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Chris Strouth

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Graduation Day: Words of wisdom for the class of 2014

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get asked to do speeches a few times a year -- usually involving kidneys, some times about art, music, or tech. No one has ever asked me to do a com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Becoming a rock star: It's possible, but unlikely

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The death of the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Last week the Twin Cities lost a club, the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge. It was the most recent entry from Minneapolis iconoclast and character Doug Ande ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014
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    December 23, 2013

    Lady Gaga, will you please put on some pants?

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.When Lady Gaga first hit the scene, no one was indifferent about her. You either loved her or hated her, and usually to a large extreme. But now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Adam Ant proves I was born without the "fan gene"

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Which songs must be on the Replacements reunion setlist?

    With 22 years for us all to think about it, there are options galore for the Replacements' headlining performance at Riot Fest in Toronto on Sunday. Their first show since 1991 could revisit any number of segments of the band's past -- perhaps even their "Hayday." The settling of time has elevated t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    An argument for Grant Hart's The Argument

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Concept records get a bad rap, a really bad rap. I blame it on Yes. On paper, something that mixes 17th-century blank verse and the crown prince of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    How the Terminal Bar neither evolved nor died

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is nothing cool about the Terminal Bar. It's dingy, it's dirty, it's where you can get a stiff drink at a reasonable price and up until about tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Vampire Weekend and the accelerated speed of cool

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Vampire Weekend is an anomaly. A band that's as popular amongst the hipsters as it is the straights. It's one of the only bands that works at both Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Daft Punk's Random Access Memories proves disco still doesn't suck

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Disco has gotten a bad rap, in spite of the fact that a lot of commercial rap is based on disco. People love to tell you disco sucks and they only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    On the Replacements' long shadow, and achin' to be out of it

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.The Catholic Church figured out something during the middle ages: If you build a church to look like a castle, the serfs will feel safe in its massive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    I discovered MTV the week after I tried to kill myself

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else. My creative life has featured a strong thread of discovering music. The first time I saw MTV, I was overcome with all the happiness and joy expected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    David Bowie's The Next Day marks the return of the world's greatest chameleon

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.There is a quote from the actor Cary Grant about what's it like to be him: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." That has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    My friends tried to save my soul with Christian metal

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.When asked about my religion, my go-to joke has always been "I am a recovering Catholic;  got my ten-year wafer even." I grew up Catholic -- whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    How I burned the guys who wanted me to burn my KISS records

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.Coming of age in the '80s had a lot of complexities. Parachute pants made us look ridiculous, puberty hit right as Time magazine was running weekly s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    How I lost my record store virginity at Northern Lights

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    RIP DJ Man-X, founder of House Nation Under a Groove

    By Chris Strouth Thomas Spiegel, also known as DJ Man-X, passed away on December 30, 2012, in Miami Beach. He was 47. A DJ regular at First Avenue, Spiegel hosted his House Nation Under A Groove nights of soulful house music around the Twin Cities, Spiegel also was an investment banker and eventu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Mark Mallman's Marathon 4 is in progress! Minneapolis stop details

    Dear internet, Mark Mallman is on his way to making some sort of musical history this week. Known for his feats of technological and musical mayhem, Mallman and his team are heading cross-country to create a seven-day documentary song in a pimped-out 1992 Vandura conversion van. The project began in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete list

    Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11

    Related:First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneMinneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.First Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 197 ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2011

    Letters to the Editor: Mad About Us

    Readers respond to Best of issue

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Czeslaw's Loop unites dozens of local musicians for massive riverside Art-A-Whirl project

    ​What started as an annual tradition during Art-A-Whirl has now transformed into a project of monumental proportions. Previously known as the Boat Project, which would invite local noise and experimental rock bands to play on the roof of a houseboat and out in the middle of the Mississippi River b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Mark Mallman Marathon 3 live blog, day 4

    ​This is it, people. We're in the home stretch of Mark Mallman's 78-hour song, which he started performing on Thursday afternoon at the Turf and will wrap up tonight at 10 p.m.For reasons not even we can explain, we've been live-blogging the majority of Marathon 3 here on Gimme Noise, and will con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    Mark Mallman Marathon 3 live blog, day 2

    Photo by Erik Hess​While the rest of us slept last night, tucked away warm in our beds, Mark Mallman continued laboring away during the first overnight lap of his Marathon 3, which continues through Sunday.We're picking up where we left off last night to find out how the Marathon is going so far - ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Mark Mallman's kicks off his Marathon 3

    Photo by Erik Hess​Mark Mallman kicked off his third marathon performance at the Turf Club at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon to a small but intent crowd and several video cameras (watch the live stream online here). Gimme Noise will be checking in on Mallman as he attempts to play for 78 hours strai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    The Kidneys Are Alright benefit this Sunday at Club Jäger

    ​A little less than a year ago Chris Strouth used a new tool to solve an old problem: finding a kidney to combat his IGA nephropathy (Harold, for short). He went to Twitter. You can read more about that story here and here, but suffice it to say: his 140-character gambit worked, and his new kidney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Chris Strouth and his Twittered kidney headline 501 Club party tonight

    William the Conqueror vanquished Harold, and now it's time for a party.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Wellstone, Hedberg, Sealy among notable Minnesotans lost this decade

    It'll be a long time before the sting of these deaths fades.

  • News

    December 9, 2009

    Chris Strouth Tweets for a kidney

    Twin Cities musician finds new life through social networking

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Chris Strouth, Scott Pakudaitis share a Twitter kidney

    Chris Strouth and Scott Pakudaitis are recovering, and Harold is now at the mercy of William the Conqueror.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Twitter may save Chris Strouth's life

    Sometimes, virtual friends and followers can turn out to be flesh-and-blood lifesavers.

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Tell Us What You Really Think...

    Picked to Click Voters spew forth their most vehement opinions about the local music scene

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you

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    September 22, 2004
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    July 28, 2004

    I Hate 1984

    The music and movies were epochal. The politics were abysmal. A poison valentine to the year that won't go away.

  • News

    May 12, 2004

    Cut Short

    Remembering Sonia Peterson, chief of the Hair Police and scenester extraordinaire

  • News

    September 17, 2003

    Everybody Wins

    Polls and punditry for the best new bands in town

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    Picked to Click XII

    Hail the Conquering Heroes: Polls and Praise for This Year's Best New Artists

  • Arts

    September 4, 2002

    This is a Recording

    Local labels are redefining the way to make music

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    Picked to Click

    The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll

  • Music

    November 1, 2000

    Hooked on Sonics

    Two young curators with strikingly different styles make Sonic Circuits a joltingly diverse electronic-music festival

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    March 22, 2000
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    December 2, 1998

    Swing Backward, Drone Ahead

    The Future's Imperfect and the Past Is Always Here

  • Arts

    September 9, 1998

    Bring in the Noise

    From Wrong's free-improv chaos to Savage Aural Hotbed's circle-saw precision, a disparate local noise scene maps the sound of modern anxiety

  • Music

    May 27, 1998

    Yes Future!

    Ousia breaks up. Ana Voog leaves her bedroom. The mother ship of knob-twaddling electronic music descends for a local showcase.

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