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  • The Banner Pilots

    published December 28, 2011

    With their shimmering New Standards & Friends Holiday Show album still in heavy rotation on the Current, the New Standards will return... More >>

  • Banner Pilot

    published December 28, 2011

    Much like the group that Banner Pilot's bassist Nate Gangelhoff sometimes dabbles in, Off With Their Heads, these punk rockers have managed to... More >>

  • Christine Rosholt, local jazz singer, dead at 46
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    Christine Rosholt, local jazz singer, dead at 46

    published Dec 29, 2011

    ​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 b... More >>

  • The Loring Theater closing down once again
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    The Loring Theater closing down once again

    published Dec 29, 2011

    ​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, ... More >>

  • First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2011 announced
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    First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2011 announced

    published Dec 28, 2011

    ​With all of the holiday hubbub this week, this one almost got lost in the shuffle: the lineup for First Avenue's annual Best New Bands showcase was announced last Friday afternoon on Radio K's Off ... More >>

  • Ecid debuts new video, announces album release show
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    Ecid debuts new video, announces album release show

    published Dec 27, 2011

    ​Fans of poetic and thought-provoking rappers like Kristoff Krane, No Bird Sing, and Astronautalis will find lots to love in the new single from DIY hip-hop artist Ecid, "Werewolf Hologram," which i... More >>

  • Prof announces headlining King Gampo tour
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    Prof announces headlining King Gampo tour

    published Dec 27, 2011

    ​Taking a cue from Atmosphere's quick-selling second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, onetime Atmosphere tourmate Prof announced today that he will head out on a mostly regional tour next month, hi... More >>

  • Best nationally released albums of 2011
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    Best nationally released albums of 2011

    published Dec 27, 2011

    ​It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Bla... More >>

  • Reed Fischer named new music editor of City Pages
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    Reed Fischer named new music editor of City Pages

    published Dec 22, 2011

    ​As we near the end of 2011, big changes are in the air for Gimme Noise and the City Pages music section. After holding down the position of music editor for almost four years, I've decided to pursu... More >>

  • Most popular Gimme Noise posts of 2011
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    Most popular Gimme Noise posts of 2011

    published Dec 22, 2011

    ​We've learned a few things about our readers in 2011: Your pastimes include Googling the meaning behind the songs "Like a G6" and "Pumped Up Kicks" and researching Minnesota music history... More >>

  • The Book of Right On

    published December 14, 2011

    This lineup, ladies and gents, is what we call a shoe-in: four persistently underappreciated, masterful live acts that represent the wide array of... More >>

  • Artists of the Year, Northeast's Pearl Studio featured in this week's City Pages
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    Artists of the Year, Northeast's Pearl Studio featured in this week's City Pages

    published Dec 21, 2011

    ​With the year-end review season in full swing, this week marks the publication of our annual Artists of the Year issue, which pays tribute to 15 local and national artists whose voices rose above t... More >>

  • Best 2011 concerts in the Twin Cities
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    Best 2011 concerts in the Twin Cities

    published Dec 20, 2011

    ​Here at Gimme Noise, we kinda have a thing for live music. Practically every night of the week we deploy one of our staff members to a show, whether it's a local band playing a CD-release show at t... More >>

  • WLTE switching to pop country station BUZ'N 102.9
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    WLTE switching to pop country station BUZ'N 102.9

    published Dec 19, 2011

    ​If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cit... More >>

  • Atmosphere, MaLLy, Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters release free track "Somebody, MN"

    published Dec 16, 2011

    ​It's a big day for all of Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota tourmates today, as tickets go on sale for their six-date February jaunt around the state -- especially for MaLLy, who not only appears o... More >>

  • Brian Wilson reuniting with the Beach Boys for 50th anniversary album and tour

    published Dec 16, 2011

    ​Generations of music fans are in for a shock this morning as news is rippling out that Brian Wilson, chief songwriter and long-estranged member of the Beach Boys, will rejoin the group to record a ... More >>

  • Davina and the Vagabonds featured on Midmorning

    published Dec 15, 2011

    ​It's always interested to see which local artists are selected to appear on Midmorning, Kerri Miller's popular hour-long show on MPR. Because it's part of the regular news programming and not featu... More >>

  • Doomtree coloring contest: The winner

    published Dec 15, 2011

    ​At last weekend's Doomtree Blowout, we gave fans the chance to score an extra prize and profess their love for the group by participating in a back-to-the-schoolyard-style coloring contest. Yes, a ... More >>

  • Solid Gold

    published December 7, 2011

    All has been relatively quiet on the Solid Gold front this year as the band took a break from steady gigging to focus their efforts on a... More >>

  • Foster the People playing the Target Center next summer

    published Dec 14, 2011

    ​Though they were just here last week, Foster the People have already booked a new U.S. tour that will keep them on the road through July of 2012, including a June 22 stop at the Target Center in do... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes get 'Heavy' for Minnesota Beatle Project video

    published Dec 14, 2011

    ​With holiday shopping season in full swing, the folks behind the Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3 album are releasing a series of music videos to keep their charity compilation at the very front of... More >>

  • Ryan Adams at the State Theatre, 12/13/11
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    Ryan Adams at the State Theatre, 12/13/11

    published Dec 14, 2011

    ​Ryan AdamsDecember 13, 2011State Theatre, MinneapolisIt can't be easy, pouring your heart out every night and trying to maintain that ever-elusive sense of cool. Now that he's a few years sober, Ry... More >>

  • Year in Music: More of Minnesota's best 2011 releases

    published Dec 13, 2011

    ​Our annual Year in Music issue is online now, and hits stands tomorrow.As we were narrowing down the volumes of albums released this year for our Best Minnesota Albums of 2011 list, I couldn't help... More >>

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    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    published December 14, 2011

    If 2010 was the year of hyper-collaboration in the Twin Cities, then 2011 was the year of the meteoric rise. Minneapolitans Elite Gymnastics... More >>

  • Gary Burger of the Monks planning rare live appearance

    published Dec 13, 2011

    ​It's not often these days that Gary Burger's name pops up on a show calendar. In recent years, he's better known as the mayor of small northern Minnesota town Turtle River than he is the frontman o... More >>

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