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  • Music

    March 26, 2014

    Max Gremillion steps into the spotlight

    The longtime sideman emerges on his own with Better Bones

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Are You Local? at First Avenue, 3/6/14

    Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis March 6, 2014 The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Minneapolis metro among the best places for starting over: study

    Oh, the urge to just say screw it, screw you, I'm outta here. Ever get that? Well, you're in luck -- as long as you don't already live here.Minneapolis was the only Midwestern city to make a recent list of the ten best cities for starting over. That's according to the folks at CreditDonkey, an educa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Picked to Click 2013: #5. Frankie Lee

    #5. Frankie Lee: 49 points Frankie Lee comes off a lot like a drifter and a wanderer in the mold of Woody Guthrie -- riding the rails with the clothes on his back and a guitar in hand. He sure looks the part, with his cowboy hat, scraggly blond beard, worn jean jacket, and work boots. But the truth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/25-10/1

    Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    MSP is one of the country's top "magnets of opportunity" metros, Daily Beast says

    The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro is one of the country's leading "aspirational cities," according to a Daily Beast study.SEE ALSO: Twin Cities among best metros for the young, broke, and single, study says The algorithm used for the Beast's piece considered economic (50 percent), quality of life (25 p ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2013

    Dan Israel straddles past and future

    The musician has it both ways with the release of his new album and his retrospective double-LP

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison: I write out of a need to understand events

    The spirited, lovelorn music of Scotland's Frightened Rabbit found a dedicated audience straight away in the Twin Cities, leading to a memorable string of packed-to-capacity shows here over the years that continues with Thursday's long sold-out show at the Varsity Theater. The talented quintet from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    LL Cool J unveils Kings of the Mic U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in May

    Four rap institutions are linking up for the Kings of the Mic tour later this year. Though LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul have wildly different pedigrees and styles (and levels of movie stardom), this is a lineup that just keeps giving. When one ponders the sheer number of hits th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts this week : 3/13-3/19

    A good chunk of the Minneapolis music scene has gallivanted away to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, but that doesn't stop the music! Total Trash release their latest cassette tape in the 7th Street Entry Thursday. Friday, Davina & the Vagabonds swank up Patrick's Cabaret while Chanhassen Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, Atmosphere, The Color Pharmacy, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Minneapolis/St. Paul among nation's "drunkest cities"

    We're making a splash with craft cocktails, definitely have a lot going on in the world of breweries, we get amazing turnout at beer festivals, and take pride in the fact that our new stadium has much more than just Bud Light on tap, but where does Minneapolis/St.Paul fall in the ranks of America's ... More >>

  • Arts

    January 2, 2013

    Out There celebrates 25 years

    Walker Art Center's annual avant-garde festival defies definition

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Atmosphere unveils remaining 2012 U.S. tour dates

    See Also:I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returnsTop 20 Minnesota RappersAtmosphere has had a pretty epic summer. They've spent the past few months touring around Australia and New Zealand and hitting the festival circuit hard, from Summerfest to Forecastle to Camp Bisco, but for hip hop's hardest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.

    ​The helpful folks at have chosen "Top 10 Cities With the Best Music Scenes Outside of Nashville NYC and LA," and trusty Minneapolis came in second. It does not seem as if Howler's Jordan Gatesmith or people who went to Jane's Addiction at the Brick were polled for this, but it's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Jackson Taylor and the Sinners play Lee's Saturday

    ​I'm not gonna say, "Get on down to Lee's to see some good country, while you still can." I'll rephrase the statement: Get on down to Lee's this weekend to see one more in a long line of good country shows the storied venue has presented and will continue to present from now until well into the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom on Coffee Mugs, Valentines, & Jim Eno

    ​Heartless Bastards are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Arrow on February 14. It just so happens that Arrow is the band's strongest record to date. It features a more versatile mix of psych, glam, classic rock, porch blues, R&B, funk and spaghetti-western. Singer/guitarist ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012
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    November 16, 2011
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    November 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    The Black Angels at the Fine Line, 10/17/11

    The Black Angels​The Black Angels with Dead Meadow and SpindriftOctober 17, 2011Fine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisIt was an eerie dream-like night of cinematic psychedelia as the Black Angels, Dead Meadow, and Spindrift, three of the more fantastic contemporary psychedelic bands in the U.S., c ... More >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's "Texas miracle" is a fantasy

    The GOP presidential candidate's claims don't hold up

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Start out with vodka and end with tea this week in food

    A taste of Provence in St. Paul​We like the idea of starting our week off with a vodka dinner (who couldn't use a drink on a Tuesday night?) and ending it with a swank afternoon tea at the St. Paul Hotel (who couldn't use a dainty finger sandwich on a summer afternoon?). There are also plenty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Are Odd Future coming to Minnesota?

