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“Because I sound like me”

Published September 10, 2014

Rapper David “Tuki” Carter spent his share of time homeless, but he’s found new digs with his Taylor Gang labelmates. Always a creative, Carter’s breaks came from networking as...

Korean screen gem: 2008’s “The Chaser”

Published July 11, 2014

Combine the aesthetic of “Oldboy” and the frustration and ineptitude of “Fargo” with “Seven’s” early introduction to a murderous culprit — now you have a...

Dutch screen gem: 2013’s “Borgman”

Published June 28, 2014

“Borgman” is a perfect blend of WTF and thriller.  At its simplest, “Borgman” follows the typical, unusual stranger plotline — an odd guy strolls into the lives...

Spider John Koerner at the Book House Sunday

Published June 22, 2014

It’s Sunday.  If you’re absolutely sick of USA vs. Portugal World Cup fervor, maybe a little nostalgia nugget is just what the doctor ordered.  From 5 – 8 p.m. tonight, the...

Some Eddie Izzard miscellany

Published June 13, 2014

Here are some other things comedian Eddie Izzard mentioned when speaking with A&E.  Izzard said he decided not to pursue an accounting degree because in the years it would have taken to become...

King Khan fronts a number of eclectic groups with the same theatrical panache.

No wrath in this Khan

Published June 11, 2014

A few years ago in a Korean monastery, King Khan sat reading tarot cards to an amused Buddhist monk. The goofy, esoteric frontman for multiple endeavors had recently gotten into a spat with his frequent...

Eddie Izzard is a political and comedic force to be reckoned with.

London’s Mayor Izzard?

Published June 11, 2014

With the likes of Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone before him, London has a malleable template for unconventional mayors. In 2020, comedian and actor Eddie Izzard hopes to continue the trend (and if that...

Fatboy Slim loves the World Cup

Published June 10, 2014

The World Cup starts in two days and Fatboy Slim has a proper musical tribute to get you feeling football festive.  The DJ put together “Bem Brasil,” a two-disc ode...

1990’s “Darkman,” Liam Neeson and the Batman connection

Published June 6, 2014

After my desired fix of Liam Neeson badassery wasn’t fully sated by his recent airplane hijacking thriller “Non-Stop” — an average, no-nonsense Neeson installment filled with plot...

Die Antwoord’s nutty LP “Donker Mag” par for their zef course

Published June 3, 2014

Die Antwoord burst onto a scene of their own creation with 2009’s video for “Enter the Ninja,” a darkly surreal South African rap track with a killer chorus from their debut album, “$O$.” ...

Silver screen gem: 1977’s “Sorcerer”

Published May 31, 2014

The only thing funky about this ‘70s gem is its misleading title.  “Sorcerer” is a moody, beautifully shot and tensely scored character study with a simple premise executed perfectly....

Wiz Khalifa performs at Soundset at Canterbury Park on Sunday. Wiz Khalifas appearance was a relief for fans after worries that he wouldnt make his set because of an early morning arrest in Texas.

A bigger, badder Soundset

Published May 28, 2014

In 2008, the first Soundset hip-hop festival was held at the Metrodome parking lot, drawing some 13,000 people.  Last Sunday, the same festival brought 30,000  to Canterbury Park’s Festival...

Soundset 2014 quick takeaways

Published May 26, 2014

Another day of hip-hop in Shakopee bites the dust — and there was a lot of dust.  Here are some of A&E’s findings from the seventh Soundset hip-hop festival. -Wiz Khalifa, in Texan...

Soundset fast approaching

Published May 24, 2014

The Soundset hip hop festival in Shakopee, Minn. looms large this Sunday, and unlike previous years, it’s supposed to hit 80 degrees and be partly sunny. The concert staple has grown in size...

Ingredients for Super Bowl success in Minneapolis

Published May 21, 2014

Now that Minneapolis secured the 2018 Super Bowl (a mere presidential term away), it’s time to start speculating on how it will go.  Here are some essential ingredients for a successful Twin...

#1. An assembled view of the Nerf Maverick REV-6.
#2. An inside view of the Nerf Maverick REV-6 after removing the outer shell. 
#3. All firing mechanisms of the Nerf Maverick REV-6 displayed with cocking mechanism on the far left and the magazine on the far right.
#4. An isolated view of the magazine separated into the dart housing and air restrictors.

It’s Nerf modding or nothin’

Published May 8, 2014

When Nerf hit the scene as the first “indoor ball” in 1969, it was a far cry from the arsenal of childhood weaponry we know today. Nerf was just a foam ball that (supposedly) wouldn’t...

