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]

Trivial Pursuits: How Trivia Mafia Turned a Once-a-Week Quiz Night Into a Mini Bar-Game Empire

It’s Sunday night at the 331 Club and the grimy dive bar is brimming with know-it-alls. Or at least, they hope they know it all. A Trivia Mafia quiz is about to get underway. The brainiac players—primarily male, under 35, and fans of screenprint T-shirts, beards, baseball caps, and Buddy Holly glasses—are gathered in small … [ Read more]

Insert Beer to Continue: Craft beer, cocktails, and nostalgia are reinvigorating the modern arcade

“Pinbot circuits activated” Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start “Finish him!” If you were born between 1980 and 1990, these sayings were probably—and maybe still are—part of your lexicon. Even if you didn’t grow up stomping Goombas or trying to rescue April from the Shredder, you might have gleaned the language from an older brother or cousin. For those of … [ Read more]

Riding for art: 410’s Project Bike to showcase 10 Minnesota artists

For 10 days this past July, Dana Sikkila was pedaling her bike up country roads and down trails across Minnesota on a 501-mile bike tour. With a bike trailer and camera crew in tow, she was on a mission to meet with 10 artists spread across the state, collect their works, and transport them back … [ Read more]

Tunes & Trade-offs: How to minimize your ecological footprint when it comes to music

Your prized Bob Dylan vinyl suffers a fatal scratch. You clean out your childhood closet and uncover all your N*SYNC and Hanson CDs. Before you toss them, here’s one thing to consider: Mother Nature doesn’t want your music junk, either. The EPA has estimated that 100,000 pounds of CDs become unwanted by consumers each month—and … [ Read more]

MPR’s Kerri Miller to host new national radio show from America’s heartland

Minnesota Public Radio News is launching a new national show this fall: “Flyover.” Starting September 10, the weekly, live, call-in show, hosted by Kerri Miller, will focus on “the big issues of modern American identity.” Miller will bring in perspectives from America’s heartland, inviting journalists from radio stations to discuss social, political, and cultural topics … [ Read more]

The Soap Factory 2.0: Renovation to add more artist space and restaurant to Minneapolis art venue

A daring, innovative Minneapolis art space is soon to rejuvenate its artistic game. Starting late September, The Soap Factory will update its 130-year-old industrial building with a $6.2 million dollar building improvement project. The renovation of the 52,000-square-foot space, once home to the National Purity Soap Factory, includes a top-to-bottom upgrade—the new Soap Factory will offer … [ Read more]

Capturing the science (and magic) of Pixar at Science Museum of Minnesota

Remember the first time you watched Buzz Lightyear fly “to infinity, and beyond?” How about the feeling you got when Dory told Nemo, “Just keep swimming?” Or how your jaw dropped when Lightning McQueen came speeding across your screen? This summer, you can get a glimpse into the science, engineering, filmmaking, and imagination it took … [ Read more]

8 Under-the-Radar Minnesota Music Landmarks by Bike

Any tourist can find First Ave, and a quick Google search will take you straight to the house where The Replacements shot their “Let It Be” cover. If you’re a Minnesota music fan ready to take a deeper dive, though, hop on your ride and follow this trail through Minneapolis to just a few of … [ Read more]

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Artist Profile: Charles Youel, founder and creative director of ARTCRANK

Ten years ago on a Saturday night in April, Charles Youel staged a pop-up bike poster show at One On One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis. Expecting maybe 50 people, you can imagine the pure shock and awe that Charles felt when he saw an ever-extending line out the door, and the studio packed to all … [ Read more]

The Beat Scientist: Local music producer Nick Phillips explains what goes into your favorite tracks

When most people think about their favorite song, they often think about their favorite artistic qualities—the rhythm, the lyrics, the melody. But how are these elements pieced together? How do they come to coexist alongside one another? And who makes all that happen? For Nick Phillips, the producer and multi-instrumentalist known as Beatnick, one half … [ Read more]