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    Weekend Checklist

    These may be platitudes we spew when we're at a loss to distract from a lean reality. But in this case, it's true. Things are thinning out a bit in this wintry cold snap, but with the Doomtree Blowout pounding Saturday evening into a bloody mess, and...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on December 5, 2008 @ 4:05 pm
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    Stella boys late and slow at First Ave.

    The show eked to a start an hour and a half after the doors opened -- a significant delay for a three-man stand-up act playing to a packed house growing increasingly drunk during the interminable downtime. When the gang launched into a bit in which t...

    @ Gimme Noise by Bryan Miller on December 5, 2008 @ 3:59 pm
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    The Wet Spot: Proper strip club etiquette

    After dropping them off at the airport and saying goodbye, there was only one thing on my mind - strip club. For some people, going to a strip club is an intimidating experience. What do you wear? What do you drink? When should you buy a dance? How...

    @ Gimme Noise by Patrick Strait on December 5, 2008 @ 3:33 pm
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    Interview: Sims talks about upcoming album, Blowout

    As a preview to the Cal Surf shoe party fronted by three of my favorite Doomtree members, here's an interview with Sims about his upcoming new album and what's he's learned since the last one.Is there any certain thing about music right now that you'...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on December 5, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
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    My Cousin Roy to spark disco inferno at the Kitty Cat

    According to most people who lived through the 70's, disco is dead, handily run over by the arena rock bandwagon. But to paraphrase another 70's staple, we can rebuild it -- we have the technology. Now that glam-obsessed dance music is once agai...

    @ Gimme Noise by Ian Traas on December 5, 2008 @ 2:27 pm
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    The Popstream: Minutemen, ''Ack Ack Ack''

    The Minutemen were top-notch agitators, and not just musically: around the same time the Dead Kennedys were shouting "MTV Get Off the Air", Mssrs. Boon, Watt & Hurley thought it might be worth a shot to get on it, or at least within striking dis...

    @ Gimme Noise by Nate Patrin on December 5, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    Party at Grain Belt

    Those looking to check out a variety of art, from sculpture to video to paintings and photography should check out Grain Belt's Holiday Gala. The event kicks off Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. when artists open their studios for art viewings, screenin...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on December 5, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    Bruce Campbell chats up Minneapolis

    Bruce Campbell has played an undead-fighting jackass Ash Williams in The Evil Dead Trilogy, he played an elderly Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep, and he's even played an 18th century American spy in TV's Jack of All Trades. This weekend, Bruce Camp...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on December 4, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
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    Breaking down "Stress"

    Months after its debut, the controversial music video for "Stress," the last single off of Justice's landmark debut, still manages to roil the blood. After a super-slick one-two punch that hypnotized the hipster set with flashy, top-flight graphic de...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on December 4, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
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    Flyer of the Week: Claw Like Things

    This week's flyer is for the Claw Like Things EP release show this Friday at the 400 Bar: Attention Flyer of the Week fans: we'd like to credit the artists who create these posters as often as possible. If you know the designer behind one o...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on December 4, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
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    Doomtree documentary to blow up the Blowout

    There's always a place for hometown pride, and Doomtree, our prized hip-hop collective, has certainly won an unconditional spot in many of our hearts. But that kind of pride often comes off as puffery in a band documentary, and can spoil even the ric...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on December 4, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
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    The Popstream: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, ''I Say a Little Prayer''

    The overall result is a pretty incredible spectacle: it looks like some kind of crazy stunt, but it also sounds like a complex yet nuanced improvised real-time reconstruction of whatever various jazz idioms might be inspiring him at that particular m...

    @ Gimme Noise by Nate Patrin on December 4, 2008 @ 8:00 am
  • The songs we can't escape

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    The songs we can't escape

    AZEDA BOOTH "John Cleese" What does this sensuous bit of pitch-shifting, androgynous IDM have to do with its namesake? As far as I can tell, not a damned thing. DINO FELIPE "Been Waiting" Felipe--who appears to be way better at drumming than any ...

    by Ray Cummings on July 23, 2008
  • Lucy Michelle breathes life into an old, eclectic sound - With the Velvet Lapelles, Michelle brings heavenly ukelele music to the Twin Cities

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    Lucy Michelle breathes life into an old, eclectic sound - With the Velvet Lapelles, Michelle brings heavenly ukelele music to the Twin Cities

    It's an idyllic morning in St. Paul, the kind that balances the hot blaze of the sun with a cool, delicate breeze. Somehow, I've found myself seated on the edge of a trampoline in a secluded backyard, being serenaded by the sigh of an old accordion ...

    by Andrea Swensson on July 23, 2008
  • The power of pop - The Brooklyn-based XYZ Affair play pop music unironically

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    The power of pop - The Brooklyn-based XYZ Affair play pop music unironically

    Their upper lips are notably devoid of hair, their clothing free of faux-nostalgic emblems. Yes--there's something sincere about Brooklyn rockers the XYZ Affair and the brand of fun that they put forth. "No mustaches," says singer/guitarist/songwri...

    by Max Ross on July 23, 2008
  • Tom Petty and more

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    Tom Petty and more

    WEDNESDAY 7.23 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Target Center While Petty and the Heartbreakers are the major selling point of this show, Steve Winwood has his own place in rock history. His work in bands including the Spencer Davis Group...

    on July 23, 2008
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    Axl Rose at odds with Dr. Pepper

    He may sing and dance like Fred Astaire, but Axl Rose rarely represents himself gracefully. In a move of play-acted skepticism, Dr. Pepper announced in March of this year that they would give a free can of their soda to every American (excluding,...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on December 3, 2008 @ 3:16 pm
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    Gimme Noise remembers hip hop pioneer MC Skat Kat

    Riding high on his success, Skat Kat released a 1991 album with his posse "The Stray Mob," but the album's middling success and a three-cylinder promotional deal with Virgin Records quickly spelled trouble for Skat Kat, and by the mid-90's he was imp...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on December 3, 2008 @ 2:13 pm
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    The Popstream: Jay Reatard, ''See/Saw''

    I mean, c'mon, look at this clip. He's riding around in a shopping cart, playing with a tiny little dog, and wandering out of some weird railroad trackside backwoods forest strumming on a flying V. There's so many goofy non-sequitirs in this -- the m...

    @ Gimme Noise by Nate Patrin on December 3, 2008 @ 8:00 am
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    Lori Barbero bids Minneapolis adieu

    Babes in Toyland drummer and longtime local music champion Lori Barbero has announced that she is packing her bags and moving down to Austin, Texas. Her presence will surely be missed in the Cities, as Barbero is an avid local show attendee and a fri...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on December 3, 2008 @ 5:00 am
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