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]

‘María de Buenos Aires’ offers passionate opera and sultry Argentine tango






From its sultry setting in a Buenos Aires barrio to its score brimming with expressive tango, “María de Buenos Aires” is not your typical opera, and the Mill City Summer Opera is not your typical opera company. Rather than staging its sixth annual opera production on a classic proscenium stage positioning the audience directly in … [ Read more]

The Cactus Blossoms take an eerie trip into the world of ‘Twin Peaks’






It’s fitting that the song, “Mississippi,” from local folk duo The Cactus Blossoms’ 2016 album, “You’re Dreaming,” recently received a second life thanks to a television show that thrives on horror, murder, and mystery. The duo and their song were recently featured on third episode of the newly revived “Twin Peaks.” “It happened because of luck,” … [ Read more]

Parks—and Water—For the People: The history of Minneapolis’ hand-pump drinking wells






When Minneapolis resident Jessica Rosenberg was a little girl, she and her brother had a special ritual they shared with their grandparents. They would load up the trunk of the car with empty plastic milk jugs and drive from their St. Louis Park home to Lake Harriet. Once there, they’d unload the jugs and walk … [ Read more]

The ‘ramshackle,’ DIY soccer club bringing a new sense of fun to the pitch






It’s summertime in Minnesota. The sun’s out, the coolers are full, and do-it-yourself season is officially here. The coolest DIY project in the Twin Cities isn’t a deck, or a fire pit, or a brand new man cave. It’s a soccer team called Minneapolis City SC—a self-proclaimed “ramshackle bunch” on a mission to build a … [ Read more]

MN Opera to branch out from Ordway for 55th Season






The Minnesota Opera will present three new concerts and one extra full stage production, in addition to their five main stage operas, to commemorate their 55th season. The 2017-18 season will include a departure from their home at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, for a staging of Fellow Travelers at the Cowles Center in June 2018. … [ Read more]

Birds and The B-Sides: After 25 years of Music in the Zoo, Sue McLean’s legacy lives on






With relentless rain, the BoDeans figured all hope was gone the night of their sold-out, outdoor show at the Minnesota Zoo. But when clouds subsided with time left for just a few songs, the Wisconsin-based rock-and-rollers were pleasantly surprised. “It turned out, everyone stuck around,” lead singer Kurt Neumann says. “Everybody had brought garbage bags … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Gordon Purcell






The Incredible Hulk, in its human form as Bruce Banner, is a nuclear physicist. Chemistry lover Barry Allen, aka The Flash, works as a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department. And in “Star Trek,” 23rd century adventurers take off in a powerful interstellar spacecraft to explore the far reaches of the galaxy, using … [ Read more]

Urban comedy takes center stage in Twin Cities






On a Friday night in St. Paul, the newest comedy club in town, Baddie’s Comedy Co., is packed to capacity. On stage, comedian KJay is absolutely destroying, and the laughter is so loud that you’d think there were well over 130 people inside. Since opening back in February of this year, Baddie’s has created a … [ Read more]

Finding Marcel: The letters that brought a WWII love story to life for a Minnesota font designer






Carolyn Porter, a graphic designer based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, found a stack of beautifully hand-scripted French letters in a Stillwater antique store. She bought a few thinking they would make an ideal base for designing a new font. It was only after her curiosity led her to translate one of them that she realized the … [ Read more]

Paul Simon and Wilco shine through the storms at Eaux Claires Troix






“This is a festival based on improvisation and collaboration,” weekend narrator Michael Perry said to the Eaux Claires crowd this Saturday, before headliners Paul Simon with yMusic and Wilco capped the two-day festival with epic performances despite apocalyptic weather permeating the sky. From impromptu pop-up stages along the grounds to weather-driven rescheduling, Bon Iver’s Justin … [ Read more]

Justin Vernon and TU Dance collaborating for Liquid Music’s 2017-2018 season






The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s genre-bending Liquid Music Series will continue to keep the good times flowing as their impressive lineup of innovative projects with iconoclastic artists makes waves into 2017–2018 season. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is collaborating with TU Dance for three performances in April 2018 at the renovated Palace Theater. The performances will feature … [ Read more]

Minnesota Museum of American Art creating permanent home in St. Paul’s historic Pioneer Endicott building






One of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota will be getting an expanded, permanent home come spring 2018. The Minnesota Museum of American Art, or “the M,” will undergo a $12.5 million development within the historic Pioneer Endicott building this summer, resulting in over 20,000 square feet of public space. While the museum has maintained … [ Read more]