Dessa, Modern Radio, CLAPS featured in this week's City Pages


It's Wednesday morning, which can only mean one thing at Gimme Noise headquarters -- it's time to put down our blogular machines and stop clackety clacking for a moment so we can direct your attention to our print edition. Yes, the print edition, that old fashioned tangible paper copy of our blog, which is distributed to newsstands across the Twin Cities today. We've got a big issue this week, with three full-length music articles and a CD review, starting with an interview with Doomtree crew member-turned-solo songstress Dessa -- who, we should add, has already hit number 11 on the iTunes rap charts with her new solo release.

Dessa ventures toward experimental pop with A Badly Broken Code
By Andrea Swensson
In anticipation of her album release party Friday night at the Fine Line (with Jeremy Messersmith, Cecil Otter, and Aby Wolf), I sat down with Dessa to talk about branching out on her own, teaching herself to sing, and balancing confidence with candidness in her music and writing.

Modern Radio celebrates 10 years as Twin Cities mainstay
By Steve McPherson
The local record label turns 10 this weekend, and will be celebrating with a pair of shows at the Turf Club on Friday (with FT (The Shadow Government), Daughters of the Sun, the Chambermaids, and Double Bird) and the Cedar on Saturday (with the Plastic Constellations, Skoal Kodiak, STNNNG, and Vampire Hands). In this week's paper, Steve speaks with Modern Radio co-owners Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech about their origins as a label and their popular message board.

CLAPS are an anolog electro band in a digital world
By Jonathan Garrett
A new local electronic band explores the oft-overlooked minimal synth movement on their debut release, New Science. The band plays an EP-release show with Gospel Gossip and Mercurial Rage this Saturday at the Kitty Cat Klub.

Atlantis Quartet: Animal Progress (CD Review)
By Rick Mason
We examine a new release by modern jazz quartet Atlantis Quartet, who are playing the Clown Lounge next Tuesday evening.

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