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  • What's That Noise? - The Heliotrope Festival showcases local experimental acts that fly under the radar

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    What's That Noise? - The Heliotrope Festival showcases local experimental acts that fly under the radar

    For the last five years, the Heliotrope Festival has provided a haven for the mystic, ascetic, improvisational, and droning. Band and individual performers play in darkened rooms with a backdrop of carefully chosen screen images and lighting; it can...

    by Cecile Cloutier on May 14, 2008
  • Critics' Picks: KT Tunstall and more

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    Critics' Picks: KT Tunstall and more

    WEDNESDAY 5.14 KT Tunstall State Theatre KT Tunstall's local appearance is part of what's being touted as the Scottish singer-songwriter's first full-blown tour of the States. It'll be an unplugged affair, featuring acoustic guitar, mandoli...

    on May 14, 2008
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    Brian Wilson, reviewed

    Anyone even partially familiar with Brian Wilson's current mental state would have been mad to expect better from Saturday's show at the State Theater. It's barbed praise, but praise nonetheless, for the 67-going-on-167 year old Wilson who plodded ...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
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    Saying "yes" across generations: my meeting with Joan Baez

    A few weeks ago my friends Stacy Schwartz, Alexa Jones and I made an election poster, a replica of an old Joan Baez anti-war poster called "Girls Say Yes." We did it on a whim, mostly to be silly and to show our love for Obama. We put it on the inter...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 17, 2008 @ 9:27 am
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    Building Better Bombs and The Blind Shake tonight at Memory Lanes

    Some people like a loud start to the week. God, the original go-getter, invented light on a Monday, which had to make one hell of a racket. Expect more heat than light on the lanes tonight as Minneapolis' premier bowling alley/free venue hosts a sh...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Eyedea & Abilities on new record: 'People are gonna hate'

    IMAGES BY TONY NELSON "I think a lot of people are gonna hate on this," says DJ Abilities, referring to the new untitled album he and lyrical "miracle" counterpart Eyedea recently finished recording. As we walked up Eyedea's driveway last Thursday...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on November 17, 2008 @ 1:14 am
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    Brian Wilson, interviewed

    As the principle songwriter for the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with natural gifts for harmony and composition, renovated the landscape of popular music, creating, among other masterpieces, Pet Sounds, the 1966 release that is still regarded as the g...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 12:08 am
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    Doomtree Blowout tickets on sale now

    The Doomtree Blowout, now entering its 3rd year in the First Avenue Mainroom, would be a deal at twice the price. Our hardest working and most functional hip-hop collective in town has put their tickets on the market for a scant $10.00. Buying earl...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 14, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Weekend Checklist

    The lean days of winter might be on the horizon for all of us here in the great gray north, but this weekend we truly have our pick. From an adenoidal lecture set to Springsteen b-sides to the moodiest dance party this side of that one scene in Sil...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 14, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Urban capture the flag this Saturday night

    Solutions Twin Cities is mainly known for its events where organizations talk about their progressive solutions to local and world problems using slides and three-minute, rapid-fire pitches. They have recently added an "Urban Gaming Division" dedicat...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on November 14, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
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    Give the gift of green this holiday season

    It's not hard to believe that Americans produce about twice as much waste as usual during the holiday season. From gift packaging to paper plates at parties and even pollution from additional travel, the environment suffers from as much seasonal str...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on November 14, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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    Colorful duo Matt & Kim to kick start the T-Rock

    Where some bands pack every square inch of available space with musicians and effects, the titular members of Matt and Kim rely only on each other to crank out their brand of shiny, peppy synth pop. Likewise, where some bands employ complex song arr...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on November 14, 2008 @ 6:49 am
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    The Faint bring doom and dance to First Ave. Friday

    Once upon a time, The Faint was a straight-up rock band, prone to mid-tempo songs about love, relationships, and personal loss. In its earliest incarnation as Norman Bailer, the Omaha band even touted a lineup that included the shaky-voiced Connor...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on November 13, 2008 @ 2:22 pm
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    The Wet Spot: Even more erotic adventures in Craigslist

    Actual Craigslist ad picture -- We didn't Photoshop it. Click here for my slideshow of 'Craigslist Casual Encounters All-Stars' Last week, I promised to post some ads on Craigslist under Casual Encounters; but I couldn't. I realized that carrying...

    @ Gimme Noise by Patrick Strait on November 13, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
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    Fort Wilson Riot and Best Friends Forever at the Hexagon

    Plush, literate, and instantly endearing, Best Friends Forever's music sounds like James Kochalka's diary looks. Their immediate impression has always been one of unabashed earnestness toward whatever topic they address-- be it the wiles of a lover...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 13, 2008 @ 7:52 am
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    Q&A: A.A. Bondy

    Written by Kathryn Savage "Have you ever taken acid by yourself?" A.A. Bondy asks via phone, attempting to unravel the feelings he had while recording his solo debut, American Hearts, in a forgotten barn in Upstate New York. Can't say I have. "W...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 13, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Runt release show part 2 at Triple Rock tonight

    Did you miss part one? Is your pocketbook yet more meager and starved than it was on Monday? Are your ears still in a famine of new sound? Don't fret. The Runt compilation, a twenty track sampler of local music assembled by Baby Guts' Taylor Motar...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 12, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
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    Flyer of the Week: Beatrix*JAR

    Thanks to Beatrix*JAR for this week's whimsical flyer, designed by Dan Hernandez of DreadfulDays.net. Beatrix*JAR play Big V's this Sunday, and if this flyer is correct there will be free cake!

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 12, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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    No Fog Machine Necessary: Devin the Dude at the Varsity

    There were two things to be concerned about at the onset of the Devin the Dude show last night at the Varsity Theater. The first, longer-lasting concern pertains to the classy upholstered chairs placed around the periphery of the theater's dance floo...

    @ Gimme Noise by Nate Patrin on November 12, 2008 @ 8:55 am
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    Romantica debut new music video for "National Side"

    While in Nashville for the Americana Music Conference, local alt-country band Romantica (whom I have already raved about here and here) filmed a music video for "National Side," off of last year's much-loved America. It's a unique video, featuring tw...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 12, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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