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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
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    Boys to men: locally-filmed documentary explores masculinity

    This weekend marks the broadcast of the locally made film, Journeyman. The one-hour documentary explores the recent "masculine identity crisis", following two at-risk youth as they come of age.The documentary begins as teens Joe and Mike, who have ba...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on October 3, 2008 @ 4:27 pm
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    That's hott: the MMAA celebrates Minnesota comic artists

    Originally popular for being a playground for bombastically patriotic superheroes of anatomical impossibility, the inhabitants of today's graphic novels have branched out, from autobiographical tales of philosophical battles fought amidst a mundane l...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on October 3, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
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    Gross: Local grindcore band promising live sex on stage

    WARNING: Links extremely NSFW. Local grindcore band Anal Blast (not making this up) have stooped to a new low in their advertisement for tonight's show: they are promising that Portland-based model/stripper Rachael Reckless will perform unspoken dee...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on October 2, 2008 @ 6:19 pm
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    Chuck Klosterman visits the Triple Rock tonight

    Taking a break from cultural criticism, Chuck Klosterman released his first novel this year, Downtown Owl. Set in the fictional town of Owl, North Dakota, in the year 1983, it's a tale of small-town mishaps, philosophical quandaries, and life-threate...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on October 2, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
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    Sole snags Dosh, Fog for remix LP

    Two of Minneapolis' favorite sons will appear on Sole's remix LP to debut in January, and at least one will perform with him at the Uptown on Oct. 10.Most rap fans know Sole as the face of left field rap empire Anticon and the raspy beardo who wrote ...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 2, 2008 @ 11:46 am
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    Rapper Sage Francis raises cash for RNC arrestees

    Just as much an activist as he is a rapper, MPLS favorite Sage Francis is coming to the aid of the journalists and others arrested at the RNC this September.This just in from Sage Francis' PR camp: Outraged at the treatment of journalists, protestor...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on October 1, 2008 @ 9:30 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
  • No Age: Nouns


    No Age: Nouns

    NO AGE Nouns Sub Pop Verbs might have been the more fitting title for the second album from this Los Angeles duo, as the disc is nothing if not action-oriented. Composed of drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall, No Age kick up...

    by Jonathan Garrett on May 21, 2008
  • Lit Rock - White Rabbits conquer the underground rock scene, one thick novel at a time


    Lit Rock - White Rabbits conquer the underground rock scene, one thick novel at a time

    Despite not having much formal education, White Rabbits' bassist Adam Russell has long led a literary lifestyle. He dropped out of high school at 16--years before his band played Late Night with David Letterman and signed to Radiohead's record label...

    by Ben Westhoff on May 21, 2008
  • John Swardson: Working-class hero - His manly but sensitive songs remind some of Bruce Springsteen


    John Swardson: Working-class hero - His manly but sensitive songs remind some of Bruce Springsteen

    JOHN SWARDSON Silver Dust self-released It's hard not to start throwing around Bruce Springsteen references when discussing Minneapolis-based songwriter John Swardson. With gruff, grizzly vocals about the loneliness and suffering of the everyman, S...

    by Andrea Swensson on May 21, 2008
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