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Jack Stransky shelves books on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Midway Used and Rare Books in St. Paul. Stransky worked at the store along with his parents/

Your Guide to St. Paul Used Book Shopping

April 11, 2013

When Borders went bankrupt, many thought it was the beginning of the end for bookstores. If even the titanic chain could fall, didn’t it spell doom for everyone else in the industry? Apparently not....

Dirty Donuts, back in action

April 11, 2013

  It’s been a tough few weeks for the guerilla baker who goes by the name of Dirty Donuts. When her house, which she shared with local hip-hop artists Astronautalis, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and...

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Chastity Brown rehearses with her band on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at a studio in Northeast Minneapolis. She released her latest album, Backroads Highway, on March 24, 2013, and will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday.

Taking the back roads with Chastity Brown

April 4, 2013

What: Gravel Road Touring Showcase featuring Chastity Brown, Actual Wolf and Barbara Jean When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $12 in advance; $15 at...

Keep it simple with Bad Bad Hats

April 4, 2013

What: Bad Bad Hats, Strange Relations and Water Liars When: 10 p.m., Sunday Where: Big V’s, 1567 W. University Ave., St. Paul Cost: $10 Age: 21+   Bad Bad Hats’ most recent EP, “It...

Quick Listen: Cold War Kids “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”

April 1, 2013

  For the first twenty seconds of the new Cold War Kids CD, “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”, which comes out Tuesday, April 2nd, you’ll swear that you’re listening to fun. The band,...

Lollapalooza 2013 would have been awesome in 2005

April 1, 2013

  Unlike this year’s Soundset festival, it looks like this year’s Lollapalooza is a winner. The bands aren't really "fresh," though; most of the bigger names haven't...

Easter in the Twin Cities

March 28, 2013

Spring break is long over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. You’ve passed the age limit for most local egg hunts, and you might be a little too big for pictures with shopping...

Culture Compass: Pentametron and poetry slams

March 28, 2013

Friday   K.N.E.W Youth Poetry Slam Finals In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis   7 p.m.   $3 for youth; $5 for adults   While most high schoolers are hanging...

Rapper, poet, and University alumni Toussaint Morrison will take the stage at the Nether Bar of Mill City Nights on March 31 with Clairy Browne & Bangin’ Rackettes for a night of lyrically dissident hip-hop and light-hearted rhythms.

Toussaint Morrison vs. the establishment

March 28, 2013

What: Clairy Browne & Bangin’ Rackettes with Toussaint Morrison When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday Where: The Nether Bar at Mill City Nights, 111 Fifth N. St. , Minneapolis Cost: $10 Age: 18+   Toussaint...

Singer songwriter Hannah von der Hoff rehearses in her practice space on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Hannah von der Hoff doesn’t have a plan B

March 14, 2013

What: Late Night feat. Hannah von der Hoff When: 11:30 p.m., Thursday Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $5   It’s mid-morning on a weekday; Hannah von der Hoff is...

A stroll down Fathom Lane

March 14, 2013

What: Live Letters, feat. Fathom Lane When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Live Letters Loft, address revealed with purchase of tickets at brownpapertickets.com Cost: $10   Michael Ferrier’s last band,...

Soundset 2013 Line-up Revealed

March 7, 2013

Yesterday, Rhymesayers released the line-up for the 2013 Soundset festival. Headlining will be Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and Mac Miller. Technically, Atmosphere is billed as the headliner, as he has been...

Sophomore Dan Forke, freshman Scott Stankiewicz, and junior Austin Duket will perform against each other in the Hip-Hop night of the Music Madness competition at the Whole Music Club on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The finalist from the hip-hop night will compete during the Spring Jam Battle of the Bands competition.

Student rappers battle their way to Spring Jam

March 7, 2013

  What: Music Madness: Hip-Hop Night When: 7:30 pm, Thursday Where: Coffman Union, Whole Music Club Cost: Free Age: 18+ or University of Minnesota, Twin Cities UCard   On Thursday night, Alexander...

