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Spring Jam attendees cheer as they wait for Jay Rock to perform on Saturday, April 27 at the University of Minnesota.

Review: Didn’t go to the Spring Jam concert? You should have.

April 29, 2019

What do a 12-year-old cowboy, a leopard print-wearing duet, a West Coast wordsmith and a Traplanta rager have in common? No idea. But when put on stage during Saturday’s Spring Jam concert, this league...

Students watch the premiere of the first episode for the final season of

Finally, winter is here: Campus reacts to ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere

April 16, 2019

The University of Minnesota was overrun on Sunday night. From Superblock to Dinkytown and the Como neighborhood, students hunkered down, battened down the hatches and dimmed the lights for the “Game...

Amanda Sachs, Jordan Anthony, Tajiah Lavine and Trey Ard pose for photos on the Nicollet Mall on Saturday, April 6 during the Final Four tournament in Minneapolis.

Street style: NCAA weekend

April 8, 2019

Minneapolis was a hub of culture on Saturday.  From the Fan Fest to the Final Four to (yes, we have to say it) the Jonas Brothers concert, the 612 had the opportunity to show out and bring their best...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski and Morgan La Casse

A local’s triple double guide to NCAA Weekend

April 4, 2019

Minneapolis has sports clout.  No, maybe not team-wise — but we host some of the best game day events in the nation. From the Super Bowl to the X Games, the North served up some eye-catching parties...

This week in hip-hop: It’s sophomore season for Nav and Rich the Kid

March 26, 2019

Nav’s “Bad Habits” Still riding the waves of his international hit "Champion" with Travis Scott, Nav released his second studio album on Friday. Its title, “Bad Habits,” is appropriate.   While...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

This UMN student’s podcast drips

March 25, 2019

An aspiring TV personality and current hustler, University of Minnesota journalism senior Dijon McCain recently released his passion project that was one year in the making. Focusing on everything from...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

A&E Explores: 10 adventures for a spring break staycation

March 15, 2019

In Minnesota, when it comes to “day-ventures," there’s no place like home. Of course a trip to Yosemite National Park would be nice, but Minnesota has everything you need for a worthwhile trip, too....

University Outdoor Program Manager Bryan Karban poses for a portrait at the Center for Outdoor Adventure on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Karban, who started working for the center as a student in 2010, said that outdoor programs and activities have grown, especially after the new recreation center was built.

A&E explores: From chalk bag to chalkboard, Bryan Karban is a mentor to all

March 7, 2019

Five days into a Peruvian expedition, he had no map, no human contact and no worries. Bryan Karban, manager at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Outdoor Adventure, made it home safely and continued...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

The extended play: Post-grad life for Gopher rappers

March 5, 2019

On Kanye West’s “Graduation,” you find a story about a man’s journey through a college experience of his own. The record holds moments of exploding confidence that shaped the controversial emcee's...

Culture compass: From MN, to India to Madrid

February 21, 2019

Friday: Battle of The Bands Round III After two rounds of slaps and grooves, Battle of the Bands sounds off for the last round before the final. The winners will move on to meet previous winners and compete...

Austin Rush works to keep the puck away from his friends at the Van Cleve Park ice rinks on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The rinks are currently used recreationally and by players who are preparing for the upcoming inter-fraternity

Polar vortex warriors: the hockey players of Van Cleve

February 18, 2019

Snow and ice usually shut everyone inside. But for one brave University of Minnesota subculture, they are a call to the wild. As soon as Como's Van Cleve Park rink opens for the season (usually in early...

Eva Eakin competes in the youth competition of Boulderfest North on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project. Boulderfest North was the climbing gym's first competition following its opening in 2017.

Roundup: A badass guide to Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2019

Chocolates? Flowers? Teddy Bears? Thank u, next. If you’re all about a cliche Valentine’s Day, stop reading this.  If you want to actually enjoy Valentine's Day — with or without a significant...

Bennett Figueroa pops a wheelie on his bike as he rides down the Dinkytown Greenway on Friday, Feb.1

A&E explores: Oh when the fat tires come rolling in

February 7, 2019

You’re walking across the Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and minding your own business, when out of nowhere a giant vehicle comes towards you. Is it a truck? A tank? Oh wait … it’s a bike?! Fat...

