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Pitchfork profile: Big Boi

Pitchfork profile: Big Boi

July 21, 2010

When the Pitchfork 2010 lineup was unleashed, one name surged above the storms of hype surrounding Pavement's reunion and LCD Soundsystem's potentially career-ending victory lap. That name was Sir Lucious...

Pitchfork Day Three recap

July 19, 2010

The Pitchfork 2010 match — cracked by Modest Mouse in night one and kept alive by Free Energy and Titus Andronicus in night two — now lies lonely and extinguished in the form of a thousand beer cups,...

Pitchfork profile: Sharon Van Etten

Pitchfork profile: Sharon Van Etten

July 18, 2010

Last December Robyn Pecknold âÄî creative honcho of the best modern folk group, Fleet Foxes âÄî told Pitchfork âÄúthe world doesnâÄôt need another traditional folk record.âÄù...

Guest Blog — A&E Editor Emeritus Jay Boller

July 17, 2010

Micheal Showalter is a funny dude. He was superb in “Wet Hot American Summer,” sound in “The State” and stellar in Comedy Central’s short-lived sitcom “Stella.” So when he awkwardly ushered...

Pitchfork Day One recap

July 17, 2010

Pitchfork 2010 began in predictable fashion. Dance bands played to a beat that outpaced the not-yet-comfortable shoe gazers in the crowd, the Jumbotron ran an ad that showed Rolling Stone banally dubbing...

Pitchfork profile — Best Coast

Pitchfork profile — Best Coast

July 17, 2010

Out of all the faces that emerged and survived from the quicksand of the blogosphere this past year, Best Coast âÄî the gloomy yet endearing creative project of L.A. songstress Bethany Cosentino...

Guthrie’s “Streetcar” is STELLAAA(r)

Guthrie’s “Streetcar” is STELLAAA(r)

July 14, 2010

âÄúA Streetcar Named DesireâÄù by Tennesse Williams Director: John Miller-Stephany Starring: Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Stacia Rice, Gretchen Egolf Where: The Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thrust...

MCAD houses diverse exhibit

MCAD houses diverse exhibit

July 7, 2010

McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition WHO: Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz and Piotr Szyhalski WHERE: Minneapolis College of Art and Design WHEN: July 9 - August 13; Opening reception...

Ales, Whales and Phantom Tails

Ales, Whales and Phantom Tails

July 7, 2010

Phantom Tails CD Release Where: Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S. When: July 9, 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free The name Phantom Tails is either a byproduct of a chin stroking and grass smoking "brainstorming" session...

Never-before-heard HEALTH track “Drugs Beach”

June 30, 2010

More from Radio K's never-before-seen HEALTH coverage. "Drugs Beach" is the song. The song is new to you unless you've been at their live shows.

Weekend Culture Compass — Devo, Dollhouse and Tool

June 30, 2010

Thursday Music âÄî Tool The band with the most moody, cerebral fans plays to an arena full of them this weekend. We foresee a lot of thoughtful headbanging. Excel Energy Center 199 W. Kellogg Blvd....

Songs of these States

June 29, 2010

Here at A&E, we labor under the âÄúIn Rock We TrustâÄù creed. ThatâÄôs why weâÄôre going to use Uncle SamâÄôs 11-score and 14th b-day as an excuse to rock out...

HEALTH at 7th St. Entry

June 28, 2010

Eminem walks down the long road of

Review: Eminem — “Recovery”

June 22, 2010

Every golden boy of every decade has seen the kind of rock-bottom despair that Eminem beats to death in his new LP âÄúRecovery .âÄù Elvis Presley faded out in sloppy humiliation. John Lennon...

Pride without prejudice

Pride without prejudice

June 22, 2010

TC Pride Festival When: June 26-27, Parade on June 27 Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Who: Village People, CeCe Peniston, DJ Shiek, Ellis and Electric Avenue Imagine if a relic from early pioneer America...



June 16, 2010

Rock the Garden Who: MGMT, OK Go, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Retribution Gospel Choir Where: The Walker Art Center / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave. When: Sat., June 19, 3:00 p.m....

Poet and lyricist Chris Besinger Thursday outside Diamonds coffee shop.

Besinger tries to be poet — and he succeeds

June 16, 2010

Famed poet and longtime University of Minnesota professor Michael Dennis Browne once likened song lyrics devoid of their musical buoyancy to âÄúa boat without water.âÄù Those of local punk...

These rockers, unlike most rockers, hear, see and speak no evil.

Review: “Zoo Animal”

June 9, 2010

Zoo Animal Album: âÄúZoo AnimalâÄù Label: Rest + Easy Minneapolis trio Zoo Animal encompasses all of the indie trends that defined the colorful culmination of the decade that was: rough-and-pretty...

