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  • Critics' Picks: Mika and more

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    Critics' Picks: Mika and more

    WEDNESDAY 2.06 Mika First Avenue If you took a hot air balloon and covered it in spun sugar and candy sprinkles, would it still be able to carry you and your favorite stuffed animal to Oz? Or would it instead transport you to Planet Mika, a...

    on February 6, 2008
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    Dessa Darling becomes Professor Dessa

    Photo courtesy of McNally Smith Dessa Darling, the 27-year-old rising hip hop star and member of the Doomtree crew, is McNally Smith College of Music's latest hire. She'll be an adjunct, which means she'll be a part-time, non-tenure-track instructo...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on August 19, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
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    Yesterday's news: Strib touts Muxtape day after shut down

    The Star Tribune carries a story recommending Muxtape today, a day after the site got shut down over copyright concerns. The print edition makes no mention of the shutdown, which occured as the newspaper was going to press, saying "the site is st...

    @ Gimme Noise by Kevin Hoffman on August 19, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    You haven't had a real summer

    When my crew biked up to the Square Lake Festival last Saturday, we were hot and we were hungry--and totally amazed that Paul Creager had been generous enough to set up a screen, a stage, and a half-dozen biffys on his lovely Stillwater-area farm,...

    @ Gimme Noise by Rachel Hutton on August 19, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
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    Bon Iver at First Avenue

    I'd seen Bon Iver before -- several times, actually -- but never quite like this. With each return to Minneapolis he seems to snowball more and more fans, and Friday night's show at First Avenue proved that he's capable of selling out and mesmerizing...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on August 18, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Episode two: in which I venture alone to Glamorama

    Tonight I'm headed to Glamorama 2008: Pop Candy Arcade. I'm rolling solo tonight and I'm not used to travelling by myself. I step out of the car and blink in the sunlight. It's still broad daylight so I feel a tiny bit out of place standing on Henn...

    @ Gimme Noise by Mpls Minx on August 18, 2008 @ 9:45 am
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    The adventure begins ... by falling off my high heels onto Hennepin Avenue

    Hello Minneapolis, We've been introduced before, but i think it's time we got better acquainted. You know me well. I've been alternately sullying and polishing your reputation for a good long while now. I've been taking your photo and posting it on ...

    @ Gimme Noise by Mpls Minx on August 18, 2008 @ 7:58 am
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    Democracy Now! Vote for the Best Toilets in Town

    We've all had those unfortunate experiences relieving ourselves away from home in some pee-puddled place with a stench that could kill. Of course, we've also had those eye-opening urinary experiences in shiny and clean restrooms that put your home ba...

    @ Gimme Noise by Ben Palosaari on August 15, 2008 @ 4:23 pm
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    Pine Derby for adults raises funds for kids

    Sure, they're just a hunk of pine painted fancy on rubber wheels, but you know you'll shriek and cheer when those homemade vehicles whip by at 4 mph. You may have made a pine car in girl or boy scouts, or in high school shop class, but 64 Feet of Fun...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on August 15, 2008 @ 10:07 am
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    Laughing Liberally looking for locals

    Are you funny in front of crowds? Do you routinely show up a Acme's open mic night or Balls and can get through a routine without boos or polite clapping? Is your fart joke so much more than a fart joke, with greater--yet still funny-- implications s...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on August 14, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
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    Minnesota Center for Photography sells some cool stuff

    It was a sad day when Minnesota Center for Photography closed its doors late last month. Now you can take a piece of it home this weekend at their liquidation sale.Those looking to snap up cheap photography equipment and computers are out of luck. Co...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on August 14, 2008 @ 11:57 am
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    Come On, Skinny Love

    In anticipation of Bon Iver's sold-out show Friday night at First Avenue, here is a smattering of my favorite Bon Iver videos. First, a new song, which Bon Iver just started playing live a few weeks ago: This duet with the Bowerbirds (anoth...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on August 14, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Flyer of the Week: Eight is Enough

    Tickets go on sale today for Eight is Enough, which is sure to sell out fast. Featuring Skoal Kodiak, STNNNG, POS, Low, Dosh, Kill the Vultures, and part of Tapes 'n Tapes. Your $20 or higher donation to Barack Obama's campaign grants you access into...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on August 13, 2008 @ 5:53 pm
  • 5ingles - The Songs We Can't Escape

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    5ingles - The Songs We Can't Escape

    EXCEPTER "Burgers" Frontman John Fell Ryan exclaims, "Death by LP!" Later, auxiliary vocalists Lala Ryan and Clare Amory chime in with "Turn the body over!" among other random ad-libs. So maybe he's Fred Schnieder to their Cindy Wilson and Kate ...

    by Ray Cummings on January 30, 2008
  • Twin Cities Electropunk

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    Twin Cities Electropunk

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Twin Cities Electropunk Vol. 4 Avenpitch At best, electropunk, as a genre, is an acquired taste. At worst, it's easily dismissed on the grounds that most of the people in this town who listen to it are either personal friends wi...

    by Christopher Matthew Jensen on January 30, 2008
  • Vampire Weekend

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    Vampire Weekend

    VAMPIRE WEEKEND Vampire Weekend XL Recordings Thanks to last year's widely circulated collection of demos, often referred to as the Blue CD-R, Vampire Weekend enjoy a much higher profile than other bands hawking a debut. On their first official...

    by Jonathan Garrett on January 30, 2008
  • Dallas Orbiter

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    Dallas Orbiter

    DALLAS ORBITER Motorcycle Diagrams Princess Records From the outset of "Caspian," the opening track on Dallas Orbiter's sophomore effort, this album fairly gleams. The band has been (and will likely continue to be) compared to space rock in the...

    by Pat O'Brien on January 30, 2008
  • The Joy Inside - Local folkie Ellis gets personal on her new record, 'Break the Spell'

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    The Joy Inside - Local folkie Ellis gets personal on her new record, 'Break the Spell'

    ELLIS Break the Spell Rubberneck Records Maybe it's because she's a Buddhist. Maybe it's because she's 31 yet looks like a 17-year-old. Maybe it's because she's nine years into a relationship that still makes her visibly giddy when she talks ab...

    by Michael L. Walsh on January 30, 2008
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    What's $elling - Top 10 Discs This Week at Eclipse Records

    1. Magnetic Fields, Distortion (Nonesuch) 2. Radiohead, In Rainbows (Ato Records) 3. Skoal Kodiak, 3 People Are Keep Having Grape Emergency's (self-released) 4. Cat Power, Jukebox (Matador) 5. Black Mountain, In the Future (Jagjaguwar) ...

    on January 30, 2008
  • Critics' Picks

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    Critics' Picks

    WEDNESDAY 1.30 STS9 First Avenue For reasons unknown, making it up as you go doesn't sound quite as dopey when you're doing it digital. From Daft Punk to Juno Reactor, the electronic underground has always had room for those artists daring ...

    on January 30, 2008
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