Jake Goldstein and Jason Yarger of Hunny perform on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis

Review: Will you marry me, Hunny? Absolutely, Hockey Dad.

February 7, 2019

Crowdsurfing, rowdiness and ... a marriage proposal. What more could a concert-goer ask for? On Monday night, steam crept out of the small side door entrance as ripping guitar rifts floated down First...

Jake Johnson, 15, grabs the tip of his skis after taking off from a large jump at Buck Hill on Saturday, Jan 26.

A&E explores: Top three adrenaline-fueled Twin Cities spots to get your stoke on

January 31, 2019

The X Games just finished up over in Aspen. If you’re like A&E, something is now missing in life — while walking to class you wish you were skiing, getting some sweet air and having pine trees...

David Rocha works on a glass piece on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Legacy Glassworks in Minneapolis. The show brought together artwork from multiple glasswork and graffiti artists in the Twin Cities.

Local artist fires up unique glass artwork

January 31, 2019

When someone says street art, what comes to mind? Graffiti? Sculptures? How about glass? In 1998, Chris Ahalt, was taken under the wing (or kiln) of the Minnesota street art scene. Now, he is a pioneer...

Culture compass: If the Super Bowl isn’t your thing

January 31, 2019

Friday: G Herbo at Skyway Theatre The self-proclaimed “non-drill rapper” (debatable) heads to Skyway Theatre this Friday for a show that will undoubtedly trap. Coming from Chicago, the rapper is used...

Mikaela Straus of King Princess performs at First Avenue on Thursday, Jan 17 in Minneapolis. The sold out show was part of the Pussy Is God tour.

King Princess rules over her kingdom

January 21, 2019

“Dance. Dance! Fucking DANCE!” With a contagious carefree attitude and guitar riffs reverberating off First Avenue’s iconic walls, King Princess commanded the crowd to have a good time on Thursday...

The logo for a streetwear brand made by Carlson School of Management students Aamir Peeran and Haris Hussain is adorned on one of their items during a sale on Friday, Dec. 7 in Coffman Union. 

You better stay up off the street if you can’t take Paaq’s heat

December 13, 2018

How many streetwear brands have come out of Minnesota? The answer: probably less than you can count on one hand. For Paaq, a clothing brand started by University of Minnesota students and grads, this brings...

Travis Scott performs at the Target Center on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Minneapolis. The 26-year-old rapper is on his WISH YOU WERE HERE tour.

Review: For this life Travis cannot change / he always lets it bang

December 10, 2018

On Saturday night, "We want Travis!” chants boomed through Target Center. A roller coaster foreshadowed what was to come, as hip-hop echoed throughout the giant Minneapolis venue. The evening saw some...

At Orchestra Hall, it’s in with the new (but keep the old, too)

December 10, 2018

With a show featuring guest artist Gregory Porter and his rendition of Nat “King” Cole classics, Friday, Nov. 30 marked the unofficial start of Orchestra Hall’s holiday programming. Classic and elegant,...

Ethan Anderson demonstrates a winter climb of the

‘Scending ‘Sota: rock climbing’s rise in the land of 10,000 lakes

December 6, 2018

Minnesota is flat.  Peaks are mounds and valleys are riverbeds. Yet, in a place where skyscrapers in downtown reach as high as one can get, one sport has gripped the population with an unconditional...

This week in hip-hop: New Earl Sweatshirt and Lil Baby

December 6, 2018

“Some Rap Songs” - Earl Sweatshirt Gone are the days of dark, bool-heavy ciphers from Earl Sweatshirt. The once Ladera, California menace has turned a new disc over in his hip-hop career with his latest...

A climber ascends a route during his first outdoor session in Minnesota on Sept. 15 at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota.


December 6, 2018

A climber ascends a route during his first outdoor session in Minnesota on Sept. 15 at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota.

Climbers ascend a route on Sept. 15 at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota.


December 6, 2018

Climbers ascend a route on Sept. 15 at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota.

