Minnesota Monthly has released a list of the Twin Cities' most powerful leaders calling the shots, and a few names from the music realm popped up there. The most recognizable to a regular Gimme Noise reader would be Doomtree rapper Dessa, who was the final entry in the 75-person tally.And we're not ... More >>
The Twin Cities is starting to thaw out as January comes to an end. Friday night is especially busy. Retribution Gospel Choir plays the Turf Club while Minneapolis pays tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Avenue Mainroom. Semisonic songwriter Dan Wilson and brother Matt Wilson play a set at Pantage ... More >>
With temperatures plummeting, most Minnesotan travel fantasies inevitably fixate on locales further south. SEE ALSO:-- Minneapolis is one of the most "unexpectedly romantic" cities in the country, says Yahoo-- Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor ... More >>
Music In Mears kicks off free summer concert series in St. Paul tonight
The Jayhawks family tree: From Gary Louris to the Jonas Brothers in three moves or less
The Jayhawks play A Prairie Home Companion, release reunion record Mockingbird Time
As the ninth successful season of Music In Me ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based Public Radio International (PRI) has been purchased by another titan of public media, WGBH in Boston.This means that the company now claims popular radio shows "This American Life" -- as well as a wealth of niche music offerings like "Afropop Worldwide," "The Record Shelf," Jon ... More >>
While signing the "Save the Times-Picayune" petition last week, Minnesota's own Garrison Keillor compared a city without a newspaper to "an office park with some malls."The Times-Picayune's owners, Advance Publications, announced last month that beginning this fall, the Pulitzer-winning, New Orleans ... More >>
A suit and tie are not standard wear for a rock concert and a bunch of fierce, inspirational dancing isn't either. But they are for Rupert. "Who is Rupert?" you may ask. "What started off as me dancing in front of a mirror has evolved into so much more," he confirms before a sold-out the 4onthefloor ... More >>
After submitting to an interview (with a now-passionate comments field) regarding Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith's comments about them, the 4onthefloor is back today with a song named after his description of the band. "Mock Duck/Mumford & Sons Crap" is set to the tune of the far-more-famou ... More >>
Photo by Dave CarrollThe rising Duluth folk-bluegrass outfit Trampled by Turtles performed five songs, including a Bob Dylan cover, on this past weekend's episode of A Prairie Home Companion. The long-running public radio sketch show, helmed by the Lake Wobegon staple Garrison Keillor, migrated n ... More >>
Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>
Publicity photo via MPRTom Keith, a.k.a. Jim Ed Poole (right) with Morning Show co-host Dale ConnellyTom Keith, who radio listeners will recognize as Jim Ed Poole, co-host of MPR's long-running roots-heavy Morning Show, passed away unexpectedly last night of unknown causes. He was 64 years o ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenWith only a couple of weeks left until the release of their reunion record, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are flying into overdrive with a series of promotional shows, downloads, and appearances, including a recent stop at Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion last wee ... More >>
Two greenhouse tomatoes: Which is tops?My tomato plants have flowers, but, alas, no fruit. It's just a little to early in the growing season to savor the juiciness of a homegrown Sweet 100 or Cherokee Purple.
In anticipation of August, I had a hankering for tomato-cucumber-chickpea-red onio ... More >>
Jon McTaggart has big shoes to fill.American Public Media has opted to hire from the inside to replace Bill Kling, the only CEO the organization has ever known.
Jon McTaggart, APMG's senior vice president and chief operating officer, will take over his new duties on July 1. The organization ... More >>
Keillor plots retirement.Garrison Keillor may well have told Minnesota Public Radio privately about his plans to retire in 2013 from "A Prairie Home Companion."
Still, it was a little jarring to hear the news via AARP instead of, say, wrapping his ride into the sunset into an episode of "Th ... More >>
covilha via Flickr.com As the seasons change, so do the types of events happening around town. This weekend we have two different Oktoberfest festivals, a block party (bring an umbrella), and free films.
Photo by Stacy SchwartzIt's hard to believe that it's almost time for the State Fair again (summer, do you have to leave already?), but the great gathering of fried food, free stuff, and outdoor music is only a few short weeks away. The Current just announced their schedule of live performances a ... More >>
Photos courtesy A Prairie Home CompanionMidnight on the Water: Bill Hinkley, in memoriamBY MARTIN KELLER
The choice moments that suddenly arise when you can see a grand life coming to a close in front of you seem to have no respect for death -- and even less reverence for the heavy grief waiti ... More >>
Lifelong local musician and teacher Bill Hinkley, who Paul Metsa once dubbed "The Patriarch of the West Bank," passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. He was 67.Hinkley was best known as a longtime house musician on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," where he performed wi ... More >>
Image Courtesy of: Kris Drake "Stuck Between Stations." Stuck Between Stations. One is the name of a song by Brooklyn band the Hold Steady (whose singer is at work on a movie project of his own, adapting Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs). The other is the name of a film conceived, ... More >>