Anna Gulbrandsen

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    August 19, 2014

    Why there will be no Backyard Bash at Summit this year

    Beer-drinking backyard bashers, prepare to be bummed: There will be no Backyard Bash at Summit Brewery this year. Summit in St. Paul has decided to take a year off from the popular Backyard Bash celebration. Citing a busy year of expansion and remodeling, the brewery felt it best to allocate its re ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, 8/17/14

    Summer Set Music & Camping Festival Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset Sunday, August 17, 2014We returned for the final evening of Summer Set Music & Camping Festival with ears still somewhat weary from the previous day's onslaught of thundering EDM. This time, there were two separate lines for ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Skyline Music Festival at Target Field, 8/8/14

    Last Friday night at Target Field, the Skyline Music Festival stage occupied foul territory near third base, showcasing an evening of pleasantries from headliner Andrew Bird, accompanied by Dosh, S. Carey, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and the New Pornographers. It was a somewhat unusual environmen ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 rocked downtown Minneapolis

    City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival Featuring Poliça, Sylvan Esso, Allan Kingdom, Carroll, Frankie Teardrop, and Tree Blood Downtown Minneapolis Saturday, July 26, 2014 On a day that started out sweltering and gradually cooled comfortably in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, a talented cross-s ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Bonobo at First Avenue, 7/8/14

    Bonobo First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 8, 2014 As the curtain rose, and the bass knocked through the First Avenue mainroom, a sheet of light and fog materialized in front of the sold out crowd. It seemed almost supernatural, like a signal of an approaching God. As Bonobo's kit was lit from ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

    Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Cut Copy at First Avenue, 6/25/14

    Cut Copy with Classixx and Nile Delta First Avenue, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Feeling alive is feeling a pulsating bassline deep in your chest. Australian electro-rock outfit Cut Copy brought plenty of their relentlessly upbeat rhythms and life-affirming jams to First Avenue on Wednesday ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Rock the Garden Day 1, 6/21/14

    Rock The Garden Day 1with De La Soul, Matt & Kim, Best Coast, Jeremy Messersmith, and LizzoWalker Art Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 22, 2014Rock the Garden's first two-day event kicked off on a sunny Saturday afternoon next to the Sculpture Garden. It was an incredibly apt setting for the go ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Soundset style: 18 most memorable looks of 2014

    Over the weekend, music lovers came out in droves to see Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, and more at Soundset... which meant it was time to break out the summer festival style. From trendy crop tops to cool headgear, there were plenty of unique and fun looks spotted at Canterbury Park. Here are a few ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Triple Rock, 4/29/14

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart With Fear of Men and Ablebody Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Kip Berman really must have wanted to take his new songs on the road. On a rainy Tuesday night at the Triple Rock, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman introduced a compl ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Phantogram at First Avenue, 4/13/14

    Phantogram With Teen First Avenue, Minneapolis April 13, 2014 Phantogram's textured synthesizer rock's power has grown steadily over the years. And they have never sounded -- and looked -- as massive as they did last night at a sold-out First Avenue. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter (along with Chris ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Internet at Triple Rock, 3/24/14

    The Internetwith Allan Kingdom and DJ WIllie ShuTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisMonday, March 24, 2014Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians brought their spacey, experimental material to a full Triple Rock last night. They incorporated a grab-bag of elements from neo-soul to Tyler, the Creator's more B ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Lil Debbie at the Fine Line, 3/1/2014

    Lil DebbieFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisSaturday, March 1, 2014 Urban Dictionary defines ratchet as "a diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason so believe she is every man's eye candy. Unfortunately, she's wrong." In LL Cool J's song "Ratchet," he uses to word as a name for a g ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    The best music photographers in the Twin Cities: 2014 finalists

    After a couple of months of research and deliberation -- and thousands of viewings of microphones and punk singers' teeth -- we have chosen the finalists for the best music photographers serving the Twin Cities. And, there's a twist. Since we received a ridiculous amount of quality submissions, we e ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    Betty Who and Sombear at 7th Street Entry, 1/18/14

    Betty Who With Sombear and Step Rockets 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis Saturday, January 18, 2014 Some shows simply click. Due to a perfect confluence of the right artist, audience, night, and venue, some performances take on a transcendent quality that surpasses the mere sum of their parts, elevati ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Riff Raff at the Fine Line, 12/21/13

    Riff Raff With Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom Fine Line, Minneapolis December 21, 2013 To his fans, Riff Raff isn't a mere rapper. He's a deity. This was clear as an anxious swarm of admirers braved last night's frigid 17 degree weather to form a line stretching from the Fine Line for more than an en ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013
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    September 23, 2013

