Andrea Swensson

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  • 4 years ago | Music News

    Today marks my last day at the helm of this blog, and the end of a journey that I began with City Pages nearly four years ago. Naturally, I have quite a few thoughts about closing this chapter, and you can read all about the history of Gimme Noise...

  • 4 years ago | Essays

    It was almost four years ago now that I sat down at my new desk, opened up my new email account, and read a note from my new boss: "We need a name." I was about to file my first in a series of stories that would fill the City...

  • 4 years ago | Radio

    Are you keeping up with all this? Just a short year and a half after switching from B96 to the less rap-heavy top 40 pop station 96.3 NOW, the station's owners made another shift this weekend and launched K-TWIN, which abandons "rhythmic" pop...

  • 4 years ago | Listen

    "If I don't get this in one take I'm going to quit rapping," Brother Ali mutters over the opening beat of new track "Writer's Block," and things only get more life-or-death serious from there. Released as a free download to tide fans over until th...

  • 4 years ago | Deaths

    The Twin Cities jazz scene is grieving today upon learning the news that Christine Rosholt, an omnipresent and longtime local singer, has passed away suddenly. She was just a week shy of her 47th birthday, which she would have celebrated on Januar...

  • 4 years ago | Music News

    It's been a trying few years for the old theater space on Nicollet Ave. and 14th St., which wrapped up its run as the Music Box Theater and converted back to its original name, the Loring Theater, under new management last year. But as with t...

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