It's almost closing time at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park. A disco ball overhead spins, flashing colors around the room, where banners with snowflakes and valentines on them hang from the high, arched ceiling. There's a big, green dinosaur standing in the far corner, and as the DJ switches thr ... More >>
January's a heady and diverse month for country shows in the Twin Cities, kicking off with a pair of sold-out New Year's performances at the Varsity Theater by Brandi Carlile, and ending with that pair PETA has not yet recognized for their important work saving horses.
Sometimes an individual passage can sum up an entire interview -- or can take on a life of its own that fits absolutely nowhere. In 2012, plenty of artists took the time to speak to Gimme Noise, and one of them was notably incensed that a place serving food that a person would ideally like to keep i ... More >>
See Also:Fiona Apple back in Minneapolis in July on U.S. tourBlake Mills is one of those rare musical finds. At 25, he is one of L.A.'s most in-demand session and backing guitarists, and has already worked with Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis, Cass McCombs, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Norah Jones ... More >>
The mother of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen has partnered with local Minnesota non-profit Moving Forward Africa to stage a benefit show at Turf Club next month. According to Matthew Ylvisaker, president of Moving Forward Africa, this was a show that Larsen was hoping to assemble before his life was cut sh ... More >>
Stephen Colbert's sardonic commentary on Tuesday night's episode of The Colbert Report provides an excuse to promote an upcoming weekend music event that will be lower on dry rub barbecue and performances by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and higher on idiosyncratic music criticism. Yes, the 2012 EMP ... More >>
There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling. The album emanates ... More >>
The local band the Cloak Ox had a ripping 2011. After all, they won last year's City Pages "Picked To Click" by a landslide as one of the most promising band's from our fair State. As any reader of Gimme Noise can attest, we've covered them extensively as they maintain their status as one of the ... More >>
The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>
M. Ward, Zooey, (and Tigger too!)As if its empire wasn't vast enough, Disney is making eyes at the Pitchfork-reading crowd with some new soundtracks featuring the likes of Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, and Sondre Lerche.
With the release of the hand-animated (vintage ... More >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>
Photo by Amanda JohnsonThis just in: In addition to the big SXSW tour kick-off happening tomorrow night at the Turf Club, which features Pink Mink, Hastings 3000, and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer's new project, the Hounds Below, there will be two more last minute SXSW send-off of so ... More >>
Photo by Darin BackMark Edwards, right, with collaborator Luke AlbertsonAfter his band broke up early this millennium, Minneapolis musician Mark Edwards started playing with toys. He found that these sonic gadgets--synthesizers, loopers, samplers--not only sounded cool, but allowed him to stretch ... More >>
Can you hear us, mainstream audiences? It's us, Women.In any given year, we are bombarded with so much new music that sometimes albums and artists that deserve a lot more attention somehow fall through the cracks, and don't quite get the careful consideration their work is entitled to. So, the ba ... More >>