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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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    Sigur Rs at the Orpheum

    It's been said thousands of times in thousands of different ways that great music takes you places. At the Sigur Rs concert last night, my body may have been seated inside the Orpheum Theater but my mind was off frolicking in an alternate universe, ...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 26, 2008 @ 5:46 pm
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    In Defense of the SAGE Dance Awards, by Caroline Palmer

    In the interest of full disclosure, I have served on the SAGE panel for the past two years and just rotated off. I provided the introduction at the recent awards program and helped create the marketing campaign. I also received $250 as an honorarium...

    @ Gimme Noise by Matt Smith on September 26, 2008 @ 4:34 pm
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    Peter Max Q&A

    Peter Max, the artist responsible for the galactic and pastel-filled psychedelic art that became the look of the 1960s in town this weekend to promote a traveling show his art. Since hitting it big in the late '60s, Max has done work for the Grammy...

    @ Gimme Noise by Ben Palosaari on September 26, 2008 @ 4:04 pm
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    DubuqueFest 2008!

    DubuqueFest 2008 Nomad World Pub 501 Cedar Ave. Saturday, September 27th 4 p.m.-close 612-338-6424 This Saturday is your chance to salute all things Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa -- our very dear neighbors to the south, just a short trip down the ol' Missi...

    @ Gimme Noise by Michelle Leon on September 26, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
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    Jeremy Messersmith CD release show tonight

    It's been hard to scan a local music blog or website this week without running into a Q&A with Jeremy Messersmith, and for good reason: his second album, The Silver City, which will be released tonight at the Varsity Theater, is a breathtaking work...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 25, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Flyer of the Week: Nobot and Estate

    This week's flyer comes courtesy of poppy electronic circuit benders Nobot, who are playing the Uptown Bar this Saturday with Estate, John the Savage, and the Anonymus. Flyer design by Jesse Draxler.

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 24, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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    October Show Schedule: OMG

    I don't know what's more horrifying: the fact that October is only a week away, or the idea that a person could go to a show every day next month and still miss out on some great live music. They don't call it Rocktober for nothin', folks. Rest up an...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 24, 2008 @ 10:00 am
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    Beer Olympics this Saturday at Mayslack's

    If the Valkyries Women's Rugby Team is trying to tell us anything by hosting its first Beer Olympics, it's that these girls can drink and good as they can scrum. Saturday's fundraiser at Mayslack's Restaurant and Bar is your chance to try and dri...

    @ Gimme Noise by Beth Walton on September 24, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    U of M Marching Band dances to Michael Jackson's Thriller

    As part of their half-time routine this year, the University of Minnesota Marching Band pays tribute to the Jackson family, ending with the entire band dropping their instruments to the ground and dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." This video...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 23, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
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    On local, all-ages shows

    This just in, from my magical bag of letters to the music editor: I have a tween-age daughter (12) who is looking for a safe, age-appropriate venue to experience live music and dance in the Twin Cities (ok, she is looking for music and dance, I am l...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 23, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Heiruspecs announce forthcoming album

    During their performance at the River Rocks Festival on Saturday, Heiruspecs announced that they will be releasing a new album -- their first full-length studio album since 2004, simply titled Heiruspecs. They will be celebrating their CD release wit...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 22, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Playboy Bunnies... er, Gophers in Upcoming Girls of the Big Ten Issue

    You weren't expecting nudity were you?All six representatives from the U will be at Bootleggers (323 First Avenue N. in Minneapolis) on Thursday. There's $5 cover, but that includes a cup that gets you $1 beers all night long, and the opportunity to...

    @ Gimme Noise by Ben Palosaari on September 22, 2008 @ 11:19 am
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    Over the Weekend: September 19-21, 2008

    The big event this weekend was the McNally Smith River Rocks Festival over on Harriet Island, where everyone from Ozomatli to Jakob Dylan to the Roots and the Twin Cities' own Heiruspecs, Semisonic, SKIRT, Maria Isa played to a sizable gathering of...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on September 22, 2008 @ 9:46 am
  • The Plastic Constellations - We Appreciate You

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    The Plastic Constellations - We Appreciate You

    THE PLASTIC CONSTELLATIONS We Appreciate You Frenchkiss Records No one likes to say goodbye. But love ain't for keeping, and after a decade and a half as a local lighthouse of relevant rock, the Plastic Constellations have executed a fine exeun...

    by David Hansen on May 7, 2008
  • Frugalis McSpiteful - Sunday School EP

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    Frugalis McSpiteful - Sunday School EP

    FRUGALIS McSPITEFUL Sunday School EP Background Noise I don't know how else to go about saying this, so I might as well start the review with this one important fact and get it over with: There is a track on this EP, a collaborative effort betw...

    by Nate Patrin on May 7, 2008
  • Going Underground - Sweaty bodies, PBR, and cigarettes: My first underground punk show was everything I'd hoped

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    Going Underground - Sweaty bodies, PBR, and cigarettes: My first underground punk show was everything I'd hoped

    I pull up in front of a house in Minneapolis, which could be any house in Minneapolis, and park the car. It appears no one is home: All the lights in the front of the house are off, and there is an eerie silence when I open my car door. My two compa...

    by Andrea Swensson on May 7, 2008
  • Critics' Picks: Mac Lethal and more

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    Critics' Picks: Mac Lethal and more

    WEDNESDAY 5.07 Kitten Forever Triple Rock Social Club Kitten Forever want you to think they're cute. Their Myspace page is adorned with dizzying rows of hearts. Singer Liz Elton can sometimes conjure the voice of a squealing little girl. And sure...

    on May 7, 2008
  • Return of the Weirdos - On Polara's new record, Ed Ackerson wrangles a swarm of bees into submission

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    Return of the Weirdos - On Polara's new record, Ed Ackerson wrangles a swarm of bees into submission

    I think I found a way to stump Polara frontman and local-music connoisseur Ed Ackerson. Having recently heard a few varying descriptions of Polara's sound, I simply had to ask: What on earth is the difference between noise rock and psychedelic rock,...

    by Andrea Swensson on May 7, 2008
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