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  • The triumphant return (almost) of Let It Be Records

    published Nov 06, 2008

    Let It Be Records image by Michael Zale. Audiophiles in Minneapolis experienced a great loss in 2005 with the closing of Let It Be Records, perhaps the biggest local casualty in the decline of the r... More >>

  • Bob Dylan: "Things are going to change now"

    published Nov 05, 2008

    No one was expecting Bob Dylan to say a thing during his two-plus hour concert last night at Northrop Auditorium. For years, Dylan has been known to keep to himself during shows, often only speaking... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: Little Man

    published Nov 05, 2008

    I'd always thought that Chris Perricelli of Little Man had a George Harrison vibe going on. This poster just seals the deal. ... More >>

  • Bob Dylan: A YouTube Compendium

    published Nov 04, 2008

    Now that I've cast my ballot, the only thing I have left to do today (besides, you know, work) is steep in my unbearable anticipation for Bob Dylan's show tonight. What better way to while away the ho... More >>

  • Q&A: Kyle Krone of the Shys

    published Nov 04, 2008

    Interview conducted by Jonathan Garrett When I first met the Shys (then called The Gun Shys) in their practice space deep in the heart of Orange County, not all members were yet of legal drinking ag... More >>

  • Kid Dakota, Aviette, the Glad Version, and others travel to CMJ

    published November 5, 2008

    It's a Friday afternoon in Manhattan, and we've been on a biodiesel coach bus for a long, long time. Twenty-four hours straight, to be exact,... More >>

  • Voltage: Fashion Amplified 2009 Lineup Announced

    published Nov 03, 2008

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz. The next show is almost six months away, but the biggest fashion show of the year has already announced its preliminary list of designers and bands. Voltage: Fashion Amplifi... More >>

  • Gary Burger of the Monks to appear tomorrow night

    published Oct 31, 2008

    Attention obscure '60s garage band fanatics: head down to the Bryant-Lake Bowl tomorrow night for a screening of the new documentary Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, which chronicles the group of ... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: Screaming Mechanical Brain

    published Oct 29, 2008

    This week's flyer is from Screaming Mechanical Brain, who I also profiled in this week's print edition of Gimme Noise. ... More >>

  • Conor Oberst to play Loring Pasta Bar today

    published Oct 29, 2008

    In an effort to motivate young people to vote, Conor Oberst will play a show today at 2:30 p.m. at the Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown, near the U of M campus. Oberst is playing in support of the orga... More >>

  • Method Man and Redman smoke up First Avenue

    published Oct 28, 2008

    Method Man and Redman First Avenue, October 27 By Max Ross Method Man, judging from the impact he makes when he jumps into the crowd, is probably about 240 pounds. I’d put Redman at 220, but his ef... More >>

  • Q&A: Starfucker

    published Oct 28, 2008

    Interview conducted by Ryan Warner Portland, Oregon’s Starfucker have been making waves in the indie circuit with a fantastic new album that feels familiar without pegging them to any specific ge... More >>

  • Screaming Mechanical Brain love kittens, sing of Satan

    published October 29, 2008

    When I first meet the members of Screaming Mechanical Brain, they are watching videos of cats on YouTube. The band is crowded around guitarist... More >>

  • Doomtree set the date for Blowout IV

    published Oct 27, 2008

    Clear your calendars: [via]... More >>

  • Live from New York, it's Friday night!

    published Oct 24, 2008

    After 23 hours riding on a bio-diesel charter bus with a slew of local musicians including Aviette, The Glad Version, Darren Jackson of Kid Dakota, Ben Weaver, Stook (pictured), Sam Keenan, and the Bi... More >>

  • Heiruspecs drop new video for "Get Up"

    published Oct 22, 2008

    Attention Heiruspecs fans: the live hip-hop crew just released a video for the first track off their forthcoming album, "Get Up." The full album doesn't drop until December 13, but you can whet your a... More >>

  • TV on the Radio and the Dirtbombs ignite First Avenue

    published Oct 22, 2008

    TV on the Radio. Click here for the rest of Tony Nelson's photos. The main room was bustling Monday night in anticipation of the first of two shows by TV on the Radio, and openers the Dirtbombs did ... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: Solid Gold CD release

    published Oct 22, 2008

    Because they are just rocking that "ADVNACE TICKETS" typo like it's nobody's business. ... More >>

  • Mighty Fairly release video for "My America"

    published Oct 21, 2008

    Mischa Suemnig, lead singer of local indie pop band Mighty Fairly, was one of many musicians to participate in this month's Rift 36 Hour Songwriting Contest. The subject for this round was "America," ... More >>

  • kicks off a 60-hour blogathon

    published Oct 20, 2008

    Local music blog Culture Bully has embarked on its first blogathon. Site founder Chris DeLine has pledged to post a new entry at least once an hour for 60 hours straight, beginning this morning at 10 ... More >>

  • Mason Jennings woos the Orpheum Theater

    published Oct 20, 2008

    Mason Jennings Orpheum Theater, October 18 By Dan Sinykin Last time I saw Mason Jennings, he played an unplugged set in a dining hall in northern Minnesota for families with toddlers. So it took me a... More >>

  • Sound Unseen presents Rock N' Bowl this Monday

    published Oct 17, 2008

    Ever wanted to go up against your favorite local band in a bowling tournament? Here's your chance: The Sound Unseen Music, Film and Art Festival is sponsoring a night of rock and roll bowling this Mon... More >>

  • Unicorn Dream Attack turn Game Boys into instruments

    published Oct 16, 2008

    Attention gamers and geeks: MPR's Chris Roberts recently profiled local electronic band Unicorn Dream Attack, who employs Game Boys, Speak & Spells, vocoders, and Midi software to create distinct, 8-b... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: Draw Fire Records

    published Oct 15, 2008

    This week's flyer is for a Draw Fire Records showcase at the Turf Club this Friday. In addition to the show being a celebration of the six records released by Draw Fire bands this year, it is also sen... More >>

  • Local design shop and gallery team up to plaster the town with Obama

    published Oct 15, 2008

    The First Amendment Arts gallery and the local design and print shop Burlesque of North America are in the midst of their very own political campaign: to set up as many Obama poster installations in t... More >>

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