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701 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-338-8388

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The club known worldwide thanks to 'Purple Rain' is a national treasure to Twin Cities music fans, who can catch anyone from local favorites to internationally-touring veterans at this former bus depot. A spacious dance floor and a balcony with great sightlines make even the most packed shows worthwhile experiences.


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    This Sunday, Studiiyo23 will host the Twin Cities Sneaker.Art Xchange at First Avenue. Moh Habib, owner and creative director of the Uptown shop, says that his love for sneakers inspired the...
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    What separates Swedish electro-pop trio Miike Snow from many of their like-minded peers within modern indie's obsession with '80s-pop pastiche is that they place a premium on clarity. This...
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    One of Minnesota's most treasured R&B acts, St. Paul's Mint Condition, have stayed timeless for over two decades. With hits like "Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and "What Kind of Man...
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    The guys in Built to Spill don't need to write any more albums. They've already earned their place in indie-rock heaven. After records like Keep It Like a Secret and Perfect From Now On, you...
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    The Tallest Man on Earth, a.k.a. Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, arrived more or less fully formed in 2006 with his self-titled debut EP. Those five songs of evocative...
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    David Byrne had us believing that heaven is the place where nothing ever happens, but then came the Walkmen's Heaven. Its release is the bookend of a decade that saw these East Coast rockers...
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    Over the course of three brilliant free albums (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) released last year, singer Abel Tesfaye pushes the tropes of modern R&B off a cliff into...
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    After spending three years as a team player in super-groups both large (Monsters of Folk) and small (She & Him), M. Ward made a welcome return to solo artistry and sonic minimalism last...
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    Two of the finest modern metal acts — Meshuggah from Sweden and Savannah, Georgia's Baroness — are sure to lay waste to the Mainroom with their experimental, incendiary sounds....
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    Chillwave maven Neon Indian has graduated to the Mainroom a mere six months after selling out the Entry. But while albums by Neon Indian have a distinct, captivating quality to them, Alan...
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    Spiritualized linchpin Jason Pierce has gone through hell while recording his last two records. He nearly died from a severe case of bilateral pneumonia in 2005 while writing the material...
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    Jesus of Cool was the U.K. name of Nick Lowe's first solo album in 1978. Even as rebranded for skittish stateside audiences, Pure Pop for Now People had an unmistakable critical cachet of...
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    Cults blossomed naturally out of the unguarded home recordings of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin into something much bigger than the duo ever imagined. Buzz and acclaim carry them...
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    The 4onthefloor responded graciously to a recent fake kerfuffle with another local act, Howler, and continue to handle their business the only way they know how: by playing stomping,...
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    After selling out First Avenue for the release party of Little Wind in September, and opening for Dawes's New Year's Eve gigs, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps hit the road for a...
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    Balkan Beat Box drive people crazy worldwide with their sinuous horns and percussion and socio-politically driven Gypsy rock, reggae, and dancehall songs. Bursting out of New York City's...
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    Just 12 months ago, Prince & the Revolution drummer Bobby Z was on the brink. Three blocked arteries caused a heart attack, and only some serious surgical mastery could bring him back. Then...
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    Canadian songwriter Dallas Green has gradually captured the music world's attention while recording and performing as City and Colour. His third full-length studio record, Little Hell, was...
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    Five years ago, when Zach Condon rose quickly through the indie ranks, he was just 19 years old. A hugely talented multi-instrumentalist with a wonderfully rich voice, Condon used his gifts...
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    Propelled by some successful and spontaneous reunions at a few recent festivals, three quarters of the classic Kyuss lineup from the Blues for the Red Sun era have once again joined forces...
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    The Kooks took the British music scene by storm back in 2006, generating a huge buzz and a coveted record contract after being together for a scant three months. The Brighton, England,...
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    Twin Cities music fans swell with pride any time an out-of-town musician covers a song from our hometown heroes the Replacements. Imagine the sheer joy (and riotous unpredictability) that a...
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    On the back of the Allstars' new Keys to the Kingdom it says "Produced for Jim Dickinson." The famed Memphis musician and producer, and father of Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson, died in...
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    Anthony Gonzalez (the lone musician behind M83) is cursed with being both meticulous and ambitious. While his sound is huge in both sentiment and structure, it's produced at the micro level...
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    Lykke Li has said in interviews that her art is about escaping reality, but that's hard to believe given that her music looks to document the heartache and giddy joy of being in love. The...
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    Merrill Garbus is an avant-pop collagist who holds together the wildly eclectic pieces of her idiosyncratic sound with her powerful, elastic voice, which itself has inspired diverse...
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    A lifetime of hard experience still resides in the soulful cracks and crevices of Lucinda Williams's expressive drawl. But the emotional tumult that fueled many of her songs turned to bliss...
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    Ferocious improvisers who ply a wild, uncategorizable sound that twitches, bristles, and sometimes erupts through wickedly convoluted dimensions, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris...
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    By their own pretzel logic, They Might Be Giants hail from Brooklyn. But the longtime duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell are fanatic dodgers of convention, pitching knuckleball pop...
