Where Have All the Award Shows Gone? How we’re honoring Minnesota’s musicians today

Right inside the front door of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame stands a towering replica of the state-shaped award for inductees. “This way when people walk in, you don’t have to tell ‘em where they’re at,” says executive director Dodie Wendinger. “We are in the heart of the town,” she adds. The town in … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The patterns and forms of Ross Bruggink

A fearless and philosophical duo, “Calvin and Hobbes” follows the adventures of the mischievous six-year-old Calvin, and his best friend, a talking and plush sardonic tiger named Hobbes. Their relationship is playful, poignant, and fantastical, as they convert corrugated cardboard boxes into time traveling machines, dig for dinosaur bones, and build crime-stricken groups of snowmen. … [ Read more]

Fare Thee Well, Red House: A 10-song toast to the folk record label’s Minnesota legacy

St. Paul’s famed Red House Records—long known as a top label for folk and Americana artists—is Nashville-bound after being acquired by Compass Records Group. Officially established in 1983 by singer-songwriter Greg Brown and Bob Feldman, Red House Records has served as springboard for Midwest folk artists like Spider John Koerner and John Gorka, as well … [ Read more]

A Dad, a Record Label, a Musical Mission: Scott Herold on 10 years at Rock the Cause

Scott Herold’s nonprofit Rock the Cause is changing lives through music. Many Minnesotans are familiar with Zach Sobiech’s story. Although the 18-year-old tragically died of cancer in 2013, his legacy still lives on through his song, “Clouds.” Sobiech never expected the song to go viral, but thanks to the help of Rock the Cause Records, the … [ Read more]

Vote for the 2017 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards

Each year we ask you, The Growler readers, to tell us who you think is the best of the best in the realms of food, drink, and culture in Minnesota. You have once again answered the call, submitting your nominations and then casting your final ballots for this year’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. The voting … [ Read more]

Their Story Is Our Story: Veterans are finding a voice to share their stories of service

Ever since I left the Air Force in 2011, I’ve often endured a strange little question-and-answer dance. You chose to move to Minnesota? Really? Why? While it’s hard to sell the value of community against the prospect of hypothermia, I’ve been warmed enough by the support of the former to ward off the latter. I … [ Read more]

Good for You: 8 self-care tips so you can have more energy for others

Although “The Giving Tree” is a children’s classic, let’s be honest—when you give and give, like that beleaguered tree did, eventually you risk ending up as a stump of your former self. Putting energy into charity and do-goodery is, of course, a worthwhile pursuit, but it can be draining if you haven’t put effort into … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Greta McLain of GoodSpace Murals

Murals bring color and vibrant energy to bleak building exteriors, but the change to the physical walls runs deeper than the brushstrokes. The true power of a mural is in the changes and cultural connections these projects inspire within communities. “Murals create spaces and opportunities of for us to gather together and find the ways … [ Read more]

Haunts, Jaunts, and Thrills: 22 scary fun events this Halloween weekend

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but Minnesota is getting started early with a weekend full of events. From family-friendly activities to live music, beer releases, and races that will have you running for your life, there’s something for everyone who wants to grab their gang of ghouls and goblins and celebrate the scariest time of … [ Read more]

Comedian Mike Brody gets fresh with new album release and local shows

Comedian Mike Brody spent 2017 refreshing his material and, in a sense, himself. Since releasing his debut comedy album nearly five years ago and logging countless hours on stage in clubs all over the country, the veteran of the comedy game since 2000 had yet to record anything new. In January, determined to get himself back on track, … [ Read more]

The Mill: After 19 years, Triple Rock Social Club to close in November

On Monday, Triple Rock Social Club announced they plan to close after November 22. The bar and restaurant has had a 19-year run, 15 of which have included a high-energy music venue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Owners Erik and Gretchen Funk opened the club in 1998 when they were in their mid-20s, had barely any cash, … [ Read more]

Drinking Songs of Yore: The stories behind the music of Beer Choir

Centuries before karaoke bars, drinking beer and singing went hand in hand. In fact, the first drinking songs date back to as far as the 13th or 14th century in the “Carmina Burana,” a collection of love poems and light-hearted, irreverent verses. Since then, drinking songs have become embedded in different cultures around Europe, and … [ Read more]

Beer imitates art at Mia’s Artoberfest

Long before today’s smartphones, selfie sticks, and Instagram, artists were commissioned to document the every day happenings of contemporary events in eighteenth-century Europe. “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art focuses on the masterful works of view painters, including Canaletto, Bellotto, Robert, Panini, and Guardi. Head over to Mia … [ Read more]

Inside the Mind of a Puzzle Master

New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz stretches and stimulates brains one clue at a time No matter who you are or what you are interested in, chances are good that at some point in your life, you’ve done a crossword puzzle. Whether you enjoy flexing some nearly forgotten grade school education, prefer mind-bending word … [ Read more]

Getting Played: Hidden tracks, alter egos, and other games musicians play with fans

It’s all about the music… except when it isn’t. There’s nothing like a good gimmick to lend a little pizzazz to an album release or a tour, and sometimes musical artists just toy with us because they can. Here are some of the most notorious games musical artists have played with their fans over the … [ Read more]