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    Beastie Boys coming to sway our swinging state

    At least there is one thing good coming from the notion that at least half of Minnesota can stomach John McCain. In the effort of full disclosure, I am a rabid Beastie fan and am bouncing off the walls in excitement that they're finally coming back t...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 10, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
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    On music criticism in the digital age

    Freelance writer Megan Wiley published an article today on MinnPost that summarizes the opinions of several local music writers (including yours truly). The subject? Whether or not the internet is affecting the quality of music criticism. It's a topi...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 10, 2008 @ 11:50 am
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    Wear your kneepads: St. Paul art crawl is this weekend

    This weekend St. Paul gets creative with its annual art crawl. One of the largest of its kind, over 250 art studios and galleries will open their doors, giving live art demonstrations, theater performances, food and wine tastings, and music. Once ho...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on October 10, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Flyer of the Week: Zombie Pub Crawl

    Normally, I like to restrict the Flyer of the Week candidates to upcoming shows. But the Zombie Pub Crawl is coming up next weekend, and I want you to be prepared. Also, this poster is amazing. Designed by DWITT.

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 9, 2008 @ 9:20 am
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    Kristoff Krane in-store tonight at Eclipse Records

    In last week's Gimme Noise column, I reviewed the new album by local MC Kristoff Krane, a frenetic, intelligent, articulate young poet with loads of potential. Here's an excerpt from my column: Chris Keller, who raps under the pseudonym Kristoff K...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 9, 2008 @ 9:03 am
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    Paddle Royal: More than your average basement sport

    During the late 1800s ping pong, then called table tennis, became all the rage as an after-dinner party activity for wealthy English folk. Nowadays it's a charming addition to any mildewy basement. Tonight, the strangely addictive sport will be cel...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on October 9, 2008 @ 9:00 am
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    Radio K celebrates 15 years tonight at First Avenue

    Radio K Anniversary Party: Celebrating 15 Years With Low, Dosh, Sims and Vampire Hands First Avenue, October 8 8 p.m. $12. 18+. Happy Birthday, Radio K! It's quite the stellar lineup of local acts tonight at First Avenue. Here's what Jessica Armbrus...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 8, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
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    Patches and Gretchen set to release her debut album Thursday evening

    Patches and Gretchen CD Release Turf Club Thursday Oct. 9th 9pm Be there as Gretchen Seichrist (aka Patches and Gretchen) brings her traveling pony show to the Turf Club this Thursday. Seichrist, with her Patti Smith defiance and Bob Dylan bedhead, ...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 7, 2008 @ 5:34 pm
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    Lidell set to scorch the Varsity stage tonight

    Lucky souls who caught English singer/producer Jamie Lidell's October 2006 performance at First Avenue know that the man can operate as a venue-destroying, soulful one-man army. Beatboxing, looping and harmonizing with himself, Lidell laid a thick la...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 7, 2008 @ 3:55 pm
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    Dear Matt Riehle: Will you be my BFF?

    An open letter to Matt Riehle, local folk singer: Thank you for entering three of your songs in the latest round of the mnSpin contest. As a judge in this round, I was given the opportunity to listen to three new tracks from 38 different local artis...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 7, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
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    Jake One Pulls His White Van Into Town

    In the world of hip hop, regional and stylistic divisions have been starkly highlighted since before Tim Dog got the idea that maybe Compton wasn't all that respectable. And while things aren't as heated as they were during the coastal beefs of the '...

    @ Gimme Noise by Nate Patrin on October 7, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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    Q&A: David Berman of the Silver Jews

    Interview conducted by Ryan Warner Singer and poet David Berman has been recording sharp-witted lyric-driven records for the better part of two decades. The vast majority of that time was spent out of the public eye, rarely communicating with pres...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 7, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Gay magnet Griffin delivers raucous Orpheum performance

    "I'm so far to the left I'm not a Democrat anymore, I'm a fucking Sandonista," comedienne Kathy Griffin quipped to the roaring applause of a predominantly gay audience on Friday at the Orpheum. You would have thought there was a Cher auction going on...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 6, 2008 @ 7:27 pm
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    Coachella music festival dates announced

    Everybody's favorite music festival, Coachella, just announced its 2009 dates. Mega-huge promoter Goldenvoice confirmed the dates for this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Monday morning. The festival will be held the weekend of April...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 6, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
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    Over the Weekend: October 3-5, 2008

    Here's a quick recap of the shows we caught this weekend, complete with links to the full reviews and slideshows: Weezer rocked the Xcel Center Friday night. Things we learned: Rivers Cuomo is still sporting that goofy mustache, and Weezer fans ar...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 6, 2008 @ 11:56 am
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    Weezer at the Xcel Energy Center

    Photo by Tony Nelson. Click here for the slideshow. For more than a decade, pop-rock powerhouse Weezer has been like a happy little musical nation ruled by lead singer-cum-dictator Rivers Cuomo and fawned over by millions of manically committed fan...

    @ Gimme Noise by Ben Palosaari on October 6, 2008 @ 11:42 am
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    Liz Phair returns to Exile at First Avenue

    Liz Phair First Avenue, October 4 Review by Pat O'Brien Over the past couple of years there has been a rash of musical artists appearing at music festivals and playing a classic album from their catalog from front to back. Sebadoh and Public Enemy...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 6, 2008 @ 1:07 am
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    Ani DiFranco and Dessa at the State Theatre

    Ani DiFranco. Photos by Steve Cohen. It's useless for me to feign objectivity when writing about Ani DiFranco, so I'm not going to try. When asked about my favorite musicians, I readily reply with DiFranco's name; over the years, she's worked her w...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 5, 2008 @ 11:10 pm
  • 5ingles - The Songs We Can't Escape


    5ingles - The Songs We Can't Escape

    DOUGLAS ARMOUR "Fall Apart Again" The Social Registry label's normal fare is experimentalist stoner drift, so Armour's MOR moves are an odd fit--especially this one, a should-be synth-pop hit so catchy one can forgive its lyrical banalities. ...

    by Ray Cummings on May 21, 2008
  • Critics' Picks: Rush and More


    Critics' Picks: Rush and More

    THURSDAY 5.22 Leisure Birds Turf Club From the starter pistol to the finish tape, tonight's Turf Club show is poised to unfold like an Olympic sprint. This evening, two of the Twin Cities' most well conditioned and aurally challenging veter...

    on May 21, 2008
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