    Hip-Hop Harambee at Nomad, 9/21/13

    Hip-Hop Harambee with International Reggae All Stars, Psymun & K.Raydio, Lizzo and Lazerbeak, Vandaam, Dred I Dread, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Devin the Dude, Shabazz Palaces and Big K.R.I.T.Nomad World Pub, MinneapolisSaturday, September 22, 2013The Hip-Hop Harambee once again provided a ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Summer Set Music Festival, day two, 8/10/13

    Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    El-P and Killer Mike at Varsity Theater, 7/19/13

    El-P and Killer Mike with Despot and Kool A.D. Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Friday, July 19, 2013 We of the millennial generation grew up in the golden era of the Dynamic Duo. On wax and on the basketball court, players and artists that could have been superstars in their own right formed partnersh ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Warped Tour 2013 at Canterbury Park, 7/21/13

    Warped Tour 2013Canterbury Park, ShakopeeSunday, July 22, 2013Warped's tagline this year was "Best Day Ever." For some kids who wait all year for this day, that motto certainly rings true. The Vans Warped Tour plays out a little like a high school lunch room, but only with more misfits and kids that ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

    At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.   Some the most deeply fe ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    CHVRCHES at Fine Line, 6/08/13

    CHVRCHES With Still Corners Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis June 8, 2013 The hotly tipped U.K. act CHVRCHES have generated a swelling buzz in the U.S. based on just an EP and singles. And at their sold-out Fine Line show on Saturday night, the Glaswegian trio also confidently demonstrated that th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

    Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Art-A-Whirl night one at 331 Club, 5/17/13

    Art-A-Whirl Night One With the Blind Shake, Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Kill the Vultures, Jaill, Quiet Corral, and Tramps Like Us 331 Club, Minneapolis May 17, 2013 The 331 Club emphatically kicked-off the musical portion of 2013's Art-A-Whirl on Friday night, with a diverse line-up that only grew bet ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Love is the Law Concert with the Suburbs, 5/14/13

    Love is the Law ConcertWith the Suburbs, Gay Men's Chorus, Jack Brass Band, P.O.S., Zoo Animal, and Hookers $ BlowEcolab Plaza, St. PaulTuesday, May 14, 2013"Life is like a summer's evening," a lyric from the Suburbs' Tuesday performance proved to the second-most memorable statement of the night. Af ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Purity Ring at First Avenue, 5/2/13

    Purity Ring with Blue Hawaii First Avenue, Minneapolis May 2, 2013 Purity Ring is all about atmosphere. Whether it's onstage or on their insanely popular debut album, Shrines, the Edmonton-based band paints a picture that sticks in your brain long after you're done listening. See also: [Slidesho ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Prof takes over First Avenue, 4/13/13

    ProfWith Mod Sun, Culture Cry Wolf and MetaFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, April 13, 2013"YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO BIG" was the all-caps slogan Prof wore on a black T-shirt Saturday. Though it might've been referring to his rising career -- and the recent double cover stories promoting his two sold-o ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well at Triple Rock, 4/1/13

    Sky Ferreira with How to Dress Well and High Highs Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisMonday, April 1, 2013Monday night's show at the Triple Rock featuring How to Dress Well and Sky Ferreira was a tale of what should and should not be done by emerging artists on the cusp of the Next Step, whatever ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Top 10 Twin Cities dance venues

    You're a dance maniac. A cocktail special and conversational atmosphere aren't enough to attract your patronage. You're the type that needs the exhilaration of flashing lights, hair-raising sound, and an adequate space to show off those moves. While this beat-chasing schedule might sound exhaustin ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Major Lazer at First Avenue, 3/20/13

    Major Lazer with Lunice and Paul DevroFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, March 20, 2013The sold out Major Lazer crowd last night brought a festival's energy into the confined space of the First Avenue Mainroom. As they mined the sounds of roots reggae and Jamaican dancehall to co-mingle with drum a ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Toro Y Moi at First Line Music Cafe, 02/20/13

    Toro Y Moi With Dog Bite, Sinkane Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The ample crowd at Fine Line Music Café got a satisfying display of Toro Y Moi's sexy stylings last night. Some weren't afraid to outright demand it -- hence the reasonable request of one loud fan, "Ma ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13

    Get Cryphy 5th AnniversaryWith Slug, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Lizzo, Haphduzn, Sophia Eris, St. Paul Slim, Rapper Hooks, Lazerbeak, Big Dylan, Ander Other and moreFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, February 8, 2013The Get Cryphy crew capped off another solid anniversary show on Friday, ringing in five year ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    FUN. at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 1/23/13