    Photo by Ben ClarkOdd Future performing at SXSW 2011​Though the band only has one US date on the books right now -- a stop at Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November -- Odd Future posted a map to their Tumblr page that hinted that they might be making a stop in Minnesota before the year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Okkervil River's Will Sheff talks about living in St. Paul and attending Macalester

    Photo by Alexandra Valenti​Okkervil River is a big name in the indie rock sphere, and the Austin, Texas-based band has been written up by everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times during their nearly decade-long career. But what many in the Twin Cities might not know is that lead singer Will S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    The Hounds Below: Preview photos from next week's City of Music

    ​For the next installment of City of Music, which debuts Monday morning on Gimme Noise, director Dan Huiting caught up with touring act the Hounds Below for a video shoot. Huiting tells us how he found out about the band:

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Wednesday SXSW video: What the fuck happened last night?

    ​Wednesday was the first night for a lot of SXSW attendees, including our intrepid video team led by Dan Huiting and his cohorts Andre Durand and Chris Hadland. Our videographers spent a large portion of the evening at Doomtree's official showcase at the Flamingo Cantina, which featured solo sets ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2011
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    March 1, 2011

    Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW 2011 Day Party

    Photo by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes headline the Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW Day Party​Austin never saw it coming. Two weeks from today, legions of Twin Cities musicians, writers, photographers, booking agents, managers, radio DJs, and straight-up music fiends will descend onto Texas for five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Katy Perry coming to Xcel Center July 9

    Photo by Tony NelsonKaty Perry at First Ave in March 2009​Following the same skyrocketing success arc as pop phenom Lady Gaga, who played the Fine Line and came back a year later to sell out two nights at the Xcel Center, Katy Perry is upgrading from filling the First Avenue Mainroom in 2009 to pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Mr. Chan Presents dissolves

    ​After five years of promoting shows around the Twin Cities, the one-man show booking agency Mr. Chan Presents, an offshoot of Live Nation (and formerly Clear Channel), has folded for financial reasons and agency head James DeCoursey has quietly moved his efforts to booking shows at the Cabooze.

  • News

    December 22, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Calm, collected holiday shopper, what's on your iPod? (Part VII)

    ​Calm? Collected? Oh, brother. If you're still trolling web sites and department stores for stocking stuffers now, you're beyond desperate, and possibly beyond help. If you're arguing with postal workers about whether that French designer scarf you mailed to Munich will arrive at its intended dest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    St. Paul is a "Hotbed Of Sex." Minneapolis? Not as much

    Photo: mistergoletaSex: It's what they're doing in St. Paul.​When it comes to being a "Hotbed of Sex," St. Paul comes out on top of Minneapolis. But is that really where it wants to be? The criteria for the ranking in the latest edition of Men's Health magazine included condom sales, birth ra ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010
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    June 18, 2010

    Minneapolis among Top 5 cities for young professionals

    Bring us your fancy college degrees and maybe we'll give you a job​Attention yuppies: Wondering where to put that freshly minted college degree to work? Forbes Magazine says Minneapolis is the third best place place in the country for you -- if you're tough enough to endure our winters and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Slapping Purses' Jason Power talks art of musical disaster and recovery

    Photo by Adam Bubolz   Slapping Purses' Jason Power is a conundrum, an exercise in opposites. He's a lanky kid with a perpetual smile on his face who's rumored to be a successful amateur mixed martial artist; a wildly expressive audio artist who, by his own admission, hates talking ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Mark Mallman is starving, hysterical, naked

    But he can still tell you the best burger in town, whatever your price range.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Radio K broadcasting from SXSW this week

    The local station is planning to interview a whopping 22 bands, with 6 in-studio performances scheduled.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Minneapolis is 80th drunkest U.S. city; St. Paul is No. 87

    Sometimes, we're happy to let the folks from Wisconsin have the upper hand.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Trampled by Turtles announce new album, tour

    The bluegrass quintet will release Palomino on April 13.

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    January 13, 2010
  • Music

    November 4, 2009
  • News

    October 21, 2009

    Stuck Between Stations film overcomes obstacles of shooting in Minnesota

    Project attracts star power of Josh Hartnett, Slug, and The Sopranos

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Brother Ali announces new album, release show

    His new record, Us, will hit stores September 22.

  • Music

    March 19, 2008

    The Sunshine Solution

    At SXSW, fresh air and stale beer come to an industry's rescue

  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Local Music Yearbook '05

    Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2005
  • Arts

    October 10, 2001

    Happily Ever After

    Onetime Mardi Gras queen and current avant-garde playwright Lisa D'Amour looks for the sinister side of our fairy tales

  • Feature

    January 1, 1999

    When Birth Storms In

    Lessons from a rough homebirth

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