The Pixies Indie Cindy is a hodge-podge that can only leave listeners wondering what could have been.

Album review: Pixies’ “Indie Cindy”

Published April 29, 2014

Even though bassist Kim Deal is no longer with the Pixies, it doesn’t matter much.  The beloved indie rockers released their first full-length in 23 years Monday. “Indie Cindy”...

Rock the Garden lineup announced

Published April 16, 2014

The lineup for Rock the Garden was announced on Tuesday.  This is the first time the Walker Art Center and the Current are toying with two days of music.  The sponsors are going bigger and better...

Thanks for lineup, Spring Jam

Published March 31, 2014

Spring Jam ‘s lineup is official, and what can be said but a big fat meh.  Mac Miller, Mod Sun and Earl Sweatshirt.  How stereotypical can a lineup get?  This practically screams...

Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus dead

Published March 24, 2014

Known for their crazy stage costumes, thrashing metalheads GWAR face another tragedy.  Founder and frontman Dave Brockie, known for his phallus wagging character Oderus Urungus, died Sunday night...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will see you on the dance floor.

Imported from Detroit

Published March 11, 2014

Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott return to Minneapolis five days after the ignominious defeat of their hometown Pistons by the Timberwolves. At this point, they just want Pistons President of Basketball Operations...

Cosmically bad

Published March 10, 2014

During the period when the HBO Go app went down last night due to the number of folks trying to watch the finale of “True Detective,” I figured I might as well check in on Fox’s...

Rick Ross Mastermind exhibits the full-spectrum of what coke rap has to offer.

M-m-m-m-Maybach music

Published March 4, 2014

Athletes James Harden and Brian Wilson get plenty of attention for their awesomely intimidating black beards, but Rick Ross’ dedication to whisker maintenance puts him a step above the whole crop...

If “Anchorman 2” felt restrained, don’t fret

Published February 22, 2014

Will Ferrell et al. are back for a second round of their second round.  The combined geniuses at Paramount and Ferrell’s production company decided to release an R-rated version of “Anchorman...

Hip-hop memories: 2013

Published December 11, 2013

Attempt on Rick Ross’s life Gotta go all the way to January for this one, but it was pretty notable when Ross crashed his Rolls in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. after being subject to a hail of bullets from...

Culture Compass: Hey 007, great job!

Published December 5, 2013

Thursday OK, so a friend of pharmacists, a sultry singer and a comic genius walk into the Fitzgerald Theater. Welcome to the 38th episode of “Wits,” Minnesota Public Radio’s forum for...

Culture Compass: Nostalgia, comedy and eclectic rap

Published November 14, 2013

Friday Rory Scovel is a refreshing alt-comedian who delights in the oddball non-sequitur while coming across as both bemused and aloof.  He lords over the audience, seeming to take delight in how...

The Fashionisto is in: Love thy footwear

Published November 5, 2013

As the Arctic winds encroach with frustrating ferocity, clad in the spurious guise of snow and winter sports, one thought is on everybody’s mind: “My shoes are in for five months of hellish...

Top Shelf co-owner John Meegan helps a costumer with measurements on Saturday in Uptown.

The fashionisto: Suitin’ up

Published October 29, 2013

  Looking fly in a stellar suit is a helluva feeling — the crispness, the perfect knot on that gifted tie (thanks, Dad!), the sheen of polished shoes and, most importantly, a tailored fit that...

Indie band Lucius loves symmetry.

Luscious Lucius

Published October 24, 2013

Grubby, mischievous kids having a rollicking good time at the playground. It was a moment watching such innocent miscreants that inspired indie pop quintet Lucius’ album “Wildewoman,”...

Boy will be boy

Published October 15, 2013

Sonja picked her out the moment she opened her mouth. Her soft, but powerful, croon stood out amid a field of tested musicians. That was the simple, right-place, right-time meeting of bassist Sonja Glass...

Miley’s “Bangerz”: even more distance from Disney innocence

Published October 8, 2013

Miley Cyrus’ soft-core performance at the Video Music Awards destroyed America — at least, that’s the joke “Saturday Night Live” writers made when Cyrus hosted the most recent...

Album review: Deltron 3030’s “Event 2”

Published October 1, 2013

If only “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” had such a soundtrack. If only you could roll down the windows on your own spaceship to let the message flow into nebulous darkness. If...

Derek Mears is more than growls and machetes.

