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The Top Local Albums of 2019

January 16, 2020

In 2019 the question of whether or not the album format was dead permeated the landscape. In a world where streaming is king, where an album’s flip side no longer exists and where an algorithm may choose more music for you than you do, local artists showed up to prove the album is very much…Read More

Celebrate NYE in SoMinn

December 27, 2019

Making New Year’s Eve plans can be a headache — finding the right place to go, the right thing to wear, and making sure you have the ‘best time ever.’ To ease the process, we’ve rounded up some nearby events and simple ideas so you can say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 in style.…Read More

For barbecue, blues and Elvis, take a trip to Memphis by train

December 27, 2019

Tops Bar-B-Que isn’t where you’d choose to go for a last taste of barbecue in Memphis. It’s not Rendezvous, the legendary dry-rub joint downtown, or Central BBQ, the down-home shop near the Lorraine Motel with the melt-in-your-mouth pork shoulder, slow-smoked with hickory and pecan wood. But my wife and I had to catch the 10:40…Read More

‘Tis the Season to be Shopping in SoMinn

December 5, 2019

As much as you may want to deny it, the holiday shopping season is here, but don’t stress. Shopping for friends and family can be fun, and these great local establishments provide many opportunities to make the whole family happy, while on your shopping excursion. Find the perfect gift for that special person at these…Read More

Catch a Play this Holiday Season in SoMinn

December 5, 2019

This holiday season, catch a local, theatrical performance, or two. Not much compares to the shared experience of people gathered in an audience, spontaneously reacting to a live production on stage. Theatre holds up a mirror to society, and watching a play provides the opportunity for observers to see themselves. The whole theatre experience—every play—deals…Read More

Holiday Events Roundup: Something for Everyone

December 5, 2019

Tis’ the season of merriment and family fun. Despite the dropping temperatures, we hardy Minnesotans know how to have a good time in the winter months. If you’re looking for some fun activities for the whole family, look no further. Here is a roundup of this year’s featured events, as well as updated timing for…Read More

OF UNSOUND MIND: A chat with Twin Cities musician Lydia Liza

November 7, 2019

It doesn’t take long to figure out that Lydia Liza is not a typical 24 year old. With her unforgettable-thick-as-molasses alto and gift for crafting songs, she’s an almost 10 year veteran of the Twin Cities music scene. During which, she’s had a viral hit, gotten sober and performed alongside a slew of notable artists.…Read More

Lime E-Scooters Squeeze into Downtown Rochester

October 21, 2019

Only city planners would call electric scooters a type of “micromobility.” Users call them fast, functional fun. Rochester is at the halfway mark of a four-month test period for a vendor of rentable, motorized scooters, called Lime, and with any luck, the lime-green e-scooters will pass the test and return next summer. They’re cheap, a…Read More

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