It's hump day, which means that here at Gimme Noise headquarters we are celebrating the release of our latest print edition. If walking down to the corner to pick up your own hard copy of City Pages seems like too much work, fear not -- you can read all of this week's music content online. Here's a rundown of what's inside this issue.
By Jeff Gage
Longstanding South Minneapolis rappers Kanser are releasing a new album this Friday night at the Triple Rock. As the name suggests, the new album is actually two separate EPs, one each by MCs Big Zach and Unicus, with an appearance by guest vocalist Alicia Steele.
By Michelle Leon
Get to know this literary-influenced new local band, who just released their first album of brooding short story-songs last fall and who are playing the Bedlam this Sunday. Leon describes their music as "reminiscent of DeVotchKa in both vocal quality and the hybrid nature of the music--there is an old-time Western jangle in their songs, along with strains of Joy Division."
By David Hansen
We send a writer to meet up with Reverend Micah Mackert, the leader of mysterious locals Moonstone, to find the story behind their Lunarian beliefs and grandiose prog-rock debut. "What is Moonstone?" Hansen writes. "Capable rock music with a dazzling twist? A work of concept art? Or is it, as Reverend Mackert would have us believe, bona fide holy scripture, which, like anything immutably beautiful, edifies, instructs, and makes us all, somehow, more pure?"
By Gimme Noise staff
We preview this week's most promising shows, including the Song of Zarathrustra reunion, the Brass Kings CD-release show, and a benefit for the tornado-damaged Electric Fetus.
By Ray Cummings
Spending some time with a handful of the latest singles, including Annie, Pill, and Vanessa Hudgens.