Derek Mears at ComedySportz

Published September 26, 2013

Nearly 25 years ago, Derek Mears was just a scrawny Californian high-schooler dreading a field trip to a nearby ComedySportz performance.  Little did he know, that trip would begin his evolution into...

Adam Carolla continues to rant his way through all aspects of life.

Adam Carolla: A man’s show

Published September 26, 2013

Apes and Pokemon may evolve, but Adam Carolla remains the same.  If anything, Carolla, the humorous, ranting personality who rose to prominence in the late ’90s on the syndicated radio program...

A Gold mine of jokes

A Gold mine of jokes

Published September 19, 2013

For all the bitterness and acerbic wit on display during her onstage act — and her seemingly dozens of guest appearances — veteran comic Judy Gold has one put-together, fulfilling life. It’s...

The aliens have landed!

Peelander Z: out of this world

Published September 19, 2013

Y’all think Riff Raff is weird? Then you probably haven’t gotten a piece of Japanese comic book punk band Peelander-Z. They’re aliens who grew up in Japan—really nice fun-loving...

Not Kodak, “Kojak”

Published September 18, 2013

Why is the ‘70s law enforcement drama “Kojak” such a dope instance of cops and baddies? One name: Telly Savalas.  If y’all don’t know the man, get acquainted.  He...

Culture compass: boxing, apples and MinnAnimate

Published September 12, 2013

STUFF TO DO Thursday MinnAnimate II Witness an event that’s now officially annual with the second iteration of Minnesota’s showcase for talented animators. MinnAnimate is focused on shorts...

Rocky’s road

Published September 12, 2013

  Get shot, drive a supply truck from one prison to another, meet a nice lady and, on her advice, become a comic: That’s standard operating procedure for lovable comic vet Rocky LaPorte. He’s...

What’s up, Onion?

Published September 5, 2013

The Onion published an article yesterday about the suicide of Ariel Castro, the Ohio man sentenced to life in prison after he held three women captive for over a decade. And it's... weird and unfunny. “Ariel...

Minneapolis band Frankincense outside their space in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Look for myrrh of that Frankincense gold

Published September 5, 2013

Most breakup stories don’t end with the words, “And now we’re in a band together.” But that’s just the case for Dan Freborg and Samantha Wenwoi, the founding members of the...

Flume

Flume’s laid-back beats to hit Minneapolis

Published September 3, 2013

It’s easy to write off modern day cereal giveaways — there’s always some extra hoop to jump through before getting the loot.  Gone are the days of instant pleasure from hermetically...

Culture Compass: “Elysium” and Economopoulos

Published August 7, 2013

WHAT TO DO   Wednesday Shwayze If you’ve never heard the banal pop-rap stylings of Shwayze and his sometime collaborator Cisco Adler, I don’t know if you’re unlucky or blessed. ...

Laying out the Bluprint

Published August 7, 2013

It’s a common problem for musicians: How do you keep cover songs sharp in the face of so many others trying to do the same thing? For Chazz Reed, that problem prompted him to gather up a group of...

Church of Cash covers Johnny

Published August 7, 2013

Jayder Kalk strings a thread between three very different styles of music: opera, ska and the songs of Johnny Cash. It’s an eclectic musical journey that’s taken Kalk around the world and back,...

Tom Rush still has it

Published August 7, 2013

With his shock of white hair and matching mustache, Tom Rush looks a lot like Mark Twain. Though he’s a musician by trade, Rush actually has a lot in common with the river writer.  For 50 years,...

Weisman event coordinator Emily Foxen and director of security and building operations John Allen clean the stainless steal exterior of the museum on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The museum undergoes cleaning by the staff at the Weisman every two years or so.

Cleaning the Weisman Art Museum

Published July 31, 2013

It’s supposed to bring waterfalls and fish to mind, though for some it’s just the stuff of nightmares.  The Weisman Art Museum, finished in 1993, was designed by architect Frank Gehry. ...

The music is Dunwell

Published July 31, 2013

Brothers in musical arms Joe and David Dunwell are six years apart, enough of a difference for them to begin their careers in the English music scene separately before fate intervened. At an open mic,...

Alex “Crankshaft” Larson cranks up the jams

Published July 31, 2013

Alex “Crankshaft” Larson owes some thanks to Cowboy Mel, an Anoka barber and local character. It’s one of Mel’s amusing anecdotes that provided the basis for the 11th track on Crankshaft...