Cynthia French in the Poetry Room of Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. French will be representing Minneapolis in the Women of the World poetry slam.

Women of the world converge in Minneapolis

March 7, 2013

  What: Women of the World preliminary bouts When: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 N. First Ave., Minneapolis, and the Institute of Production and Recording,...

Rapper Carnage The Executioner, Terrell Woods, at Urban Ventures in South Minneapolis to host and perform at an open mic night. Woods is going on tour with Atmosphere for the third annual “Welcome to Minnesota Tour”.

Executing Greatness

February 28, 2013

Watching Carnage the Executioner perform is like seeing Bob Ross improvise a rap song. First, he’ll sketch a basic beat-box rhythm and loop it with a foot pedal. Then, using only his mouth, he’ll...

Minneapolis rapper Chris Hooks, Rapper Hooks, works on a new track on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Waterbury Studios in Minneapolis. After four years with Spencer Wirth-Davis as The Tribe & Big Cats, Hooks and Wirth-Davis are performing one last show together at the Triple Rock on Friday.

The Tribe Disbands

February 28, 2013

Last summer, The Tribe and Big Cats! released its third full-length album, “Space.” It got tens of thousands of downloads, and the hip-hop duo took a successful tour of Midwest campuses and...

Best free local instrumental albums to study to

February 26, 2013

1. You want to listen to music while studying, but are distracted by words 2. You like local musicians 3. You are poor If any of the above are true for you, then I’ve got a treat. I compiled the...

Short Notice

February 21, 2013

What: Girl Shorts: “Medea,” “The Judge’s Wife,” “Lost,” “The Obligatory Scene” and “Within”. When: Feb. 23-March 3 Where: Lowry Lab Theater,...

Astronautalis performed at Soundest 2012 on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Shakopee, Minn.

Lost in space with Astronautalis

February 21, 2013

What: WHY? with Astronautalis and Sarah Winters When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Fine Line Music Café, 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $15 Age: All ages   Astronautalis’ music...

Yuppie drinks, on a college budget

February 15, 2013

I used to work for a classy restaurant in downtown that served some pretty great cocktails. They don’t put the prices on the menu; if you have to ask, you can’t afford them. I’m here...

Rapper Joshua Turner aka Dem Atlas in his basement performance space Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Twin Cities native released his first EP, Charlie Brown, earlier this month and will be performing at the Triple Rock on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Atlas at last

February 14, 2013

What: Xavier Marquis, Munqs and Dem Atlas When: 8 p.m., Saturday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door Age: 18+ Local rapper Dem Atlas manages...

Let’s Slam About Sex

February 14, 2013

What: Poetry SlamMN!’s 17th Annual Erotica Poetry Slam When: 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 N. First Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $8 Ages: All ages   When it comes...

Local Supergroups: A Primer

February 9, 2013

In my recent interview with Cecil Otter, he mentioned that he is working on several projects with established figures in the MN music scene. I started looking into other local supergroups, which lead me...

Gloss Half Full

February 7, 2013

  What: “Dream Sequence,” featuring Prissy Clerks, Teenage Moods, Nallo and Gloss   When: 7 p.m., Saturday   Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis   Cost:...

Ryan Lear rehearses the opening scene of Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Red Eye Theatre in Minneapolis. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens Saturday, Feb. 9.

Two Heads are Better than None

February 7, 2013

What: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” When: Saturday through Mar. 2nd Where: Red Eye Theatre, 15 W. 14th Street, Minneapolis Cost: $22, $15 for students and seniors   John Heimbuch’s...

Cecil Otter, one of the founding members of Minneapolis hip-hop group Doomtree, has been rapping since his grade school days. On top of writing, rapping and performing, he also produces.

On the Otter Hand

February 7, 2013

What: “The Best Love is Free,” featuring Cecil Otter and Later Babes   When: 9 p.m., Saturday   Where: Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis   Cost: $10 in advance,...

Embrace the Dork Side

February 4, 2013

What is the nerdiest thing you can do on a friday night? I wouldn’t fault you for saying “going to the science museum” or “reading Harry Potter fan fiction,” both of which...