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.
Sat, 7/26, 1:50pm (2 days ago)
On July 25, 1994, noise rock legends Boredoms released an overlooked gem: “Chocolate Synthesizer.” Like most Boredoms records, listening to “Synthesizer” feels similar to being thrown into oncoming traffic. From the cartoon howls that open “Acid Police” to their early experimentation with synth-heavy tracks like “Synthesizer Guide Book On Fire,”…
Mon, 7/21, 12:08am (1 week ago)
There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia. It’s deceptively simple to feel and it’s often the subject of unjust, public shame. Brendan Chilcutt is undercutting that with a website full of aural delight. A&E presents to you, The Museum of Endangered Sounds. The site’s owner and creator, Chilcutt, aggregated classic sounds…
Sun, 7/20, 11:50pm (1 week ago)
Trouble finding parking meant a late start to day three of Pitchfork.  The rollicking sounds of Speedy Ortiz were audible all along Ashland Avenue, and provided an excellent soundtrack while walking into the festival.  DIIV delivered solid, mid-tempo indie rock, nothing distinct from typical stylists of the genre, but their…
Sun, 7/20, 12:50am (1 week ago)
Day two of Pitchfork started strong with Chicago favorite Twin Peaks (more on them later).  It’s rare for such a young group to both rock hard and play in the pocket, but Twin Peaks managed to do both, with strong vibes of Thin Lizzy and Willy DeVille.  Their antics were…
Sat, 7/12, 3:48pm (2 weeks ago)
First things first: R.I.P. Tommy. All of this talk about The Ramones is stirring up memory lane trips for music critics and authentic punkers alike. As one of the first big names in punk, the Ramones get a lot of praise for pushing the genre into the pop culture headspace. Though,…
Thu, 7/10, 7:04pm (2 weeks ago)
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 pretty good idea of what makes 2008’s Korean serial killer thriller “The Chaser” (or “Chugyeogja”) so great.  Plot: On the same night the Mayor of Seoul…
Tue, 7/8, 3:31pm (3 weeks ago)
This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon has pretended to be Neil Young (that was when he covered “Pants on the Ground”), but it’s the best time.  With a little help from David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, Fallon staged a sort of CSNY “reunion” on the Tonight…
Sun, 7/6, 10:43am (3 weeks ago)
Alright, the folks at A&E understand just as well as you do, buskers can be annoying. The art of street performance is imposing by its very nature, and it can be fantastic when it isn’t heavy-handed. As the sidewalks of downtown fill up with artists this summer, here’s a list…
Tue, 7/1, 3:53pm (4 weeks ago)
Despite Showtime’s reputation for screwing up show endings, “Californication” managed to evade the nefarious curse.  Though the seventh and final season was a dud as a whole, the show’s finale, “Grace,” phenomenally, if predictably, tied up its loose ends.  It’s easy to toss around the possibilities of what could have…
Sat, 6/28, 2:39pm (4 weeks ago)
The Twin Cities Pride Festival is in full swing, and if you aren’t already checking out the huge number of live bands playing in Loring Park, A&E’s compiled some other spots for you to visit on your Pride Weekend. — Get Married! Okay, it’s possible that you weren’t planning on tying the…
Sat, 6/28, 12:38pm (4 weeks ago)
“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 of a community with unforeseen consequences.  But, similar to “Funny Games” (either version) and 2007’s Spanish twist-fest “Timecrimes,” writer/director Alex van Warmerdam’s project keeps you…
Thu, 6/26, 6:38pm (1 month ago)
While browsing through people’s closets on websites like the Coveteur and the Selby is an inspirational and aspirational activity, it can be disheartening for broke, style-minded students.  It’s a humbling reminder that 80 percent of the clothing I’d like in my wardrobe is unattainable at my current income level (unless…
Sun, 6/22, 4:57pm (1 month ago)
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 Book House is showcasing never-before-exhibited old photographs of early Spider John Koerner performances taken by then Univeristy of Minnesota student…
Fri, 6/20, 11:15pm (1 month ago)
Robin Thicke’s latest album, “Paula,” is a pathetic ploy to coax his estranged wife Paula Patton back into his embrace.  Primed for release July 1st, Thicke dropped the tracklist and album art yesterday.  Gone is Thicke’s trademark wispy hair; he looks plaintively at the ground in a buzz-cut on the…
Mon, 6/16, 11:36pm (1 month ago)
What Minneapolis doesn’t need is another “alternative” radio station. The recent advent of Alt 93.3 is a sad reminder that some consumers buy into a meaningless phrase that promotes watered-down dial tones as edgy musicians. The artists spinning on 93.3 — including 311 and Linkin Park — lack any street…
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