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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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You guys. THIS ALBUM.




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Tuesday, July 7th


The Shopping List: 7/7-7/13
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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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