With Purple Rain fever in the air, Prince brought his landmark film's co-star Apollonia Kotero out to Paisley Park for a tour and concert this past weekend. Kotero was in town to take part in Bobby Z's third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue on Saturday. She performed "Take Me With U" ... More >>
Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect it. Sometimes it can take an unforeseen, unfortunate event to create the type of circumstances that bring old friends back together. Last October, Todd Stenson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Costs from the ensuing medical bills have be ... More >>
In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Tony Nelson's diverse photo output is regularly a part of City Pages and the Star Tribune. He shoots concerts constantly, but also has amassed lots of studio portraits that give a d ... More >>
How often do you have a legendary guitarist wanting to work with you on a project? Not often, but Minneapolis rockabilly band Reckless Ones found themselves in that fortunate situation when Brian Setzer offered up a song he wrote and arranged to the band to record. The band has been touring extensiv ... More >>
There might be as many recording studios as there are venues in the Twin Cities -- from the world famous to basement operations. In our new series, Behind the Boards, Gimme Noise will introduce you to some of the extraordinary talent that helps create the sounds that make our Cities famous. Flowers ... More >>
See Also: The Spirit of St. Louis Trampled By Turtles lighten up on Stars and Satellites When St. Louis Park singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman and distinguished screenwriter/filmmaker David Hollander decided to name their new collaborative musical project Minnesota, they must have known that the l ... More >>
I'm not gonna say, "Get on down to Lee's to see some good country, while you still can." I'll rephrase the statement: Get on down to Lee's this weekend to see one more in a long line of good country shows the storied venue has presented and will continue to present from now until well into the fu ... More >>
All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerRosie Flores November 17, 2011 Lee's Liquor Lounge Ever since Wanda Jackson swung through town last summer and made mention of her once home away from honky tonk home, the old Flame Supper Club on Nicollet in Minneapolis, I've thought on that long-gone place, on what it ... More >>
Courtesy of Nice PurseFor such an impressive local band, Nice Purse are pretty modest about their success. By their own admission, they didn't set their sights high when they started, and they still maintain an air of not caring about their growing popularity. For their blend of garage, punk ... More >>
The whole town has been abuzz with Conan O'Brien gossip the past two days, and our favorite bit of CoCo gossip was hearing that local musician and Stray Cat Brian Setzer took the stage for a jam session. Our friends Jake and Mercedes Rudh were at the show, and sent us the above shot of O'Brien an ... More >>
These folks did well in the Aughts, and you can't have them, Hollywood. At least not for keepsies.
How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?
Photos from over the weekend.
Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Steely Dan, the Stray Cats & Doomtree all announce TC dates & First Ave cancels Buju Banton.
New Brother Ali collaboration, Bob Mould hits NYC & interviews with Heiruspecs, Romantica and Dan Israel.
Polara's Ed Ackerson launches the Susstones multimedia collective
Is swing swung? Has jungle been tamed?
Twenty years ago Safety Last made rockabilly cool in the punk-rock Twin Cities. Now they're making a quiet comeback in the age of swing.
The Future's Imperfect and the Past Is Always Here