The A&E blog covers a span of cultural artifacts as wide, fascinating, and bizarre as the internet itself, from reviews of the cheapest coolers at the liquor store to the best concert to see at the Triple Rock, with a bit of speculation at the meaning of it all stuffed in between.
Thu, 11/20, 9:39pm (2 days ago)
“The New York Times” is the most reputable news source in America.  Other newspapers can’t match their veracity and breadth of reporting.  They give attention to stories and ideas that wouldn’t fly in the rest of our country.   I was disappointed, then, to see the Times’ recent “Thanksgiving Recipes Across the…
Mon, 11/17, 2:50pm (5 days ago)
I know, I know; nobody wants to read an annoying blogger defend another annoying blog. Then again, who knows? Perhaps some of you are riveted imagining the sounds of a blogger at work at his desk, furiously punching the keys to form these words that you hear in your brain…
Mon, 11/17, 2:42pm (5 days ago)
Forget “Interstellar;” if you’re looking for a spaced-out dystopian culture fix, check out “In A Starry State,” by The Great Depression.   The Cannon Falls, Minn.-based band aimed for the stars with lush orchestral arrangements and psych-disco madness on their latest release, which came out last week. With the single “New Salem,” The…
Sun, 11/16, 4:25pm (6 days ago)
As a nail biter, I miss out on the wonders of nail art. The insane quantity of nail-tutorial Youtube videos is a testament to the complexity of this genre of decoration. My unfortunate relationship to nails extends to a childhood collection of clipping I kept in a flowery box. My family…
Sun, 11/16, 12:59pm (6 days ago)
BY ROBERT LARSON How has tour been going? It’s been really good. I’ve done five shows solo, and then down in new places I haven’t been before. I think this is fourth show with the full band. Beautiful rooms. This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for all year to present the…
Sun, 11/16, 12:44pm (6 days ago)
BY ROBERT LARSON James Vincent McMorrow dazzled a captive audience at First Avenue on Thursday night. McMorrow’s sophomore album, “Post Tropical,” departed far from his indie-folk under-produced debut. On “Post Tropical,” McMorrow’s R&B, soul and hip-hop influences manifested in a series of multilayered atmospheric compositions. The album does not lend itself well…
Mon, 11/10, 10:53am (2 weeks ago)
I had to respond to an email with the subject, “hey cecilia... ive got a goat story for you.” I hoped Minneapolis had lifted its ban on goats and someone was making a mean urban-backyard cheese, but sadly, that day has not come. Instead, the writer of the email was referring…
Sun, 11/9, 7:05pm (2 weeks ago)
It’s easy to get lost in Minneapolis quintet Sun Gods to Gamma Rays’ “A Ghost to Find,” a single off their new album that dropped this month.   Drummer Mitch Miller, keyboardist Peter Bregman and bassist Brian Gollnick lay down a syrupy groove that Paul Flynn’s zany guitar rattles keep hovering in…
Sun, 11/9, 6:26pm (2 weeks ago)
This week, Father John Misty returned to “The Late Show with David Letterman” to perform “Bored in the USA,” the new single off of next year’s “I Love You, Honeybear.”   18-piece chamber orchestra in tow, J. Tillman brought back his Father John Misty project to “Letterman,” this time trading his…
Sun, 11/9, 12:25pm (2 weeks ago)
Saturday night, I attempted to see Flying Lotus live at First Avenue with a couple of friends. The attempt failed. Here’s a log my Saturday night blunder.   6:30 p.m.- In preparation for Flying Lotus’s show with openers Thundercat, JPS and Peabody, I decide to listen to a few FlyLo tracks off…
Sun, 11/9, 12:23pm (2 weeks ago)
With Panda Bear’s latest “Mr Noah" EP, the animal collective alum gives us a taste of his upcoming full-length “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” with a four-song set previewing Panda’s continued foray into melodious noise.   The EP’s first track, “Mr Noah,” begins with monstrous growls (and dog barks) reminiscent of…
Sun, 11/9, 12:21pm (2 weeks ago)
This Halloween, Arcade Fire shared “Festi,” a 21-minute long spooky mini-movie about singer Win Butler’s fear of joining the 27 Club of tragically dead musicians after turning 27 while on the band’s 2011 festival tour.   The movie, which features appearances by James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Garfield and the National, arrives…
Thu, 11/6, 5:50pm (2 weeks ago)
Students, look at your professor, now back to Dr. Zira. Now back to your professor, now back at Zira. Tonight’s lecture at the Walker Arts Center may differ from your introductory sociology or economics class. On Thursday, Nov. 6, Coco Fusco, interdisciplinary artist and author, will perform her piece “Observations on…
Thu, 11/6, 1:16pm (2 weeks ago)
After watching one of Boy George’s new music videos, I was ready to write a gigglesome blogpost about his recent comeback. His new look reads “middle age man appreciates cosmetics.” It’s topped off with a colorful collection of brimmed hats, and a freshly sprouted gray dad-beard. He has lost a remarkable amount…
Wed, 9/10, 10:30pm (2 months ago)
Flamingos Divine Finds is a Powderhorn based store dedicated solely to flamingos — just kidding. With a flashy, pink storefront that can’t help but catch the eye, their home and garden themed antique furniture and trinkets are unlike anything you would find at a chain store. This Wednesday, September 10th to the…
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