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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
It's no surprise that the worldly, chamber-pop charms of the Minneapolis quintet Dark Dark Dark has found an audience throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their sound has both a classic appeal and modern flourishes that are pleasing both to the ear as well as the heart. At their transfixing Who Needs Wh ... 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 >>
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:Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target FieldFor all those cool dads (and their cool offspring and spouses) out there, here's a chance to make the tradition of a baseball game on Father's Day a little more interactive. Certainly the music folks at the Minnesota Twins must h ... 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 >>
Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... 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 >>
Facebook.comWhen describing the new video for his band, Fairfax, AK's singer/songwriter Pat Dougherty sounds more like a humble musician than a salesman, "I think selling music is a pretty cold process but music is very personal thing for both the performer and the listener, so we wanted to do so ... More >>
A small portion of the ugliness.The past 24 hours have been admittedly strange for the cult of Justin Vernon. As has already been discussed in detail, Bon Iver's self-titled, pastoral folk album is up for four Grammys at the February 12 show, and these are in major categories that seem to be with ... More >>
Justin Vernon and Bon Iver had one hell of a year in 2011. Bon Iver's sophomore album is widely considered the best album of the year, the group played well-received, sold-out shows all over the world (including a memorable two-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre), and capped it all off with f ... More >>
Justin Vernon is headed for the mainstream with his new LP
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 >>
Photo by Ben ClarkJustin Vernon performing with DeYarmond Edison at SXSWJustin Vernon has kept mostly quiet about his next Bon Iver record until this week, focusing his energy on his side projects (Gayngs, the recent DeYarmond Edison reunion), and -- oh yeah, collaborating with one of the most fa ... 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 >>
Unlike his heroes Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Abba, who "wrote incredibly simple songs with extremely well worked arrangements giving every song an iconic quality you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before," Stephin Merritt has remained an enigma and somewhat still obscure genius of conte ... More >>
photo by: Stacy SchwartzThe Cities certainly have no lack of amazing record stores -- the Electric Fetus and Hymie's were recently included in Rolling Stone's top 25 -- and no scarcity of music fans either. There's plenty of love (and a slightly less plentiful amount of money) to go around we thi ... 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 >>
A play-by-play of our freelancer's first day at the SXSW music festival.
Wes Winship took some time away from stressing about bass cabinets and screenprints to talk to Gimme Noise about Dre.
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.
Constantines release new album, tour in the name of Canuck-flavored indie rock
Disconnected dreamscapes from Band of Horses
Maybe all I need is a cleaner window on the world