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Led by Lizzo, Grrrls Take Over Twin Cities Hip-Hop

In the wake of her sold-out Mainroom headlining debut at First Avenue, Anthony Iverson offers an appreciation to the current queen of the Twin Cities music scene.

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Monday, February 8th


Led by Lizzo, Grrrls Take Over Twin Cities Hip-Hop
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In the wake of her sold-out Mainroom headlining debut at First Avenue, Anthony Iverson offers an appreciation to the current queen of the Twin Cities music scene.

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Thursday, February 4th


Weekend What’s What: 2/4-2/7
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Despite loads of snow and what’s been deemed “The Big Game,” Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a variety of compelling opportunities for you to get up and get out this weekend.

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Wednesday, February 3rd


We Will Rock You: I Listen To The Top 20 So You Don’t Have to Vol. 12: The YouTubenning
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Oh hey! It’s that time again — time for me to agonizingly churn through the iTunes Top 20 and see if there’s any gold. This week? Not really, but there sure are plenty of cute white YouTubers.

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Friday, January 29th


We Will Rock You, R.I.P. Paul Kantner Bonus Edition
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A special week-end bonus edition of We Will Rock You — we take a look at the career of Jefferson Airplane bandleader Paul Kantner. No, he didn’t write “We Built This City.” Yes, he was damn brilliant. Check it out.

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Thursday, January 28th


Weekend What’s What: 1/28-1/31
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End January on a high note with homecoming shows, an epic sweet sixteen party, a super-secret dance party, and more!

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Thursday, January 28th


In Review: “Pericles”
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On the winds of a highly-anticipated debut, Guthrie Theater artistic director Joseph Haj makes a stunning debut with his gorgeous and entertaining production of “Pericles.”

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Wednesday, January 27th


We Will Rock You: After Bowie, Now What?
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So you miss David Bowie? Oh my god, you ask, who can I listen to who embodies David Bowie’s experimental spirit but maybe I’m not as familiar with their catalog? Let us help.

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Thursday, January 21st


Weekend What’s What: 1/21-1/24
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From birthdays to takeovers, the Twin Cities is awash with great events this weekend.

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Wednesday, January 20th


Review Roundup feat. Anderson .Paak, The Last Conspirators, Witchcraft
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A selection of nifty reviews from this post-Bowie-death week, including a masterpiece from Anderson .Paak, a nifty punk salvo from the Last Conspirators and a metal slab from Sweden’s Witchcraft.

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Thursday, January 14th


Weekend What’s What: 1/14-1/17
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Take a look at this weekend’s guide for the latest and greatest in visual arts, theater, residencies, dance nights and album release shows throughout the Twin Cities.

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Wednesday, January 13th


We Will Rock You: Every David Bowie Album, Ranked
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You know what? Here at l’etoile, we refuse to eulogize David Bowie. Instead, we’re gonna do what some terrible clickbait organization will do (but wrongly): rank all his albums as an excuse to listen to ‘em and talk about ‘em some more.

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Thursday, January 7th


Weekend What’s What: 1/7-1/10
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This weekend’s lineup of unique events will help you kick those wintery January blues.

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Wednesday, January 6th


The Niles Files: My 2015 Film Prom
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Pairing together 20 films on a Top Ten List of waltzing motion pictures, it’s the 2015 Year in Film.

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Wednesday, January 6th


We Will Rock You: Local Review Roundup feat. Moors Blackmon, Fury Things, Pasadena ’68/Dakota Shakedown
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A trio of local reviews this week — playing catchup with recent albums by Fury Things and Pasadena ’68/Dakota Shakedown, plus looking to the future (the intense future) with Moors Blackmon.

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Wednesday, January 6th


BREAKING: Brian Oake to co-host The Current’s Morning Show
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In a bit of surprising (to some) news, the long-time radio fixture joins the Current’s Morning Show starting March 7.

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Wednesday, December 30th


Weekend What’s What: 12/31-1/3
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Ring out 2015 and ring in 2016 with some of the most eagerly-awaited events of the year.

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Wednesday, December 30th


We Will Rock You: The Art of the Morning Show
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If you’re like me, you love morning shows. Even if you don’t — well, you know they exist right? We’ve had some good ones in the Twin Cities over the years — and hopefully we’ll have more, if you get my drift.

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Tuesday, December 29th


A Few Of Our Favorite Things: The Best Of 2015
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l’├ętoile presents its annual list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities this year!

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Friday, December 25th


The Niles Files: Funny and/or Die
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Adam McKay leaps from farcical comedies to true-life satire with his adaptation of “The Big Short,” a self-congratulating examination of bankers who saw the recent economic collapse looming.

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Wednesday, December 23rd


Weekend What’s What: 12/23-12/27
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Whatever holiday you’re celebrating this weekend, the Twin Cities will be celebrating them in their own unique ways.

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Wednesday, December 23rd


We Will Rock You: The Top Horror Films (yes, FILMS) of 2015
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What? FILM? Yeah. Since Niles decided to do a little music writing, I thought “what the heck” — here’s my 10 favorite horror films of 2015. And believe me, I watch a lot of ‘em.

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Friday, December 18th


The Niles Files: Manplanet Comes Back to Earth
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After a 12 year hiatus, local space band Manplanet returns Saturday night to the Triple Rock, and we’ve received some special transmissions from them before they land back on earth.

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Friday, December 18th


In Review: “The Sound Of Music” at the Ordway
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The Ordway delivers a very traditional take (in the good and bad sense) of the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Thursday, December 17th


Weekend What’s What: 12/17-12/20
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Star Wars fanatic or not, this weekend’s list of events offers plenty of opportunities to get excited.

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Thursday, December 17th


The Niles Files: The Force a’Shakin’
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The Star Wars saga continues with J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” an effective though all-too-safe mystery box that is so focused on the future that it never quite sees where it is or what it’s doing.

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Wednesday, December 16th


We Will Rock You: Holy Shit, Another Great Prince Record
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ANOTHER good Prince record? So soon after his last one back in October 2014? Uh huh. And make no mistake, this one might even better that one. It’s good. Like really, really good. Find out how.

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Saturday, December 12th


In Review: A Very Non-Traditional Holiday
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Miss Richfield 1981 and Walking Shadow Theatre Company are offering two non-traditional tonics to the Holiday Season.

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Friday, December 11th


In Review: Nutcracker (Not So) Suite
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James Sewell Ballet triumphantly remounts director and choreographer Myron Johnson’s iconic spin on the holiday classic.

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Thursday, December 10th


Weekend What’s What: 12/10-12/13
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Whether you celebrate the Holidays (Christmas, Solstice, Life Day, etc.), or are trying to ignore the holiday season as much as possible, the Twin Cities has plenty of events for you to celebrate this weekend.

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Wednesday, December 9th


The Niles Files: ‘Twixt Myth and Ornament
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Though intermittently vivid, Ron Howard’s whaling adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” demonstrates how easy it is to go soft in the face of both literature and history.

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