Thursday, August 27th

Weekend What’s What: 8/27-8/30

The end of summer is nigh with the return of the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival, and tons of other great events all over the Twin Cities.

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Thursday, August 27th

We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. The Weeknd, Dark Pony, Ghost

A trio of reviews, including the latest R&B masterpiece in a year full of ‘em by the Weeknd, a great power-pop album by local Jon Herchert aka Dark Pony, and an album by Ghost which proves that there’s some life in the ol’ “costumed entity” schtick.

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Tuesday, August 25th

The Shopping List: 8/25-8/31
Showroom feat

This week in The Shopping List, get styled for Fashion Week Minnesota at Showroom, Minnesota State Fair shopping, rainy weather picks, and more.

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Thursday, August 20th

Weekend What’s What: 8/20-8/23

Despite one of our primary music venues closing its doors for rehabilitation this weekend, there are plenty of fantastic events taking place elsewhere throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Wednesday, August 19th

We Will Rock You: Styx-travaganza!

This week, We Will Rock You is enormously lucky to have spoken with Styx and Brian Wilson drummer Todd Sucherman about life on the road, joining two of America’s best rock bands and Styx’ ongoing, hipster-proof fame. If you know how much I love Styx, you know: this rules.

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Tuesday, August 18th

The Shopping List: 8/18-8/24
Idun feat

This week in The Shopping List, Idun hosts a Covered/Uncovered event celebrating female bodies with The Nu Project, the last chance to make it to Northeast Night Market this year, Fifth Element’s annual parking lot sale, and more.

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Thursday, August 13th

Weekend What’s What: 8/13-8/16
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Along with the influx of warm August weather, this weekend also brings with it an array of performances, exhibits, dance parties and more.

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Wednesday, August 12th

We Will Rock You: Local Review Roundup feat. Glean, L’Assassins, Oaks, Counterfactuals

A couple of local albums and a couple of local singles this week, including a tremendously amazing single from super-underrated, should-be-queens-of-the-scene trash-punk band L’Assassins. I love them. Can you tell?

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Tuesday, August 11th

The Shopping List: 8/11-8/17
Pop Remix feat

This week in The Shopping List, Walker Art Center pulls out the stops for an event celebrating their International Pop exhibit, BlackBlue holds the final installment of their 5 Year Blowout Sale, free haircuts, and more.

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Thursday, August 6th

Weekend What’s What: 8/6-8/9

Art fairs, block parties, theatre performances and dance nights fill up this weekend’s list of events, among much, much more.

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Wednesday, August 5th

In Review: The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival

In this special omnibus review, the l’├ętoile staff reviews a sampling of shows from this year’s edition of the acclaimed performing arts festival; performing now till August 9

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Tuesday, August 4th

The Shopping List: 8/4-8/10
Askov Finlayson feat

This week in The Shopping List, Askov Finlayson doubles their floor space and holds an exciting Grand Reopening, tons of art fairs around town over the weekend, a new bridal boutique, and more.

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Thursday, July 30th

Weekend What’s What: 7/30-8/2

While all the theatre fans in town are tied up with the opening of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the weekend is still filled with tons of great events.

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Thursday, July 30th

Out Of The Black Box: The Mississippi River Boat Ballet
Rehearsal for the Mississippi River Ballet

In a special report, Chase Burns chats with Twin Cities performer and provocateur Patrick Scully talks about his newest work; a ballet on the Mississippi River performed by boats!

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Wednesday, July 29th

We Will Rock You: Ten 80s Artists That Are Still Vital

Think your favorite 80s bands are past their prime? Think again: in celebration of a great new New Order single, we run down ten totally killer albums by your 80s heroes that are anything but has-beens.

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Tuesday, July 28th

The Shopping List: 7/28-8/3
Hackwith Design House feat

This week in The Shopping List, Hackwith Design House holds a sample sale that’s sure to draw a crowd, Public Functionary hosts the MN4MN Blank Canvas exhibition, Akua Gabby at Showroom, and more.

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Monday, July 27th

In Preview: The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival

In this special preview, Todd O’Dowd looks at all 174 shows at this year’s edition of the acclaimed performing arts festival and notices some unique themes among the shows.

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Thursday, July 23rd

Weekend What’s What: 7/23-7/26
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This weekend is filled with great movies, great art, great music, and a whole lot more.

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Wednesday, July 22nd

We Will Rock You: Billy and the Boingers Bootleg

This week, We Will Rock You takes a brief foray into the comic pages to celebrate the return of the rock-lovin’, completely awesome BLOOM COUNTY. Ack.

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Tuesday, July 21st

The Shopping List: 7/21-7/27
Northeast Night Market feat

This week in The Shopping List, Bauhaus Brew Labs hosts the second installation of their Northeast Night Market, summer sales at BlackBlue and MartinPatrick3, locally and internationally renowned trunk shows, and more.

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Thursday, July 16th

Weekend What’s What: 7/16-7/19

This weekend will take you all around the Twin Cities to as far as Wisconsin with events of all kinds scattered throughout the area.

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Wednesday, July 15th

We Will Rock You: The Rise (or, re-rise) Of Traditional Metal

Today’s metal subgenre (a follow-up to my metal article a couple weeks ago): Traditional metal. Basically: back to the basics, here; three killer albums that remind you of your Maiden records of yore, all barbarians and steel and killer guitar riffs.

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Tuesday, July 14th

The Shopping List: 7/14-7/20
Golstein feat

This week in The Shopping List, the Goldstein Museum of Design goes to the opera with a stylish benefit, West Elm launches a pop up with locally made goods, the first Blu Dot Outlet, and more.

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Monday, July 13th

A Music Junkie’s Troubled Quest for the Perfect Playlist

Anthony Iverson looks at Prince’s recent decision to consolidate his streaming catalogue to Tidal, and how that has affected his music listening habits in the age of the music streaming arms race.

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Thursday, July 9th

Weekend What’s What: 7/9-7/12

This weekend offers a vast selection of theatre, outdoor events and live music, featuring local talent at Red Bull Sound Select, Basilica Block Party and Bastille Day.

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Wednesday, July 8th

The Niles Files: Summer Nights, Cool Cinema at the Walker
Do the Right Thing

Drawing from various retrospectives, the Walker Art Center begins its Summer Nights / Cool Cinema series this week.

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Wednesday, July 8th

We Will Rock You: Tame Impala Rules Your Entire Life

You guys. THIS ALBUM.

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Tuesday, July 7th

The Shopping List: 7/7-7/13
MN Fashion Truck Fest

This week in The Shopping List, the MN Fashion Truck Fest takes over a spot in downtown for its second year, more summer sales are added to the list, laser cut leather beauties, and more.

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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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