Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. When I was a young lass, I was certainly intrigued by any gentleman wearing a Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt. (As it turns out, a lot of dudes who like Di ... More >>
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Chris Cornell With Bhi Bhiman O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul October 30, 2013 Eight months after Soundgarden's electrifying reunion show at the Orpheum Theatre, Chris Cornell returned to the Twin Cities to play a sold-out O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. The raucous bombast of Cornell's back catalog o ... More >>
Father and son argue in Minnesota courts that marijuana is essential to their religion
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 >>
10 Thousand Sounds Festival Free Energy, Greg Grease, The Chalice, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota June 22, 2013 Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak defiantly proclaimed early on at Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival that, "A little rain isn't going to keep Minnesotans fro ... More >>
This past Saturday, the boy band One Direction opened a pop-up store at the Mall of America, and Gimme Noise decided to observe what sort of youth-cultivated bedlam might result. Called 1D World, the store will occupy the northwest corner of the mall's rotunda for the next six weeks.Upon receiving t ... More >>
"If we keep outdoing ourselves, who am I going to be playing after next year? Kanye?" was what Atmosphere rapper Slug said about last year's impressive Soundset lineup. Well, Soundset 2013 didn't get Mr. West, but it did land the G-funk legend Snoop Dogg. (Although, isn't he going by Snoop Lion thes ... More >>
See Also:Snoop Dogg at the Cabooze, 01/25/11Snoop Dogg: Master of time and history You must have heard by now that international rap star Snoop Dogg has opted to undergo a transformation of sorts. After announcing that he was tired of rap, the superstar--best known for hits like "Drop It Like It's H ... More >>
Lee "Scratch" PerryCedar Cultural CenterWednesday, May 24, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.On a warm and rainy evening, the reggae minions of the Twin Cities filled up the Cedar Cultural Center to greet and groove along to a musical legend, Lee "Scratch" Perry for a sold-out show. While l ... More >>
So far the spring has been a bit of a buzzkill for reggae in the Twin Cities. Both the Itals who were set to play the Cedar Cultural Center in March and the Meditations that same week were to perform in the Seventh Street Entry but had their gigs cancelled. Word was in each case it had something to ... More >>
Toki Wright is having an amazing week. Mr. Wright was just named Hip-Hop Studies program coordinator at the acclaimed McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, where he has been teaching for a few years. Plus, he's celebrating the release of his Faders mixtape Saturday night at the Fine Line. T ... More >>
This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
Two Nigerian musical legacies shared the stage at the Zoo Thursday night.
With Tech N9ne in town this weekend, we started thinking about gangster rap and called Lars Larson for a Top Ten l ... More >>
In anticipation of Girl Talk's show tonight at First Avenue, Gimme Noise cooks up its own amusing mash-up titles.
Infiltration programs aided the pre-emptive strike
Will someone please tell JoJo that the world is a greedy, vicious place?
Mali Kouanchao critiques new media with old images
Leave your family. Throw away your money. And don't worry. You'll never regret having done it.
Sunny Adé talks about war, Nigeria, and good juju
Special absurdity of the media present, ineffability of the aesthetic past edition
Chuck Klosterman wallows joyfully in cultural crap, while in the afterlife, Lester Bangs rises above it
Ben Harper summons god and Johnny Rotten proves he's still the antichrist
'Life and Debt' Reveals the Consumer as a Key Supplier of Jamaican Protest Art
Toots Hibbert gave reggae its name. Now he wants to save its soul.
A world-music star from 1970s Senegal finds his place in the age of hip hop
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