‘Scending ‘Sota: rock climbings rise in the land of 10,000 lakes

December 6, 2018

Minnesota is flat.  Peaks are mounds and valleys are riverbeds. Yet, in a place where the skyscrapers in downtown reach as high as one can get, one sport has gripped the population with an unconditional...

Hippo Campus performs on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul. 

Review: Where’s the Minnesota love, Hippo Campus?

November 26, 2018

On the night of a historic W for the Gophers in Madison, Hippo Campus took an unfortunate L in St. Paul. On night two of the band's residency in St. Paul for their “Bambi” tour, special guest NOW,...

Aminé carries around a bag given to him by a member of the crowd during his final song 'Reel It In' at First Avenue on Monday, Nov. 19 in Minneapolis.

Review: Aminé ‘reels in’ incredible positivity

November 21, 2018

Standing in front of First Avenue on Monday night, a passerby would think there was a puppy adoption going on inside. As flurries of snow danced on the street, bass blasted within the venue.  With...


College kitchen: Spicing up the holiday season

November 21, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Lights, ornaments and wreaths start decorating the bars downtown and money signs start decorating their cocktail menus.  However fun they may be, “specialty cocktails”...

Culture compass: Moose patrols, Scrooge and photons

November 15, 2018

Friday: Victor Shores w/ Pierre and Heart to Gold Nothing says "punk show" like a good ol' Minneapolis dive bar. Catch a locally-stacked lineup of basement punk bands as they perform new music specifically...

Hawaiian plate lunches are lined up at the food window at United Noodles on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Minneapolis. The Asian grocery story and restaurant held a traditional Hawaiian luau.

Snow outside, palm trees inside

November 13, 2018

On Sunday, local Asian import grocer United Noodles hosted an event that was as close as you can get to a traditional Hawaiian get-together in a snow-plagued landscape. As ukulele music filtered through...

Brother Ali performs at First Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Minneapolis.

Review: 15 years later and still no shadows on Brother Ali’s light

November 12, 2018

Fifteen years ago, Brother Ali composed “Shadows on the Sun,” sparking a musical revolution in the 612.  Celebrating this achievement in local hip-hop, Ali and Rhymesayer heir deM atlaS awed the...

A&E explores: A guide for pedaling through the last days of fall

November 7, 2018

Unless you have a bike with tires fat enough to brave Minnesota’s worst weather, chances are you'll soon rein up your trusty two-wheeled steed for the winter.  Don't fret! Some glorious fall days...

Phil Vandervaart talks about his street art before the alley ride hosted by the Minneapolis Alley Initiative for Neighborhood Stimulation on Sunday, Nov. 4. A map of the ride, which features public art in the Longfellow & Powderhorn neighborhoods, can be found online. 

Rolling through Minneapolis’ forgotten art alleys

November 7, 2018

Some of Minneapolis’ most iconic art isn’t in a museum, or even inside at all. Rather, it's down alleyways. Throughout the Powderhorn and Longfellow neighborhoods, magnificent murals overlay garages,...

Natasha Cramer wears an Avatar costume while they climb at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project on Wednesday, Oct. 31 for a Halloween party.

Scaling in style: The Minneapolis Bouldering Project’s Halloween party

November 5, 2018

When it comes to costume parties, the range of themes is intense. Few though, offer as unique an opportunity as the one presented by the Minneapolis Bouldering Project on Halloween night. Partiers faced...

Review: MN Orchestra‘s ‘Harry Potter’ is simply enchanting

October 29, 2018

There are few things that can make "Harry Potter" better. The Minnesota Orchestra is one of them. As a part of the orchestra’s movie series, concert-goers were treated to a two-in-one magical experience...

Photo courtesy of Freya Fennwood.

No Man’s Land Film Festival shreds the adventure film stereotype

October 25, 2018

Who was the first person to climb up and ski down all seven summits? A woman. The first person to make countless first ascents of walls here in Minnesota? A woman. The star of every adventure film showcased...

The band Casual plays on Friday, Oct. 19 at Studio Six in Northeast Minneapolis. Studio Six performed their first live show at the venue as opposed to their usual multimedia studio performances.

