Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: May 1-7

-- Free Energy rises from Hockey Night's ashes

"Thank goodness there's years, miles, bands and hatchet buryings to separate Free Energy and Hockey Night..."

Monday, May 4:

-- Dan Deacon hypnotizes the Triple Rock

"The traveling Baltimore music man stunned the children Saturday night at the Triple Rock with sounds, images and feelings they had only dreamt existed and changed their lives forever."

-- The Electric Fetus unveils digital download site

"Good news for those of us who are getting more and more of our music online: local independently-owned record store the Electric Fetus has announced a new digital download site, with an emphasis on offering local music in an affordable, digital format."

-- Dinkytowner: Open or closed?

-- Mischke Mix: Monday, May 4

Tuesday, May 5:

-- Bloc Party compensates for missed show at First Ave

"Unless you're a die-hard fan (which seemed to be a lot of this particular crowd) the songs sounded pretty similar. Lots of guitar, great, steady vocals, all at a quick, happy pace."

Wednesday, May 6:

-- Rock for Pussy VI announced

"The sixth annual installment of Rock for Pussy, one of the Twin Cities' finest tribute shows, will take place Friday, May 22 at First Avenue. Proceeds from the Bowie tribute will go to the Minnesota Valley Humane Society cat shelters."

-- Bob Dylan album debuts at #1 in the US and UK

"For only the fifth time in his five decade-long career, Bob Dylan's new album Together Through Life debuted as the highest-selling album this week in the US."

Thursday, May 7:

-- The Dinkytowner: A brief update

-- Red House Records festival announced

"On Saturday, August 1, Red House will host a very unique kind of outdoor concert called Blues at the Barn, which -- as you may have already guessed -- will be held at Hobgoblin Music's converted barn in Red Wing, Minnesota."

-- DJ Q&A: Terry Mullan plays Midwest Mayday on Friday

"Terry Mullan is one of my favorite DJs of all time, but such gushing was not popular among jilted ravers in the post-milennial [sic] rave days. Terry's reputation for blatantly skipping out on his DJ bookings always preceded his behind-the-decks prowess. "

From the City Pages:

-- All The Pretty Horses' Venus DeMars recounts glam band's history

"All four Thursdays in May, the 7th St. Entry will be taken over by legendary transgender punk-glam band All the Pretty Horses."

-- The Deaths re-emerge for a rare live performance

"In today's terms, 2008's Centralia is ancient news. The album's 13 ambitious tracks hit the Twin Cities scene with little fanfare, perhaps stifled by a dearth of live shows--by their count, the Deaths played only four last year. Still, the record delivered the goods, and those fortunate enough to stumble across it chalked it up as one of the year's local best."

-- The Songs We Can't Escape featuring A Camp, Brutal Poodle, Faust, FFH/Prurient & Mountains.


-- Elton John and Billy Joel tickle the ivories at the Xcel

-- Club Shots: Get Cryphy May Day edition

-- Flight of the Conchords at the Northrop Auditorium

-- Bloc Party kill it at First Avenue

-- Leonard Cohen at the Orpheum

-- Club shots: Dan Deacon raves out at the Triple Rock

Next Week's New Releases (May 12):

-- Art Brut Art Brut vs. Satan [Downtown]

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-- Big Business Mind the Drift [Hydra Head]

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-- The Crystal Method Divided by the Night [Tiny e]

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-- Steve Earle Townes [New West]

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-- Jeremy Enigk Ok Bear [Lewis Hollow]

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-- Mike Watt Funland [Smog Veil Records]

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-- Passion Pit Manners [Frenchkiss]