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Southern Minn Scene Columns

Our writers at Southern Minn Scene offer up advice, short stories, and several other features in varying columns. Check them out below!

Album Review: Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

May 24, 2018

On her third album, singer Janelle Monáe delivers an innovatively inspired release that is honest and funky. Album Grade: A Released shortly after the second anniversary of Prince’s death, Janelle Monáe takes up the purple one’s mantle to deliver a daring, tuneful collection of songs that is both commercial and challenging. Lyrically direct, Monáe drops…Read More

Album Review: Judas Priest – Firepower

May 2, 2018

Judas Priest delivers a spotty, uneven release that generates sparks but fails to truly ignite. Album Grade: C On the verge of their 50th anniversary, venerable British Metallers Judas Priest defiantly attempt to throw off notions of age on their 18th studio release. While their performance is muscular, the songs show a tendency to fall…Read More

Minnesota Music SCENE: Summer Festivals

April 26, 2018

People like to talk about the weather, and perhaps this is due to ‘weather’ being the one thing we are all experiencing at the same degree … Fahrenheit. Bad puns aside, I’ll admit that I share in the opinion that this winter, in its entirety, has sucked a metric **** ton. One could simply dwell…Read More

Mollywood BLVD: You Can’t Break The People’s Stride

April 10, 2018

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has an appeal among a wide audience. From his days in the WWF/WWE to his film career, he has been a mainstay in pop culture for the past two decades. It was a back injury that originally kept him from the NFL, but that didn’t stop him from making his mark…Read More

Minnesota Music SCENE: Analyzing Dessa

April 9, 2018

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was longboarding the streets of my hometown with a group of people I barely knew, and I first heard of this month’s spotlight artist: Dessa, a 30-something, female, Minnesotan rapper amidst a largely male-based genre. I was taken with her rhymes, the sound of her voice, and the…Read More

Album Review: Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods

March 28, 2018

JT relies on years of professional show business experience to deliver a heartfelt glimpse into his personal life on a fun and joyously funky release. Album Grade: B Despite the title, Man of the Woods is neither rustic nor gritty. It is a fun and deeply personal album by Justin Timberlake certain to please his…Read More

Get Fit In SoMinn: Small-town fitness

March 27, 2018

“Putting the fun in fitness” – “Bringing the community together” – “Getting to know people” Tracy Langeberg, Lynnea Daleiden and Loree Valek, of Fit On Main Studio in Lonsdale, pride themselves on bringing a new way to work out in the small Southern Minnesota town. When Tracy said “45 minutes can go so fast or…Read More

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