Thursday, July 2nd

Weekend What’s What: 7/2-7/5

Flag-waving patriot or not, there is plenty to do in and around the Twin Cities this weekend involving hot dogs, flea markets, fireworks, punk rock, and more.

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Wednesday, July 1st

We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Miguel, Bilal, Leon Bridges and Terry Eason

This week, a trio — TRIO — of damn brilliant, masterpiece R&B records, continuing that genre’s unbeatable winning streak. Plus a killer power-pop album by Terry Eason that’ll have you longing for that genre’s mid-90s heyday (think: Velvet Crush). Killer.

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Tuesday, June 30th

The Shopping List: 6/30-7/6
Cotton & Co feat

This week in The Shopping List, Cotton & Co. works to bring their ethical clothing creations to life in Minneapolis, Grant Whittaker curates a one-of-a-kind collection of jewelry, summer sale season in in full swing, and more.

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Monday, June 29th

Nodin Anthology Reading at the new Subtext Bookstore

Susan Woehrle chats with several prominent Midwestern poets – including Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen and more – about their inclusion in the esteemed local anthology; and being featuried in a reading from it on Monday at Subtext Bookstore

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Thursday, June 25th

Weekend What’s What: 6/25-6/28 – PRIDE 2015 EDITION

The Twin Cities’ annual LGBTQIA celebration of fabulousity dominates every corner of this weekend. Let us help you figure it all out.

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Thursday, June 25th

Le Talk: Latrice Royale

In this exclusive interview, Todd O’Dowd talks to the acclaimed drag queen about her career after “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” her other ventures, and her Twin Cities debut at First Avenue as part of Grown & Sexy Pride.

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Wednesday, June 24th

We Will Rock You: I Listen To The Top 20 So You Don’t Have To: The Revolution is Coming Edition
I am reasonably sure this Andy Grammer dickbag will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

Change is coming. It has to. There are hints of it in this week’s charts, but oh man oh man will you find some terrible, throwbackily wholesome, sexist retro garbage here. This was tough, folks, but I do it for you.

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Tuesday, June 23rd

In Review: Rock The Garden 2015 – Day 2

Todd O’Dowd and Gigi Berry took in the second day of the 2015 edition of The Walker and The Current’s annual music festival; featuring Modest Mouse, Babes In Toyland, Seun Kuti & Egypt ’80, JD McPherson, and The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger

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Tuesday, June 23rd

The Shopping List: 6/23-6/29
Rally Cry Fashion feat

This week in The Shopping List, Rally Cry by Pollen will troubleshoot challenges within the Twin Cities fashion scene, double-header trunk shows at Mona Williams featuring vintage Coach and Liz Oie, Minnehaha Mile shops at Pride, and more.

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Monday, June 22nd

In Review: Rock The Garden 2015 – Day 1

The 2015 edition of The Walker and The Current’s annual music festival kicked off with The Stand4rd, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Conor Oberst, and Belle and Sebastian. Gigi Berry and Todd O’Dowd were at the scene.

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Thursday, June 18th

Weekend What’s What: 6/18-6/21

The summer heats up with the return of Rock The Garden, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, art crawls, and various queer-centric events in anticipation for Pride next weekend.

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Wednesday, June 17th

We Want YOU!

l’étoile and LOL/OMG! is growing and we are looking to add to our all-star staff.

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Wednesday, June 17th

We Will Rock You: My Metal Odyssey

One genre I did not know: 80s metal. I set out to fix that. Here is my odyssey.

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Tuesday, June 16th

The Shopping List: 6/16-6/22
The Bow Tie Shoppe feat

This week in The Shopping List, Martinpatrick3 hosts The Bow Tie Shoppe for a special Father’s Day event, Fjällräven opens its flagship store at Mall of America, Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and more.

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Thursday, June 11th

Weekend What’s What: 6/11-6/14

Among this weekend’s booked schedule of events includes the Twin Cities Donut Crawl, Northern Spark and The Fucking Best Show Ever.

