Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016: The Year in Keith (Prince-less Edition)


I wrote a few things in 2016 that had little or even nothing to do with Prince. Here are some of the good ones, including–

The best thing I wrote all year

“In defense of ‘Thong Song,’ inexplicable winner of PiPress’ Worst Song Ever contest,” City Pages, April 1

Concert reviews

“Lizzo slays headlining debut at First Ave,” City Pages, February 8

“Carly Rae Jepsen immerses Minneapolis fans in smart, G-rated pop escapism,” City Pages, March 10

“Adele pays tribute to Prince as U.S. tour kicks off with dazzling Minnesota concert,” Billboard, July 6

“Good-timin’ Luke Bryan christens U.S. Bank Stadium with asstastic country party,” City Pages, August 22

“KDWB’s Jingle Ball shows us why 2016 pop music sucks,” City Pages, December 6

Legal analysis

“Public outcry may help free Kesha from contract with Dr Luke’s label,” the Guardian, February 23

“Why the Hulk Hogan sex tape verdict matters,” Rolling Stone, March 22

“What happens If Led Zeppelin lose the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial?,” Rolling Stone, June 22

“Can Taylor Swift sue Kanye West over ‘Famous’ video?,” Rolling Stone, June 29


“Muhammad Ali, boxing legend, dead at 74,” Rolling Stone, June 4

“George Michael dead at 53,” Rolling Stone, December 25

And finally…

“Accidental post-racism in a southern voice: What country music did and didn’t say as the age of Obama began,” EMP Pop Conference paper


2016: The Year in (Stuff I Wrote About) Prince


This time every year, I try to gather up my best work here in case anyone’s interested in catching up. But I had so much to say about Prince in 2016 I decided to gather that stuff up in a separate post. I’ll follow this up today or tomorrow with links to my other favorite stories.

I knew I’d written a bunch about the little guy this year, but I didn’t realize just how much till I sifted back through the archives. I was lucky enough to catch his final Minnesota show in January, and also lucky to have the opportunity to write two very different stories about his relationship with Minneapolis, for Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, the night after his death. It was a strange, emotional year in my town, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in 2016.

“Prince Stuns at Emotional ‘Piano and a Microphone’ Solo Show,” Rolling Stone, January 22

“How Prince Changed Minneapolis,” Pitchfork, April 22

“Minneapolis in Mourning: A City Celebrates Prince,” Rolling Stone, April 22

“Hang Tough, Children: Life After Prince,” blog post, April 25

“Why Media Law Experts Have Some Serious Problems with the Legislature’s PRINCE bill,” MinnPost, May 16

“New Power Generation: The Story of Prince’s ’90s band,” The Current, June 3.

“Prince’s Revolution Reunites for Tribute on ‘Purple Rain’ Stage,” Rolling Stone, September 2

“Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan Shine at Messy Prince Tribute,” Rolling Stone, October 14

“Tours of Prince’s Paisley Park: What to Expect in All 13 Rooms,” City Pages, November 3

“The New Power Generation 2.0: Prince’s Influence on Local Music Lives on, but—Like the Artist Himself—It’s Complicated,” Mpls St. Paul, December 5


I also did a little reporting on Prince’s probate case for Billboard. Here’s everything I had to say about 10-PR-16-46 In re the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, Deceased.

“Prince’s Heirs Apparent: A Look at the Siblings who Stand to Inherit His Fortune,” May 11

“Two Claim Share of Prince’s Estate Through Half Brother,” May 18

“How to Prove You’re Related to Prince and How His Estate May Be Sliced Up,” June 3

“Prince’s Estate Is Open for Business, Following Judge’s Ruling,” June 8

“Prince Estate: Judge Sets Two-Week Deadline for Genetic Protocol Decision,” June 27

“Judge Denies Estate Claims of 29 Would-Be Prince Heirs,” July 6

“Family of Prince’s ‘Brother’ Duane Nelson Sr. Fights for Piece of $300M Estate,” October 21

“Judge Rejects Claim to Prince Estate From Family of Late Pop Star’s ‘Brother,'” October 26