Chris Roberts Feature Archive

Our three musicians have had two weeks to create a song using Adam Levy's lyrics as a starting point, and "The Wizard of Oz" as their inspiration. We check in as they finish up their songs. (07/24/2008)
We check in with our three bands as they try to turn the words into songs. (07/23/2008)
Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of three musicians and a lyricist. We hear from the three bands -- Best Friends Forever, Jeremy Messersmith and rapper P.O.S. -- as they get the lyrics from Adam Levy, and begin shaping their songs. (07/22/2008)
Zeitgeist, Minnesota's premier contemporary music ensemble, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (06/13/2008)
The presence of wildlife is growing in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. (06/06/2008)
The Shubert Theater renovation project in downtown Minneapolis undergoes more modifications. It's also pushing back its opening date by more than a year. (05/30/2008)
A coalition of more than 200 groups is kicking off a campaign to convince Minnesotans to approve a constitutional amendment this fall that will generate millions in tax dollars for environmental protection and the arts. (05/27/2008)
St. Paul musician Steven Anderson, or Steven C., as his stage name goes, has built a thriving behind-the-scenes career in the "New Age" music industry as a producer and pianist. Now he's stepping out of the shadows with a new CD. (05/16/2008)
A Minneapolis comedy expert takes a look at the presidential candidates' ability to use humor on the campaign trail. (04/28/2008)
Regional arts groups haven't yet felt the effects of an ailing economy, but they're concerned about the future. (04/20/2008)
Two years after it buzzed to the top of the indie rock world, the Minneapolis band Tapes 'n Tapes is back with a new CD called "Walk it Off." (04/10/2008)
There has been renewed interest in vinyl records among Twin Cities' musicians and consumers that is helping one independent record store survive in the age of downloading and MySpace. (04/04/2008)
The vinyl record is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence in the Twin Cities music scene. More bands are putting their music out on vinyl, more consumers, especially younger ones, are choosing vinyl over compact discs. (04/01/2008)
A local webcomic is generating a buzz for it's depiction of bands that are going nowhere. (03/17/2008)
For Minnesota musicians who make it to South by Southwest, the event offers them the largest critical mass of music industry officials during the year. But does the hype equal the payoff for local bands? (03/12/2008)