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Calendar, Night&Day Meow Meow Meow

Meow Meow Meow

The first Internet Cat Video Festival was proposed as a joke by a young program associate at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center. The event drew over 10,000 fans. Today, 6,000 are expected to gather at the Great Wall of Oakland…
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Calendar, Night&Day Remembrances

Remembrances

Now in its ninth year of circulating dance companies through American metropolises, SCUBA brings together Elia Mrak from Seattle, Nichole Canuso Dance Company from Philadelphia, Supergroup from Minneapolis, and the city's own NAKA Dance Theater to show off their…
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Music, Hear This Marijuana Deathsquads: Show Preview

Marijuana Deathsquads: Show Preview

Minnesota has already left its imprint on music history by gifting the world Bob Dylan, Prince, the Andrews Sisters, and the Replacements. But over the last decade, an eventful, expansive, and awfully incestuous hip-hop/rock scene in Minneapolis has been pumping…
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Culture, Stage The Final Frontier: <i>Sidewinders</i> Digs Deep Into Its Characters' Trousers

The Final Frontier: Sidewinders Digs Deep Into Its Characters' Trousers

Basil (pronounced like the herb) Kreimendahl's Sidewinders, now in its world premiere at the Cutting Ball Theater after a staged reading as part of the company's Risk Is This festival last year, has a strikingly familiar setup: Two characters who…
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Music, Hear This Polica: Show Preview

Polica: Show Preview

Poliça is one of those fortunate bands with indie rock stardom written all over it. The four-piece treats its music — soulful, sparse pop built out of electronics, bass, drums, and vocals, all recently captured on February's Give You the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take the &lsquo;Cakes

Take the ‘Cakes

Deserved or not, visual art has an image problem. Boring. Highbrow. Snobby. After this weekend, art might have a different kind of image problem. Salacious. Loud. Alcohol-fueled. High-carb. Because this is Pancakes & Booze. The title of the two-day event…
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Music, Hear This The Soviettes: Show Preview

The Soviettes: Show Preview

Minneapolis is a bountiful locale for punk rock, supplying the world with the likes of the Replacements, Dillinger Four, Off with Their Heads, and Hüsker Dü. The Soviettes are another one of the city's punk treasures, albeit a lesser-known one.…
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Music, Lazerbeak Is King of the Lavabangers

Lazerbeak Is King of the Lavabangers

Thank your favorite deity for Aaron Mader's deficiencies. If the teenaged, head-over-heels-for-hip-hop Mader hadn't sucked at dancing, hadn't been uncomfortable with rapping, and hadn't been scared of getting into trouble for spraying graffiti, the world might have never known his…
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Music, BeatBox Atmosphere: Show Preview

Atmosphere: Show Preview

Minneapolis's Atmosphere — once just a DJ and a beleaguered rapper, now a quartet with guitarist and keyboardist — has been on the road for a long time. Its latest record, The Family Sign, takes a hard look at the…
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Dining, SFoodie Chef of Chairman Bao Leaves to Start His Own Mobile Food Biz, Eat Curbside

Chef of Chairman Bao Leaves to Start His Own Mobile Food Biz, Eat Curbside

The chef of the Chairman Bao food truck has pulled out of the garage. Eric Rud has resigned from the three-month-old mobile food business, conceived and managed by Mobi Munch, to go indy. Rud's final day with Chairman Bao was…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Dosh

Concert preview: Dosh

Multi-instrumentalist Martin Dosh's latest release, Tommy, is at times as vulnerable as a teardrop and as deafening as a skinned tiger. Like an ambitious juggler, the Minneapolis-based artist seems to delight in throwing an occasional genre into the act —…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Budget Rock by the alphabet

Budget Rock by the alphabet

Once all the other music festivals have their way with the locals, Budget Rock (www.myspace.com/budgetrock) comes in at the end of October to sweep up the trash – trashy rock 'n' roll, that is — which is collected into a…
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Music, Atmosphere paints self-effacing shit gold

Atmosphere paints self-effacing shit gold

On one hand, it shouldn't be surprising that rapper Slug is insecure, considering he has a song called "They're All Gonna Laugh at You," and another that tells the fantastical story of a woman who would rather have sex with…
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Music, Reviewed Clipd Beaks, <i>Hoarse Lords</i>

Clipd Beaks, Hoarse Lords

The members of Clipd Beaks grew up playing in prog-rock, art-core, and jam-type bands in their native Minneapolis. Bassist Scott Ecklein and drummer Ray Benjamin have known each other since grade school; guitarist and synth player Greg Pritchard joined the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Paid

Getting Paid

Who would have thought a white albino from Minnesota would have the hip-hop record of the year so far? The Undisputed Truth — Brother Ali's third full-length on Minneapolis' Rhymesayers label — combines the introspection people love about underground hip…
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Music, BeatBox Chuck Love in the house: one smooth operator

Chuck Love in the house: one smooth operator

As if it weren't apparent from his moniker, Chuck Love reveals himself as something of a smooth dude when he sings. The Minneapolis-based artist, who is also a DJ and producer, has found a natural fit with San Francisco's Om…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The snorification of indie rock

The snorification of indie rock

"When did indie rock get so boring?" That was the question posed by my fellow showgoer at Noise Pop's opening-night bash once Tapes 'n' Tapes launched into their set. And I hate to say it, but he was right. Here…
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Music, Meet the New Boss

Meet the New Boss

Over the last couple of years, we've heard from a succession of new groups that sound a lot like old groups. We've seen the new Joy Division (Interpol), the new Jam (Futureheads), and the new T. Rex (Devendra Banhart). Hell,…
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Music, Reviewed Hockey Night

Hockey Night

The best Pavement rip-off this year isn't Steve Malkmus' latest solo effort. Instead, the honor goes to Hockey Night, a New York-via-Minneapolis collective. The quartet's sophomore release has all the markings of Sacto's favorite sons: the serpentine song structures, the…
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Holiday,

CD Gift Box

Our Endless Numbered Days Iron and Wine With his tangled beard and hushed songs, Sam Beam appears to be a troubadour from the bayou. The truth is just as interesting: he's a cinematography teacher from Miami and a star…
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