NEWS YOU CAN USE | Voter intimidation in Minnesota Secretary of State, Press release • Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s announced October 29 that a St. Paul resident stated that he received a telephone call last night from an individual claiming to be calling on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of State and challenging his voter record.
Views and Reviews
Music note: Draw Fire bands rock Manhattan by Dustin Luke Nelson, TC Daily Planet • NEW YORK CITY—It’s Friday night at the CMJ music festival, and there are over 350 bands playing official showcases at 61 different venues. With the city at the live music saturation point, six bands from Minneapolis manage to pack the 4th floor walk-up gallery off 14th Street. This is an accomplishment in itself, for any band, but even better for a relatively new label like Draw Fire Records to come into town with an olio of bands exclusively from Minnesota in the midst of one of the world’s biggest live music showcases.
Music note: For the love of Sunshine Behavior by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • Sunshine Behavior are one hellified band even for the Twin Cities scene, which is well-known for hellified bands.
Music note: TV on the Radio at First Ave—Art rock that actually rocks by Jon Behm, TC Daily Planet • There are two types of bands: those who are unabashedly ambitious, and those who pretend not to be. TV on the Radio fall into the former category: not only do they want to be the best band in the world but they want to do it on their terms, executing their vision without sacrificing an iota of integrity. So far, it’s working.
Music note: The Little Ones bring California sunshine to the Entry by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet • On record, the Little Ones don’t have much to distinguish themselves from the rest of the alt-rock pack. If a cut from their new album were to turn up on The Current, it wouldn’t cause you to turn the dial, but nor would it cause you to make a membership pledge. In a live performance at the 7th Street Entry last Wednesday, though, the band’s muscle and range were apparent.
VOICES | Is Red Wing giving artists the boot? by Sari Gordon, mnartists.org • Today, Red Wing is faced with a challenge. According to a 2007 Comprehensive Plan, “[Red Wing] contains no major advantages relating to institutions, infrastructures, labor, incentives, and other such issues: quality of life comprises its primary attraction for businesses, residents, etc.” The report repeatedly states: “The City should promote other complementary businesses and organizations engaging in visual arts (galleries), music/entertainment, artisan-related uses arts-related development incentives.”
NEW IN BLOGS
ARTS ORBIT | Jon Ferguson named theater programming director at the Southern by Jay Gabler • Theater innovator tapped to fill one of Jeff Bartlett’s three shoes.
BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT | I Say Old Bean, Terrible Shame The Riff-Raff Can Vote, Wot? by Jeff Fecke, 10/29/08 • Lisa Schiffren at NRO takes time out from exploring the vast Communist-Jewish conspiracy to make Barack Obama our Kommisar to note that it’s terribly, terribly unfair that homeless people are allowed to vote.
BY THE PEOPLE | This year’s election matters by Peter989, 10/29/08 • Fifth and sixth graders in North Minneapolis organized a voter registration campaign.