Austen Macalus

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Rolling with the changes

Recording in Seattle, Brooklyn, upstate New York, Los Angeles and Milwaukee, Ra Ra Riot is used to working on the go.  


Up close and personal

From behind thick tortoise-framed glasses and underneath a head of wavy auburn hair, Tommy Ryman has no problem admitting he can only do one pull-up.     By accenting his physical looks and nerdish personality with a delightful innocence, high-pitched


400 years later, Henry VI restaged

Bickering factions, swaying loyalties, backstabbing betrayals and a whole lot of political ambition — “Henry VI” is the perfect play for this election season.   


It’s a real job, we promise

After getting into comics at age 17 and interning at Marvel during his college years, Eliot Rahal fell in love with the genre.     One day, it eventually clicked for h


Sketch in the city

Sketch comedy is changing its form in Minneapolis.     A longtime hotbed of humor, the city boasts an impressive collection of comedians dedicated to open mics, improv and weekly stand-up showcases.    


Comedy and controversy

With a penchant for anything anti-authoritarian, a casual disregard for creating controversy and a steady diet of ’90s cartoons, comedian Justin Colucci is familiar to anyone who went to high school with a devious prankster.     Colucci, a self-d


Dive into success

    For Lake Street Dive, major success has been a long time coming.  


Getting his “hands dirty”

Local rapper Guante is a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to music, he’s pursuing a Masters of Liberal Studies at the University of Minnesota.


A live monster

Perfume Monster was never meant to be a band.      While finishing up on different music projects, lead singer Thomas “Hazen” Zimborski and drummer Kyle Steen began sharing files online without intending to perform in front of a live a


Taking a dip

Born in chlorine, electrocuted and dropped as a baby, and taught to read from a weird uncle’s Playboy subscription — this is the off-kilter way Poolboy describes the origin of their music.     In reality, the local band formed a little more