Posted at 10:13 AM on March 26, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Movie review: 'Sucker Punch' has everything from Nazis to pervs, but no story
One minute, the young women of "Sucker Punch" appear to be fighting WW1 1/2, the next minute they're tap-dancing for pervs. That's the sort of movie it is.
- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press
"Sucker Punch": When Catholic schoolgirls aren't enough
Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch is the latest in a seemingly neverending parade of action movies that masquerade their own soft-core porn tendencies with a cloak of unearned girl-power pretense.
- Marcus Michalik, TC Daily Planet
"Jane Eyre" is a hottie--in that wind-swept, tortured way
This movie isn't about the people: it's about the indirect lighting.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
FYI - Eddie Vedder is coming to the Orpheum on July 2
Chesney in high gear from start
The country superstar seemed to be making up for lost time when he hit the stage in the Twin Cities for the first time in four years.
- JON BREAM, Star Tribune
As hitmaker grows up, that's Mr. Chesney to you
Kenny Chesney is growing up. And it's not just the relentless forward march of the time we're talking about, either, even though he turns 43 today.
- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press
Amos Lee at the State Theatre, 3/24/11
The show wasn't sold-out, but you couldn't tell from the audience; the crowd energetic, loud, and absolutely thrilled to be sitting before Amos Lee.
- Cindal Lee Heart, City Pages
Middle Brother, Dawes, and Deer Tick perform a heart-bursting show at First Avenue
Middle Brother's debut EP dropped on March 1 without ceremony, and together, they have embarked on this brief tour not really to publicize their album but, rather, it would seem, to have a good time playin' music for people.
- Natalie Gallagher, TC Daily Planet
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra round 'em up at the Dakota
Sometimes you felt as if you stepped into a southern roadhouse bar, and other times perhaps the Blue Note.
- Betsy Gabler, TC Daily Planet
St. Paul's BT label offers a small but impressive roster of artists
Don't look for Red House Records to get nervous about the competition, but there's another sheriff in St. Paul, similarly devoted to acoustic music culled from the rural roots of America's Midwest.
- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
South African puppet masters
William Kentridge's "Woyzeck on the Highveld" proves a durable work of political art.
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
Minneapolis Musical Theater brings "Bare" to Illusion Theater
The musical has a strong book, by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, but at times feels weighed down by the more than 30 songs packed into it (also written by Hartmere and Intrabartolo).
- Becca Mitchell, TC Daily Planet
Posted at 3:26 PM on March 26, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Conductor and composer Sarah Hicks, who is reinvigorating pops concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, joined Stephen Smith for Bright Ideas at the UBS forum. It was rebroadcast this past week on Midday.
It's been a banner week for in-studio performances - enjoy!
Jazz singer Jane Monheit
She was critically acclaimed after her debut hit album in 2000 and critically reviled for being marketed as a sexy "jazz princess." Today, Jane Monheit is 33, a first-time mom, and perhaps more comfortable than ever.
Memoir explores how land can connect a family
When she was a teenage writer, Sarah Stonich shrugged off her father's belief in the necessity to own some land. Many years later, as a single mother, she came around to his way of thinking, and bought property near Ely.
Researcher looks at impact of file sharing on music industry
When file-sharing websites like Napster first appeared years ago, many in the music industry predicted a devastating effect on new artists breaking into the business, and a chilling effect on creativity. But, that hasn't happened, according to a researcher at the University of Minnesota.
The science, and science fiction, of forensics
From battlefields to crime scenes, Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker has seen death in many forms. And he says he views every victim as his patient. He joins Midmorning to discuss the science of forensics, and why what we see on TV doesn't reflect reality.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Neil Strauss
This week on the Dinner Party Download: A NYC tailor tells a joke, we hear about a time when giant rabbits roamed the earth, and get a visit from bestselling author Neil Strauss.
Rogue Valley perform in The Current studio
Local quartet Rogue Valley is collaboration of Chris Koza and fellow Twin Cities musicals Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Joey Kantor, and Linnea Mohn. Named after a rift near Portland, Oregon where Koza grew up, their orchestral-folk sound has made them a favorite throughout the cities music scene.
The Dodos perform live in The Current studio
Multi-instrumentalist Meric Long began as a solo artist steadily gigging around San Fransisco in 2005. After meeting Logan Kroeber, it seemed obvious Kroeber's progressive metal/experimental drumming was a prefect fit for Long's love of West African Ewe drumming and bluesy finger picking style. With a reputation for using an alternate instrumental approach, their blend of indie-psych folk is definitely a treat for the ears.
Ron Sexsmith performs in The Current studios
Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith has been playing music since 1978 and has been releasing albums for twenty years, so it's no surprise that he's garnered substantial recognition from both critics and audiences. Still, he's reached a point that few musicians get to while still at the height of their powers: becoming the subject of a documentary.
Chapel Club performs in The Current studios
Although their debut album, "Palace," was released less than two months ago, the London quintet Chapel Club have already created quite a stir in the indie-rock world. Their shoegaze-influenced sound has captivated the British music press, and that buzz has started to bleed over into the US scene, aided by high-profile gigs like their performance at this year's South by Southwest festival.
The Rural Alberta Advantage performs live in The Current studio
In a sea of internet sensations, The Rural Alberta Advantage definitely hold their own. With exhilarating guitar lines, intricate percussion, and sincere vocals these indie rockers are a talent to be reckoned with.
James Vincent McMorrow performs live in The Current studio
With an oddly similar story and even voice, the Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has received several comparisons to Wisconsin's Bon Iver. Self-recorded over five months in a small, one room house by sea, James Vincent McMorrow captures the sounds of the waves and the isolated house on his debut album "Early in the Morning" to create a haunting yet beautiful tribute to nature.
Music with Minnesotans: Gwen Freed
It was about 10 years ago that Gwendolyn Freed - then a writer for the Star Tribune - wrote an article that surveyed the playlists of the classical stations in our region. Now she joins Allison Young and creates her own playlist for Classical MPR
New Classical Tracks: A Young Pianist's Bach
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made her name playing Bach. Now, as she brings her new Bach disc out, she talks about how she made her way to the composer, and what his music means to her.