Feminist art enters Cult Status

Feminist art enters Cult Status

June 9, 2010

WHAT: Cult Sisters 5 with live music from The Great Confinement WHEN: June 12, 7 p.m. WHERE: Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S. COST: Free ItâÄôs midmorning and Erin Sayer is spraying âÄúCult...

An image from “Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol”

Queer Takes takes on families

June 2, 2010

WHAT: Queer Takes: Alt Families WHEN: âÄúBeautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar,âÄù June 4, 7:30 p.m. âÄúEdie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement,âÄù...

Good will Hunting Club

Good will Hunting Club

June 1, 2010

WHAT: Hunting Club CD Release WHO: Hunting Club, These Modern Socks, Satellite Voices, SpeedâÄôs the Name WHEN: Friday, June 4, 9 p.m. WHERE: Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls....

Private Dancer plays at the Turf Club this Saturday.

Weekend Culture Compass — Private Dancer, Solid Gold and Steven Spielberg

June 1, 2010

Friday Art âÄî ART MATters Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis (two of MinneapolisâÄô best illustrators) and more are making artful yoga mats to make your yoga experience even pertier. The event,...

Ready, set, Soundset!

May 26, 2010

WHAT: Soundset 2010 WHO: Atmosphere , Brother Ali , many more WHEN: May 30, Gates open at 11 a.m. WHERE: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee In the humbler corners of our great Midwest, folksâÄô...

Getting involved in the arts this summer

Getting involved in the arts this summer

May 4, 2010

Here in the Midwest, summer is all about making a buck. ItâÄôs about the high sun ripping up your tired back and sweating it out until break time âÄî all for a paycheck that ends up in...

Getting Published 101

April 28, 2010

ItâÄôs hard out there for a college creative writer as folks with âÄúpracticalâÄù majors scoff at your âÄúnowhere manâÄù ambitions. To make it worse, The New Yorker...

Hip-hop is a cabaret, ol' chum

Hip-hop is a cabaret, ol’ chum

April 28, 2010

WHO: Dessa and friends WHAT: Cadence WHEN: May 5-7 WHERE: The Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S., Mpls. How much: $15 - $17 MinneapolisâÄô own Dessa Darling has taken such titles as emcee, author,...

Travel foodie extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain is in town, to smoke and drink and shed his wisdom. PHOTO COURTESY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL

Weekend Culture Compass – Bourdain, Chabon and other methods of enlightenment.

April 22, 2010

Thursday Literature âÄî Michael Chabon The author of such literary paragons as âÄúThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh,âÄù âÄúWonder BoysâÄù and âÄúThe Amazing Adventures...


Art Collectives in the Twin Cities

April 16, 2010

Art and the economy have always maintained a symbiotic relationship, where a Warhol print could keep a swinging art collector surrounded in glitzy, white powder excess until the next came along. But in...

Rogue Valley is musician Chris Koza's new, season-related project. PHOTO COURTESY DARIN BACK

Going Rogue … Valley

April 7, 2010

Who: Chris Koza, Joanna James, Jeremy Messersmith and more What: Rogue Valley Where: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul When: 8 p.m., Saturday Price: $25 (MPR member discount available)...

“Chad Deity” gives Mpls. the smackdown

April 7, 2010

What: âÄúThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityâÄù Where: Mixed Blood, 1501 4th St. S. When: April 9 - May 2 Tickets: $10 - $28 Sports and theater do not usually pursue much of a relationship....

Chances are you’ll stumble on at least one of Dosh's three CD-release parties.

Dosh CD Release (Cubed)

March 31, 2010

WHO: Dosh WHAT: CD-release Shows WHEN/WHERE: April 9, 9 p.m., Seventh St. Entry 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. April 10, 7:30 p.m, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Mpls. April 11, 8 p.m., Bedlam Theatre...

Frap. glasses and graffiti hearts can be soulful too.

Soulville’s new Mayer

March 31, 2010

WHAT: Mayer Hawthorne, opening for Passion Pit WHEN: April 4, 8 p.m. WHERE: First Avenue, 710 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. Andrew Mayer CohenâÄôs chosen pseudonym is Mayer Hawthorne, but in the...

Broke Crow was also on the SXSW bandwagon, contributing their images as part of the

Artist profile: Broken Crow

March 24, 2010

Somewhere between public art and street art, between the artiste and the vandal, between Van Gogh and Bart Simpson lies the work of John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons of Broken Crow. The Twin Cities-based...

Megan Frauenhoffer's piece

Altering the sexes

March 10, 2010

WHAT: âÄúGenderâÄù WHERE: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. N.E., Mpls. WHEN: March 4 âÄì 27, Artists discussion March 20, 1 p.m. âÄì 3 p.m. Sex-U-Mah doesn't have to be...