“All Black Jesus” Release Show Tonight

Published July 26, 2013

As Chris Hooks drove his friend’s blue Hyundai Sante Fe around the lakes with Mr. MFN eXquire for a soundtrack, the local rapper and I talked about his new release, “All Black Jesus.”...

Performers outside one of the entrance to the festival drum as crowds of people pass by, Sunday afternoon at Pitchfork Music Festival.

The hustle outside Pitchfork’s fence

Published July 24, 2013

It’s amazing how good a five gallon bucket can sound. Arriving at Pitchfork in Chicago last weekend inevitably meant being greeted by some array of the city’s “bucket boys,” groups...

Foxygen performs at Pitchfork Music Festival, Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Foxygen’s foxy men

Published July 24, 2013

It was easy to tell that Sunday was going to be the best day at Pitchfork Music Festival when a crowd was already forming at noon to see the day’s third act, Foxygen, playing at an early 1:45 p.m. The...

Parquet Courts performs Saturday afternoon at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Parquet Courts at Pitchfork

Published July 24, 2013

Apparently it is pretty damn tough to find a good bagel in Texas.     In the end, that’s a good thing for punk band Parquet Courts, which has three members from the Lone Star State....

Pitchfork Day Three: Sunday Funday, or, where is Lil B’s wonton soup?

Published July 22, 2013

The last day of Pitchfork got a bit personal, besides being the best, and busiest, of the festival.  Killer Mike and Sky Ferreira were emotional, both visibly choked up at various points in their...

Pitchfork Day Two: That’s more like it

Published July 21, 2013

Canadian metal masters KEN Mode blew the lid off the day, putting on a 1 p.m. show to less than 200 people with the intensity of a wolf’s eyes.  Punkers White Lung, playing simultaneously on...

Pitchfork Day One: What the fork?!?

Published July 20, 2013

It was partly because of the heat that much of the acts during the opening day of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival felt oppressed, a half step short of good at every turn.  The first two artists,...

Watch Jon Voight be inappropriate on cable

Published July 17, 2013

Everybody in the TV world seems pretty caught up with Netflix’s new original series, “Orange is the New Black,” but Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” is my new summer...

 If We The Kings are around, beware a slew of excited teens.

We The Kings not so regal

Published July 17, 2013

We The Kings are the stereotype of what’s wrong with pop. Their music is banality at its finest — all affected angst, no substance. Whether they aim to or not, with lyrics chalk full of generic...

Minneapolis hip-hop artist Toki Wright.

Back in the studio with Toki Wright

Published July 17, 2013

He went to Uganda in the mid-2000s to work with former child soldiers. In May, he went to Sierra Leone as a musical ambassador — Toki Wright’s efforts have taken him all over. This is what...

Jockeys race their horses during the first race at Canterbury Park on Friday, July 12, 2013,.

Inside Canterbury Park: Giddy-up!

Published July 17, 2013

It begins the way it does at tracks around the country — Belmont, Arlington, Churchill. A man in red livery and a black helmet calls the horses to post on a medieval-looking bugle. As the all-to-familiar...

Hip hop artist Botzy

Botzy: Deaf to the static

Published July 10, 2013

Like his father and grandfather before him, Adam Botsford goes by Botzy. But this is the first time the family moniker has belonged to a successful rapper. The Massachusetts-born Botzy moved to Minnesota...

Soap performs at The Cabooze on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Home sweet home with Soap, the New Primitives and more

Published July 10, 2013

They can be the sleeper picks, the guys who go unnoticed in weekly venue billings hyping the hottest indie hunks or the latest from the trap. Some of them rage, some of them groove and some merely hang...

Willow Ufgood is back for one last hurrah

Published July 5, 2013

Tonight marks the end of another Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant mockumentary, though the finale already aired across the pond.  "Life's Too Short" follows Warwick Davis, the actor best...

Independence Jubilee: Fourth of July in the Twin Cities

Published July 3, 2013

  YOUR TWIN CITIES FOURTH Red, White and Boom! It’s the classic two-day Twin Cities Fourth of July celebration anchored by the mighty Mississippi.  Wednesday features a morning fun run...

Malamanya: A little bit of everything Latin, up north

Published July 3, 2013

The world is a changing place, and Malamanya, a 4-year-old salsa, samba and Cuban son sextet, is living proof of that. Singer Adriana Rimpel is Mexican and Haitian, timbales player Jesse Marks is a Lithuanian...

Bar school: How to be a cool customer

Published July 3, 2013

It’s a tough road selling a product whose potential side-effects are surliness, aggression and a decreased ability to communicate. So it’s no surprise that bartenders are particularly eager,...