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Wednesday, June 10th

In Preview: The Walker’s 2015-16 Performing Arts Season

In the wake of the Walker announcing its 2015-26 Performing Arts season, Todd O’Dowd offers up his picks for the most intriguing works of the season.

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Wednesday, June 10th

We Will Rock You: So, So Many Album Reviews (FFS, Darkness, Rich Mattson, Manilla Road, Edger, Lunar Laugh)

Oh my god, so many albums to get through, and so little time. Enjoy a few capsule reviews of albums from FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), The Darkness, Manilla Road, Rich Mattson, Lunar Laughs and Edger.

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Tuesday, June 9th

The Shopping List: 6/9-6/15
B Resale feat

This week in The Shopping List, B. Resale throws a five year anniversary bash, the boys of Near North Co. celebrate with a launch party, new summer collections by local names, and more.

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Thursday, June 4th

Weekend What’s What: 6/4-6/7

This weekend’s events are spread out all over Minneapolis/St. Paul and will have you exploring everything from bikes to storytelling to visual arts and more.

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Wednesday, June 3rd

We Will Rock You: I AM STONES: A listicle

With the Stones playing at TCF tonight, we thought it was the perfect time for a nifty little Stones top ten listicle. Music writers love lists. You do too. Read, listen, argue.

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Tuesday, June 2nd

The Shopping List: 6/2-6/8
Indigo and Snow edit feat

This week in The Shopping List, Indigo & Snow releases a lovely new hand dyed collection, Askov Finlayson holds a sunglass sale in time for summer, Artist Market at The White Page, and more.

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Thursday, May 28th

Weekend What’s What: 5/28-5/31

With summer on the horizon, it might be easy to overlook all of the fantastic events going on, but this weekend offers some sweet gigs that you won’t want to miss.

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Wednesday, May 27th

We Will Rock You: Reviews A-Poppin’ feat. Whitey Morgan, A$AP Rocky

Two great summer albums for ya — the magnificently authentic outlaw country of Whitey Morgan and the 78s (seriously, cannot be beat) and the deeply trippy, acid-drenched hip-hop of A$AP Rocky, which sees the afro-futuristic underground coming into the mainstream in a big way.

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Tuesday, May 26th

The Shopping List: 5/26-6/1
Mn Vintage Crawl feat

This week in The Shopping List, don’t miss out on the first annual MN Vintage Crawl hosted by Public Functionary, KISA Boutique celebrates some big changes, Golden Rule Collective has a grand opening, and more.

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Monday, May 25th

LOL/OMG!: Soundset 2015 Review

In this special review, Gigi Berry (with the help of the Twin Cities Twitteratti) reviews the 2015 edition of the acclaimed hip hop festival.

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Thursday, May 21st

Weekend What’s What: 5/21-5/24

Memorial Day Weekend features plenty to do outside and kicks off outdoor music season in full force with events like Soundset, the Memory Lanes Block Party, and more

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Wednesday, May 20th

We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Monophonics, Strange Names, Belfast Cowboys

A fine selection of albums this week, folks, including the Monophonics’ The Sound of Sinning (which we’re calling the #2 album of the year so far!), the first album by Minneapolis synth-poppers Strange Names, and a killer album by scene vets Belfast Cowboys.

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Tuesday, May 19th

The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 12

The final four must face the de rigeur music video challenge (and de rigeur producer manipulation) in this lackluster episode.

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Tuesday, May 19th

The Shopping List: 5/19-5/25
Minnesota History Center feat

This week in The Shopping List, the Minnesota History Center celebrates new exhibit, Inspiring Beauty, with a big bash, Wilson & Willy’s holds a tribute to the Boundary Waters, a Spring Wellness pop up to kick the winter blues, and more.

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Monday, May 18th

The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 14

The acclaimed series ends on a reflective – and controversial – note.

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