As we assembled this week's cover story, 89.3 the Current: An oral history, we quickly realized that one key piece of the radio station had a life of its own: Rock the Garden. The annual summer music festival started out in 1998 as a membership driver for the Walker Art Center, a kind of musical in ... More >>
Martin Dosh wears many musical hats. A former percussion teacher, the 41-year-old local has spent the majority of the past decade touring the globe behind the kit for Andrew Bird and collaborating with Andrew Broder -- first in art-rock act Fog, now in thorny rockers the Cloak Ox. Against all schedu ... More >>
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 >>
Sophomore album is muscular and confident
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 Cloak Ox, Night Moves, and 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 >>
Album finally sees the light of day after several years
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 >>
From James Buckley Trio to Painted Saints
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
The new record will feature a slew of local and national talent.
The new songbird will be joined by Aby Wolf, Peter Wolf Crier, and No Bird Sing.
P.O.S. hits First Avenue and releases a new music video, Har Mar Superstar plays Late Night, Solid Gold release a new song & Owl City tops Billboard.
After a farewell show over the weekend at the Walker, the songsmith packs a steamer trunk for the Pacific Northwest.
Xcel adds cheap tickets to Springsteen in May, the Crystal Method to play First Avenue & Dillinger Four add tour dates.
Prince releases a limited edition iPod, Banner Pilot sign to Fat Wreck Chords & Halloween, Alaska play the Current.
Ryan Warner catches up with Minneapolis-based folk throwback group Dark Dark Dark as they hit the road for a US tour.
Andrew Broder joins a rock band (it used to be his)
Workaholic college kids make prog rock for clean-cut punks