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111 N. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-333-3422
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  • Gimme Noise: Last Night
    Nick Carter and Jordan KnightMill City Nights, MinneapolisWednesday, September 24, 2014Nick & Knight, not to be confused with Nick at Nite, sounds like a campy, throw-back evening that...
  • Gimme Noise: Good Cause
    The benevolent folks behind the local nonprofit Kill Kancer -- founded by Mary Beth Mueller, the widow of Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller -- have once again put together a terrific benefit show...
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    Both members of the Golden Age-inspired hip-hop duo the Cool Kids released their first solo albums this year. Chuck Inglish worked with Incubus's Mike Einziger to concoct a summer album with...
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    We're only halfway through 2014, but it's official: Kumail Nanjiani is having a good year. While many may recognize him from shows like Franklin & Bash or Portlandia, Nanjiani gained more...
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    Over four short days in August 1990, Slint recorded their seminal work Spiderland. The album was released in 1991 to much critical acclaim, and since then has been widely credited as setting...
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    The Minneapolis a cappella quintet Home Free won the competition on the fourth season of TV's The Sing-Off in December, collecting cash, a Columbia recording contract, and headline status on...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    Very few actors or comedians are more recognizable these days than David Koechner. With a career that spans more than 15 years, Koechner is probably best known for his loud-mouthed,...
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    For most actors who try their hand at standup, the biggest concern is having overzealous fans yelling out catchphrases and one-liners from their movies. For David Koechner, he looks at it as...
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    Nipsey Hussle's pride in his own realness can be a little much. In a recent interview with Complex, the Cali rapper argued that you can't fully understand him unless you also came from...
  • The Hot Dish: Cocktails
    Last year's event was a riot of the best bartenders and fine beverage quaffing of the highest order. This year should be no different, and the serious sipper will want to join in all the...
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    Mazzy Star's '90s output was all familiar chord progressions and Hope Sandoval's quietly devastating voice, so we shouldn't be surprised that they've returned after a decade and a half...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    If you wander down North Fifth Street any evening this week, you're likely to be greeted with the sweet smells of chardonnay, perfume, and sass coming out of Mill City Nights.SPANK! The...
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    When the "erotic romance" Fifty Shades of Grey became an unanticipated bestseller, there was a good deal of critical hand-wringing over the book's explicit depictions of sexual fetishes....
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    Plagued by unsavory label deals and a decade-long break between releases, it wasn't until 2004's The Clarence Greenwood Recordings that Citizen Cope really broke out, even if "Let the...
  • Gimme Noise: Makes No Sense At All
    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for...
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    It's one of the great shames of the '80s American rock scene that we didn't know what to do with Adam Ant. He arrived on our shores with an outsized persona and a bag full of happy...
  • Gimme Noise: Local Music
    The media blitz for Polica's second album is in full swing this week. Today, the group dropped a new single from the forthcoming Shulamith, which is due October 22 via Mom + Pop.Much like...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    If you've ever had someone say "meow" instead of "now," you can thank them. If you've ever had a friend nickname your car "Ram Rod" during a road trip, you can thank them. If you've ever...
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    If you've been inside a frat house in the past decade, then chances are you've heard a quote from Super Troopers or Beerfest. This weekend, two of the guys from the Broken Lizard crew...
  • Gimme Noise: 10 Thousand Sounds Festival
    After the Walkmen play their final note out at 8th and Hennepin and you've filled up on all sorts of food truck delight, we're proud to announce that the 10 Thousand Sounds festival lives...
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    Weirdly lumped in with the emo-loving teen scene by dint of their signing to Fueled by Ramen records, Illinois outfit the Hush Sound were far from your typical Hot Topic crowd-pleaser....
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    Indie-rock with traces of country is a tough genre to innovate in, and even tougher to simply retread the same ground. Minneapolis band American Revival doesn't reinvent the indie-rock...
  • Gimme Noise: Interview
    Like most of it's traditions of which Sweden has many, Death Metal is a pervasively dark and sorrow-driven force in the the country's music history. With many brands of heaviness in it's...
  • Gimme Noise: Concert Review
    All things being equal, DJ Shadow is better as his job than you are at yours. Thursday at Mill City Nights, the former Joshua Davis drove that point home tenfold with a 90-minute set of...
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    It's hard to believe that we're almost 20 years removed from DJ Shadow's breakthrough MoWax single "Lost and Found (S.F.L.)." Not just because abstract, downtempo instrumental hip-hop still...
