The Twin Cities music community needs a jolt every so often, and it came over the weekend via Low's performance at Rock the Garden. In a set defying their more traditional recent material, including this year's fascinating The Invisible Way, the 20-year vets leaned heavily on their slower, contempla ... More >>
Perfume GeniusWith Parenthetical GirlsCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWednesday, April 11, 2012Mike Hadreas (Perfume Genius) is a performer who looks considerably anxious to be facing an audience from a stage. And that's because he is. The Seattle-based musician is the first to admit that it's an ... More >>
With so many independent labels releasing so much music these days, it's not as easy as it once was to associate the name of a label with a certain aesthetic or rely on a label's name to determine the quality of music being distributed. But for whatever reason, I've found myself returning again a ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
Dessa, BNLX, Kristoff Krane, and more
The umpteenth movie in the Harry Potter series is being released today. I love these movies -- other than filling me with a sense of profound jealousy, they're the best movies to cozy up and fall asleep to in the history of ever. Pure fantasy candy, buttressed by an oddly not-terribly-threatening ... More >>
Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
Yesterday, Rolling Stone reported that upon his release from Rikers Prison this Thursday, Lil Wayne will record on the private plane flying him home. After that story hit the wires, undisclosed sources filled Gimme Noise in on some of the other transient locations - all of which are presentl ... More >>
Jake Rudh and Steve Seel will co-DJ at tonight's "Music for Restaurants."
The best of the best music events for December 31.
David Byrne has a wonderful four-song EP for download benefiting Amnesty International highlighted by an amazing live version of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' "Help Me Somebody," converting a song based on samples to a live vocal jam. There's also a superior version of "One Fine Day," from his stil ... More >>
In hockey, we call it a hat trick-- three weeks, three free albums. Fog's ambient virtuoso tries out the new music model.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
Askeleton's Knol Tate comments on the soundtrack to his life
Rapping with TV star-turned-underground musician Juana Molina
In honor of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog, who died on Sunday, August 19, we asked local keyboard hero Mark Mallman for some thoughts on Moog and a list of his favorite Moog-driven or Moog-accented recordings. Here's what he came up with: My father took me to a dusty garage just off the Milwaukee R ... More >>
Daniel Peterson writes: They never had a hit, but they sure were great: The Mutuals. They were the first punk/new-wave band I saw locally, in 1979 at some long-forgotten bar in Fridley (which they were kicked out of after the first night of a proposed two-night stand.) I went based on a review I ha ... More >>
Making whoopee at the Jungle and Off-Leash Area
Brian Eno's ambient reissues turn on, tune in, fade out
Meet Janek Schaefer, master manipulator of the wheels of steel
Minneapolis hosts a marathon of Avant-Garde music
The Great Depression are like the weather
Bit player: Beth Orton's new EP makes a statement in 24:49.
Born in Louisiana, the Elephant 6 collective herald a new rock underground.
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.