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    Sammy Davis Jr.'s left eye-- a remembrance

    It was on this fateful day in 1959, on a treacherous fork on that oh-so-celebrated Highway 66, that tap dancer extraordinaire and supper club impressionist's wet dream Sammy Davis Jr. was in a car accident that would dislodge his left eyeball from ...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 19, 2008 @ 7:12 am
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    Ingrid Michaelson: 'Put your musical breast in my hand'

    Photo by Caleb Kuhl Ingrid Michaelson @Pantages Nov. 17, 2008 Of course Ingrid Michaelson can sing, but damn can she talk. And talk. And talk. Hilarious, a little crazy and borderline awkward, Michaelson took crowd interaction unconsciously serio...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on November 18, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
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    The Clique: An imagined synopsis

    Here at Gimme Noise, our offices are choked with promotional CD's. Like corpses on the Ganges, they drift into our mailboxes, bloating our shelves, our desk drawers, and, ultimately, our trash bins. On their long journey from the factory to the l...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 18, 2008 @ 3:06 pm
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    Deerhunter walks tall, falls hard

    Like sonic life support, the pedal effect has done more to keep four four power chords alive than all the punk bands in Gainesville. Tonight's show at the Triple Rock, a dazzling marquee of import ambient pop-smiths, drew a healthy crowd and health...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 18, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
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    Prince update: Purpleness says he was misquoted

    The new issue of the New Yorker has a short profile piece on Prince, in which the writer, Claire Hoffman, was invited into the Purple One's new mansion in Beverly Hills for an interview (score). Like all things Prince-related, the article is a litt...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 17, 2008 @ 8:07 pm
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    Brian Wilson, reviewed

    Anyone even partially familiar with Brian Wilson's current mental state would have been mad to expect better from Saturday's show at the State Theater. It's barbed praise, but praise nonetheless, for the 67-going-on-167 year old Wilson who plodded ...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
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    Saying "yes" across generations: my meeting with Joan Baez

    A few weeks ago my friends Stacy Schwartz, Alexa Jones and I made an election poster, a replica of an old Joan Baez anti-war poster called "Girls Say Yes." We did it on a whim, mostly to be silly and to show our love for Obama. We put it on the inter...

    @ Gimme Noise by Andrea Swensson on November 17, 2008 @ 9:27 am
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    Building Better Bombs and The Blind Shake tonight at Memory Lanes

    Some people like a loud start to the week. God, the original go-getter, invented light on a Monday, which had to make one hell of a racket. Expect more heat than light on the lanes tonight as Minneapolis' premier bowling alley/free venue hosts a sh...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Eyedea & Abilities on new record: 'People are gonna hate'

    IMAGES BY TONY NELSON "I think a lot of people are gonna hate on this," says DJ Abilities, referring to the new untitled album he and lyrical "miracle" counterpart Eyedea recently finished recording. As we walked up Eyedea's driveway last Thursday...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jen Boyles on November 17, 2008 @ 1:14 am
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    Brian Wilson, interviewed

    As the principle songwriter for the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with natural gifts for harmony and composition, renovated the landscape of popular music, creating, among other masterpieces, Pet Sounds, the 1966 release that is still regarded as the g...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 17, 2008 @ 12:08 am
  • Critics' Picks: Shearwater and more

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    Critics' Picks: Shearwater and more

    WEDNESDAY 6.25 How Birds Work Artists' Quarter In the rock world, it's not uncommon for bands to become associated with certain venues: the Ramones with CBGB's, Prince with First Avenue, the 'Mats with the Longhorn. But in the jazz world, residen...

    by Bob Longmore on June 25, 2008
  • The Songs We Can't Escape

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    The Songs We Can't Escape

    ANNIE "I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me" This trend of text-message abbreviations invading pop--thanks bunches, Pink and Fall Out Boy--has gotta be stopped! Before we realize it, artists with names like :P, l8r, and tyvm will be signing lucrative, t...

    by Ray Cummings on June 25, 2008
  • Aviette: The Way We Met

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    Aviette: The Way We Met

    How long does it take you to tell the story of your most bitter, disheartening breakup? Everyone has their own "breakup of all breakups" and most of those stories are mind-numbingly boring after several minutes--and one-sided to boot. Aviette's lead...

    by Pat O'Brien on June 25, 2008
  • National vs. Local: Fleet Foxes and Magic Castles

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    National vs. Local: Fleet Foxes and Magic Castles

    The pastoral, as an artistic form, concerns itself with the idyllic rural, and it's a word that describes Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut more than any other (and not just because the album cover is adorned with "The Blue Cloak," a 16th-century paint...

    by Ward Rubrecht on June 25, 2008
  • Fire Signs - Strut and Shock ignite on their debut full-length

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    Fire Signs - Strut and Shock ignite on their debut full-length

    It's an idyllic day at the tail end of dandelion season. Over ginger ales and iced coffee in a south Minneapolis cafe, three-fourths of Strut and Shock reflect in passing upon the zodiac sign that unites them. "Leos tend to like the center of att...

    by David Hansen on June 25, 2008
  • Fashionably yours: Little Man's Chris Perricelli - The frontman reveals the secret to his vintage aesthetic

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    Fashionably yours: Little Man's Chris Perricelli - The frontman reveals the secret to his vintage aesthetic

    Chris Perricelli is a man of style. Whether performing with his T.Rex-flavored rock band Little Man, appearing as a guest singer at a Bowie tribute, or simply heading out for a night on the town, Perricelli can be spotted dressed to the nines in tai...

    by Andrea Swensson on June 25, 2008
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    Doomtree Blowout tickets on sale now

    The Doomtree Blowout, now entering its 3rd year in the First Avenue Mainroom, would be a deal at twice the price. Our hardest working and most functional hip-hop collective in town has put their tickets on the market for a scant $10.00. Buying earl...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 14, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Weekend Checklist

    The lean days of winter might be on the horizon for all of us here in the great gray north, but this weekend we truly have our pick. From an adenoidal lecture set to Springsteen b-sides to the moodiest dance party this side of that one scene in Sil...

    @ Gimme Noise by David Hansen on November 14, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    Urban capture the flag this Saturday night

    Solutions Twin Cities is mainly known for its events where organizations talk about their progressive solutions to local and world problems using slides and three-minute, rapid-fire pitches. They have recently added an "Urban Gaming Division" dedicat...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on November 14, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
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    Give the gift of green this holiday season

    It's not hard to believe that Americans produce about twice as much waste as usual during the holiday season. From gift packaging to paper plates at parties and even pollution from additional travel, the environment suffers from as much seasonal str...

    @ Gimme Noise by Jessica Armbruster on November 14, 2008 @ 7:49 am
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