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Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: April 17-23

-- Mischke Mix: Friday, April 17

Monday, April 20:

-- Rift Magazine 5th anniversary party announced

-- Gay Beast announces album release show

"Good news, brainiacs-- not only has Gay Beast finished up their forthcoming album "Second Wave," but the noisy, surgically precise three-piece has finalized the details for their release show for May 23 at the 7th Street Entry."

-- Mischke Mix: Monday, April 20

Tuesday, April 21:

-- Q&A: Chairlift's Aaron Pfenning

"The band's enormous boost came last year when their song "Bruises" was picked to introduce a new line of iPods. This shot the song to number 1 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Singles list and sent hordes of people online to check out the band behind the infectious tune."

-- Sound Opinions hosts Jim and Greg talk music criticism

"Prior to their music forum last night at the Cedar Cultural Center, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sat down with Gimme Noise to chat about -- what else? -- music criticism."

-- New Gospel Gossip song debuts

-- Mischke Mix: Tuesday, April 21

Wednesday, April 22:

--  MN Fashion Week lineup

"Minnesota Fashion Week started this week and while the hotness may only revolve around the metro area, our roster of local designers and fashionistas is definitely worth checking out and trying on."

-- Andrew Broder releases Spiraling for download

"Weighing in at 7 tracks, the album is best taken as a whole, where the track numbers and titles simply signifying different movements. Broder's repertoire here is bowed stringed bass, organs looping under tape hiss, and long strips of haunting silence that make the brooding changes in melody and texture all the more startling."

-- Mischke Mix: Wednesday, April 22

Thursday, April 23:

-- Maria Isa CD release show announced

-- Flyer of the Week: The Alpha Centauri

-- Q&A: 'Voltage: Fashion Amplified' creator Anna Lee

"Fashion and rock n' roll have always had a passionate love affair, and this Friday we get to really see that in action (hot!). That said, we felt it important to get to know the woman behind this explosive event, Anna Lee"

-- Mischke Mix: Thursday, April 23

From the City Pages:

-- Ice Palace Turn Water into Art

"After spending his 20s slugging it out in the local scene trenches with a succession of bands that never made it beyond the bottom rungs of the rock 'n' roll ladder, Sorenson's more than appreciative of the good things happening in Ice Palace's world."

-- Best Local Band Made Good: P.O.S.

-- Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local): P.O.S., Vampire Hands, and Solid Gold at the Hexagon Bar

-- Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring): Nine Inch Nails

-- Best Album of the Past 12 Months: Maverick, Gay Witch Abortion

-- Best New Band: Lookbook

-- Best Live Artist: The Blind Shake

-- Best Female Vocalist: Aby Wolf

-- Best Male Vocalist: Chris Beirden of Vampire Hands

-- Best Rock Band: Knife World

-- Best Hip Hop Artist: Muja Messiah

-- Best R&B Artist: Black Blondie

-- Best Blues Band: The Butanes

-- Best Jazz Artists: Fat Kid Wednesdays

-- Best Folk Artist: Gabe Barnett

-- Best Experimental Band: Slapping Purses

-- Best Club DJ: Jimmy 2 Times

-- Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months: The Alarmists

-- Best Band Name: The Not Goods

Slideshows:

-- Death Cab For Cutie, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot At Roy Wilkins

-- Kool Keith at the Whole Music Club

-- Coachella 2009

Next Week's New Releases (April 28):

Bob Dylan Together Through Life [Columbia]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)

Great Northern Remind Me Where The Light Is [Eenie Meenie Records]

(Official) (MySpace)

Method Man & Redman Blackout 2 [Def Jam]

(Official) (Wikipedia)

Pink Mountain Pink Mountain [Sickroom Records]

(MySpace)

Pink Mountain "Over The Rainbow, Somewhere" (mp3)

Weedeater God Luck and Good Speed [Southern Lord]

(Official) (MySpace) (Wikipedia)