Don’t buy the hype

Published June 28, 2013

Regardless of Kanye West's "Yeezus" being such a self-indulgent, somehow compelling exercise in wayward rap (with a sequel in the works?), the release presents a bigger problem.  Any...

Alison Scott performs on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis.

Alison Scott back from maternity leave

Published June 26, 2013

The packed audience at the Dakota cooed and aww’d when Alison Scott put a picture of her 12-week-old daughter Grace on the television monitors. “Nothing sells merch like babies,” Scott’s...

Culture Compass: Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Country Fest 2013, Femi Kuti

Published June 26, 2013

Wednesday Femi Kuti & The Positive Force  Femi Kuti is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, though when you’ve mastered the funky, dance-inducing rhythms from West Africa, it doesn’t...

Cayucas: A sunny step back in time

Published June 26, 2013

The Cayucas are searching for an elusive feeling with their debut album “Bigfoot,” a wistful expression of Peter Pan syndrome. Cayucas references Cayucos, a sleepy old surf town of about 2,500...

Rather rugged for sure

Published June 20, 2013

R.A. the Rugged Man left an enigmatic impression after his strange performance during May’s Soundset.  When the NY undergrounder prodded the audience, he quickly seemed to realize that no one...

Local hip-hop artist Greg Grease preforms at First Avenue on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Greg Grease: Minneapolis rapper on the rise

Published June 19, 2013

  Greg Grease stepped off the First Avenue stage, casually took the congratulations of his fellow performers and friends and, with a big grin on his face, lifted his shirt, stood over a fan and let...

The Goondas release “Dog Show”

Published June 19, 2013

The cover of Twin Cities rockers The Goondas’ new album “Dog Show” features a found photo of five guys mugging for the camera with their catch from a fishing trip. Pop on the album’s...

Souls of Mischief: the Still Infinity Tour

Published June 19, 2013

Tajai, along with fellow Souls of Mischief emcees A-Plus, Opio and Phesto, got a taste of success early. Tajai was just 18 in 1993 when the group’s debut album “93 ’Til Infinity”...

The Flobots at Cabooze today

Published June 13, 2013

Alternative rap/rock group the Flobots are playing Cabooze Thursday.  Hailing from Denver, the Flobots probably ring a bell because of their ‘07/‘08 hit “Handlebars,” an ode...

Rebecca Wilson and Joseph Pyfferoen rehearse a scene from Sweet Revenge!, a melodramatic play filled with silly dance numbers and quirky musical olios, on Friday, June 7, 2013, on the University of Minnesotas Centennial Showboat in St. Paul.

Don’t miss the boat

Published June 12, 2013

Dandelion seeds waft in clumps through the air—the summer’s snow—as river scum swirls in eddies around the Minnesota Centennial Showboat’s fat rump. It’s a sliminess shared...

Space case

Published June 12, 2013

Big black deltas are a class of UFO characterized by their dark triangular appearance, hypothesized to be the craft of road-weary extraterrestrials or a top-secret military project. Mulder and Scully would...

Television rewind

Published June 7, 2013

Some television audiences right now are mired in turbulence, caught in a flux of dissatisfaction.  First, the fourth season of “Arrested Development” got a pretty universal ‘meh’...

Jaime Carrera at a local Mexican market in Minneapolis on Monday. Carrera will be performing at the International Noise Conference at the Hexagon Bar on June 6.

Noise in da ‘hood

Published June 5, 2013

Syrupy is never a word that’ll be heard in reference to noise music, unless it’s an allusion to sludge, spoiled milk or maybe the way a hand drips down a modified fret board. The best way to...

State of the art

Published June 5, 2013

A friendship between the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a California cattleman that blossomed over almonds led to today's announcement that the MIA is set to receive more...

Frances Dilorinzo caught the comedy bug in college, releasing her inner goofball through a required speech class.

Frances Dilorinzo: A real housewife of Orange County

Published June 4, 2013

As Frances Dilorinzo spins around, the audience realizes that she cleverly tucked her hands into her shirt and her sleeves into her pants pockets, giving the illusion of gigantic breasts.  It’s...

Bonzo’s birthday

Published May 31, 2013

Today is not just any Friday; it’s also the birthday of John Bonham, the legendary drummer for Led Zeppelin.  He occupies an exalted position in the drumming world—an untouchable whose...

