Brian Tighe

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    What it's actually like to perform on David Letterman

    When Jeremy Messersmith was invited to play Late Show with David Letterman recently, he brought his 10-piece band along with him to perform Heart Murmurs standout "Bubblin'" to its largest audience yet. Gimme Noise asked Messersmith's guitarist Brian Tighe (The Starfolk/The Owls/The Hang Ups) to ke ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

    The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much mo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 19, 2014

    Jeremy Messersmith lets it bleed

    The musician releases his first full-length album in four years, Heart Murmurs

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    October 24, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a new video from P.O.S., for a track from the Marijuana Deathsquads' remix of Stef's album, We Don't Even Live Here, which came out this w ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week emphatically kicks off with a new video from the Cloak Ox, drawn from their new album, Shoot the Dog. We're also featuring a bevy of terrific new clips from Hastin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Top 10 best record labels in Minnesota

    One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record labels that are spread throughout the state. These labels put out records by fledgling bands on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Electric Fetus unveils 2013 Garage Sale & Fall Festival lineup

    The State Fair's over, school's back in session, and the Electric Fetus is doing one last clear-out before we fully settle into fall. The weekend of September 14-15 marks the record store's sixth annual Garage Sale and the second time they've added a Fall Festival component.In addition to a load of ... More >>

  • Music

    August 21, 2013

    The Starfolk shoot for the moon

    Brian Tighe and Allison LaBonne renew musical vows with their new group

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We kick things off this week with a new video from Twin Cities quintet Speed's the Name, who are set to release a new record at the end of this month. We've also got a fresh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Jeremy Messersmith inks deal with Glassnote Records

    The days of supper club touring for Minneapolis-based Jeremy Messersmith could be numbered. It was announced today that the singer-songwriter (and author of drunken Grammys rants on Twitter) has landed a massive new deal with Glassnote Records, based in New York. This is the label that has put out a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Why Muzak, as a concept at least, will never die

    Muzak just joined the ranks of words like aspirin, brassiere, cellophane, escalator, granola, kerosene, linoleum, trampoline, yo-yo, & zipper. These were brands that became the colloquialism for the thing itself, and the word lives on well after the brand itself has gone to that great Piggly Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Korda Records Showcase at the Entry, 1/12/13

    Korda Records Showcase With Jim Ruiz Set, the Ocean Blue, the Starfolk, and Typsy Panthre 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis January 12, 2013 On a frigid Saturday night in Minneapolis, the four bands associated with upstart local label Korda Records made everyone temporarily forget about the cold outsi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from the Starfolk, Toki Wright, SMMNR, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Music

    January 9, 2013

    Korda Records hits all the right notes

    New indie label collective combines talents from four local bands

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Seven Inches of Minnesota Music: The Hang Ups, "Top of Morning"

    ​For a new feature here at Gimme Noise, I've decided to unleash my old box of Minnesota-made 7" records starting with one my favorites, the Hang Ups, and their "Top of Morning" single that was released by Stillwater's Grimsey Records.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Typsy Panthre release icy cold 'All Fall Down' video, talk about their upcoming LP

    ​While my pets are going through ice cubes like a freakin' Snoopy snow cone machine, it's been tough for us humans to get through the heat of this summer. But it's the great music from these flatlands that keeps us around, and it was a major shock to the system when the amazing new video from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Jeremy Messersmith's 'Works for Words' at the Fitzgerald, 4/9/11

    "Works for Words" with Jeremy Messersmith, Chris Koza, Dessa, Aby Wolf, Lucy Michelle, Brian TigheApril 9, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulI've said this before, but it's something that bears repeating: Last month, coming down off the rush of seeing 60 Minnesota bands take over Austin, Texas for SX ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Jeremy Messersmith and Adam Levy to perform for the President this Saturday

    Photo by Nick Vlcek​Talk about the ultimate phone call. Yesterday, local singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith answered a phone call by St. Paul arts director Joe Spencer and was told that he would be opening for the President. Of the United States. Yep, that one.

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    August 13, 2010

    Semisonic and the Hang Ups reuniting for benefit

    ​A benefit for live sound and recording engineer Brad Kern is shaping up to be quite the remarkable lineup, thanks to Kern's extensive involvement in the local scene. Since working with Trip Shakespeare in 1991, Kern has mixed or recorded countless acts, and now the bands are honoring Kern with a ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2010

    Jeremy Messersmith releases the final chapter of his pop trilogy

    Singer-songwriter opens up about life, death, faith, and The Reluctant Graveyard

  • Music

    December 3, 2008

    The New Standards trio of pop legends keep it fresh

    John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Patches and Gretchen set to release her debut album Thursday evening

    patches.jpgMichelle Leon previews the Patches and Gretchen CD release party tomorrow night at the Turf Club.

  • News

    November 7, 2007

    Out on a Limb

    Before the Owls could take on the pop world, they had to face stage fright, shyness, and each other

  • Music

    January 19, 2005

    In Da Club: The Owls at the Kitty Cat

    Pop foursome fights cold, floats into air

  • Music

    April 7, 2004

    Freakout Hell Ride

    Getting on board the love train with Al Green, Blonde Redhead, and the Owls

  • Music

    January 28, 2004


    Never mind the Hang's the Owls

  • Music

    November 19, 2003

    Under Cover

    The Hang Ups prove that you can judge an album by its artwork

  • Music

    September 20, 2000
  • News

    December 29, 1999

    A Power of Ten

    Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.

  • Music

    November 3, 1999

    A Sense of Where You Are

    The Hang Ups return home with a new album, a new sound, and a new chance to start over

  • News

    July 15, 1998

    The Music of Chance

    An artist of the accidental, Jim Ruiz croons a lounge music of personal loss.

  • News

    July 15, 1998
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    June 4, 1997

    The Princes Of 'Sota Pop- THE HANG UPS

    With a sophomore record finally in the stores, a single in the hit film Chasing Amy, and their first real tour underway, the agoraphobic Hang Ups may finally get their due