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The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series has done a brilliant job blending classical music with modern tastes, unifying the two in consistently innovative collaborations and unique performances. That experimental trend continues with the SPCO's just announced lineup for Liquid Music's ... More >>
Death A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding t ... More >>
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Trampled by Turtles just released the first single from their seventh studio album, Wild Animals, and it's a bit of a departure. Recorded earlier this year at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls with production by Low's Alan Sparhawk, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" pushes the band further into the ... More >>
If there's such a thing as a music nerd equivalent to total nuclear apocalypse, then Saul Austerlitz's recent New York Times Magazine piece on the detriments of "poptimism" was a DEFCON 2 alert. (That's the one just below "hope you've seen Mad Max a few times.")To condense a confused, under-sou ... More >>
John Legend with Tamar Braxton State Theatre, Minneapolis Tuesday, November 19, 2013 John Legend wooed the audience with his sultry performance at Tuesday night's show at the State Theatre. The man is charming, and even though he may have been stealing hearts in one respect, it seemed to be a show ... More >>
As Minneapolis prepares for a downtown Whole Foods opening in September, we look to its stores on the West Coast, which are in the midst of a strange transition to vinyl retailers. This story originally appeared on LA Weekly's music blog, West Coast Sound."Pile on that kale salad," sings Taylor Gold ... More >>
Rogue Wave is a survivor band. Their troubled history has seen plenty of ups and downs -- lost friends, lost family, personal tragedy. Not to mention the widely regarded misfire that was 2010's full-length record Permalight, their third. Now, after an unofficial three-year hiatus, Zach "Rogue" Schwa ... More >>
The team at Burlesque of North America put out some of the finest concert posters in, well... North America. Their archive features designs for Bonnaroo, the Arcade Fire, Rock the Garden, and countless others. So it was a no-brainer that we wanted Burlesque's Mike Davis in on creating a limited run ... More >>
Stone Arch Bridge Music Festival 2013with The Honeydogs, Bloodnstuff, Fury Things,Sean Anonymous and moreMinneapolisSaturday, June 15th, 2013Outdoor music festivals and our cherished Minnesota climate mix about as well as rain meeting the oil slick from the back of a leaky food truck. Saturday after ... More >>
PLENTY of events going on this week to get everyone out of the house. Wednesday, the Kopecky Family band (which is not actually a family band) play the Triple Rock. Featuring Astronautalis, Sims, Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority, Friday is a night for hip hop in the First Avenue Mainro ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with the strikingly gorgeous new video for the Ocean Blue's soaring new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" which was deftly directed by vete ... More >>
Palma Violets With Guards 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 30, 2013 Palma Violets brought the raucous sounds of South London to the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday night, as the young quartet delivered a tempestuous 45-minute set filled with energetic garage-punk songs that brazenly mined sonic elem ... More >>
Who knows why some albums are a success and others go unsung? Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons hit one of those pockets of luck with their latest album, Night Visions.The band is touring behind the album, this time around to a sold-out North American tour -- something they never expected. Before thing ... More >>
If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>
The Maccabees haven't quite reached the British Invasion status of Mumford and Sons, but the Brighton, England-based indie rock band is well on their way to conquering the hearts and stereos of the U.S. hip set everywhere. The band's third album, Given to the Wild, was released in January 2012, and ... More >>
By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>
By Justin BakerThere may not be two bands that have accelerated more rapidly and ridiculously to mass music geek adoration in 2012 than Of Monsters and Men and Japandroids. These are bands that were barely on the popular radar a little over a year ago that are now in the midst of U.S. victory laps ... More >>
If you haven't heard Atlas Genius yet, fret not. Chances are, the Aussie indie pop band will be comfortably squished between the likes of MGMT and Arcade Fire in your rotation soon enough. After the release of their catchy debut EP Through the Glass, the band is on the road with the Silversu ... More >>
See Also:Top 20 best Minnesota SongsTop 20 best Minnesota musiciansRadiohead at Sprint Center in Kansas City, 3/11/12Earlier today Pitchfork unveiled it's grand social music experiment, The People's List, a reader generated ranking of the top albums during Pitchfork's first 15 years, 1996-2011. 27,9 ... More >>
See Also:Trampled by Turtles play "Alone" on Late Show With David Letterman (VIDEO)Trampled by Turtles cover Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)"Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and SatellitesAlthough every Trampled by Turtles show Gimme Noise has ever attended has been rowdy, there has always be ... More >>
Related:Bon Iver's Sean Carey on Hoyas and why he didn't get a GrammyThe Walker Art Center has been on fire with amazing music this year and it ain't all just about Rock the Garden. In fact for those who know it's just as "in" to be "out" the Walker has consistently showcased fantastic experimental ... More >>
By Craig HlavatyBruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce."The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If y ... More >>
Not Bon Iver, and don't you forget it.The confusion over how to pronounce and spell Bon Iver was recently a phenomenon confined to nothing close to the mainstream press. After Justin "fuck you, Grammys" Vernon's band picked up a couple of the awards on Sunday, things got heavier and meme-ier. One ... More >>
An exclusive interview with the band that keeps showing up outside of every one of your favorite concerts.
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 >>
"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark TrehusIt's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry ... More >>
Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
It's a local CD-release extravaganza this weekend, with bands unveiling new albums in seemingly every club across town. Here's our top picks for the must-see album release shows:FRIDAYJeremy Messersmith CD-release Cedar Cultural Center We like Jeremy Messersmith. A lot. Have you noticed? And we'r ... More >>
Band is one to top with its prolific output
Is that Link? Video-game appropriator and geek culture reference specialist Owen Pallett brings his one-man electrorchestra to the Varsity this Sunday for a barebones pense-fest that will most definitely be way more fun than the description "violin looper" allows for.
Just by the headline you can tell Adam Garcia must be a talented man, and like all talented men, they move away (not even hiding our jadedness!). Garcia, known back in the day in the Twin Cities as "Snakebird" was an instrumental designer in the hip-hop and street art scenes before moving to Phi ... More >>
Wes Winship took some time away from stressing about bass cabinets and screenprints to talk to Gimme Noise about Dre.
Articles from this week's dead tree edition.
Coachella 2010 just might include a pair of shiny, robotic alumni.
The time has come to purify our hearts and minds of the guilty pleasures in our iPods. You could be next.
"Pre Med (Just In Case)" is exciting and adventurous, even if mildly derivative.
Disconnected dreamscapes from Band of Horses
Maybe all I need is a cleaner window on the world