Review: Sisterworld

March 8, 2010

Liars Album: "Sisterworld" Label: Mute Records The several reinventions of Liars have placed them in many boxes. The ten-year-old Los Angeles indie band have been tacked as dance-punk, post-punk revival,...

Weekend Culture Compass – “Heaven,” Jimmy Fallon and The Oscars

March 3, 2010

Thursday Theater âÄî âÄúMacbethâÄù Off! Off you go to see the Guthrie put on the juiciest of all ShakespeareâÄôs plays. As our resident Renaissance lit period expert Jay...


CD Roundup: Broken Bells and Frightened Rabbits

March 3, 2010

Broken Bells ALBUM: âÄúBroken BellsâÄù LABEL: Sony After an OK-at-best collaboration with Beck in what seemed like a match made in sweet-people heaven, everybodyâÄôs favorite electronic...


Upcoming artist profile: Michael Gaughan

March 3, 2010

You may recognize local artist Michael GaughanâÄôs work in album art full of interplanetary monsters or in mysterious formations that tread the line between kinky and scatological. But thereâÄôs...

A still from “Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story” 

What women see

February 24, 2010

WHAT: Women with Vision 2010 WHEN: March 12-27 WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. ADMISSION: $8 ($6 for Walker members) or five films for $24 Cosmopolitan magazine recently did a piece in which...


If you’ve got the Munny, I’ve got the time

February 24, 2010

WHAT: Illo.Minn: Volume Two WHEN: Illustrator Panel Discussion Thursday 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., exhibit showing until March 6 WHERE: College of Visual Arts, 173 Western Ave. N. The word illustration comes...

After premiering to wide praise at New York's International Fringe Festival, Jajeh’s performance deals with misconceptions of global identity.

“I Heart Hamas” explores identity

February 17, 2010

WHAT: âÄúI Heart Hamas and Other Things IâÄôm Afraid to Tell YouâÄù WHEN: Premiere Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; runs through Feb. 28 WHERE: Bedlam Theatre, 1501 6th St. S. PRICE: $15 Here...

New Land of Milk and Honey explores the creative products of this artsy commune.

Livin’ off the fat of the land

February 17, 2010

WHAT: The New Land of Milk and Honey WHEN: Opening night performance 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. WHERE: The Soap Factory, 518. 2nd St. S.E. In our all-talk-no-walk society, people are always willing to devise and...

Clogs to play with guests Aaron Dessner (The National) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond).

Interview: Clogs

February 10, 2010

WHO: Clogs WHEN: Feb. 19-20, 8 p.m. WHERE: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. TICKETS: $22 Bryce Dessner, whose guitar stylings and Bruce Springsteen-endorsed compositions you might recognize...

Art of everyday people

February 10, 2010

WHAT: Common Sense: Art and the Quotidian WHO: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and more WHEN: Feb. 6 - May 23 WHERE: Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Pkwy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, âÄúNothing...

Toki Wright plans to give away his EP for donations to help Haiti. 

Rhymesayers = music + philanthropy

February 3, 2010

WHAT: Rhymesayers Presents a Benefit for Haiti WHO: Slug, Brother Ali, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, Freeway & Jake One, I Self Devine, Sims and Toki Wright WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. WHERE: First...

Toni Dachis’

An altered look at banned books

February 3, 2010

WHO: Altered Esthetics WHAT: âÄúAltered PagesâÄù Display WHEN: Feb. 4 - Feb. 27 WHERE: The QâÄôarma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE Noted professor Laurence Peter once said, âÄúA...


Review: Adam Green’s “Minor Love”

February 3, 2010

Adam Green ALBUM: âÄúMinor LoveâÄù LABEL: Rough Trade If his impressive display of general knowledge as a chance contestant on Discovery's "Cash Cab" didn't confirm his intelligence, Adam...


The Dessa doesn’t fall far from the Doomtree

January 28, 2010

Minneapolis emo-rap powerhouse Doomtree has completed their âÄúgoing soloâÄù collection with the collective's resident female and poet laureate DessaâÄôs literary, almost-spoken...

Interview: Leisure Birds

Interview: Leisure Birds

January 27, 2010

Rock âÄònâÄô roll is like a speech impediment: Some people just have it. Take Leisure Birds , for example. This quartet of local psychedelic rockers was selected to play at Radio KâÄôs...


The Current turns five

January 20, 2010

What: The CurrentâÄôs Fifth Anniversary Party Who: P.O.S., Lookbook, Solid Gold, Twilight Hours and Mason Jennings When: 9 p.m., Jan. 29 Where: First Avenue ItâÄôs hard to believe that...