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    Despite early punk influences that had no particular geographical tilt (notably including the distinctly northern Replacements), the Drive-By Truckers are about as Southern-fried as...
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    For this tour stop the Lemonheads will run through all of their breakthrough album, It's a Shame About Ray, from way back in the summer of 1992, when unemployment neared 8 percent (hey, that...
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    The brash phenomenon of Trombone Shorty and his infectious, wildly eclectic, New Orleans-spawned "supafunkrock" (as it's been lately dubbed) rolls on with the recent release of For True....
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    The Lemonheads First Avenue on Saturday 10.22 For this tour stop the Lemonheads will run through all of their breakthrough album, It's a Shame About Ray, from way back in the summer of...
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    The collision of sacred and secular doesn't get any more explosive (in a good way) than when sacred steel guitar hero Robert Randolph and his intrepid band crank it up. The gospel fervor,...
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    A group controversial simply for being controversial, Odd Future have made just as many enemies as fans with their onslaught of crew releases, most notably Tyler, The Creator's violent new...
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    Contending with the monumental legacy of his late father apparently hasn't been an enduring issue for eldest son Ziggy Marley, who has embraced roots reggae while occasionally incorporating...
  • Gimme Noise: Last Night
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    The expansion of San Francisco's Girls from wall-of-lo-fi studio duo to actual rock band on their second album can be taken as a loss, at first: Augmented by strings, organ, and backing...
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    No one could tell when James Blake burst onto the scene with intricate, sample-heavy compositions that he would morph into such a convincing singer in such a short time. His CMYK EP was...
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    If you love house music, you know Mark Farina. The jazz-house pioneer got his start in Chicago and San Francisco in the late '80s and has stayed true to his funky flavors of mellow house,...
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    Very few bands are capable of putting out quality content years into their careers. For many artists, a new release can leave the fan base longing for past glories. "We were acutely aware of...
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    Maybe it's best to start with a short list of things that Electric Six are not: measured, restrained, self-serious. If you're looking for those qualities, you're way better off listening to...
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    The other day we were hipped to a pretty shameless new campaign MTV and Dove created where they're exploiti--er, promoting 'fresh' new female DJ talent around the country. One look at the...
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    For roughly 15 years, beginning in 1982 and ending in 1997, Swans were an uncompromising corpus, a church of pernicious experiments, browbeating meditation, and remarkable sonic exploration....
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    Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps were at their breaking point. Deep into the recording of their sophomore album, the band were deeply frustrated with the process—and with each...
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    For a band that's been around for over 10 years, has six albums, and comes from the very country that gave us ABBA and Ace of Base, some would find it interesting that very few people...
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    The untimely passing of bassist Gerard Smith put TV on the Radio's tour on hold as the band mourned their dear friend and bandmate. The back-to-back April shows in Minneapolis were...
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    Indie pop as a genre isn't known for its adventurousness (maintaining a polite atmosphere and crafting immaculate hooks seem to be its only reasons for existing), but that doesn't mean that...
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    When TV on the Radio announced they were taking a hiatus in the fall of 2009, they did what anyone would have come to expect of them: They stayed plenty busy. Kip Malone released his first...
  • Gimme Noise: Bassgasm
    Solidifying itself as the loudest show in the city, the Bassgasm brand is now on its fifth installment of smashing ear-drums with a local and national dance music showcase at First Avenue....
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  • Gimme Noise: Just Announced
    Roots rock fans, get ready: Dawes and Blitzen Trapper just announced a co-headlining bill that hits First Avenue on November 4th. Dawes will be continuing a seemingly never-ending tour...
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    Well, that didn't take long. Just a day after posting a cryptic kitten-filled map of the United States that indicated that the group would be making its way to Minnesota on their next tour,...
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    It's been 10 years since Ike Reilly took up a four-night residency at the Turf Club to break in his live band and figure out how to translate the songs on his Universal Records debut and...
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    This past Saturday, First Avenue transformed into a rattling raver underground and fans across the Midwest came to dance for hours on end to five rooms of national and local DJs. We had...
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    U2 TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday 7.23 With the social and commercial ambitions of the Clash times Michael Jackson, U2 are too big to fail boringly: "Green" mansions and Spider-Man: Turn Off...
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    Elvis Costello and the Imposters State Theatre on Wednesday 6.29 Anybody who's seen Declan MacManus hosting his grand Spectacle television program knows that close beneath the surface of...
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    Okkervil River are one of the most critically acclaimed acts on the indie-rock circuit, subject of laudatory New York Times profiles and scads of Pitchfork Media praise—yet amid all...
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    Bootsy Collins First Avenue on Thursday 6.9 After James Brown, the funkiest outfit on this planet (or any other) has to be George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic collective, one of whose...
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    Man Man First Avenue on Monday 5.23 If you're going by the lyrics of Honus Honus, Man Man's impressively mustachioed bandleader, you'd find life a hideous thing full of loss, violence, and...
