people play...

Brotherhood of the wolves

November 11, 2004

Humans are required to have at least one self-destructive habit. It can be as common as coffee and cigarettes or as harmful as crack and cutting. We all have our vices, and listening to the Michigan-based...

Family scrapbook

November 4, 2004

On stage Martin Dosh, who uses his last name as a stage moniker, is like a mad scientist. He runs around the stage playing one instrument and then quickly switching to the next. He loops each sound he...

Down to the paradise city

November 4, 2004

A Green Day rock opera might not sound like anything anyone would want to hear. This is the band after all, that capitalized on suburban anomie by writing pop punk (emphasis on "pop") songs about laziness...

Turning the party into rebellion

November 4, 2004

In the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, lead singer Kathleen Hanna cried "Revolution girl style now" with a shrill scream backed with chunky guitars. Hanna used the heavy, distorted sounds of punk to challenge...

Three-chord dirge

November 4, 2004

At 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, First Avenue's talent buyer Sonia Grover was at the polls, ready to vote, when she received a phone call urging her to return to work as soon as possible. Allan Fingerhut, the owner...

Radio Free Minnesota

October 28, 2004

The Federal Communications Commission only permits one-twenty-fifth of a watt power level to be broadcast without a license for FM radio. That equals approximately 100 feet of broadcasting. Not exactly...

Coming back this way again

October 21, 2004

When does a joke stop being funny? Sean Tillman adapted the persona of a sultry pop star who takes home just as many chicks from the club as Usher. It's funny because Tillman is exactly the opposite of...

They doon git nae respect

October 21, 2004

The Delgados are too often forgotten. Whenever the Scottish music scene is mentioned, bands such as Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Arab Strap and now Franz Ferdinand steal all the attention. Even though...

Poems are made by fools like me

October 21, 2004

Since Bob Dylan, we have come to accept the belief that songwriters are poets. Lyrics (the good ones) have form, rhythm, wordplay, imagery and often rhyme - all the makings of a poem. It's hard to deny...

Fear of a velour planet

October 14, 2004

Hip-hop is different from other mainstream genres. Any self-respecting rock music fan would scoff at the trash offered on commercial radio, but the same is not true for hip-hop. Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and...

Country grammar

October 14, 2004

These guys should be called two pussies and an ass-kicker," said an audience member when watching the Secret Machines open up for Blonde Redhead back in April at the Fine Line. That statement couldn't...

Sultry sounds of South America

October 14, 2004

Federico Aubele is known as an electronic artist, but that fact is easy to forget. The Argentine artist concentrates his first solo record, "Gran Hotel Buenos Aires," on his Latin folk guitar playing that...

Gray, unpleasant land

October 7, 2004

WWe will darken the heavens/ We will blot out the sun/ We will build a new Egypt/ We will form a new God/ In our own image," Darren Jackson, the frontman of Kid Dakota sings at the end of his song "Homesteader." Kid...

He’s got no kick against modern jazz

October 7, 2004

Since his first album "Sonic Explorations" in 1987, Matthew Shipp has persistently expanded and innovated jazz music. That's a difficult feat in a genre that survives mainly on reissues. While Shipp has...

Gods of dischord

October 7, 2004

N'Ecoutez Pas" is Fly Pan Am's post-Godspeed, post-rock, post modern noise collage. It severs ties to the band's past efforts, making them sound very post-Fly Pan Am. All the "posts" make the album sound...

Making music beautiful

September 30, 2004

The story behind the music is not always as stereotypical as a tale of sex, drugs and bankruptcy. But those are the kind of stories we hear about in rock music - the price of fame, the endless drinking...

Holy name

September 30, 2004

The history of the Whole Music Club was destroyed with the rest of Coffman Union during renovations. During those four years, many forgot about the once-thriving music venue. By the time Coffman Union...

Electric sake acid test

September 23, 2004

Japanese music, (at least the stuff we can find in the United States), often sounds like strangely translated U.S. pop. The music is obviously derived from U.S. styles, yet it sounds distinctly Japanese;...

Revive us again

September 23, 2004

Judging the revivalist music that is so prevalent these days can be tricky. A band can rock harder than a Motley Crue after-party, but if they sound too much like one particular band, it might not matter....