University of Minnesota philosophy professor Roy Cook is currently a Lego ambassador and member of TwinLUG, a group of adult LEGO enthusiasts. Members of the group including Cook designed and use Micropolis, featured above, which allows individual builders to build modules and connect them to create a micro scale city.

A toy story: U professor has passion for Lego

Published May 29, 2013

While the mislaid brick remains the bane of barefoot late-night snackers, Lego has undergone a shift in the 21st century.  For avid hobbyists like University of Minnesota philosophy professor Roy...

Snoop Dogg performs live at Soundset on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Canterbury Park.

Soundset 2013 rehashed

Published May 27, 2013

Busta Rhymes was slated to headline Soundset on Sunday, but he never showed up; whispers in the wind indicated that he was, for whatever reason, in Las Vegas. That meant that 4:30 p.m. came and instead...

HBO is the Yankees; Chris Guest is a noble

Published May 21, 2013

Nobody hates it yet to a degree matching the general despise (ha!) for the Bronx Bombers, but HBO is the new perennial winner, doling out dollars and landing stars.  Their most recent acquisition...

Nickatina addiction

Published May 9, 2013

Don’t look to others — look to yourself. Keep things simple. Maintain focus. Rapper Andre Nickatina’s mantra is equal parts Sun Tzu warrior and soothing Martha Stewart. “If people...

Not a one-liner guy

Published May 9, 2013

The first time you probably stumbled across Joe Mande was viewing his Tumblr, “Look at this fucking hipster.” One depressing book deal later and Mande was done with that chapter of his life. Now,...

The Wong way

Published May 2, 2013

What: Cory Wong When: 7 p.m., Tuesdays Where: The Artists’ Quarter, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul Cost: Free   The first ever solo guitar track in the Rock Band video game franchise was Cory Wong’s...

Anderson equates coming home to Minnesota as similar to going back to the place where you hit your first home run.

Louie Anderson: Making a splash

Published May 2, 2013

What: Louie Anderson When: 6:30 and 9 p.m., Saturday Where: Maple Tavern, 9375 N. Deerwood Lane, Maple Grove, Minn. Cost: $35 Ages: 16+   With his gap teeth, ponderous appearance and nasally whine,...

The Midwestern vaudevillian

Published April 25, 2013

What: John Bush When: 8 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Where: Joke Joint Comedy Club, 801 Sibley Memorial Highway, St. Paul Cost: $10 for the 10:30 p.m. Friday show; $15 for...

Retrospective: Even in death, Alfred Hitchcock a master of suspense

Published April 25, 2013

From the Seussian theme music to the silhouette of the man himself, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” is the most telling look at Hitchcock the person while still being an exhibition of Hitchcock...

You’re in for it

Published April 25, 2013

What: Mindless Self Indulgence When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday Where: Mill City Nights, 111 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis Cost: $24.50-27 Ages: All ages   With the moniker of some unfortunate fairy tale child...

Movie Review: “Disconnect”

Published April 18, 2013

  Where: Area theaters Rated: R Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin Starring: Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd Runtime: 115 min. Opens: Friday   If there’s...

Suicidal Tendencies’ original “Cyco” is back

Published April 16, 2013

What:  Suicidal Tendencies When: 8:30 p.m. tonight Where: Mill City Nights, 111 5th St. N., Mpls. Cost: $25 Ages: 18+   It’s the early 80s in Venice, Calif. Punk is evolving, skateboarders...

The dress “G”-code

Published April 15, 2013

  While taking a peak at T.I.’s performance information at Epic Friday, April 19, I ended up reviewing the dress code—something I always find interesting.  Amongst all of the usual...

Culture Compass: dirt, baseball and social science

Published April 11, 2013

Thursday Social Science: Fermentational Informational Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 6-11 p.m. $17 museum, MPR members; $22 non-members   21+   The Science Museum...

Machine Gun Kelly is as brazen as his namesake.

Q&A: Machine Gun Kelly

Published April 11, 2013

What: Machine Gun Kelly When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive, St. Paul Cost: $27-42   When rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s “Chip off the Block” video went viral, the...

“Tiny” goes globe trottin’

Published April 9, 2013

What: Harlem Globetrotters When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Target Center, 600 N. First Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $26-129 Ages: All ages   In an Omaha, Neb., hotel room, Paul “Tiny” Sturgess...

Hatin’ the wait

Published April 7, 2013

  In an age of instant gratification and internet forums filled with ‘first world problems,’ I find myself increasingly annoyed at things that shouldn’t even remotely bother me.  This...