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    Out of all the acts who got their chops in the '60s as ska transitioned to rocksteady and finally to reggae, Toots & the Maytals are easily one of the greatest. They'd already released...
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    Returning last spring from an eight-year "indefinite hiatus," Garbage essentially picked up where it left off: '90s-era, post-grunge alt-rock. That proved to be more a template than a...
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    Pink Floyd are a band we'll never get to see again in its most-renowned lineup; even if Roger Waters and David Gilmour buried the hatchet, the 2008 passing of keyboardist Richard Wright...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    As fans of the TV show Parks and Recreation know, Ron Swanson is a bad-ass. He's a meat-loving, woodworking, mustache-clad guy who ladies fantasize about, and guys want to hang out...
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    If you've ever watched NBC's Parks & Recreation, then you know what a bad-ass character Ron Swanson can be. In fact, there is really only one person — real or fictional — who is...
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    Gainesville isn't a city known for its post-hardcore or punk scenes, so it would be a safe bet that native sons Hot Water Music had to work hard to get noticed during their mid-'90s...
  • Gimme Noise: Just Announced
    For the past few years, Vita.mn has put together an Are You Local? showcase which not only shines a spotlight on some emerging area bands, but also sends them (and local music fans alike)...
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    Club kids used to be fiercely territorial about their favorite subgenres of dance music, but the separating lines have been redrawn so many times that allegiances seem laughable. Canadian...
  • Dressing Room: Holidays
    John Waters loves Christmas. He just celebrates it in his own unique way."This year, I'm having everyone over to my house, and it's actually going to be very traditional," the actor/director...
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    Sufjan Stevens will never be faulted for lacking oddball ambition. After a series of ornate orchestral folk-rock albums made him indie-famous in the mid-2000s he abruptly pulled an artistic...
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    John Waters has a slightly different outlook on Christmas. "I wish I could take a group of crackheads Christmas caroling. Wouldn't that be great? Just a group of insane crackheads singing...
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    Nick Kroll has been one of the biggest names of the alt-comedy movement for the past several years. Fans might know him from his role as Ruxin, the ruthless, vulgar fantasy-football titan on...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    To some he's Ruxin, the morally corrupt fantasy football titan from the FX comedy The League. To others, he's everyone's favorite nightclub connoisseur (and viral video superstar), Bobby...
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    Longtime stars in their native Canada, the Tragically Hip have never made the leap beyond large rock clubs here in the States, despite repeated efforts. With their aptly titled 13th album,...
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    Conjuring up vintage sounds meant to be played on a porch deep in the Smokies, or maybe at a moonshine-fueled hoedown in a rickety barn, Old Crow Medicine Show trades in string-band music,...
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    Resurrected in 2009 by John Lydon with former members Lu Edmonds (guitar) and Bruce Smith (drums), plus Scott Firth on bass, PiL received good notices after hitting the road and subsequently...
  • Dressing Room: Comedy
    Jim Breuer has been a lot of things to a lot of people. He's been known as a stoner, a dad, and a Goat Boy. His ability to adapt himself and his comedy over the past 20-plus years has...
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    The idiosyncratic San Franciscan noise-pop quartet Deerhoof have been expanding the musical palettes of their fans for nearly 20 years now. The always unpredictable band have continued to...
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    After generating quite a buzz based on a series of mix-tapes and EPs over the last couple of years, Philadelphia hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang have finally released their first proper full-length,...
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    Hair metal is alive and well in the form of exuberant L.A. quartet Steel Panther. The profane and proud of it '80s throwbacks released their second album, the appropriately titled Balls Out,...
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    Three nights, 27 acts, and two stages are the ingredients for the Global Dance Festival at the Brick. Among the headliners are Australian electro/dubstep duo Knife Party, who recently...
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    Roses, released in March, is the first studio album from Irish pop-folk band the Cranberries in more than a decade. The original quartet reunited for a 2010 tour after spending most of the...
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    If you're looking to pinpoint that pivotal stretch where dubstep went from an offshoot subgenre of U.K. garage to its own force to be reckoned with, the list of essential 12-inch releases...
  • Gimme Noise: Just Announced
    Oh, The Brick. You'd have to be living under or smacked by one to have missed the not-so-positive press and unflattering first impressions about downtown's newest music venue this week.On...
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