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    The year is 1979. The Bee Gees and Donna Summer are topping the pop charts, much to the dismay of rock fans everywhere, while bands like Blondie are staging a New Wave revolution. Leading...
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    Paul Simon Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday 5.2 / First Avenue on Tuesday 5.3 Rhymin' Simon's voice, at 69, is virtually unchanged from the one that harmonized with his friend Arty...
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    TV on the Radio First Avenue on Saturday 4.23 and Sunday 4.24 TV on the Radio have put a positive spin on our dark times on their splendid new record, Nine Types of Light, and their...
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    Bright Eyes and Titus Andronicus First Avenue on Monday 4.4 and Tuesday 4.5 Conor Oberst has said that recently released The People's Key is to be the final Bright Eyes album, and it feels...
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    Tuesday The exponential growth of South by Southwest over the past 25 years has been simply stunning. In honor of this, and just in time for SXSW's silver anniversary, the festival's...
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    Jake Rudh is a classy guy, but he doesn't want us to know it. Tucked into a window seat at the cozy south Minneapolis bistro Café Maude, Rudh is simultaneously detailing his love for...
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    Gimme Noise presents the Gayngs "Affiliyated" Showcase Sunday 3.6 at First Avenue, 7th St. Entry, and Record Room Minnesota is going to be well represented at the South by Southwest music...
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    Firing the lead singer of a band has always been a very rock 'n' roll maneuver. But such a thing happened in electronic music's realm back in 2003 when the producer brothers behind seminal...
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    In the middle of a Thursday afternoon, Tapes 'n Tapes are having band practice at the 7th St. Entry. All the house lights are up, leaving the tapestry of posters and black foam core that...
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    The Jayhawks Saturday 1.29 and Sunday 1.30 at First Avenue With a new album mostly finished, and the recent release of expanded (and remastered) reissues of their beloved records...
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    WED. 12.29 The Hold Steady First Avenue Meticulously detailed songs about addicts and liars have been Craig Finn's calling card since the Hold Steady first formed, but the slacker side of...
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    Those who have never had the pleasure of seeing Superchunk perform live are in for a real treat this week at First Avenue. After more than a nine-year absence, the Chapel Hill quartet are...
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    WEDNESDAY 10.27 Stars First Avenue Stars have spent most of their time as a band exploring the million ways you can get your heart broken and then pieced back together again. They're...
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    It's hard to believe that Dark Dark Dark started as a fledgling band that Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount formed around the loose prerequisite of "whoever wants to go to New Orleans,...
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    While many a classic album has been forged from the birth of romantic relationships, precious few appear to have been inspired by actual birth. The challenges of new parenthood—its...
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    WEDNESDAY 9.22 Matt & Kim First Avenue For a scrappy DIY pop duo, Matt and Kim have enjoyed some pretty substantial success.  Partially thanks to inescapable breakout hit "Daylight"...
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    WEDNESDAY 8.25 Lou Barlow & the Missingmen 400 Bar Lou Barlow's like a musical nomad; the man simply can't find a project or identity to call home. From Dinosaur Jr.'s passive-agro fits...
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    WEDNESDAY 8.11 Keane First Avenue Fans of '80s new wave may compare Keane to Ultravox, or Marillion. In other words: a band that has been hugely successful in their native Britain, but...
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    Chromeo and their sing-along electro kitsch have only been around since 2004, but it's hard to imagine the dance floor without them. Throw "Fancy Footwork" or "Needy Girl" on at a party and...
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    WEDNESDAY 7.28 The Dead Weather First Avenue The Dead Weather is sometimes passed off as (just) another Jack White project, one where he gets to sink even deeper into the swampy...
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    The Swell Season's is a quintessential rags-to-riches story, the kind that is often saved for the movies. And though it may have been the remarkable and somewhat surprising success of their...
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    There has been a lot of international exchange between the United States and England as of late. While a gifted goal in the World Cup hardly makes up for the largest environmental disaster...
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    An element of disbelief is inherent in the Gayngs project. Just the premise of the group sounds like a setup to the ultimate Midwest indie-rock punch line: What happens when you cross...
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    WEDNESDAY 5.5 Kate Nash First Avenue Armed with an impressive voice, undeniable cuteness, and just the right amount of snark, Kate Nash unsurprisingly emerged as an indie "it" girl when...
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    Mention Trampled by Turtles and one thing almost inevitably comes to mind: fast-paced live performances that can work almost any room into a frenzy. Playing a ferocious, genre-bending blend...
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    WEDNESDAY 3.24 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony First Avenue Fifteen years ago, you had to watch MTV for all of about 10 seconds before seeing the video for "The Crossroads," with its...
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    It's New Year's Day, and most of Minneapolis is snuggled up at home with their hangovers still lingering from the previous night's ragers. Downtown feels like an icy ghost town. Even First...
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    "I ain't asking you to be in a relationship/Nah, it's more like a situationship," raps Muja Messiah, pleading for play on his latest album. But the local hip-hop breakout of the year is a...

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