The new power generators

September 16, 2004

Die Electric did not have an easy start. Maybe not any more traumatic than most band beginnings, but nonetheless, it seemed the odds were against them. The band began as The Voltz, which they had to change...

Fast, furious and fiery

September 16, 2004

Eleanor Friedberger has an out-of-breath style of singing. The lead singer in the New York-based experimental indie rock brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces sounds like she's racing each song to finish...

From the land of the ice and snow

September 16, 2004

Great Scandinavian music, for most, means one thing: Abba. Despite the number of Scandinavian descendents in this state, any sense of heritage comes from Ole and Lena jokes. But besides the source for...

Heroine of a new saga

September 9, 2004

There have always been two major qualities that have made Bjork one of the most compelling artists of the last decade. Not solely in a pop-culture context, but with musicologists, contemporary, classical...

Come out and play with me

September 9, 2004

How do you always know what I'm going to say? How can you always finish my sentences?" Briana Smith asks. Jessica Seamans replies, "Bri, it's because we've known each other for so long." It's not hard...

A healthy dose of noise

September 9, 2004

The artwork on No Doctors' new EP has a dizzying effect. The front and back of the compact disc are colorful collages with splotches of paint. The inside booklet contains small black and white photos of...

“Punk Rock Awesome”

August 11, 2004

7 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday Brave New Workshop For the last two Fringe Festivals, Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic's plays have always been the show to see. This year, the duo completes its punk-rock trilogy...

“Buckets and Tap Shoes”

August 11, 2004

7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Saturday Brave New Workshop Theater Yawning is contagious. It takes just one yawner, and soon everyone in the room has yawned. It is a strange phenomenon with vague scientific theories,...

“The Great Masturbators”

August 11, 2004

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. Friday, Jungle Theater "The Great Masturbators" is not about masturbation or sex, at least not exclusively, yet the title is perfect. The play peeks in on the conversations...

Chaos comes in spurts

August 4, 2004

On its last tour, the Mae Shi offered to trade a copy of its first EP for fan-made mix tapes. Mix tapes and/or mix CDs can be essential for a touring band enduring endless highway and crappy radio. Bands...

This’ll only hurt a bit

July 21, 2004

Minneapolis' new later bar time has forced many scenesters to reexamine their commitment to live music. On weekends it's tolerable. But during the work week, shows stretching into the wee hours can lead...

Hard man and hard rock

July 14, 2004

With the toughness of John Wayne, the savoir-faire of Cary Grant and chiseled good looks that were uniquely his own, Steve McQueen was a Hollywood original. This year's theme for the Walker Art Center's...

Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

July 6, 2004

It is a well-known fact that major labels and commercial radio are evil. Hardly anyone with any taste regularly listens to the radio these days - or will admit to doing so. And it takes only a couple of...

Dueling pornographers

June 30, 2004

The New Pornographers is a band made up of musicians who all have other bands and solo projects. Though this group is the most well-known of any of their projects, The New Pornographers take long breaks...

Music under the sun and stars

June 23, 2004

There, there - just because Britney and Christina canceled their tours does not mean summer is ruined. You can still find plenty of things to do. After all, Hillary Duff has yet to cancel! But besides...

The sounds of science

June 23, 2004

Few serious music collectors have a collection which consists primarily of tapes. They may have a couple of Paula Abdul or Van Halen cassettes gathering dust in the garage, but mainly it's either vinyl...

Better not mess with it

June 16, 2004

A computer can now determine whether or not a song will be a hit. It sounds pretty absurd - how can a machine that merely processes data understand creativity and art? It can't. That's not the point though....

Music on the mall

June 7, 2004

As Minnesotans, we pay a price to live here. Not so much in rent (especially compared to other cities), but with our sanity. Every winter we test our nerves with cabin fever and frost-bitten appendages....

Splendor in the grass

June 1, 2004

Gently flowing rivers, swirling windmills, spewing volcanoes and giant purple elephants. The more absurd a miniature golf course gets, the better the course, unless you actually want to work on your putting...

A dangerous mind

June 1, 2004

Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" will likely be an album still talked about 20 years from now. Maybe even 50. Maybe more. It's hard to say for sure what the significance of the album is right now. It could...