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Director’s Cut: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

June 20, 2012

  It’s clear that Hollywood has no shortage of end-of-the-world blockbusters. While most doomsday scenarios seem more concerned with the fire and brimstone side of things, Lorene Scafaria’s...

Album review: “The Idler Wheel. . .” by Fiona Apple

June 20, 2012

  Artist: Fiona Apple   Album: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”   Label: Epic   Fiona Apple’s...

Stream Fiona Apple’s new album on NPR

June 13, 2012

I want to avoid going on a tangent about the new Fiona Apple, so I'll keep this short. Her new album, "The Idler Wheel. . . ," can be streamed over at NPR before it's official...

CD Roundup: “There’s No Leaving Now” by Tallest Man on Earth and “Synthetica” by Metric

June 13, 2012

  Album: “There’s No Leaving Now” Artist: Tallest Man on Earth Label: Dead Oceans   There’s nothing particularly controversial about Swedish songwriter Kristian Mattson....

Shifting Demographics

June 13, 2012

  What: Demographics album release with Grant Cutler and Gentle Lovers Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 315 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., Friday Cost: $5   Personality-wise, Gregory Reese...

Doomtree debuts “Beacon” music video

June 11, 2012

No matter what they do, the ever-popular local rap collective Doomtree never seem to stay out of the public spotlight for too long. The group, who recently wrapped up a European tour and are scheduled...

Songwriter and musician Kevin Bowe poses for a portrait Saturday.

Bowe’s Jangles

June 6, 2012

  What: Alison Scott with Kevin Bowe and The Okemah Prophets dual CD release show with Johnny and Molly from Communist Daughter, Desdamona, the Laurel String Quartet, Ellis and Ben Lubeck from Farewell...

Bandmates Joey Kantor, Peter Sieve, Linnea Mohn, Paul Engels, Chris Koza and Luke Anderson practice Sunday at Ferguson Hall. They will perform at Works for Words on Friday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

Words with Friends

June 6, 2012

  What: Works for Words hosted by Chris Koza. Featuring Rogue Valley, Sims of Doomtree, Caroline Smith and Gabriel Douglas of 4ontheFloor When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul Cost:...

Sufjan Stevens covers “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

May 31, 2012

I was always more of a fairweather Sufjan Stevens fan. While I enjoyed the sprawling epic that was "Illinoise,"  - his 2004 critically-acclaimed indie sensation  - I never understood...

Astronautalis plays at Soundest 2012 in Shakopee, Minn.

Soundset turns 5, ends with a storm

May 30, 2012

More often than not, discussions about the state of hip-hop devolve into a debate about the merits of backpack rap versus commercial rap. Is it about making it rain or making you think? Is it style or...

Sounds of Summer

May 30, 2012

The cliché that’s been formed about the Twin Cities' outdoor block party/festival circuit is that there are too many of them. There’s some merit to the argument. But for a city...

Eyedea 4 Africa benefit includes Ill Chemistry, Gramma’s Boy, Dosh and more.

May 25, 2012

  Its been almost two years since Micheal Larsen – better known by his rap moniker "Eyedea" – passed away, but the pain is still ripe for his family, friends and fans. In honor...

Review: ReGeneration

May 3, 2012

  Film: “ReGeneration” Release Date: May 3 Location: OnDemand, iTunes, select theaters When Occupy Wall Street originally emerged last fall, it was met with plenty of ridicule and confusion....

Review – “Blunderbuss” by Jack White

April 26, 2012

  Artist: Jack White Album: “Blunderbuss” Label: Third Man Records   Jack White isn’t the type of rock star who stays in one place for too long. If anything, it’s a bit...

Dial-Up's Aila O’Loughlin, left,  Andrew Jansen, center,  and XXXXX will be preforming at their CD release shows this weekend at the Kitty Cat Klub and the Loring Pasta Bar.

Left of the Dial

April 19, 2012

  What: Dial-Up CD release with Buffalo Moon, Phantom Tails and Slapping Purses Where: Kitty Cat Klub, 313 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis When: 9 p.m., Saturday Cost: $5, 21+ Andrew Jansen and Aila O’Loughlin...

Richter will be a featured guest alongside Reggie Watts in this friday's installment of Fitzgerald Theater's Wits series.

Interview: Andy Richter

April 12, 2012

  What: “Wits” hosted by John Moe featuring Andy Richter and Reggie Watts When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul Cost: $32 It’s hard to forget...

(L to R) Jim's Dad (EUGENE LEVY) and Jim (JASON BIGGS) have a heart-to-heart talk in

Review – “American Reunion”

April 5, 2012

Film: “American Reunion” Release Date: April 6 Location: Area Theaters For the last 15-odd years, Hollywood has thoroughly hammered the teen flick into the American cultural-conscious one coming-of-age...

