Nataly Dawn is probably best known as one half of the indie pop duo Pomplamoose, a California-based band that may be one of the best modern examples of wielding the power of the internet. The band skyrocketed to social media stardom with a cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on YouTube in 2009, and b ... More >>
Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night One Featuring the 4onthefloor, the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, Chastity Brown, and John Mark Nelson (with special guests Nicholas David and Zach Sobiech) First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013 While the Current's 8th Birthday party lacked ... More >>
Midway Felix With Ashley Gold, The Lioness, Kaleem & Mastermind and Try Bishop Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis Friday, January 11, 2013What's the difference between St. Paul and Minneapolis? St. Paul doesn't crave validation like its twin across the river. Maybe that's why Midway Felix ... More >>
Claire Boucher is in every sense a product of buzz. Two years ago Grimes (Boucher's stage name), though already active and putting out material, didn't quite hold the same resonance that it does today. She signed to 4AD records and proliferated quickly through blog endorsements without all that much ... More >>
Beach House duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand might be the darlings of the indie rock world, but they enter that realm unconsciously and perhaps a little unwillingly. The pair's recent fourth album, Bloom, is a lushly arranged dreamscape, full of the roaming synth-pop that Beach House fans have c ... More >>
The electro-synth-pop musician talks inspiration
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Chris Koza will probably introduce himself first as a musician, then as a lyricist. Over the course of his lengthy career, he has distinguished himself as one of Minnesota's premier singer-songwriters. His recent work as the frontman of folk-pop ensemble Rogue Valley, where he orchestrated the relea ... More >>
Disco legend Donna Summer has passed at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer. TMZ reports that Summer was in Florida at the time of her death.She received opera training before she exploded onto dance floors around the world in the early '70s, and her voice is among sizzling best to groove t ... More >>
Das Racist With Spyder Baybie Raw Dogg and 2% Muck, Illuminous 3Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisThursday, April 5, 2012It was hard to know what to expect at Das Racist's first Minneapolis appearance. The group's cryptic and comedic approach to post-modern hip-hop is so goofy, strange and listles ... More >>
Etta James, a woman with a delicious, complex voice that pioneered the modern R&B sound, has passed following complications from leukemia. She was 73. James' gorgeous version of Glenn Miller's "At Last" will forever be a wedding staple, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was no sentimental p ... More >>
Earlier today, the concert tour industry trade publication Pollstar announced their listing of the world's Top 100 Club Venues for 2011. Three Minneapolis clubs made the worldwide list, with First Avenue ranking 6th, the neighboring 7th St. Entry finishing 82nd, and the Cabooze coming in 94th. Th ... More >>
Are you keeping up with all this? Just a short year and a half after switching from B96 to the less rap-heavy top 40 pop station 96.3 NOW, the station's owners made another shift this weekend and launched K-TWIN, which abandons "rhythmic" pop all together in favor of a format called Adult CH ... More >>
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When it comes to deciding what to cover, our web traffic isn't everything, but it does give us a unique insight into what our readers like to read about the most. It turns out that our Gimme Noise readers love block party announcements (duh); Prince facts; that incessant Foster the People song th ... More >>
"Jay is chillin', 'Ye is chillin', what more can I say?" might just be the most descriptive line off new single "Otis," which features Kanye West and Jay-Z trading verses about how awesome, rich, and powerful they are over a hiccuping loop of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."&nb ... More >>
Radiohead has a long history of music video weirdness.Anyone who has seen Radiohead's latest music video for the song "Lotus Flower" knows one thing is certain: Thom Yorke has some moves. The five-minute video off the recently released King of Limbs is comprised entirely by tight shots of ... More >>
photo via @coolburbsAs you are likely aware, Prince Rogers Nelson has, for the past month and change, been putting peoples' brains in a blender with his Welcome 2 America not-really-a-tour of New York and New Jersey.Last night's show at Madison Square Garden marked possibly the most celebrity-she ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click for slideshowOzzy OsbourneJanuary 12, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisComing up from Mankato on a cold Wednesday night, 10-year-old Grady Wolters and his dad, Todd, were anxious to see the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Ozbourne, finally perform. Grady's old man firs ... More >>
Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.
Jason Derülo isn't what you would expect from a 21 year old hip-hopper. But according to Jason, it's not hip-hop -- it's a new facet of pop, evident in his first single "Watcha Say," which was a #1 US single that went 3x Platinum in 2009. Aided by the all-familiar sounds of auto-tuning, the song ... More >>
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Veteran Fox 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson made some news of her own last night, telling viewers that she's leaving the broadcast biz May 26 to build on her burgeoning reputation as a jewelry designer for clients including Beyonce Knowles (interview here), Madonna, Nicollette Sheridan and Paul ... More >>
The queen of pop must have excellent taste in jewelry.
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