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“Because I sound like me”

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”

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”

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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”

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 Khalifa's appearance was a relief for fans after worries that he wouldn't make his set because of an early morning arrest in Texas.

A bigger, badder Soundset

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

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

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

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’

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

Album review: Pixies’ “Indie Cindy”

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

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

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

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

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

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'

M-m-m-m-Maybach music

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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...

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

Adam Carolla: A man’s show

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...

Derek Mears is more than growls and machetes.

Derek Mears at ComedySportz

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...

The aliens have landed!

Peelander Z: out of this world

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...

A Gold mine of jokes

A Gold mine of jokes

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...

Not Kodak, “Kojak”

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

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

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?

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

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’s laid-back beats to hit Minneapolis

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...

Church of Cash covers Johnny

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

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,...

Culture Compass: “Elysium” and Economopoulos

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

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...

Alex “Crankshaft” Larson cranks up the jams

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...

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

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

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,...