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Best Live Band Minneapolis 2011 - The Goondas

A glazed roll of the eyes, a hiccup, and a slight stagger. Brenden Green spins his head, then collapses to the ground and writhes on the stage, his clothes ripped and tattered, his feet bare, as he wraps himself up in his mic cord and nearly strangles himself with it. All around is ear-splitting noise, an unholy, raucous mixture of whiskey-soaked blues and rock 'n' roll from a guitar turned up to 11 and a drummer wearing only his underwear (plus a flurry of leg kicks thrown in by the bassist, just for good measure). Each performance by the Goondas is a shit show and a work of art rolled into one, fascinating in much the same way as a car crash, fueled by chaos and the sort of careless self-endangerment that has always made rock music so thrilling—and which leads, invariably, to Green scaling the wall and teetering unsteadily by the ceiling. His bone-jarring crash back down to the stage is unavoidable, and so too is the realization that few bands could pull off such stunts. Fewer still could make such an entertaining habit of it.

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Well, G Man, the only people that take the City Pages seriously are the GBLT crowd, which CP's panders to.

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The G Man

I find it interesting that there is no mention of what the music sounds like. Being a staggering drunk who falls down on stage is what makes your band the best live act of 2011. I never thought of "ear-splitting noise" and "careless self-endangerment" as essential elements of great rock n roll. Bizarre choice.