Through Diversity and Collaboration, TU Dance Continues to Defy Definition

Somewhere beyond the confines of ballet and other genres of dance resides contemporary dance—an artistic expression fluctuating between cadenced and arrhythmic motion, which ignores traditional boundaries and evades simple categorization. For the last 15 years, this universe of dance has been embodied—and expanded—by St. Paul, Minnesota-based company TU Dance. TU Dance was founded in 2004 by … [ Read more]

Soundset brings Twin Cities hip-hop to the national stage

For 11 years, Minnesota has been home to what is now considered one of the premiere hip-hop festivals in the country. With local record label Rhymesayers Entertainment at the helm, Soundset has grown from a word-of-mouth block party to a marquee music festival over the years as it’s traveled from the old Metrodome parking lot … [ 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]

10 summer music festivals within driving distance of MSP

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Trailblazers 2016: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

Ever since taking office as the mayor of St. Paul back in 2006, Chris Coleman has been tasked with being the voice of a diverse community, presiding over the capital of Minnesota, and making a case for himself as the cooler of the two mayors in the Twin Cities. And no better case can be … [ Read more]

Communist Daughter finds a way forward on sophomore album

Four years since their last release, Communist Daughter has returned to the music scene to forge a new path with their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” There’s a forward momentum can be felt all over the new album, which the band self-released on October 21 and are supporting during their final tourstop … [ Read more]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark

It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver Vikings flat brim hat. Before sitting down, he orders a black iced coffee and waits patiently by the counter. “No cream,” he equably reiterates to … [ Read more]