Review – “Kasher in the Rye” Moshe Kasher

March 29, 2012

Book: “Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient and Then Turned 16” Author: Moshe Kasher Publisher: Grand Central Publishing On...

Interview: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

March 22, 2012

  As a prominent scholar of African-American history, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is one of modern academia’s most laborious and thought-provoking minds and in his 40-year career, he doesn’t...

Little Miss Prissy

Little Miss Prissy

March 8, 2012

Two years ago Clara Salyer was at the top of her game. Her band Total Babe had become local music-scene darlings almost overnight. They’d landed a couple gigs during the CMJ music festival in New...

Chad Daniels wants you to stop being stupid – yeah, you.

Chad Daniels Birthday Bash

March 1, 2012

  On the surface, Chad Daniels looks like your typical, Midwestern working man: the timid, clean-cut father of two with an unwavering aversion to all things controversial. But as a comic, Daniels,...

Review – “Reign of Terror” Sleigh Bells

February 23, 2012

  The old rock ‘n’ roll adage tells us “if it’s too loud, you’re too old.” And while that snarky nugget of wisdom has become a bit of a cliché since...

Punks on Broadway

February 16, 2012

From early success stories like The Who’s “Tommy” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” to more recent efforts that include The Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love”...

Local musician Brian DeRemer is debuting his solo record entitled

Building from Scratch for the Modern Age

February 9, 2012

Brian DeRemer didnâÄôt know much about the robbery that Christmas morning when the news first broke. In a fit of rage, his production partner and friend, Alarmist frontman Eric Lovold, had posted...

Q&A: Todd Glass

Q&A: Todd Glass

February 2, 2012

What: Todd Glass When: 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Where: Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. First St. Cost: $15 There are only a handful of comedic veterans as...

Review – Craig Finn “Clear Heart Full Eyes”

January 26, 2012

Artist: Craig Finn   Album: âÄúClear Heart Full EyesâÄù Label: Vagrant Records Release Date: Tuesday, Jan 24  After the Hold SteadyâÄôs fifth LP, the forgettable...

Comedy veteran Isaac Witty will be headlining three nights at The Joke Joint this weekend.

The Wittiest Isaac

January 19, 2012

What: Isaac Witty Where: Joke Joint Comedy Club, 2300 E American Blvd When: Thursday âÄì Saturday, 8 pm Cost: $10 Most people arenâÄôt sure of what they want to do with their lives till...

A Year in Review: Raghav’s top music of 2011

December 16, 2011

Best Albums of 2011 (National only) 1. "Past Life Martyred Saints" by EMA There wasn't a single album this year that moved me the way EMA's (short for Erika M. Anderson) "Past Life Martyred Saints" did....

Winter Concert Preview

December 8, 2011

  There are two ways for any brooding city-dweller to deal with a Minneapolis winter: You can either embrace it, or you can hole up inside your apartment for the next five months surviving off a seasonâÄôs...

Big Zach and the History of Twin Cities Hip-Hop

December 1, 2011

Hip-hop in the Twin Cities isn't merely just another music genre. It's practically an institution. But what is now a thriving artistic community was once nothing more than just a few high school kids trying...

Local Minneapolis group Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo will be releasing their new album

Where the Buffalo Roam

December 1, 2011

  What: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo CD release show with Wizards are Real, Grant Cutler and Your Friends and Family Where: The Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis When: 9 p.m., Friday Cost:...

Review: “The Muppets”

November 23, 2011

âÄúThe MuppetsâÄù DIRECTED BY: James Bobin STARRING: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, lots of cameos RATINGS: PG SHOWING: Area Theaters In this day and age, a new Muppets...

Doomtree's Big Blowout

Doomtree’s Big Blowout

November 17, 2011

  Album: DoomtreeâÄôs âÄúNo KingsâÄù Release date: Nov. 22 Label: Doomtree Records Doomtree Blowout VII Dec. 4 to  Dec. 10 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry. See

Jeffrey Skemp, left, Scott Vesch, middle left, Kevin Brixius, middle right, and Lynn Gray, right, talk about their experiences with live poetry readings Sunday afternoon at Dunn Bros.

Bosso Poetry Turns Three

November 10, 2011

ThereâÄôs an old cliché about poetry: ItâÄôs dead. But out there, in the far corners of our bustling, consumer-driven society, this ancient literary art is still very much...

