http://www.mndaily.com/rss/%2A en Pitchfork Music Festival Day One http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/19/pitchfork-music-festival-day-one By: <a href="/users/gtillerymndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Tillery</a><br/><p>Though the first day of Pitchfork tends to be lackluster, this year&rsquo;s lineup bucked the trend.&nbsp; Hundred Waters opened the festival and despite a small crowd, they churned out an excellent performance that channeled Bjork.&nbsp; Plus, lead singer Nicole Miglis plays a mean flute, which sets the band apart from the multitudes of other down-tempo ambient groups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/19/pitchfork-music-festival-day-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:50:13 +0000 sdoar 87351 at http://www.mndaily.com High respects http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/high-respects By: <a href="/users/gtillerymndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Tillery</a><br/><p class="Byline" style="text-align:justify">Chris &ldquo;Felix&rdquo; Wilbourn and Peter Leggett of the hip-hop group Heiruspecs reminisced about the gritty days of St. Paul&rsquo;s Hamline Midway and Frogtown neighborhoods at W.A. Frost&rsquo;s posh patio on an idyllic Friday night. Both were products of the rough-and-tumble neighborhood, and both intertwine those roots into the loquacious music of Heiruspecs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/high-respects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:54:15 +0000 sdoar 87341 at http://www.mndaily.com Right in the G.U.T. http://www.mndaily.com/ae/art/2014/07/15/right-gut By: <a href="/users/jkellenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Kellen</a><br/><p>Science can be dumb &mdash; or at least misinformed, according to photographer Eric William Carroll.</p> <p>&ldquo;The thing I love about humans doing science is that humans are inherently wrong,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>A selection from a 1914 children&rsquo;s encyclopedia explaining the future of space travel provides a great example &nbsp;in his latest exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, &ldquo;G.U.T. Feeling, Vol. 2.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/art/2014/07/15/right-gut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Art A&E Local Art A&E Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:45:24 +0000 sdoar 87335 at http://www.mndaily.com The best albums of 2014 ... so far http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/best-albums-2014-so-far By: <a href="/users/gtillerymndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Tillery</a><br/><p>Making claims of musical originality in 2014 is difficult. Everything imaginable seems to exist. Countless albums leave listeners with the same tepid sex-drugs-money hip-hop dichotomy, whiny Bon Iver wannabes and simplistic country anthems that extol the virtues of mudding and drinking cheap, domestic beer.</p> <p>The great music of this year appropriates elements from decades past. But musical innovation occurs through these means. The following albums, in no particular order, stand out from the rest of recent releases in both originality and listener enjoyment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/best-albums-2014-so-far" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:39:41 +0000 sdoar 87331 at http://www.mndaily.com Bring out the hounds http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/bring-out-hounds By: <a href="/users/jkellenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Kellen</a><br/><p>In Welsh folklore, Cwn Annwn is an otherworldly group of hounds whose presence portends death.</p> <p>In the Twin Cities, Cwn Annwn is a melodic metal band that rehearses underground at Kooler Sound in St. Paul.</p> <p>Yes, that&rsquo;s a fairly melodramatic way to describe a basement, but the gritty fluorescence of the halls in the facility felt separate from the outside world above. The growled lyrics and harsh electric guitar of 20 or so other bands flooded the hallways that make up a grid of practice rooms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/15/bring-out-hounds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:35:22 +0000 sdoar 87329 at http://www.mndaily.com Scripted and tactical: Six Elements Theatre’s Human Combat Chess http://www.mndaily.com/ae/theater/2014/07/09/scripted-and-tactical-six-elements-theatre%E2%80%99s-human-combat-chess By: <a href="/users/jkellenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Kellen</a><br/><p>Skot &ldquo;The Real Knight&rdquo; Rieffer wielded a halberd as he exited the storage unit in a meeting room last Thursday at Minneapolis&rsquo; Historic Wesley Center.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;You&rsquo;re going to want to use both hands to hold this,&rdquo; the Human Combat Chess performer said, hefting the heavy medieval axe-spear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/theater/2014/07/09/scripted-and-tactical-six-elements-theatre%E2%80%99s-human-combat-chess" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Theater A&E Local Theater A&E Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:19:12 +0000 sdoar 87290 at http://www.mndaily.com Party like a rockstar http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/09/party-rockstar By: <a href="/users/gtillerymndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Tillery</a><br/><p>Jay Simonson hates his given name. In his eyes, it&rsquo;s associated with sellouts jockeying to make a buck.</p> <p>&ldquo;My old name was Jared,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Jared diamonds, Jared Subway. These are all things that I can&rsquo;t get over. I hate all Jareds.&rdquo;</p> <p>Simonson is a fixture on the local music scene, having played with Nice Purse and Howler.&nbsp; While brainstorming band names with Howler&rsquo;s Ian Nygaard, the duo came up with France Camp. It stuck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/09/party-rockstar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:15:04 +0000 sdoar 87289 at http://www.mndaily.com Bitten by the bug http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/09/bitten-bug By: <a href="/users/gtillerymndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Tillery</a><br/><p>A shared love of &rsquo;60s Cambodian psychedelic rock brought the members of Dengue Fever together for the first time more than a decade ago. The one-time show eventually turned into something more, and now the Cambodian-tinged indie rockers are five albums deep, reaping success across the globe.</p> <p>The group&rsquo;s sound mimics prolific Cambodian pop mastermind Sinn Sisamouth but blends that influence with organ in the vein of Ray Manzarek.&nbsp; African rhythmic and percussive influences round out Dengue Fever&rsquo;s sonic palette.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/09/bitten-bug" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:08:43 +0000 sdoar 87288 at http://www.mndaily.com RiffTrax takes Minneapolis out for a night at the movies http://www.mndaily.com/ae/comedy/2014/07/09/rifftrax-takes-minneapolis-out-night-movies By: <a href="/users/jkellenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Kellen</a><br/><p>RiffTrax is, at its simplest, a group of friends trying to make each other laugh.</p> <p>Under the RiffTrax moniker, comedians Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy record MP3 commentaries that go along with films ranging from delightfully bad B-list movies to &ldquo;Transformers: Dark of the Moon.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We were lured into this with liquor and money,&rdquo; Murphy said of the venture that began in 2006. &ldquo;But, you know, it&rsquo;s fun working together.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/comedy/2014/07/09/rifftrax-takes-minneapolis-out-night-movies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Comedy A&E Movies A&E Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:02:26 +0000 sdoar 87287 at http://www.mndaily.com The bastion of banjo http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/02/bastion-banjo By: <a href="/users/jkellenmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Joe Kellen</a><br/><p>The banjo is oft more associated with straw hats than the world of classical music. Béla Fleck&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work is to change this.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would describe it as a high-tech, primitive sound,&rdquo; the banjoist said. &ldquo;For me, playing this instrument and caring about it so much is a way of trying to make it more legitimate.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/music/2014/07/02/bastion-banjo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Music A&E Music A&E Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:46:54 +0000 sdoar 87245 at http://www.mndaily.com