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 >>
Nothing like a good Twitter meme to help pass the time on a Tuesday morning. Inspired by (or perhaps as an alternative to) our post on the six worst music words in the dictionary, imaginative Twitter users led by the always uproarious Wits host John Moe took to the hashtag #sixworstwordsinmusic to o ... More >>
Just in case you've forgotten, Tommy Stinson is a member of two iconic bands of the past half century. In addition to being the founding bassist of the Replacements, he also earns a steady living in Guns N' Roses. As the 'Mats finally reform this coming weekend at Riot Fest, here's a look at another ... More >>
By Justin BakerI have spent almost a decade goofing on my former boss and his Bruce Springsteen superfandom. As my adult music appreciation has grown, the issue has become amplified, and I've unfairly been branded a youth hipster and a full-blown cynic.So began my ex-employer's quest to engineer ... More >>
Three men celebrate Cher, Tina, Whitney, and more
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators With Brand New Sin and Hillbilly Herald The Brick, Minneapolis May 14, 2012 Monday night's Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators performance was the much-maligned Brick's first high-profile show since the unmitigated disaster that Jane ... More >>
The Replacements are hands down one of the most revered and famous bands out of Minneapolis. Not only does the group forever cast a shadow over almost every barroom guitar-rock band that ever sets foot on stage in town, but their lingering legacy has done the same thing to the members of the ... More >>
People were in full-on party mode this weekend, as many clubs chose to have their Halloween festivities on a non-school-night in advance of the holiday. There are still plenty of chances to go out and celebrate tonight -- First Avenue will be hosting their annual Halloween bash, and Solid Gold ar ... More >>
No, you're not imagining anything. After a long, brutally hot summer, autumn is finally upon us. The foliage is brilliant, the wind has a bite, people are wearing skull caps and fuzzy boots legitimately. Gimme Noise thoughtfully compiled a playlist to help ease you into the new season.
Bradlee Dean, Axl Rose look-alike and legislative chaplain.There's something fitting about this: On the day that the Minnesota Legislature is likely to vote forward a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Republican leadership invited the most notoriously bigoted preacher in the s ... More >>
Michele Bachmann and Bradlee DeanThe Minnesota Legislature erupted in controversy today following the opening prayer this morning by Bradlee Dean, the Axl Rose-lookalike homophobic minister.The boneheaded decision to invite Dean to the party has backfired on Republicans, who now face a groundswel ... More >>
Hot on the heels of their record release party(where incidentally no record was released), Mark Mallman and his band, Ruby Isle, are giving away their electro-tribute rendition of the Guns N' Roses classic, Appetite for Destruction.
Tattoos have been fully in the mainstream for well over a decade now. No one is surprised by much in the way of body art these days - I've got some, you've probably got at least one, maybe on your hand or something. They're probably dumb (mine are, at least).Nope, nothing's really shocking anymo- ... More >>
Think 2010 was full of ridiculous, over-the-top moments in pop music? Just wait until you see what 2011 has in store. As part of our year-in-review blitz, we took a look in our crystal ball to make some projections for the year ahead...
Mottaqi Stadium, IranWhat might have happened had the Metrodome roof collapsed during the Vikings game against the Giants on Sunday? What might have happened if the roof had slowly sagged and busted wide open over stands packed with spectators in a panic, but unable to move? Disaster, that's ... More >>
Another week down, fam! 2011 is that much closer. Trust.
Mark Mallman as Axl Rose? Yes please. Mallman's side project with Dan Geller and drummer Aaron LeMay is getting ready to drop their front-to-back remake of Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, and are scattering mp3s from the record across local music blogs.Gimme Noise has the exclusive mp3 o ... More >>
A lot of comedians like to justify their edgier material with an arrogant disclaimer: "I'm actually up here sayin' what you only think." Veteran provocateur Bill Burr might as well offer an addendum to that: saying the stuff that gets thrown around in his material is quite possibly a sign of comp ... More >>
The Body prepare to pummel the raddest drum kitBetween Pitchfork's eyeball-stealing #Offline Fest and the unmitigated excitement surrounding Kanye West's surprise appearance, the runaround given to badgeholders (the things cost $500 and come with no guarantees), the far-and-wide distribution of t ... More >>
The ones where rappers, rockers, and underground titans strutted back into the limelight -- and we all just sort of shrugged.
Did Dr Pepper learn nothing from Chinese Democracy?!
Why did we give this guy the keys?
A 1991 hip hop all-star tribute to keeping it PG -- and it's pretty fudging good.
Show Review by Pat O'Brien The Xcel Center crowd was only about 6,000 strong last night--just more than half empty--and maybe that should have been a bit of a clue. Velvet Revolver, a band whose members used to be in Guns 'N' Roses (guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum) and S ... More >>
A local lawyer fights to save babies from circumcision
Who needs rock when you can sit down and watch someone else talk about why music rocks?
Devotees have been waiting years for the new GNR album
Puckish duo Brother and Sister rock out for your inner child.
An oral history of a single drink at ice cream haven Sebastian Joe's
'Cannibalism' director Lizzie Borden feeds on her own extremities
Going underground to the hiding place of the new indie scene
Ed Harris examines the messy details of artmaking in Pollock
Korn's depressed rap-metal rocks freaks and saves geeks. But are they just yanking your leash?
Luna's cover version of "Sweet Child o' Mine" marks a strange departure from the indie universe
How does Hollywood suck? Fox's Action counts the ways.
After sixteen years of makeup, metal, and stage blood, Impaler remains proudly undead
Two books look at the his and hers of pop music fandom.