Local cd roundup — Marijuana Deathsquads and Wize Guyz

Local cd roundup — Marijuana Deathsquads and Wize Guyz

November 3, 2011

Artist: Marijuana Deathsquads Album: âÄúCrazy MasterâÄù Label: Totally Gross National Product After a month-long residency at Los AngelesâÄô Satellite (formerly known as Spaceland)...

Starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and Michael Rispoli star in “The Rum Diary” which opens in theaters Friday.

Review: “The Rum Diary”

October 27, 2011

There are two ways to look at Hunter S. ThompsonâÄôs belatedly published novel âÄúThe Rum Diary.âÄù You can either consider it the unvarnished work of a rage-fueled prodigy discovering...

Review: Tom Waits

Review: Tom Waits “Bad As Me”

October 25, 2011

There is Tom Waits, and then there is the rest of the world. He is the songwriter's songwriter. But Waits doesn't operate inside the very rock 'n' roll pantheon he's been ushered into. He's the mad hatter...

Andrew Jansen a member of the band Crimes will be headlining their CD release show at First Avenue's 7th Street Entry this Saturday.

Partners in Crimes

October 20, 2011

What: Crimes Vinyl Release with Teenage Moods and Leisure Birds When: 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday Where: 7th St. Entry, 701 First Ave Cost: $5 Andrew Jansen isnâÄôt some decorated vanguard of the Minneapolis...

Interview: Henry Rollins

Interview: Henry Rollins

October 18, 2011

Henry Rollins is the iron giant of punk rock. But over the past decade, the former Black Flag front man has become so much more than that, releasing more than two dozen books through his own publishing...

Review: Odd Future @ First Avenue

Review: Odd Future @ First Avenue

October 13, 2011

  Tyler, the Creator canâÄôt stop saying b**tch. Of course, this is nothing new. Over the past year, the ever-profane Odd Future ringleader and his rap cohorts have built a name for themselves...

Holy Metal

October 13, 2011

  Conventional rock âÄònâÄô roll wisdom tells us thereâÄôs no plausible reason Anthrax could still be a band. The street punk thrashers have endured enough lineup changes and...

Review: Ryan Adams’ 'Ashes & Fire'

Review: Ryan Adams’ ‘Ashes & Fire’

October 11, 2011

Ryan AdamâÄôs post-speedball junkie career arc has been nothing if not steady. In fact, itâÄôs been painfully steady. His material has become so tempered and polished over the years that...

Getting Better With Age

Getting Better With Age

October 6, 2011

What: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. Cost: $25 When: 8, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, In the ever-widening sphere of indie rock, Stephen Malkmus is treated like a sacred...

My Night At The Library Bar

September 29, 2011

The bar had turned into some sort of raving circus. Katy PerryâÄôs âÄúTeenage DreamâÄù emanated from every speaker, sending patrons into a drunken frenzy. Dishes clashed and clanged....

Review: Wilco’s “The Whole Love”

September 27, 2011

  Album: âÄúThe Whole LoveâÄù Band: Wilco Record Label: dBpm Year: 2011 Forget everything you thought you knew about Wilco. After the release of their last record âÄî the self-referential,...

Anthony Jeselnik will be performing at the Acme Comedy Club through Saturday.

Interview: Anthony Jeselnik

September 22, 2011

What: Anthony Jeselnik Where: Acme Comedy Club, 708 N. First St. When: Thursday through Saturday 8 pm and 10:30 pm (except for Thursday) Cost: $15 For Anthony Jeselnik, there is no line. And if there was...

In the new travel-doc “Welcome to America: 50 States, 50 Days” Rodney and Roger Johson trek across America before landing in Hawaii.

Twin Cities’ Cinema Paradiso

September 20, 2011

What: Twin Cities Film Festival When: Today through Sunday (See for a full schedule.) Where: The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park Cost: Gold Pass (10 Films):...

Cinematic Titanic features several former Mystery Science Theater cast members.

Mystery Science Riff-Raff

September 15, 2011

What: Cinematic Titanic When: 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. Cost: $27.50   When Mystery Science Theater 3000 reached the end of its run in 1999, it seemed unlikely...

Atmosphere to perform at TCF Bank Stadium

September 13, 2011

  For those of you who don’t attend class, if you haven’t noticed already, summer’s over. And with the school year in full swing, we all know Homecoming weekend is just around the corner. Today...

Kyle Sobczak, left, and Elliott Kozel, right practice Monday afternoon at uptown for their CD release show. Sleeping in the Aviary is having their CD release show at Triple Rock Social Club Thursday at 8 p.m.

Sleeping in the Aviary’s Retro Rattle

September 8, 2011

  While most bands hungry for exposure resort to press releases and promotional flyers, Minneapolis locals Sleeping in the Aviary defied the norm and went where no rock âÄònâÄô roll...