Bassgasm 10 First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, March 21, 2014Bassgasm is the perfect medicine for a raver with terrible ADHD. Friday night at First Avenue was like looking into those kaleidescopes that have little bits of confetti in them, the ones you can shake, the result being a millennial version ... More >>
Are you ready for Bassgasm 10 and the Wall of Bass? I mean, really ready? Just in case you weren't convinced that today's impending takeover of First Avenue doesn't have something unique to offer everyone, Gimme Noise spoke with Bassgasm founder 'DJ ESP' Woody McBride and Russia's own deep house rep ... More >>
"Tapes move; they are real," says Always Human Tapes label artist Ian Lehman. "When I bought my first car, I had a high-end tape deck installed. I made mix tapes for the car all the time instead of always shuffling through CD's looking to hear a couple of songs." Indeed, it's hard to deny the nostal ... More >>
Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothere ... More >>
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On Friday, the Como Zoo's baby orangutan, Jaya, turned six, and celebrated with a full-on birthday party. All four of the zoo's orangutans put on party hats, ate new foods like bagels and whipped cream, and unwrapped gifts like balls and strainers (for playing with their water or putting on their he ... More >>
Lee Ranaldo's inventive guitar work with Sonic Youth brazenly took music in an imaginative new direction. But the talented musician has also proven to be a skilled writer, visual artist, and composer, with Ranaldo consistently challenging himself artistically throughout his long, pioneering career. ... More >>
This week marks the beginning of October. Why not celebrate fall with some rad tunes? Thursday brings the rapper Le1f to First Ave to get us dancing. Friday the ever ambient Why? plays the Fine Line, while local boppers Teenage Moods release their latest cassettes. Saturday, KT Tunstall is welcomed ... More >>
Savages are currently in the process of kicking -- some would even go so far as to say saving -- rock 'n' roll's ass. The London-based post-punk quartet steamrolled the music world with a blistering initial live EP, I Am Here, before building on that promise with their fierce debut LP, Silence Yours ... More >>
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 >>
After nearly two and a half years of hosting regular late-night shows, Hell's Kitchen is scaling back on live local rock. While the potential remains for one-off shows, the regular series booked by Mike Siddall will not continue. Instead, the restaurant and venue is focusing on dance nights and calm ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is a quote from the actor Cary Grant about what's it like to be him: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." That has ... More >>
The inaugural Girls Got Rhythm Fest deserves an emphatic high-five. If not only for booking an astounding two-day lineup headlined by such esteemed talent as Ronnie Spector -- Gimme Noise is still levitating over her Johnny Thunders cover -- but also for getting Minneapolis's lazy bones over to the ... More >>
The glam rock legend David Bowie has emerged from hiding after a decade. It's his 66th birthday, and the celebration marks the release of a new single called "Where Are We Now?" Judging by the visual above, Bowie might be feeling a tad disembodied these days. The song comes with the announcement of ... More >>
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol with Jake Bugg Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul Wednesday, October 31, 2012 The pairing of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol at Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Wednesday initially didn't seem that odd but as both the sets played out it ... More >>
Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft OrchestraFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, October 3, 2012There's no doubt about it, Amanda Palmer is a force to be reckoned with, onstage and off. Going to a performance featuring Palmer isn't an idle, listening-only experience: it's a full-blown theatrical per ... More >>
See Also:Bon Iver book Radio City Music Hall residency, unveil Bjork coverBon Iver's Justin Vernon designs shoe for KeepThe yearly tradition of The Believer putting out a music issue is upon us once again. As in years past, the McSweeney's flagship magazine of profound thought has pulled together an ... More >>
Despite taking heat from people who think they went too far in calling for criminal prosecution of the Lake Superior Zoo following the drownings of more than a dozen animals during last week's incredible flood, PETA isn't backing down.Reached for comment this morning, Kristin Simon, senior cruelty c ... More >>
Bon Iver have been on quite a never-ending trek since they played the Orpheum Theatre back in September. And Justin Vernon and company are definitely a different band now -- at least in terms of public perception and recognition. Long-time supporters won't be surprised that their Grammy-winning mate ... More >>
The Lake Superior Zoo is one of the hardest-hit victims of the torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding that has the Duluth area on lockdown today.According to the Duluth News Tribune, the zoo's Polar Shores exhibit, which housed seals and a polar bear, has been completely flooded out. The zoo's ... More >>
It's hard to imagine a weekend at First Avenue without Too Much Love at this point. Soviet Panda has dedicated hundreds of Saturday nights to the young and the restless of Minneapolis since the event's incarnation in 2007. That's five years, folks. And in dance night years, it's a lifetime.
Snow PatrolThe State Theatre, MinneapolisWednesday, April 25, 2012No one likes spending the day at the doctor's office. That surely goes for Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody as well, who went in to get a nagging throat/vocal issue checked out prior to his band's show at the State Theatre Wedne ... More >>
Band lives together in "Forever House"
There was absolutely zero chance that Madonna wasn't going to capitalize on her Super Bowl appearance this past weekend. Although it's unlikely that Madge will be able to pack M.I.A. (and her itchy middle finger), Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green in her suitcase for this May-November excursion aroun ... More >>
Recent Minnesota-transplant Astronautalis didn't take long to ingratiate himself in the Twin Cities music community, easily winning over local music fans with his high-spirited live shows and genuine talent. But he hasn't forgotten about his Florida friends, and has teamed up with his ... More >>
Am I the only one who has trouble reconciling the idea that Coldplay circa 2011 is the same Coldplay that released Parachutes back in 2000? Having never seen the group live, I always imagined my first Coldplay show would be in a stuffy theater somewhere, in a red velvet seat tailor-made for sitti ... More >>
Seeking new ways to distribute digitally
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Kevin Steinman is abroad in Norway right now visiting family with his wife Ina. As the horrific Oslo attacks were taking place, Steinman was an hour away from the city, watching and waiting for the news as it all happened. We spoke to Kevin via email about his ex ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzBob Mould June 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Though he hasn't lived in the Twin Cities for quite some time, singer/songwriter and now author Bob Mould still has one of the most loyal hometown audiences anyone could ask for. Seeming as much eager to please as ... More >>
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Photo by Alex UncapherMinneapolis nightlife patrons between the ages of 18 and 35 really like to dance. In fact, it's a common comment from touring DJs that the Twin Cities club scene really knows how to party, which is exactly what they'll do on the most celebratory of holidays that is New Year' ... More >>
Warmy GirlsParker Sprout, the brain and heart of Velvet Davenport, spent last winter recording to four-track his nearly here Warmy Girls, Velvet Davenport's third release on local label well-on-the-rise Moon Glyph, and their first on shellac. These sparse, sun-saturated excursions placably direct ... More >>
Inside an Israeli tank and the reality of war
The 45-year-old teacher was charged last week, and ordered by the judge to stay steer clear of teenagers.
This weekend is free to be weird.
Whatever these two have percolating on their digital 4-track machines is gonna have to be enough to sate AC fanatics until the group emerges from a self-imposed break.
Meet Herkimer's new brewmaster