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Thursday, April 16th


Weekend What’s What: 4/16-4/19
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Aside from all of the Record Store Day hoopla this weekend, there are plenty of other events for you to get out and enjoy Minneapolis and St. Paul.




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Wednesday, April 15th


We Will Rock You: A Bucketful Of Reviews
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A whole mess o’ reviews this week — Chicago folkie Ryley Walker, soulful rapper Wale with his Seinfeld obsession, another amazing record by 80s stalwarts Wire and a new EP by local band Murder Shoes that kicked my ass.




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Tuesday, April 14th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 7
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The return of an audience-favorite challenge leads to a controversial elimination.




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Tuesday, April 14th


The Shopping List: 4/14-4/20
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This week in The Shopping List, L.A.s king of vintage Cameron Silver hosts a trunk show at D.NOLO, Flaunt Accessories celebrates a grand opening in Northeast, spring boutique crawls, and more.




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Monday, April 13th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 9
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A slightly disappointing episode examines the wreckage of Don Draper’s life through the women he shared it with.




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Thursday, April 9th


Weekend What’s What: 4/9-4/12
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A few highlights throughout the Twin Cities this weekend include large-scale events like the AWP Conference, the MN Music Summit and the International Film Festival.




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Wednesday, April 8th


We Will Rock You: Record Store Day Buyer’s Guide 2015
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L’etoile presents our annual Record Store Buyer’s Guide, curated by our own Jon Hunt. Plan your RSD early — know what you’re going for before you go in, or you’ll stand there confused with a terrible look on your face, and we say this because it’s happened to us.




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Tuesday, April 7th


The Shopping List: 4/7-4/13
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This week in The Shopping List, Forage Modern Workshop curates a booth of our favorites at the American Craft Council Show, the world’s largest textile garage sale returns, jewelry trunk shows, and more.




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Tuesday, April 7th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 6
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A long awaited return of our favorite judge breathed life into a lackluster challenge.




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Monday, April 6th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8
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The mid-season premiere asks (and answers!) a very important musical question.




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Thursday, April 2nd


Weekend What’s What: 4/2-4/5
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As winter is finally on the wane, we celebrate with art openings, great music, and a milestone anniversary at First Avenue!




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Thursday, April 2nd


In Review: “In Which…” A Collaborative Success Is Achieved
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The ambitious collaboration between SuperGroup, Brute Heart, artist Liz Miller, and playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski,is a challenging and moving collaboration.




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Wednesday, April 1st


We Will Rock You: Local Single/EP Roundup
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In which I tackle great local singles and EPs I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this week via Venus DeMars, Katy Vernon and newcomers Candid Kid.




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Tuesday, March 31st


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 5
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Awards! Guest Judges! Shady Queens! Shady Ru!! This episode has it all!




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Tuesday, March 31st


The Shopping List: 3/31-4/6
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This week in The Shopping List, Circle of Design returns with a new historical take on style and trends, Tess & Tricia launches a new collection of summery adornments, open studio sales, and more.




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Monday, March 30th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7 (Part 2) Preview
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In anticipation of next week’s season premiere, Todd O’Dowd examines the promotional pictures for clues on the new season of the acclaimed drama.




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Thursday, March 26th


Weekend What’s What: 3/26-3/29
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This weekend features a powerful symposium on the Culture Wars of the ’90s, conventions for anime and video game cultures, and Stevie Wonder’s return to Minneapolis.




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Wednesday, March 25th


We Will Rock You: The Archies Fucking Matter
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Listen — do not dismiss the Archies in front of our writer. It gets him mad. It gets him writing, too, as you see — if you’re not convinced the Archies are important at the end of the article, we don’t even know what to say.




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Tuesday, March 24th


String Theory: A Spring Color Story
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Marsala is out! Periwinkle is in! At least according to Beth Hammarlund, whose opinion totally holds tons of sway all over the world. We swear, she’s super influential.




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Tuesday, March 24th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 4
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A parody-driven musical episode ends with a surprising elimination.




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Tuesday, March 24th


The Shopping List: 3/24-3/30
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This week in The Shopping List, local line Winsome Goods debuts a new collection with select items available at Cliche, two massive spring cleaning pop ups by local boutiques, hats galore, and more.




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Thursday, March 19th


Weekend What’s What: 3/19-3/22
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Whether you’re still hurting from St. Paddy’s and looking to take it easy or looking to keep the party rolling, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your springtime fancy this weekend.




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Wednesday, March 18th


We Will Rock You: Kendrick Lamar’s Astonishing “Butterfly”
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Kendrick’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” is the latest salvo in a two-or-three-year run of ever-better hip-hop albums, personal and experimental and amazing. We call it the genre’s “Revolver.” After you hear it, we dare you to disagree.




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Tuesday, March 17th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 Episode 3
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Brush up on your Shakespeare as the first acting challenge sees a breakthrough for local queen Max and RuPaul breaking out her reading glasses.




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Tuesday, March 17th


The Shopping List: 3/17-3/23
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This week in The Shopping List, Richard Anderson’s Springtime Punch stylist sale will be one for the books, Target Collective cashes in on Minneapolis heritage style, new shops open, and more.




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Thursday, March 12th


Weekend What’s What: 3/12-3/15
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This weekend features all sorts of anniversaries, openings, viewings and sales for your springtime leisure.




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Thursday, March 12th


In Review: “The Manchurian Candidate”
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Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s adaptation of the iconic political thriller gets a stirring world premiere at Minnesota Opera.




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Wednesday, March 11th


We Will Rock You: Review Round-Up feat. Al Church and Noel Gallagher
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This week: the best local album so far this year (okay, it’s only March, but still) — Al Church’s amazing “Next Summer,” plus another Noel Gallagher record that sounds like Noel Gallagher (but that’s okay).




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Tuesday, March 10th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 2
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After a lackluster season opening, the show takes off with an inspired challenge.




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Tuesday, March 10th


The Shopping List: 3/10-3/16
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This week in The Shopping List, Kisa Boutique pops up downtown, Minnesota sees its first 3D printed fashion show, AlwaysMod’s grand opening, and more.




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