News studio one day, punk show the next: welcome to Studio Six

October 22, 2018

On Friday, Studio Six MPLS in Northeast rang with reverb as the space hosted its first live musical event ever. An all-around media studio, the venue hopes to holistically fuel 612 culture. “We want...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

A&E Explores: A guide to camping Minnesota’s winter wonderland

October 18, 2018

The sunsets and conversation are amplified by the fire’s birch-bark-perfumed crackle. Snow waltzes silently through the icy superior breeze. Winter camping is an ethereal experience. From the revitalizing...

Culture compass: Free food, Loons and skiing Everest

October 18, 2018

Friday: Outdoor Fest When it comes to adventure, you have to start somewhere. Swing by Coffman Front Plaza on Friday to learn all the basics of getting outside and exploring. From tent pitching to canoe...

The entrance to the Zombie Pub Crawl is seen on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Northeast Minneapolis.

After years of haunting downtown, zombies crawl home

October 15, 2018

All along the river bank near Sibley Street in Northeast on Saturday, puddles of red stained the sidewalk. For over a decade, the Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl has taken place in downtown Minneapolis. This...

Alex Honnold star in the National Geographic movie Free Solo.

Review: ‘Free Solo’ sends inspiration

October 10, 2018

Climbing a 3,000-foot wall of granite with ropes and a harness is stomach-churning to most. For one of rock climbing’s greatest, Alex Honnold, gear is an unnecessary accessory. Directed and filmed by...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Review: 2018 homecoming concert was caked with good vibes

October 8, 2018

The first weekend of October in Minnesota can bring snow or tornadoes. Instead, last Friday brought Bea Miller and Steve Aoki. And they know how to have a good time. After braving the elements and getting...

Long Zhang, Shaojin Jin, Paige Grebin and Shawn Lee pose for photos outside of TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5.

Street style: Stunting at Steve Aoki

October 8, 2018

The wind was howling and the rain was beating down as fans lined up for the Steve Aoki and Bea Miller concert on Friday night. A sea of Gopheralls, crewneck sweatshirts and mittens swarmed TCF Bank Stadium. Luckily,...

Indigenous Peoples Day Fest will sew together the past and present through art

October 4, 2018

A festival celebrating Native American culture is taking Minneapolis on Oct. 6-7.  Adopted in 2014 by Minneapolis City Council, what was traditionally observed as Columbus Day now honors the original...

Co-owner and art director Cassie Garner speaks with gallery patron Sam Morgen at Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis on Sept. 29, 2018.

‘Writers, Rebels & Rejects’ sprays Minneapolis art scene with new life

October 2, 2018

One person’s art is another’s vandalism. But in Minneapolis, times are changing.  Opened on Sept. 15, “Writers, Rebels, & Rejects” features graffiti and street art in a setting where it's...

Football Pizza co-owner A.J. Azizi speaks about the history of the restaurant on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis.

“What’s Football Pizza?” Como fave celebrates 10 years of deliciousness

September 27, 2018

Most pizzas are circles. Some are rectangles. But only one is shaped like a football.  Football Pizza, the iconically obscure shop on the corner of Como and 15th Ave., celebrates its ten year anniversary...

Go 95.3 Radio Host and hip hop DJ, DJ Bonics, wraps up his weekday radio show on Monday, Sept. 24 in Minneapolis. DJ Bonics is also rapper Wiz Khalifa's DJ and their connection brings Khalifa to the Twin Cities often.

Q&A: Rolling through life with DJ Bonics

September 27, 2018

Pure positivity is a trait few individuals can emanate. A whole crew? Now that’s special. Meet Twin Cities DJ and Taylor Gang’s official man on-the-ones-and-twos, DJ Bonics. The man behind the tables...

Fall cocktails are on display on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the basement of a Como neighborhood home.

College kitchen: Fall cocktails you won’t find in coffee shops

September 20, 2018

You drink it in the morning, during lunch and on your way back home. Within a 15-foot radius, its Glade air freshener scent surrounds every coffee shop in town. When the leaves start to fall, the pumpkin...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

From a generation at UMN: Thank you, Mac Miller

September 17, 2018

Some musical artists have the ability to influence an entire generation. Mac Miller is one of them. On Sept. 7, 26-year-old Mac Miller died in Studio City, California from an overdose. Set to kick off...