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My picks — 25 Best songs of the decade

December 16, 2009

 Disclaimer: One per artist. 25) Blue Ridge Mountains — Fleet Foxes 24) For Emma — Bon Iver 23) The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth — Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 22) At the Hop —...


Escape holiday hymns with Vampire Weekend — and more.

December 9, 2009

Christmas break doesn't exactly offer a wealth of diversity when it comes to musical selections. Whether it's Nat King Cole , Sufjan Stevens or (as of late) Bob Dylan giving you your dose of "Hark! The...


The best albums this century

December 2, 2009

10) "Moldy Peaches" âÄî Moldy Peaches (2001) "I like it when / My hair is puffy / I like it when / You slip me a roofie / I like it when / You've got the crack / Who's got the crack?" It's nonsensical...


Interview: Har Mar Superstar

November 24, 2009

It has been a lucrative year for homegrown dance music sensation and unlikely sex symbol Sean Tillman , better known by his Ron Jeremy -meets-Tiny Tim alter ego Har Mar Superstar. The Speedo -sporting...

Interview: Tender Meat

Interview: Tender Meat

November 11, 2009

Tender Meat WHAT: CD release WHERE: Turf Club WHEN: Nov. 28th With: Skoal Kodiak, Fat Kid Wednesdays Tickets: $6 There is one general rule of thumb for an instrumental band: If you arenâÄôt going...

The Mountain Goats play this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY 4AD RECORDS.

Weekend Culture Compass – Mountain Goats and George Clooney staring at goats

November 4, 2009

Friday Music âÄî Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr and Boomchucks. First Avenue 701 1st Ave. N $14-16 8 p.m. Duluth's best is barreling southward to invade Minneapolis like a clan of agricultural...


The arrested development of Weezer

November 4, 2009

Weezer ALBUM: âÄúRaditudeâÄù LABEL: Geffen It is safe to say, presumably, that one could speak for the masses in asking, âÄúWhat in GodâÄô s name is with WeezerâÄôs...


CD Roundup

November 1, 2009

Alec Ounsworth ALBUM: âÄúMo BeautyâÄù LABEL: Anti- Records Alec Ounsworth always seems to accomplish the oxymoronic feat of making the most wretched voice youâÄôve ever heard sound...

FULL Red Pens Interview

October 22, 2009

Hello, pals. Here is my full conversation with City Pages "Picked to Click" winners Red Pens. Enjoy. Mark Brenden: How do you guys like living in uptown? Howard Hamilton: We love it. It's like...


Interview: Red Pens

October 21, 2009

Red Pens WHERE: 8 p.m., Oct. 22 WHEN: The Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis TICKETS: Free If ours were a just world, there would be rewards for artists who paid their dues with years and years...


Sufjan takes the expressway to musical metamorphosis

October 18, 2009

Sufjan Stevens ALBUM: âÄúThe BQEâÄù LABEL: Asthmatic Kitty Despite having developed an ingenious, albeit lofty ambition to conquer each of the Union's fifty states with an allotted album...


Bob Dylan-spice eggnog

October 14, 2009

Bob Dylan ALBUM: âÄúChristmas in the HeartâÄù LABEL: Columbia Bob Dylan has always had a gift for foresight. And, with his new Mr. Bojangles holiday album âÄúChristmas in the Heart,âÄù...


Interview: Brother Ali

October 7, 2009

The American Dream. The illustrious reverie was once defined by dust-faced Okies peering westward to the golden land of California. But here in the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century âÄî Horatio...

Full Zombie Season interview

October 1, 2009

All ye Zombie Season fans out there: get your fix in full. The limited space alloted to me only allowed for a portion of the interview I had with Zombie Season singer and guitarist Ali Jaafar last week....


Weekend Culture Compass – Hanson, Wilco and The Titanic

September 30, 2009

Friday Music âÄî Wilco Listening to the insouciant sensation Wilco is like feeling a cool breeze whoosh casually across your front porch. Their calm wind is a-blowin' this way Friday, as Roy Wilkins...


Interview: Zombie Season

September 30, 2009

By night he lurks in shadowy sidewalk corners under blinking lamp-posts and strums out death tunes in a band that sounds like what would happen if Edward Gorey and The Ronettes left their baby to die in...

Sufjan Stevens visits the Cedar this weekend. When will he make a Minne-snow-ta album? PHOTO COURTESY ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS

Weekend Culture Compass – Sufjan Stevens, Os Mutantes and full moons

September 24, 2009

Friday Book Signing âÄî Garrison Keillor Fresh off a second wind after suffering a stroke a couple weeks ago, Garrison Keillor is still putting the pen to paper âÄî this time on a new book,...

Julian Casablancas’ dancey new single

September 22, 2009

 Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, whose new album "Phrazes for the Young" comes out Oct. 20 in the states, has posted an '80s-laden single called "11th Dimension" — an outrageously...


Pearl Jam Do the de-evolution

September 20, 2009

"If something's old/I wanna put a little shine on it," wails Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, raucously, in his Chris Cornell "I-sang-way-too-hard-in-the-90's" growl on the band's mildly explosive new...

New Restaurant- OM

New eatery’s an “Om” run

September 16, 2009

WHAT: Om Restaurant WHERE: 401 First Ave. N . PRICE RANGE: $14-27 Friday's grand opening of Minneapolis' much-anticipated Om Restaurant proved a variety of truths. One is that the upscale environment is,...

West Bank Social Center ‘powerhouse’ of MPLS cultural cell

September 9, 2009

Those attempting to put a finger on the specific mission of the West Bank Social Center may instead find themselves using that finger to scratch their noggins in befuddlement. "Unpredictable things are...