    FUN.Roy Wilkins Auditorium, MinneapolisWednesday, January 23, 2013FUN. mastermind Nate Ruess has always seemed destined to play in front of crowds like Wednesday night's 5500-person gathering at St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Back when he fronted a more exploratory pop outfit with the Format in ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Permed Out Showcase 3, Cabooze, 12/22/12

    Permed Out Showcase 3 With Audio Perm, Greg Grease and Mike the MartyrThe Cabooze12/22/12The Audio Perm crew packed the house once again at their third Permed Out Showcase, a night devoted to producers Cory Grindberg, Taylor Madrigal, and Julian Fairbanks and the rappers for whom they make beats. Th ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    The Faint at First Avenue, 12/13/12

    The Faint First Avenue, Minneapolis Thursday, December 13, 2012As the stage at First Avenue went from being shrouded in darkness to illuminated with flashing, ever-strobing lights that changed from red to white to blue on Thursday night, Omaha natives the Faint began their set with "Unseen Hand." Th ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Summit Backyard Bash with Doomtree, 9/8/12

    Summit Backyard BashWith Doomtree, Now, Now, Halloween, Alaska, Heartbeats, and Caroline Smith and the Goodnight SleepsSummit Brewery, St. PaulSaturday, September 8, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Summit Backyard Bash"Would you mind clapping, or are you all too drunk for that?" This was an actual request m ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Amon Tobin at Orpheum Theatre, 9/6/12

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen Amon Tobin with Holy Other Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis Thursday, September 6, 2012 See Also: Slideshow: Amon Tobin at Orpheum TheatreAmon Tobin stays mum on ISAM 2.0If you weren't at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday night to see Amon Tobin there isn't much else to say -- ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Summer Set Music & Camping Festival day two, 8/25/12

    By Aaron Rupar and Anand BalasubrahmanyanSee Also:Slideshow: Summer Set 2012, The PeopleSlideshow: Summer Set, The ArtistsSummer Set Music & Camping Festival day one, 08/24/12Fans, campers, and two Gimme Noise reviewers hit the second day of Summer Set in Somerset, Wisconsin, for a day that prov ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    MaLLy at 7th Street Entry, 5/18/12

    MaLLy's The Last Great... CD Release Party With Tribe the Big Cats, 925ve and Jimmy2Times. 7th St Entry, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012It was one of those downtown nights. Rick Ross was a couple blocks away backing up a Brinks truck; Mayer Hawthorne was in the next room with the crowd packed to ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles at the Turf Club, 10/12/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen​Dum Dum Girls and CrocodilesOctober 12, 2011Turf ClubDum Dum Girls sure do make it look easy. They filled the Turf Club with simple, straightforward chord progressions and effortlessly catchy choruses, and proved to be an utterly enthralling band whom you really couldn ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Sia at First Avenue, 7/21/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen​Sia Thursday, July 21, 2011 First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Australian artist Sia stepped onto a vast multi-colored patchwork stage (a little Willy Wonka meets Grandma's knitting farm) at First Avenue's Mainroom last night to a delighted crowd of fans. The singer ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Telekinesis, The Love Language and Red Pens at the Entry, 3/2/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen​Telekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's rousing set at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday night. "There sure is," fr ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Best Coast, Wavves, and No Joy at the Varsity, 02/11/11

    Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen​Best Coast, Wavves, and No JoyFebruary 11, 2011Varsity TheaterIt's not often that an opening band steals the spotlight from two far more prominent headliners, especially by playing what amounted to only a 20 minute set. But that is just what happened at the sold-out Var ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Deadmau5 epic at Epic (Video)

    Anna Gulbrandsen for City Pages​ The entire youth population of Minneapolis was mobilized last night and barely contained in the cavernous downtown superclub Epic, a line coiling down the block in both directions. What were they here for, you ask?  It's simple: A man in a giant mouse mask be ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Ghostland Observatory at First Ave, 9/10/10

    Ghostland ObservatorySeptember 10, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisPhotos by Anna Gulbrandsen​If you're a nightlife junkie, sometimes all the concerts that you've seen start to run together to the point where you're not sure what band pulled off that amazing cover, or which show had that lead singer ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Sia cheerfully dazzles a packed Fine Line

    Sia treated the Fine Line to a remarkable run of songs, her abilities as a singer and songwriter on full display.

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    December 15, 2009
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    November 12, 2009

    The Moon Goons introduce 'Forever Young' Friday

    It's going to get wild at the old To Soho storefront.

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    June 8, 2009

    Slideshows: Maria Isa, Crystal Method, and Get Cryphy

    Photos from First Avenue this weekend.

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